Category Archives: Prayer
July 31, 2011Posted by on
witness: “attestation of fact, event, etc., from personal knowledge;” also “one who testifies;” originally “knowledge, wit,” formed from wit (n.) ness…a person who gives testimony.
Reflecting off the great weekend I had in Branson last weekend, I had to stop and remember perhaps the most powerful moment of the entire trip which I failed to mention in my report of the Future Congress in the last couple posts. It came on the day of travel on a flight from Branson Missouri to a lay over at Denver International Airport. After having breakfast with Douglas Hamp and Chris Pinto, we arrived at the airport and continued the conference in our own little way. The discussions were so fascinating that Doug decided to check to see if he can change his seat to sit in the same row as Chris Pinto. After successfully changing his seat, he told me I should ask to see if I can’t do the same. I eagerly went to the desk and got my seat changed to a row behind Doug and Chris.
Once we boarded the plane, I took my seat and realized that I was on the opposite isle from where Chris and Doug were. Not of much use to continue a conversation with them. But God has a funny way of working things out. Behind me were three ladies I met at the conference and to my right was a gentlemen named Keith who probably had no idea that he was about to get drenched with the Gospel.
As any conversation starts with a stranger, we began with small talk. He had asked about why I was in Branson and after describing the conference, he made a few remarks about how he doesn’t subscribe to religion. As we broke the ice, I began to ask him more about why he doesn’t believe in God or Jesus or “subscribe to any religions” as he put it. Most of it was answered with comments like, “well I’m a good person, I do good for others and so why do I need God or Jesus to live a good life?” Valid stance and I believe it’s a position many people take. I immediately recognized the opportunity and prayed to God for the words and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to work in me and in this brother Keith.
What happened in the next hour and a half was my first true experience of witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a non-believer, in person. I had done some things online in email, and in forums, and chats, but never in person. I can’t get into all the details because it would take forever to write, and quite frankly, I don’t think I can adequately recall all the details of the conversation. But I will say that the Holy Spirit moved inside of my to give me verses, analogies, metaphors, and concepts that any apologist would ever need to defend and to properly explain the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Keith had described how his current girlfriend was a Christian and that she does the “church” thing. He also mentioned how he “tried the born again thing,” but that it didn’t really change anything or work for him. God bless this man Keith because he really was a good man with a great heart. But we got into a lot of issues regarding God and eventually Jesus Christ that he didn’t know about. His pastors, when he “tried the born again thing,” merely told him to pray about the questions he had, which is disappointing. But nevertheless, I began to discuss the concept of morality, where it comes from, and why we have the ability to even conceptualize morality. He, like I am sure many others, felt that the idea that you need God to be a moral person was absurd. I explained how that’s a common misunderstanding of what the believer is saying. What I tried to convey to him was that the ability to rationalize between good and bad must mean there is an ultimate good of which we can measure or base our measurement of morality off of (that was wordy, but I hope you get my drift). I used all the analogies for example, if gravity is a law, there must be a law giver; we know there is a “law” of physics, which warrants an author who put in place that law of which we would not exist if it weren’t there. In the same way, if there is an ability to measure morality, it must mean there is a perfect moral basis to reflect your own morality off of. This was just one example of several topics we covered in the conversation.
The only explanation I have to the endless thoughts, concepts, bible verses, and answers I had for this man’s questions was the Holy Spirit. I have done a good amount of reading on many issues and continue to read the bible as much as possible, but I had no idea that I was adequately able to not only defend my faith, but also share the good news. I will have to say thanks to Chris White especially in this regard because his latest podcasts were very much on this issue of WHY the Gospel is the Good News.
At the end of the flight I said I would get off my soap box and told him thanks for listening. I asked him if it got him to at least think about things, and he replied, “Oh you definitely got me thinking.” I gave Keith a card so who knows, he may read this very post at some point, so Keith if you’re reading this, I am praying for you brother.
I told him that you don’t need any ritual or test or anything to accept Jesus Christ into your heart. It’s not like a jacket you try on and you grow out of or you grow sick of. It’s actually, as Chris White has stated, “a supernatural event that occurs in your life.”
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17
The only regret I have from the entire conversation was not asking him if he wanted to accept Jesus Christ right there in the plane. I am kicking myself for not doing so, but at the same time, I recall in the moment, feeling the spirit tell me not to because I had already given him way too much to ponder. It doesn’t mean I don’t regret not asking anyways.
The idea of repentance appears in the bible over 100 times. Repent, Metanoeó in the Greek. “Meta” meaning change, “Noeó” meaning mind or to think or understand. It’s really that simple. So Keith, if you come across this post, all you have to do is repent. And also, to any of the three ladies who were behind me praying for me and for this man, thank you! Praise the Lord Jesus for all that He is and all that He does.
July 27, 2011Posted by on
After a great night of fellowship and discussions, I was not ready for the last day of the conference. It was too much fun. The next morning, I got up and went straight to Rob Skiba’s talk on Mt.Hermon/Roswell connection. The talk was about much than just his title. It was on the supernatural manifesting here on earth. As LA Marzulli often says, “the UFO phenomenon is real, burgeoning, and not going away.” Rob’s talk was a compelling one because he really showed how understanding the Nephilim and reading and referencing books which are quoted in the bible such as the book of Enoch and the book of Jasher helps bring the bible to life. He made a really good point about the psuedopigraphical books like Enoch. He stated that just as many apologists today use Josephus as some sort of proof text to confirm the existence of Jesus, so can we use the book of Enoch and Jasher as ways to verify and understand the biblical account better. They are not inspired cannon, but perhaps a guideline, a book to help understand the bible in the times at hand. The Mt.Herman/Roswell connection is rather simple. According to Enoch, the Bene-Ha-Elohim or the Sons of God we see in Job and Genesis 6 descended down to earth on Mt.Hermon. It’s coordinates are 33.33 degrees longitude by 33.33 latitude. Well interestingly, the Roswell crash in 1947 land in the exact same coordinates but on the other side of the globe. Rob then showed a video he had put together of a montage of official news reports on UFO’s in the main stream media. I was moved close to tears and definitely had goosebumps because of the imagery and the bible versus that confirmed the deception at hand. Rob came back on stage in tears obviously shaken up and stated, “This is serious guys…this is real.”
I missed the Noah Hutchings talk and instead decided to go watch Chris White baptize a guy named Mark whom I had met the night before. Mark was a guy who had just come to the Lord and it was very cool to come support a guy I’ve known for two days and be a part of his baptism. Chris didn’t budge as he just got in the water in his jeans and shirt to do what symbolizes the death of the old self and being born again in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Praise God.
After having lunch with a brother named Craig, who would later get baptized by Russ Dizdar, and a sister named Devin, I went to Andrew Hoffman’s talk on Eugenics. Andrew’s presentation was exceptional. He went through the history and demonstrated how the ideologies of Eugenics publicly acknowledged in the early part of the 20th century has not changed, but is being done under different names or propaganda now like genetic research. One interesting point that was personal to me was the idea that Japan was funded by the Rockafellers in the early 20th century to do their eugenics program. As a second generation Japanese American with no knowledge of my ancestry beyond my grandparents and no knowledge of my family history, it got me thinking and wondering if my bloodline had anything to do with this Eugenics program that was done in Japan. Nevertheless, Andrew’s ability to tie these things to what is happening today with our food, and the injustice we see in suppressing well meaning humble farms was astonishing. It was also quite disturbing to see how medicine and vaccines is also a part of the agenda. A good point he brought up was that Bill Gates is a proponent of vaccines around the world when a quarter of his money would feed much of Africa.
The final talk I attended was with Russ Dizdar on the topic of Dark Rituals, Dark Powers. This was quite dark. But in reality, what I came out with was an andeniable fire for Christ. Russ is quite the believer. We believers do not go seeking demons to destroy. Russ does. He deliberately confronts these dark powers and uses the power of Christ to defeat them. I could only imagine how powerful my home church would be if we had leaders such as Russ Dizdar. A great point he made, which I had heard him say before, was that our pulpits usually consist of 40-60 seconds of prayer per service while satanic covens all across the world spend at least two hours in their rituals. The point is, where are the prayer warriors? Where are the brothers and sisters in Christ who are bold and strong willing to confront these dark entities? Who prays against Bohemian grove or the Bilderbergers meetings? We wrestle not against flesh and blood and Russ certainly walks in this truth. All in all, it was a great way to end the conference, but little did I know that the conference would continue all the way until I got home to Orange County.
After the Russ Dizdar talk, I met up with Douglas Hamp and a couple other fellows and decided to go eat dinner. When we walked into the resturant, we saw Rob Skiba and his party. Well, being good people, Rob invited our party to join his. This turned out to be one extraordinary dinner. I had Rob Skiba in front of me, and Douglas Hamp to my right. For those that don’t know, Doug wrote a book called Corrupting the Image: Angels, Aliens and the Antichrist. I believe I have a link to the right so definitely check that out. The conversations were so amazing. I recall eating food, but I have no recollection of how it tasted or how if it was any good because I was fixated on the various topics we were discussing. It was truly a blessing to be around such amazing company. I would list the things we talked about, but it would take too long!
Later that evening after dinner, I went down tot he pool where I watched brother Craig get baptized by Russ Dizdar. This was a small fellowship between many of the speakers at the conference. Dr.Future, Tom Bionic, Russ Dizdar, Rob Skiba, not to mention all the other brothers and sisters who we had met at the conference. It was an amazing time of fellowship for certain.
The conference did not end there. The next morning, I had arranged having brunch with Doug when he called and told me that Chris Pinto will be joining us. Now Chris was the only guy who I had not had a chance to meet at the conference. I went to his talk on the hidden faith of our founding fathers, and have seen his films, but had never met him before. Once again, this was no ordinary meal. Douglas Hamp to my right, and Chris Pinto in front of me. Now Chris Pinto is a very well educated man. He has a wealth of knowledge and has done some tremendous research. I was blwon away at how much he knew. His main contention is that the church, or the body of Christ, has been tainted by late 19th century teachings such as the rapture, and the 70th week of Daniel. He has some very compelling arguments and goes back to the early church fathers for the kind of perspective he believes we should open ourselves up to. Very compelling, very interesting.
After brunch, we took a shuttle to the airport. The bus ride consisted of a couple sisters we had met, along with Doug, Chris Pinto, and Andrew Hoffman and his wife. So we joked again, “the conference continues!” because really it was. We began to talk about mystery school teachings and how it all ties into the vatican and the Roman Catholic Church. Once again, I had very little to contribute to the conversation because I was in listening mode. Once we got to the airport, we continued the conversation until we got to Denver, of which where we were all going.
When we arrived at Denver International, we decided that we would go check out the murals supposedly funded by the Free Masons. After going through the train and getting to the baggage claim area, we found the infamous murals, a conspiracy theorists dream. We stood in front of them and wondered why someone would put these images here in the airport. Chris Pinto looked at some of the symbolism and explained to us what he thought they meant. But there were more questions than answeres. Nevertheless, the basic undertone was obvious. A new age philosophy, and through it world peace, and the restoration of nature. Either way, it was a wonderful way to end the conference which began in Branson with fellowship at Denver. After some hanging out, Doug and I had to hit the flight back to Orange County.
The ride home was bumpy, but we made it. This weekend were some of the best times of my life and something I will never forget. The fellowship was almost greater than the amazing talks from all the great presenters at the conference. I pray for the safety and security of all who were there, and I pray for all the people I met and hope that we will cross paths once again. God Bless.
July 19, 2011Posted by on
I rarely leave my bubble here in Orange County California. But this weekend, I’m taking a trek down to Branson Missouri for the Future Congress. I am extremely excited to meet and fellowship with like minded people. This is like the ultimate place to be this summer for the so called “crazy” Christians. No longer do I have to get weird looks and comments regarding the topics of discussion, but instead a whole weekend of praising God and diving into the core of many issues that I am fascinated by.
I am going to attempt to take lots of pictures and possibly conduct some unofficial interviews. I am also going to try to post every night from the conference so those who can’t make it can get an inside look at what’s going on. It all kind of depends because there are events scheduled until midnight. So sleep might not be part of the agenda this weekend but I am ok with that.
I still have not decided which workshops to attend. Do I go listen to Dr. Future, Sharon Gilbert, Chris Putnam, David Hitt, Ray Gano, Chris Pinto or go check out G Edward Griffin being interview by Derek Gilbert of PID Radio? Then we get to sit through G Edward Griffin and then after that Chuck Missler! That’s just day one! I am totally geeked for this event! It’s going to be amazing.
Check out Future Congress to get more info on it.
INTERVIEW WITH DOUGLAS HAMP
Last week I had the priviledge to interview Douglas Hamp for my film project, Age of Deceit. Doug is a pastor, teacher, author, and researcher who has a MA in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His latest book Corrupting the Image: Angels, Aliens and the Antichrist Revealed is sure to be a hit. I have not had a chance to read it yet, but Doug did allude to several sections in the book during our interview. I will post the full interview in due time, but for now I want to keep the footage exclusive until my film is done.
It was a very cool interview and we spoke about a lot of issue regarding UFO’s, Aliens, the New World Order and Doug’s perspective on the antichrist being someone from within the secret societies, more specifically, Free Masonry. The concept is not out of line since this person will most likely be of a bloodline of which they consider sacred, and will have the means to the technology, resources, and the status to be able to carry out 2 Thessalonians 2:4
“He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”
The conversation also went into the line of genetics and how he believes, like myself and other folks like Russ Dizdar, that there was a genetic mutation of sorts which occured in the fall of man. The interesting thing that he brought up was that the Y chromosome is what is passed down from the male line, and since Jesus Christ did not have a human Y chromosome, but that of God’s, it is more proof that He really was who He said He was, even in terms of genetics! Again, it was a very interesting two hour conversation and I will definitely post the entirety of the interview in due time.
Visit Douglas Hamps Website for more information on his books and research!
AGE OF DECEIT FILM UPDATE
The film is coming along but it’s definitely taking on a life of it’s own. The more I learn, the more I want to put in the movie. At some point I am going to have to limit the information that I can provide. I think most of the information is stuff that a lot of people know, at least the folks in the Revelations Radio Network circle. But I am trying to put it all into a consice film which can be seen around two hours. At this point, this thing is going to be like 30 hours and basically recount every piece of history that I can conjure up regarding the New World Order and all the various aspects of it.
The most recent information that I’ve come across which has intrigued me is the information about the Synagogue of Satan. It is based on a passage in Revelation 3:9
“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars–I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.”
There is book with the same title written by Andrew Carrington Hitchcock, who traces it back to the year 740 and shows how psuedo Jews are actually behind the New World Order and how it’s tied into the Khazar myth and the Ashkenazi Jews. However, I am not thoroughly convinced that this is the case as of yet. I think there is something to it, but to pigeonhole it and call it a “Jew World Order” I believe is a stretch. However, the ties with the origin of Kabballah in the 15th century in regards to Free Masonry, as well as the documented historical facts about the Rothschilds and their origin is pretty interesting and worth doing more research on. For now, I am going to focus on the stuff I am pretty sure is accurate information which is basically looking at Theosophy, New Age, occult and esoteric writings of the 19th and 20th century and tie it back to the Ancient Mystery School Teachings as the root of the “sacred promise” given to the inner members of the New World Order, and how it is the same thing as the Alien Gospel, as well as Transhumanism. The punch line of course is to show that Jesus Christ is the ultimate anwer to all of this mess. God Bless and see you in Branson!
June 16, 2011Posted by on
After a lot of prayer, I decided to embark on a little journey to put together a documantary film. The information I’ve been learning over the past year has been overwhelming and I feel this will serve as a form of therapy for me personally to organize the information and let it all out to “get it off my chest” so to speak. But in doing so, my hope and prayer is that someone will come to know the Lord through the project. The goal is quite simple. Save a soul. If it get’s one person to turn to the Word, then mission accomplished. I’ve personally never experienced bringing someone to the Lord, but I feel like this is Him using me to do just that. I ask for your prayers as I go through the process since like many who have come before doing this type of thing, the information can be really dark, depressing, and straight up evil.
The premise of the film is to really show what Chris White alludes to in Aquarius: Age of Evil and David Icke Debunked. That is to show how the New World Order that all the truthers are pointing to is only the framework that is going to be destroyed and that what replaces it is going to be the REAL New World Order. Of course this is a really short synopsis of all the things I get into, but
I was speaking to a gentlemen today who was pointing me to what is called The Book of Urantia. Here is a direct quote from him. “The Urantia Book is the 5th epochal revelation to mankind, Jesus’ life and teachings were the 4th. ” After some discussion, he claimed how this book does not de-deity Jesus as so many other new age teachings seems to do, but rather explains how Jesus was one of many deity figures. He explained, “The ub (Urantia Book) does not de-deify Christ in any way as the Son of God-it does state that Jesus is one of many Sons of God that exist in the universe.” To that my response was that saying that Jesus is one of many is very much denying that Jesus is the UNIQUE Son of God.
The conversation got even more interesting when I began to explain to him why the Bible is the only book that is 100% on it’s prophecies so far, and how the incredible accuracy of writing about future events before they occur should be a testament to the validity of the Word. I pointed him to the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation which shows how the bible writes about a world government or a one world system. Upon doing so, he refered back to the Book of Urantia stating, “the ub does elude to eventually there being one govt, one language, one race etc. As society continues to evolve and at some point being administered by what is referred to as a ‘planetary prince’ sent from the local universe administrators- very heavy stuff indeed…” I almost gasped. “…a ‘planetary prince’ sent from the local universe administrators…” Could this be the prince of the power of the air that Ephesians 2 refers to? To me it was just another case of a new age writings deceiving those seeking spiritual truth. I find it astonishing that all of these new age ideas speak about the same thing but have different names. It’s almost becoming predictable.
It’s conversations like this that really fires me up. I don’t get to talk to too many folks about this topic so any time I do, I feel validated about my faith in Jesus and what my purpose is in Christ. Anyone who wants to start a conversation, please feel free to email me and I would love to bounce ideas and information to see if there might be some things that could be presented in the movie. God Bless!
June 10, 2011Posted by on
This is a short video showing how America’s founding fathers really felt about the bible and Christianity.
We are taught in school that America was founded on Christian principles, that the men who wrote the Constitution and founded this nation were all good Christian men. According to the research done by Chris Pinto of Adullam Films, this idea is false. Not only were many of the men not Christians, but they adamantly spoke out against Christianity. In fact, much of their philosophy did not stem from biblical Christianity, but rather Francis Bacon’s “New Atlantis” which eerily spoke of how this nation should look with great accuracy.
The knock is that America did not want to have a monarch in the same way Europe did where religion and government were one. They were able to establish this through the separation of church and state, but was there a more sinister agenda as to why they did this? Is there a reason why the word “God” does not appear in the Constitution? Furthermore, not only were many of these men not Christians, but many of them were part of a secret society of Freemasons, or Rosicrucians. When you trace the concepts and ideologies of these secret societies back to its roots, one finds that at the center of their philosophy lies the idea that Lucifer or Satan is actually god. So with that in mind, ask yourself, what did the founding fathers REALLY have in mind for the United States of America? Could it be that America was founded on ancient prophecies to resurrect Apollyon/Apollo/Osiris/Nimrod, aka the antichrist?
June 7, 2011Posted by on
This video is on Satanic Origin of Secret Societies.
There are men disseminated into the fabric of society who come together in an underground, secret network. They work together believing that they are making a positive impact on humanity. But there is the heart of the deception. The real purpose for these groups is to help carry out the plan of Lucifer to destroy mankind. Secret societies are the ultimate pillar of deceit using the very thing Satan wants to destroy to carry out his agenda.
THE VOICE OF KENT HOVIND
I know that someone like Kent Hovind is controversial in many ways. I’m not going to sit here and go through where I do and where I don’t agree with Hovind on various topics. However, his portion of knowledge and assertions on the Masonic Order and it’s origin in my opinion is spot on. He is currently incarcerated on multiple federal counts but I believe he is in some ways stronger in his faith than most of us would like to believe. How many of us would stick to a viewpoint in favor of God even if it meant it contradicts law? Of course the bible does tell us to “”Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” Mar 12:17, but either way, Hovind, however controversial, still stood his ground and was willing to go to prison to stand up for what he believed in.
This video is the proof that God was in my life working in me before I ever even thought about seeking truth or more specifically, Jesus. After picking up the guitar at age 11, I practiced everyday wanting to become a rock star. But as I went from band to band not getting the right combination of people committed enough to live out the dream, I decided to record tunes just for fun in my own time. I pitched several tracks to various publishing opportunities, but nothing ever panned out. I understand now, why they never did. This track you hear is one of those tracks that I recorded back in college. It’s amazing that just 6 years after leaving college, this track is used to show God’s word in light of some of the darkest stuff out there. Music I wrote and recorded as a means to show my own talent is not used to glorify the one God who was behind the music all along.
May 10, 2011Posted by on
A couple days ago, No Where to Run with Chris White posted an interview with a guy named Victor about his life and how he came to know Christ. It was a very moving and powerful testimony that all should hear. It will be encouraging for the believer, and thought provoking for the skeptic. I was walking through COSCO running some errands when I came across the part of the interview where Victor talks about his encounter with an injured truck driver. Needless to say, I think the fellow shoppers thought I was crazy because the tears started to stream down my face as I was immobilized in front of the dog food crying my eyes out for a good 5 minutes.
After listening to the podcast, I received an email/newsletter from Chris White that you can subscribe to through his website. In it, he mentioned how he would want to make Victor’s story into a short video but that he might not have the time to do so. I had the day off yesterday so I immediately contacted him and let him know that I can put something together.
Instead of putting the entire interview up which lasts a little over an hour, I decided to take a portion of his story that moved me the most and attach visual elements to it and put some music under it. Here is the video posted on Chris’ youtube page:
May 5, 2011Posted by on
It’s not an easy thing to be a “Christian” in the world today. The skepticism, doubt, intellectual and scientific objection and at times, downright hatred towards any religious affiliation, especially Christianity, can easily lead to us running into the arms of our own circle of friends, family, and church who agree with us at large avoiding the outside world who beckons an explanation within the boundaries of their own standards for what is rightfully one’s own faith. Often times, Christians in general are accused of having the “I’m right and you’re wrong” mentality towards the world. In my experience, the majority who do the finger pointing are merely doing just that; pointing fingers. They seldom offer any rational explanation or a reputable alternative other than their own worldview which may or may not have any weight to begin with and is often associated with the agenda to discredit Christianity and religion in general. Other times their claims and arguments against Christianity tend to be misunderstanding the basic principles of faith, misinformation or out right lies. In this scientific culture, ravaged by intellect, logic, the need for empirical evidence to deem anything as fact, and dare I say a borderline fascist form of scholarship, what does it mean to be a Christian and how do we cope with this opposition?
Most people regardless of faith still consider America to be at large a Christian nation. But the word “Christian” has become very obscure. It’s often synonymous with a political position, ethical and moral choke holds, and other traditions and rituals that categorize itself as being a religion or worse yet, a cult. We’re allegedly the cause of wars, suffering, hatred, division and anything negative associated with humanity. We are the exclusivists (I think I just made up a word) who don’t accept any scholastic, scientific, and intellectual discoveries which directly contradict our worldview. But if we are to be honest, the church is not free from its own faults. The church at large has not done a great job in addressing various topics such as homosexuality, paranormal, supernatural, etc. Although there seems to be a movement of Christians heading in this direction, the focus at large seems to be in the condemning of others, that is to say going on the defense, rather than showing God’s will through our lives. This is not to say that we Christians should not partake in apologetic inquiry, but rather pointing out the retaliating nature of debates and arguments with a non-believing world seem futile.
The issue the secular world has with Christians is often limited to a sweeping generalization of the behavior of certain individuals who labeled themselves “Christian”. Heretical teaching is real, false teachers are abound, and un-biblical and unsound representation of the word of God is undoubtedly out there and has been throughout the ages. But this by no means proves or disproves the deity of Jesus Christ and the authority of the written Word. Behavior does not verify belief. However, it is apparent that our behavior does affect the perception of God to the unbelieving world. As non-sequitur as that first argument is, it is still our responsibility as believers to conduct ourselves in a certain manner to portray God into the world and re-present the truth to the best of our ability.
I remember growing up seeing people picketing on the street corner with signs that said, “You’re going to Hell unless you believe in Jesus!” This was a tremendous turn off and one of many reason why I thought Christians were nuts growing up. Although I’ve come to believe that statement, I would never hold up a sign and tell someone that they are going to hell since I understand that God is the judge, not me. These methods can be seen as pointing the finger back at the non-believing world instead of focusing on the calling and purpose set before us in Christ. I am certainly guilty. As someone who grew up without any faith or religion, and being somewhat a competitive person, I often times feel good when debating with a non-believer and logically break down their arguments or claims. But the feeling is short lived and I often times repent and think about how the point is not to win an argument, the point is to share the gospel so that the message of Jesus Christ can be relayed clear and concise. If we can focus on this, all of the attempts to discredit or outright bring down Christianity becomes mute. If we as Christians truly believe that the bible is the Word of God and that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, then we really don’t have to stress over the opposing world. I’ve heard how the bible is like a lion; it doesn’t need defending, just simply let loose. Hebrews 4:12 comes to mind:
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”-HEBREWS 4:12
As an AV and sound engineer for a church, I get to sit through a lot of services and events. A couple weeks ago, I was assigned to a Jr high service. In it, the Jr high pastor had a message that was so simple yet very profound. It was basically that there are actually five gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the fifth gospel being YOU! Our lives are meant to be a representation of the gospel. But this can only be done through our own decision to do so, and a willingness to let God’s will be done. Another good friend and pastor once made an analogy that each one of our lives is like the individual square mirror on a disco ball reflecting God’s light into the room (world). The better we polish the mirror, the better we reflect the light.
“You are the light of the world.” -MATTHEW 5:14
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
So as we come together on this national day of prayer, let us remember and take a moment to pray for our government, our media, education, business, military, family, and the church. For me personally, as a Christian who has a fascination with conspiracy theory, paranormal, supernatural and other topics that aren’t found in a typical Christian, it’s easy for me to point the finger and call out the obvious darkness and the problems that is present in the sectors of society I mentioned above. But today, I am humbled and need to remind myself that God has gifted me with a tremendously awesome life. I think it’s important to expose the darkness, but sometimes, we just need to pray.
Government – Pray for our leaders, as well as the judges in our courts. Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity.
Media – Pray on behalf of the actors, musicians, and athletes our young people seek to emulate. Ask the Lord to strengthen and embolden any Christians in these fields. But more importantly, pray for those who are willingly portraying and influencing our society away from truth, integrity, and morality, that they may have conviction and awareness of their influence and power.
Education – Pray for our young people. Bless them and pray for the teachers and leaders to provide a morally sound and wholesome environment.
Business – Pray that God will raise up His ambassadors in the workplace. Pray for God’s will to be working through our daily tasks and assignments. Pray that our executives, business leaders, and corporations to conduct themselves honorably and honestly.
Military – Pray for the troops who serve each day at the bases, around the world, and here within our borders. Pray for their families. Pray for the Lord’s protection of these brave men and women. Pray also for those who have lost a loved one in battle. Ask that God’s comfort would be upon them in a special way. Pray that our media’s accounts of US Military actions are relayed fairly and impartially. Pray for divine protection and guidance for our armed forces. Ask God to intercede for military chaplains and loved ones at home.
Family – Pray for loving homes that model the virtues such as sacrifice, patience, and unconditional love to a watching world. Pray for the family to be preserved as God intended. Pray for those whose families are broken. Pray for those who feel alone and hopeless since the truth is that we are all adopted children of our heavenly Father.
Church – Pray for unity and boldness in proclaiming God’s Word!