Russia, China, & North Korea are all using their best judgment to insure that the Middle East and the world engage in a nice nuclear spat within the next century.

Since the inception of the nuke just before World War II, the world has teetered tottered on a nuclear merry-go-round of “we’ve got them” “we’ve used them” “now you’ve got them” “but you can’t develop them”.

Yes nuclear reactions produce lots and lots and lots and lots of clean energy. However is it worth the lots and lots and lots of nuclear BOMBS? Should humans have their hands in splitting atoms at all? My heart felt answer NO!

But my ideology is futile, because they are already here. Around every global corner and on every global street. They are here. It is easy to get them because our wise Asian neighbors love to sell them!

Now tiny rougue nations with big vicious voices can put their hands in their pockets and poke a nasty pistol at the whole world. They will. They are. And you had better be ready to see it go off before your very eyes.

 

View Wikipedia’s List of Nuclear Weapons Here

Advertisements

The Heavens Declare

September 18, 2008

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory and creative work of God…not massive amounts of stellar time.

The Glory of God is revealed by swirling galaxies, gas giants, and purple nebular clouds…

Think on this AMAZING FACT….

The statistical probability of ONE planet ANYWHERE in the universe fitting the necessary parameters for life is approximately 10 to the -194 power. Meaning, there is less than 1 chance in 100 thousand trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion, that there is even ONE planet that could support life in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE.

But Earth does……….

 

The Peony Nebula

The Peony Nebula - Getty Images

Ezekiel

June 22, 2008

Many prophetic scholars agree that the massive military conflict of Ezekiel 38 & 39 has not yet occurred in Israel’s history. I won’t go into all the theological reasons for this belief, but I wholeheartedly agree. There are several major statements in the text that indicate a definite “End Times” context and that preclude any explanation prior to 1948.

I believe EVERY person interested in prophecy should read Ezekiel 37-40 with MUCH interest. The book foretells of

1) The miraculous WORLD WIDE restoration of Israel

2) A terrible military attack by “Gog” “Magog” “the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal” “Persia” “Ethiopia” “Put” “Beth-Togarmah” and many other peoples

3) A MIRACULOUS salvation from this terrible military attack by an ACT of God that can only be viewed as CATASTROPHIC

4) And finally a NEW glorious temple with the RIVER of life flowing out of it!

There is major hope in the book of Ezekiel for those who believe that God is the salvation of the world and of Israel. We should read it with open eyes and hearts and discern the Truth that God is sharing with us.

Who are these nations that will attack a “peaceful” Israel? When will this occur? What will this attack look like? What will this Act of God look like that will astound the nations?

Keep watch! Be vigilant! I believe this will happen VERY soon!

I have felt you in these

Blue houses.

Full, like silver-bellied

Fish

Flipping, flopping

Sloppily in silken nets.

I have felt your presence

Here like warm

Summer mists.

I have even felt you on the soft pads of my

Feet as sharp stones

In this wide shore.

As sharp stones.

As implacid and

Round-hard in my palms

As sharp stones.

I have felt you

Weep aloud in me

I have felt your gasp

And every sigh.

I have felt your presence

In this gritty wind.

 

I feel the hollowness today.

Law & Grace

May 20, 2008

Law and grace are two opposite ways in which God deals with the human race. We can describe them as dissimilar principles under which He tests man. Or we think of them as two covenants that He has made with His people: “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).
Under the principle of law, man receives what he earns or deserves. Under grace he is spared from what he deserves and is enriched beyond description- all as a free gift. The two principles are described in Romans 4:4, 5: Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Grace and law are mutually exclusive; that is, they cannot be mixed……. .. If by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace” (Rom. 11:6).
Law is a conditional covenant: God says, “If you obey, I will reward you, but if you disobey, I must punish you.” Grace is an unconditional covenant: God says, “I will bless you freely.”
The law says Do, whereas grace says Believe. But believing is not a condition; it is the only reasonable response of a creature to his Creator. And it is not meritorious; no one can be proud that he has believed on the Lord. He would be foolish not to believe on the only dependable Person in the universe. Under law holiness is required but no power is given to live a holy life. Under grace holiness is taught (Tit. 2:11, 12) and the necessary power is given.

Someone has put it this way: “The Law demands strength from one who has none and curses him if he can’t display it. Grace gives strength to one who has none and blesses him in the exhibition of it.” The Law brings a curse: “Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them” (Gal. 3: 10). Grace brings a blessing: ” Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24). Under law boasting is encouraged, but under grace it is ruled out. “Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but on the principle of faith” (Rom. 3:27 RSV).

There cannot be any assurance of salvation under law: a man could never know whether he had performed enough good works or the right kind of good works. Under grace there is full assurance because salvation is a gift; you know when you have received a gift! A person under law could not have true security because he could not be sure he would continue to meet the requirements.

Under grace the believer enjoys eternal security (John 10:27-29) because his salvation depends on the work of Christ. There is no salvation by the law. God never intended that anyone would ever be saved on that principle. The purpose of the Law is to show man that he is a sinner. “By the law is the knowledge of sin” (Rom. 3:20) -not the knowledge of salvation. Salvation is by grace (Eph. 2:8,9). It is the free, undeserved gift of God to those who receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their only hope for heaven. Under law sin is aroused (Rom. 7:8-13); under grace it is despised. When sinful man is put under law he immediately wants to do what is forbidden. It is not the law’s fault, but the response of sin in man’s nature. Under grace, sin is despised. The memory of what our sins cost the Savior makes us turn away from them. Under law the work is never finished. That is why the Sabbath, the seventh day, came at the end of a week of toil. Grace tells us of a finished work, so we begin our week with the Lord’s Day, our day of rest.
The Law tells what man must do. Grace reveals what God has done in Christ.
The Law is a system of bondage (Gal. 4:1-3); grace is a system of liberty (Gal. 5:1). Men under law are servants; men under grace are sons.
The Law says, “Thou shalt love.” Grace says, “God so loved…”
The Law says, “Do and thou shalt live.” Grace says, “Live and thou shalt do.”
The Law says, “Try and obey.” Grace says, “Trust and obey.”
Under law a wayward son was taken outside the city and stoned to death (Deut. 21:18-2 1). Under grace the prodigal son can confess his sin and come back into the fellowship of his father’s house again (Luke 15:21-24).
Under law the sheep die for the shepherd. Under grace the shepherd dies for the sheep (John 10:11).
The superiority of grace has been described as follows: grace is not looking for good men whom it may approve, for it is not grace but justice to approve goodness; but it is looking for condemned, guilty, speechless, and helpless men whom it may save, sanctify, and glorify.

I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

 

*(From AgapeCafe – Yahoo Groups – Don’t know author.)

Under The Fingernails

April 27, 2008

Oh God, I am as dry and crumpled and rattling

As a rolling husk of weed in November.

Parched heart, brown seed,

Mouth thick with spit

Like puss,

Unspeaking.

Mind as barren as a stubble field

and cold as tundra.

 

Oh God, my hands curl

like dried fruit.

My lips and skin part and crack.

I stink of dust.

Shake me from your sandals, Lord.

Draw and pour fresh well water over Your head.

Let it trickle between Your toes.

Tread, mash, and swish me around.

Return me to that clean, bright,

Slick, rich wetness:

The clay under the fingernails of God.

 

potters wheel

Take this sinkin’ boat and point it home, we’ve still got time………

Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice, you make it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Falling slowly, eyes that know me, and I can’t go back.

Moods that take me, and erase me, and I’m painted black.

You have suffered enough, and warred with yourself, its time that you won…..

Take this sinkin’ boat, and point it Home, you’ve still got time…….

Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice you made it NOW.

Falling slowly, sing your melody, I’ll sing ALONG.

– Falling Slowly, Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova