Category Archives: Faith

These posts are primarily focused on my faith in God, what the Bible says about the issues of life, and how these affect my life.

Easter Outfit

CarterThis past Sunday, local churches around the country were blessed with full congregations! So many people came to church, even those who don’t normally go except on Christmas or Easter. But Easter is unique. Each year thousands of people go to the mall and buy a new suit or a new dress; or they wait their turn at the dry cleaners hoping to get their best dress or best suit back in time to wear it to church on Easter Sunday morning.

Easter Sunday’s Best Dressed

There are countless reasons why we do this in America and everyone has their own reason. But here’s a few that stood out to me:

  • Sitting in an uncomfortable environment for an hour once a year is a small price to pay for the excuse to buy fancy new clothes.
  • It is also a small price to pay for political, corporate, or social recognition (especially when your clothes are such that people cannot help but notice you).
  • Unreligious members of the community, or irregular church attenders, break out in a “religious sweat” twice a year as part of their traditions or religious obligations to their conscience.
  • People like to show off their nice clothes, or their gorgeous kids, as a symbol of financial, or social, status.

These are just a few reasons that are common among church goers on Easter Sunday.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

But think about this: If you were going to the Whitehouse to meet a President of the United States in a one-on-one meeting how should you dress? Why should you dress like that?

So, why should we dress our best for Easter Sunday (or Resurrection Sunday as Christians often refer to it)? Why does it matter?

Jesus, the true reason we celebrate Easter, died (as dramatized in The Passion Of The Christ Definitive Edition). He was brutally tortured and died the death of a Roman execution on a cross; and He did it for me, and for you! See, because we are all sinners powerless to save ourselves we need someone to take our place if we want any chance of escaping the eternal consequences of our sin! And that “Someone” is Jesus! Jesus died. He died to take our place so we could have eternal life!

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have asked God to forgive you for the pain you caused His Son on that cross 2,000 years ago and have received His forgiveness, this should inspire a sense of reverence and thankfulness in your heart that provokes you to give Jesus your best on the special day set aside to honor His loving sacrifice for you because Jesus is worth our best!

Does the way you dress for church reflect your reverence for your personal Savior?

Are Ghosts Real?

The other day, I was driving past some creatively decorated homes, with spooky life-sized halloween “characters” on their front porch. I began thinking back to a Bible study I participated in some time ago about Ghosts, and other spooky halloween “apparitions”. I began dusting the cobwebs of my brain, trying to remember exactly what the Bible says about Ghosts.

Wouldn’t you know, the next day I saw an article in my Facebook Feed about that very thing. The article was published on the Answers In Genesis blog, an organization whose thoroughly Biblical views I’ve come to highly respect over the years. Answers in Genesis (AiG) is probably best known for their Creation Museum but, in the recent past, has gained a lot of attention from the public eye for hosting a debate of whether Creation A Viable Model of Origins between it’s leader Ken Ham and the famed Bill Nye “The Science Guy”.

Reading this AiG article about the existence (or lack thereof) of ghosts only validated the beliefs that I already had by further grounding me with Biblical proof for what I believe.

So, Are ghosts real? I strongly encourage you, Christian or not, to give this article an honest read and decide for yourself. How you answer this question could influence what happens to you beyond the grave!

answersingenesis.org

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for Christians

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

My day has finally come! (sense the sarcasm?) I have received the Ice Bucket challenge for ALS. I can choose to accept the challenge and donate $100 to ALS research or I can “cop out” and donate a smaller amount if I agree to dump a bucket of ice over my head. I’d like to say I donated but $100 is a lot of money for some of us. Besides, I have a bigger problem with the ALS Association (the recipient of donations by this viral trend).

Christians Need to Think Twice

What’s the big deal? It’s a charity donation to research a cure for an incurable disease. But things aren’t always what they seem. The ALS Association supports Embryonic stem cell research which destroys living human embryos in the name of finding a life-saving cure. In layman’s terms, this aborts a human life.

The Ethical Ice Bucket Challenge

Many Christians are not taking the challenge because of this. I almost didn’t do the challenge or donate because of this either. But ALS is still a terminal disease without a cure and needs research. Ethical research. Fortunately, there are alternatives. I will be donating to the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center (MSCTC) at the University of Kansas Medical Center since they do not participate in the unethical embryonic stem cell research. A variety of ethical ALS research centers can be found on lifenews.com’s website.

Here comes the Fun!

And without further ado, here’s my video for your viewing pleasure.

We are all Addicts: Part 2

Addiction

If you haven’t read Part 1 of this series, please take a moment to do so before reading this Part 2. I showed you that we are all addicts (yes, even me): How we all have something that captivates our focus and energy more than anything else. These “so-called” addictions can be perceived as good things but the fact is this: If an addiction takes our focus of Jesus Christ, God’s Son who died for our sins, then that addiction is a sin. Continue reading

We are all Addicts: Part 1

I know it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted anything to my blog. I apologize for not keeping in touch with you, as my valued reader. But this topic has such an impact on all of our lives I wanted – no, I needed – to take my time and prayerfully make sure that what I tell you is strictly from the Bible. This mini-series could have been titled “What does the Bible say about addiction?” but it’s important that we understand we are all addicted to something no matter how “good” we think we are. Yes even me and you.

Every single one of us is Continue reading

3 things you didn’t know about the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Independence Day

Who signed it?

56 delegates from the 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence. Many, but not all, of these men were lawyers. There were several doctors, plantation owners, business men, preachers, even farmers!

Several religious denominations were represented by this group of men as well, yet God remained at the forefront of these delegates minds when creating the Declaration of Independence, as one can clearly see from its text (emphasis Continue reading

My Salvation Testimony

A good friend of mine, Jeff Johnson challenged me to write out my salvation testimony in “elevator pitch” form. Why write it? And why in “elevator pitch” form? Because writing it in short form forces you to think through it and include only the necessary details so you don’t lose the attention of your audience. I challenge any Christian who Continue reading