- Created on 26 November 2013
This week a popular cartoon, "Family Guy" killed off a beloved pet named Brian in a sobering moment on an otherwise over the top tv show.
One pastor has taken this moment to explain the death of a pet. Here is what he had to say:
I must admit I cannot recount the number of times when, as a pastor of more than two decades and as a public and media personality since, I have been approached by an adult or child — eyes filled with questions — who wanted to ask me very sincerely if I believed their pets would go to Heaven. I often noted the apprehension on their faces, as if they feared this man who typically speaks out on "more important issues" like social or world events would find their questions trivial, especially in light of increasing human challenges facing people around the world.
Of course, most of these dear people were unaware of how often this question has come up for me and other Bible expositors. In fact, it seems to be one of the biggest secrets in Christianity: that our Western mindset has made it difficult to discuss what people in other countries as well as theologians down through time believed to be an important and theological question.
Most are also usually unaware that the Bible itself has some important things to say about the issue, and that many celebrated theologians and philosophers — past and present — concluded a long time ago based on these Scriptures that our pets most likely will be in Heaven.
- Created on 22 November 2013
Fear Is Only A Feeling; It Cannot Hold Me Back.
An affirmation is a great way to start training your mind toward a positive way of thinking. Coupled with other positive thinking exercises, a positive affirmation will help you overcome any obstacle that is put in front of you. The object of these positive thinking exercises is to ensure that you train the most powerful muscle in your body: your brain.
Here is your affirmation for today which can help keep your day in alignment with your desire to accept fear as only a feeling, understanding that it cannot hold you back.
Write the affirmation down and / or program an alert in your phone /computer to repeat throughout the day for inspiration to your brain.
- Created on 21 November 2013
If I asked, "Whom do you trust the most?" most people would think of some other human being they know. Few would automatically respond, "God. I trust Him the most."
Psalm To Recognize A Friend
The problem we have is that when faced with situations we fear, most turn to other people for help.
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
You and I are living in the flesh in this earth age, and we have all the troubles and fears that go along with the flesh age. However, even though we are living in these flesh bodies, Father has given us the power over those things that would bother you. He has placed an angel of God over you, watching you to protect you from those things that would come against you. God will deliver you from all your fears when you place your trust in Him.
- Created on 18 November 2013
What do we owe God and our neighbor? Scripture tells us to give to everyone whatever is their due and to "owe no one anything, except to love one another" (Romans 13:6-8). The Jewish authorities sought to trap Jesus in a religious-state issue. The Jews resented their foreign rulers and despised paying taxes to Caesar. They posed a dilemma to test Jesus to see if he was loyal to them and to their understanding of religion. If Jesus answered that it was lawful to pay taxes to a pagan ruler, then he would lose credibility with the Jewish nation who would regard him as a coward and a friend of Caesar.
The Meaning Of Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd
If he said it was not lawful, then the Pharisees would have grounds to report him to the Roman authorities as a political trouble-maker and have him arrested. Jesus avoided their trap by confronting them with the image of a coin. Coinage in the ancient world had significant political power. Rulers issued coins with their own image and inscription on them. In a certain sense the coin was regarded as the personal property of the ruler. Where the coin was valid the ruler held political sway over the people. Since the Jews used the Roman currency, Jesus explained that what belonged to Caesar must be given to Caesar.
The Pharisees went off
and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech.
They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying,
"Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion,
for you do not regard a person's status.
Tell us, then, what is your opinion:
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?"
Knowing their malice, Jesus said,
"Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
Show me the coin that pays the census tax."
Then they handed him the Roman coin.
He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?"
They replied, "Caesar's."
At that he said to them,
"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God."
This story has another deeper meaning as well. We, too, have been stamped with God's image since we are created in his own likeness – "God created man in his own image ..male and female he created them" (Genesis 1:26-27). We rightfully belong not to ourselves, but to God who created us and redeemed us in the precious blood of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Paul the Apostle says that we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1). Do you acknowledge that your life and everything you possess belongs to God and not to yourself? And do you give to God what rightfully belongs to Him?