Happy New Year 2018
I hope you have a great time with your family this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
Happy New Year 2018
Now the year of 2018 ends and the New Year 2019 is begins. I hope you and your family had a great year. It is my hope your year has been blessed by the Lord going in and coming out. I know we are all busy. But putting God first is a command and not an option. Our families and jobs comes next.
In reality it is hard to say there is "peace on earth" and goodwill for men. Really think about this. In the Koine Greek, it is "peace on earth for men and women who love the Lord." That makes more sense than the original transliteration. There is no peace on earth in 90 percent of the world or "goodwill for men" likewise.
As a Christian living in a dark world we are to walk kindly, softly, and help others as he/she goes. Wherever you are and whatever you do for a living putting God first as His representative is a command some have forgotten. Some Christians have a hard time accomplishing this, me as well from time to time, and I understand.
But the Holy Spirit will help each of us as we go about everyday. Many times we do more with what we don't say than what we actually do. Do not just go to church on Sunday and do your own thing outside the protective presence of the Holy Spirit.
As in previous years, the Western world continues in metamorphosis and slumber of collective inactivity without a significant revival sweeping the land. A revival we need desperately.
With that in mind, let us take a look at some of the items that made up 2018:.
- The Castro era came to an end. Or did it? On February 24, Cuban: Raúl Castro steps aside as president, ending nearly six decades of Castro leadership on the island. But very little will change for years to come.
- March 18 2018, the Russian election was held in which Vladimir Putin won a fourth term. He is a very confusing and ruthless leader and very likely to win through deceit.
- Persecution continues worldwide from China, Middle East, and America.
- An eight year old child was not permitted to tell his classmates about the Biblical account of Daniel in the classes show-and-tel.
It is the birth (at the wrong time of the year) we celebrate at Christmas
It is Jesus, our King we celebrate this Christmas, which taught "God created human beings male and female after their kind." (Mark 10.6) Darwin, Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, Huxley, Russell, Rorty and legions of the founders of the Humanist Manifesto have decided for you that we should be in a world without God. They are the legions of the dark side and their disciples insisting that humankind is a product of pure chance, unproven spontaneous generation, and the theory of evolution. Our children are taught bad science without Creation in middle and high schools across America.
At Christmas, we celebrate not the world or the gifts, but the birth of a soon coming King, the Lord Jesus Christ. That brings up a point. Jesus Christ is the Messiah of Christmas. He came to save the world through love, not a rope around one's head or chop it off because of non-belief which the Islamics have demonstrated.
Countries that fund and export terrorism around the world exists including but not limited to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and North Korea. The ultimate victim is the average person on the streets of Iran, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea.
Image for a moment what the funds spent on terrorism could do for people's prosperity instead of funding rouge individuals and groups, and threaten to use nuclear weapons around the world? Each nation mentioned all practice imprisonment of innocent people, torture, and kill those that disagree with them.
Remember the families of the mass and solo attacks happening way to often. These are acts of pure satanic evil. We need to be in prayer for everyone involved in these tragic evil displays I would suggest the reason or reasons for evil are Spiritual instead of purely man's thoughts.
New York City again has been the scene of a senseless attack by a man in a truck. CNN states, "Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbekistan native who was living in New Jersey, is charged with providing material support to ISIS, violence, and destruction of motor vehicles, said Joon H. Kim, acting US attorney for the Southern District of New York."
A senseless killing of 26 men, women, and children as they worshiped at a Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX. Please be in prayer for the families and congregation as information becomes available on this satanic attack in the physical world.
I need revival, we need revival!
What has happened and is happening?
I absolutely love the quote from Anne Graham Lotz. Revival does begin with each of we who call themselves Christian. It put the responsibility clearly on each of our shoulders to start the revival by each of us getting right with God. The battle we fight is not against flesh and blood. (Ephesians 6.12) Our real fight is an opponent we cannot see with our naked eye but is as real as the air we breathe and cannot see either.
Never forget the fight is for the hearts and minds of the walking dead without Jesus Christ. We were each in the same state before someone helped us to understand. Jesus Christ tells us He is the resurrection and the life of John 11.25.
Let us see what the opponents of Christianity say.
The opponents of Jesus Christ, Dewey, Rorty, Foucault, and their followers insist there is no resurrection and that life itself is an accident of nature despite the science against this belief.
I have read and studied Marx and Lenin who both assert there is no God and that we must eliminate the bourgeois class, by violence if necessary. This philosophy is alive and well in many American universities today.
The philosophies of Freud, Marx, Nietzsche, and their disciples believe all religion is an illusion, wishful thinking, an opiate of the masses, or chasing after pie in the sky. They are already in eternity awaiting the White Seat Judgment where they will face the God they rejected.
Jesus said we should "love God with all our heart, all our mind, and all our soul." We are to love our neighbors as much as we do ourselves. (Mark 12.30-31) Jesus Christ promised He will prepare a place for us in heaven for we who love and trust Him. (re. John 14)
Christians have never needed more in history to be taught to be a real disciple themselves. Only then can one learn to disciple someone else. We need disciples instead of just pew sitters.
The Corinthian and Laodicean churches are alive and well in America today. They are rich and blind. The Christian conservative is having a harder time “coming out” in public even more than do the LGBT crowd.
The society we live in is more likely to be politically correct than to honor the God that made them. Evangelism is out of favor with the body of Christ not because of the Word itself. Most are not convinced themselves.
Jesus commanded: “Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
That is a real disciple. We must first obey everything Jesus commanded and then teach others in love. Being kind and loving to others opens quite a few doors. The opposite of the love of Christ is domestic terrorism and related radical national violence — as opposed to a terrorist attack emanating from abroad — continues to plague our world.
The two men on either side of our Lord were Jewish radicals or lone wolves who were trying to kill the Roman occupiers. Both were outside His will through doing what they thought to be right. However, both were without His saving grace until one humbled himself and recognized Him for who He was. God came down to save the humanity He created.
- Did you realize suicide is at a forty year high in America. Things are not getting better. America’s political correctness has barred many towards labeling ISIS or whatever name they call themselves today what they are, as bold-faced terrorist. If being called what they are that makes you and I an “Islamaphobe” then so be it. A peaceful Islamic is an oxymoron.
Thus, this is the world we live in as we walk where we live in the name of the Lord as His representative. Jesus Christ was not born in the month of December of the American Calendar. That was designed by retailers who needed to prop up their dreary winter sales figures.
The actual date we will never know. It is more than likely in the September/October time-frame in reality. An interesting fact that requires additional study and contemplation.
Time is growing short!
The Rest of the Story.
Clearly, there is a vast chasm dividing Christianity and the worldviews with which it battles for the hearts and minds of humankind. The Secular Humanistic system of values is firmly entrenched in the power centers of our society:
- Businesses and Industry
Christians committing sin and the Word of God have never mixed. The Book of Acts is full of examples of where God punishes sin. The consequences of willful sin, whether by nations or individuals, is not overlooked by God and is devastating to both. Christians need to up their game and walk as representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ who is very close to each.
Christ needs people who remember what He said: “Go” and proclaim the Gospel to the world. (Mark 16.15) Draw a circle around yourself and let revival start within your circle. How many of we Christians are willing to be imprisoned for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Jail time, when compared to eternity, is incredibly insignificant. Do you remember back in 2014 ISIS took over Quaragosh, the biggest Christian city in Iraq with many beheadings of even children?
The Islamics have forced those they did not kill to flee to the safety of other regions. The liberal media failed to cover the event where Christians were murdered. For the most part, Boko Haram killings miss the evening news as well.
Ruth Graham once remarked, "If God does not punish America for its sin, He is going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah." Jude said this, “Likewise, these people, with their visions, defile their own flesh, despise godly authority and insult angelic beings." (Jude 1.8)
America is entrenched in worldliness. As you can easily see, the church has a long way to go in teaching the inerrant Word of God. Every church needs to wake up; you can not mix Christianity and any other religion of the world. It is impossible. The following verses explain this position.
God said in Matthew 3:17, "And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." God also said in Mark 9:7, "And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him."Jesus said in John 14:6, " to him (Thomas), “I Am the way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
As the body of Christ, every believer needs as Paul did to fight apostasy where ever it is found. We must do this in love as Christ did. The Bible states in Hebrews that "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever," (Hebrews 13.8). Moreover, Psalm 121:4, "Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."
It is Christ who remains the same, and it is we who change. Hopefully, that change will be the Holy Spirit sanctifying each one of us. I would love to hear from you. Please leave your comments on the subject covered below. Thank you, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Yers. God's blessings, Gary Hill, Ph.D..
A peaceful Christmas scene
I hope you have wonderful times with your family during the Holidays!
During this year I have had surgery on the brain stem C2, C3, and C4 at Duke University. It has been a hard year that got harder. God promised to always be with us, but He did not promise it would be easy.
The number of cases of Parkinson's disease is at epidemic proportions. I have been with a number of them and it is debilitating to those that have the disease. I also work with those that have Dementia and it is equally debilitating. My heart goes out to those that are hurting this Holiday season.
Jesus Christ - The King of the World and Soon Coming King!
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A Holiday Picture
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© 2016 Gary E Hill