Judgement Day!

Whether you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or profess another religion, you have heard of “Judgement Day”. No, not like in the Terminator series of movies, but of a time when one stands before God to answer for their deeds and thoughts in life. Where you good enough? Did you help enough people? Where you a drain on those around you? There’s just you, your attorney, the prosecution team, and the judge. Wow, that Judge has some desk! How will this play out?

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Dating and Loving God

I remember when I first started dating. I was both excited and scared, especially at first. I had no idea what I was doing and learned along the way. I would make sure I showered, shaved, combed my hair, put on good, clean clothes. I would think about where we would be going and doing. I made sure I had cash in my pocket and a credit card as backup. Oh, my car! Cleaned it and gassed it up. I was determined to make a good impression because I wanted her to enjoy time with me. I wanted her to want to be with me. I wanted another date after this one! The time together got to be more precious as we grew closer. I started to become dependent on that time together, I was addicted!

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I stopped believing!

My favorite radio station, K-Love recently had a poll in response to as study that showed most people believe later in life what they believed when they were 13. They asked people to call in and share their experiences. Well, I could not get through on the phone, and even if I could have, it would have taken a very long time for me to give my side of the story. So, here I am, explaining why I am not like most people, and how many if my beliefs have changed since then.

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Serenity Prayer(s), for You!

Most people have heard of the Serenity Prayer. It was written by Reinhold Niebuhr and is extensively used by 12-step programs. It is powerful for those that let it help and guide them. It paints life with a very broad brush, which is why so many people have used it and love it. Not only am I going to share it with you, but I will also share some additional niche versions that many have found even more helpful. You will also learn how you can share a version with someone you love by putting their name into it, and then give it to them by email or text. I am very excited to share this with you!

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Overseas Deployments and Heaven

As I look at the title of this post, I wonder how those two could have anything in common at all. Deploying overseas was hard, dangerous work. We were far away from loved ones and often felt isolated from “real life”. Well, this is about a revelation I was given years after the deployments I made, long after I retired from the Navy.

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Who’s the High Priest?

Many of us know the story about how Jesus was called to defend himself before the High Priest and the rest of the council.

Matthew 26:62-65: Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

“I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

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What Scientists can’t see!

Astronomers, astrophysicists, and others who study space today are convinced that there are planets circling other stars. They have already named over 350 of these “exoplanets”. Interestingly enough, not one scientist has actually seen one, not even through the best telescopes we have! They have never shown up in any picture! These same scientists also believe in dark matter, dark energy, and black holes. They have never seen any of them, either! Since there is no direct evidence that these things exist, how can scientists say with absolute certainty that they do?

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Personal Gospels

Some say that the most important books of the Bible are the four Gospels. Because the writers saw things through their own eyes, the stories do not line up 100%, which is as it should be. In many years of detective work, I learned that rarely do two witnesses see things the exact same way. It’s always from their own point of view.

Witness statements. That’s what the Gospels are to us, to me. Different views of the same thing and each view tells you a lot about the author as well. Here’s what I mean:

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A Creation Story

As it says in the title, this is a story. Sure, it’s based on a true story, the one in the Bible, but like Hollywood I have taken liberties to … fill in the blanks.

So, let’s start at the beginning. No really, at the beginning.

History, time and space all began at the “Big Bang”. That’s what science tells us, however science leaves out a few things:

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Was Jesus Only a Great Teacher?

Several people have told me that Jesus was “only a great teacher”, and He was not the Son of God. He was, at best, maybe a prophet.

Well, at least they do admit He existed in history, so that’s closer to the truth than those who deny Him completely! I almost never challenge those people, because I feel God is working on them and a confrontation will not do anyone any good. So, I will address the issue here.

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