THE FAMOUS AND THE CRITICAL – Mar. 18

iRoswell:

Proverbs 17:27 (NLTse)
“A truly wise person uses few words;
a person with understanding is even- tempered.”

Originally posted on A DEVOTED LIFE:

“And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet  among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream.  Not so with my servant Moses.  He is faithful in all my house.  With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord.  Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”  Numbers 12:6

Evangelist Billy Graham speaking at Doak Campb...

I do not care for celebrity pastors.

That is not entirely true.  There are several pastors both alive and dead that I like very much and are, or would be, considered a celebrity under most definitions.  If your definition of celebrity is any person who is famous, then there are many pastors who are celebrities from one degree to another.

So, I do like celebrity pastors … just not all of them.

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Ken Ham vs Bill Nye

Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham

Live Streaming FREE on Feb. 4 at 7 PM ET – 6 PM CT


“Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era? Leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham is joined at the Creation Museum by, Emmy Award-winning science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society, Bill Nye.”

A live feed (will go live at time of event) will be shown below, or you can watch it at:

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September 2014: The Return of Jesus Christ!

It is patently unBiblical to know the date when Jesus will return (Mark 13:32). Yet, I find it quite amazing that even as clearly stated as that Scripture is, people are still lead astray by others who say “they know!”

For example, during the 1800′s, William Miller said that he figured out when Jesus would return and led many astray. Hiram Edson was one of those individuals and it’s because of him, along with the help of James and Ellen White, that we have the cult known as the Seventh Day Adventist.

As I start this new year, I can’t help but wonder how would my life change if I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus was going to return this year? How about you? Would it bring excitement or would your stomach drop to your feet? It’s an interesting thought and should give us, at least for a brief moment, pause.

So this year, before you make your New Years resolution, ask yourself, if Jesus was returning in nine months, how would that effect your New Years resolution?

Let me know in the comments below.

R.I.P. Ron and Vickie Seres

Ron was going to retire on December 20, 2013.

But on December 14th, six days shy, his plans forever changed when he stepped off into eternity. He had no idea it was coming. Ron and his wife Vickie had just finished renovating their home, installing solar panels, and were enjoying an empty nest. There are many people who could tell you how excited he was at the prospect of only having to work a few days a week. They had plans for the future.

Everything can change in a moment!

For Ron and his wife it came as they were driving down the road. Going through a green light, a van coming off the highway ran the red light and side swiped them, flipping their car several times. Ron spent a lot of time on the road over the years. He was a lead school bus driver in Round Rock Texas. But there was nothing he could do. It was the recklessness of the driver behind the wheel of the van. He was pronounced dead at the scene but his wife made it to the hospital before she died.

Everyday, over 150,000 people die!

We know that we are going to die, we just never believe it's any time soon. Somehow, no matter how old we are, we think of death only in terms of way down the road. But in reality, any one of us could join that statistic before the end of the day. A car wreck, a heart attack, a stray bullet- it could be any number of things that aid our entrance into eternity. So if we can die at any moment, then the only logical thing to do is prepare for it.

How do you prepare for death?

If you were going to meet a stranger in another state, you would be nervous, and rightly so. Going hundreds of miles to meet someone you don't know would be nerve racking. However, if you began to communicate with that person first, talk to them through phone calls, emails, or letters, you would begin to feel more comfortable. You would learn their likes and dislikes, and each new thing you learned would ease your fears of meeting them. The trip would still be worrisome, but it would be manageable. The fear of the unknown would be lessened the more you knew about the person you're going to meet.

Getting to know God!

For the Christian, we can overcome our fear of death through prayer and Bible study. Finding out everything we can about Him is paramount to easing our fears. The unknown becomes known and our relationship with Almighty God grows and deepens!

If you haven't taken that first step-

Please, take a moment and watch the video at the bottom of this post. It's very short, but it's packed with everything you need to begin a relationship with God.

I'm going to miss Ron.

I pray for all his family and friends. That each one will find themselves seeking after God for the comfort and peace that only He can provide. I pray that this Christmas season will not be lost on them, but will bring them hope in the Savior whose birth we celebrate.

 

Rest in peace Ron and Vickie Seres

 

 

Paul Walker’s Tragic Car Crash in 3D By Dan Delzell

In Hollywood, good guys don't typically die at the end of the movie. In real life, good guys and bad guys all die at the end of their time on earth. Movie star Paul Walker certainly seemed to be one of the good guys.

Tragically, Paul was killed in a horrific car crash on Saturday. The young man who shot to fame in the 'Fast and Furious' movies about car racing, lost his life as a passenger in a friend's Porsche about 30 miles north of Hollywood…”


Read the rest at Christian Post.

 

Billy Graham’s Hope For America

Billy Graham is the most popular evangelist of our time. He has preached to more people in the world then most pastors will ever even see in their lifetime. God has richly blessed him and now, with his 95th birthday having just passed, he is still heralding God’s Gospel to anyone who will hear!

If you did not get the chance to see the program on television, that’s alright. You can watch it online, for free, at his webste My Hope For America.

This is not a program to watch alone. Every family member, friend, or acquaintance who’ll listen, should be invited to view this message. It has the program that aired, as well as two bonus programs with people giving their testimony of what God has done in their life. Enjoy…

What Is The Gospel?

The Gospel is God's

good news to mankind. In fact, the word gospel means “good news.” But before I tell you the good news, let's get the bad news out of the way. This way you'll appreciate the Gospel even more.

The Bad News: You're a sinner. Don't believe me? Take the good person test and see how you do.

You see, the bottom line is, God is holy. He has given us laws to live by and, at the end of history, He will judge us by those laws. So the question you have to ask yourself is, are you good enough to pass God's law?

Most of us know, without having to take a test, that we have sinned at one point or another. In fact, Romans 3:23 makes it clear that we have. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (NLT).

Which brings me to the really bad news. All it takes is breaking one of God's laws and you become a law breaker. James 2:10 “For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws” (NLT).

This results in both our physical death (Romans 5:12), as well as our spiritual death (Isaiah 59:2). The Bible also makes it clear that if you die in your sins, you will spend eternity in hell (Matthew 25:46).

Where's the good news?

At this point, it may seem like all hope is lost. That there is no way you can make it to heaven. In all honesty, you are correct. All of us deserve punishment because we are all criminals, we have all broken God's law. But God, rich in mercy, has made a way!

Jesus, the Father's own Son (John 3:16), came to earth. He was born of a virgin, and lived a perfect life. He never sinned. Yet, He died a criminals death on the cross, taking the punishment that we deserve! 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (NLT).

Now the choice is yours. You can either choose to pay the fine yourself, which means eternal hell. Or, you can put your trust in Jesus and what He did for you and turn away from the sins that separate you from God (Matthew 3:2). If you do that, you have God's promise that you will be saved. Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (NLT).