The opposite

   I recently preached a message on Daniel 2 and during my preperation I was reminded in Ironsides commentary that the image shown to Nebuchadnezzar was top heavy and  standing upon an unstable foundation since iron and clay do not mix. Yet I felt that there was something else there.

While meditating upon this section of Daniel (and sitting in the woods in 25 degrees) I had one of those moments where I thought man this has to be the Holy Spirit because I’m not this smart! 

Today in a culture that is embracing secular humanism at a far greater rate than ever before we are constantly bombarded through education, Media, and the Internet in subtle and non subtle ways that humankind is progressing and getting better all the time.

In fact recently one of the democrats running for president stated a traditional humanist belief that “deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases need to be changed.” ( If you don’t believe me Google it). A statement like that is born out of a deeply held humanistic belief that man is getting better and all we need to do is get rid of the archaic ways of thinking brought about by ancient and out dated religious views.

However the image in Daniel 2 that God gave to Nebuchadnezzar reveals God’s view of “Humankinds progress”. Consider it’s make up head of gold (Babylon) chest of silver (Medo-Persia), waist of bronze (Greece), legs of iron (Rome), Feet of Iron and clay (the last empire or the one world government of the antichrist) the elements that make up the image degrade from head to foot. 

Here’s what I realized…If man is progressing to a greater future where there will be no more war, prejudice, or poverty as we are being told then why does God reveal to a pagan king the opposite to be true?

If what the world says is true then the image should go from an iron and clay head to gold feet!

It doesn’t which can only mean that the closer we get to the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ the worse humankind and it’s governments will be. This image is God’s message against the claims of secular humanism and all others who claim that mankind can improve themselves by their own efforts.

The fact is it shows us that what will happen is that this way of thinking, and all that man has built will one day be destroyed until nothing remains except the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. 

It’s time to wake up Christian and forsake all of the humanistic and worldly philosophies and embrace the Lord of all who has and will come!

He is faithful

1 Cor. 1:9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (NET)

So many times we are tempted to doubt the faithfulness of God. Perhaps it’s circumstances that blind us to this truth, or maybe it’s the lies f I’m the enemy that we have believed. Whatever the case this eternal truth remains even when we fail to believe it. 

I’ve decided that no matter what may befall me I will stand in this truth…..God is faithful!

A Grandfathers discovery

Guess what I just discovered something as a Grandfather and I really believe that what I discovered is one of the reasons grandchildren bring us so much joy. This thing may also be why Grandkids love their Grandparents in a way that is different from their Parents.

Now I am not saying parents that they love us more. Rather they love us differently from you. Uniquely.

So what am I talking about?

Well simply put it is the way Grandparents celebrate the ordinary.

See I’ve noticed something about myself as a grandfather. Everything that my grandkids do is important to me. Oh don’t get me wrong I took joy and pleasure in the biggies like the first word, and steps, but I also take joy in the normal things they do. Like givimg them cookies, or a Popsicle on a hot day.

I don’t recall these things being as important to me as a parent. I was to busy providing and caring for them to notice the simple things…the ordinary things.

Now though as a Grandfather I get joy in providing the ordinary. Why? Maybe it’s because the pressures off so I can relax and notice the ordinary things like popscicles and cookies. The funny way they go about doing things like getting their toys out of the toy box.

I really believe God is like this also. Jesus tells us in Luke 12:23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
24 “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!

Also I believe that God calls our ordinary extrodinary! Just like Grandparents who make a big deal of little things that parents are to busy to notice at times. Grandparents aren’t and so we call attention to it and celebrate it.

God wants us to celebrate the ordinary in the lives of our grandchildren and children. So embrace His gift of life and celebrate it even if it’s ordinary.


imageJoshua 14: 12 “Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will drive them out as the Lord has spoken.”

We often let fear dictate the limits of our faith. When in fact our faith should dictate the limits of our fear. Here Caleb shows us that a man of faith who has received a promise from God will walk in it regardless of the obstacles in the way.

the truth is that our faith excels in the land of perhaps. Caleb had no other assurance of success than a simple promise spoken forty plus years before. Yet he remembers it and says perhaps the Lord will be with me.

Real social justice

Often I hear Christians talk about social justice in the sense of feeding and clothing the poor. Most of the time it’s to alieviate some strange sense of guilt they feel about their economic situation or out of some twisted way of thinking that believes that the poor are some how more righteous than the rich.

They become outraged over perceived injustices against people of a lower socio-economic position than they find themselves in. So they point out how God loves the poor, and believe that faith in action is caring for the poor and fighting for them.

Is this really social justice?

To be honest God does love the poor, but he doesn’t love them any more than the rich. They are no more righteous than the wealthy just because they are poor. This isn’t social justice either. Rather it is Marxist theology that is a false view of the gospel.

If you and I want real social justice then let’s stand and fight drugs and alcohol. Think of the homes destroyed that you know of from alcohol alone. How many children have been abused by a drunk mother or father? How many children are wards of the state because of the drug epidemic? Homes destroyed grandparents raising grandchildren because of drugs and alcohol abuse. Where is the Christian brother or Sister helping them?

God is concerned for the poor no doubt but what about the wealthy alcoholic or heroine addict? Why do we not stand up against these sins as a real fight for social justice?


What I long for

There is deep desire and longing I have. Something I want to see fulfilled in the church that God eventually allows me to pastor.

I long to see people coming to Christ and miraculously delivered from addiction, and all the bondage of sin through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Where we have to empty and fill the baptistery twice a week to keep the water from getting cloudy, and whereeople are receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit and set on fire for witnessing to those around them.

This is my longing.