The 4th: 2018

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“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” –George Orwell

What was it like, hearing the scratching of 56 congressmen dipping their quills and signing their names? What were they thinking, what were they dreaming? Would they still stand proudly if they saw America today?

I often think of these questions when I watch the fireworks burst in the sky. I see the children clapping and spinning with their sparklers, watch as parents spread out blankets and food, ready to celebrate the holiday. Our flag colors can be seen everywhere and on everyone, even reflected in the light of firework bursts on their faces. I watch and I wonder if I’m seeing a display of true patriotism or mere celebration of “just another holiday.” If asked, could all these people here today answer correctly as to the reason behind this gathering? Could the children?

It is the children that I fear for the most, will they grow to forget our past, our history, and wish instead to rewrite it, to overlook the ugly and downplay the sacrifices that were made to secure our freedom? Will there come a time when fewer and fewer people celebrate at all? There are many people here today, but maybe, there was just a bit more the year after 9/11. Patriotism always re-awakens when a country is attacked and tried. People, if only for a moment, remember that everything we have can be taken from us, that our freedom must be maintained and protected.

Sadly though, they have forgotten that it is God who has blessed us because we followed after him, as John F. Kennedy once said, “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”  He is supreme, and His hand of blessing can be withdrawn at any time.

Will we continue to place our trust in God? Will we teach our children the truth of salvation and freedom? Both won through great sacrifice. As I watch each firework burst and rain down red, white, and blue, I can only hope and pray, that my nation will remain under God’s grace and protection. That we would remain a people who turn their faces to heaven. That we would never become so proud that we would refuse to fall to our knees in worship.

Our country isn’t Democratic vs. Republican, White vs. Black, Straight vs. LGBT,  or Men vs. Women. We are simply Americans, and we should be of one heart and mind on this day and all others. I stand for truth, I stand for our history, I stand for God, and I stand for America. Happy 4th of July to you all and God bless.

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“If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” 

~ Ronald Reagan

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Star Trek: Quotes

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“Things are only impossible until they’re not.”

-Captian Jean-Luc Picard

 

It’s impossible for man to fly ~ Wilbur and Orville Wright 1903

It’s impossible to land on the moon ~ US Apollo 11 1969

It’s impossible to create light without fire ~ Thomas Edison 1879

…the list goes on.

What has been considered impossible for one era has been proven possible in another. So the question is this, is anything truly impossible? Afterall, we label something impossible only when we personally cannot find a solution. Once someone is willing to stand up and challenge an impossibility, there is always a chance that he or she will succeed, solving the problem that no one else could and therefore broadening our abilities as human beings.

It is more than adaptation, more than growth, it is reaching beyond our limitations and societal boxes. It’s becoming something greater. Are we still human? Yes, but we are continuing to stand apart from the rest of creation, proving once and for all that we have a soul, and a purpose. That we aren’t just animals but that we have minds that see beyond this world.

If we were truly made for this world, it would contain us. However, it does not, we continually reach upward and outward, searching for more, driven by a great desire for more that only God can satisfy.

What do you think of this quote?

Have you ever faced an impossibility and have overcome it?

Star Trek: Quotes

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“A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.” 

-Dr. Boyce, “The Menagerie,” (“The Cage”)

I heard about a man retiring from a factory, he had worked for 70+ years. Everyone was excited for him, but when asked, “are you ready to retire?” he replied, “no, I’m afraid that if I retire I will start to die.” You see, he had worked for so long, a life of ease sounded like a death sentence, and quite honestly, without hobbies and other things to do, the body would undergo quite a shock.

The health of a person involves so much more than we realize. Too much of anything can be deadly, too little of something can be just as hazardous. We must always be well balanced in diet and exercise. And then there is our mental health. Though eating right and keeping fit helps our minds, we need to face challenges…to face life. It is as Dr. Boyce said, we must live life as it happens to us, or wither away.

Many mental illnesses develop from a denial or refusal to accept/face circumstances. (I’m not saying this is the reason behind all cases) But it isn’t hard to see that any problem left unattended will grow into a larger problem. Denial, fear, anger….if not dealt with at hand can progress and very possibly consume us. The mind has both the ability to face a problem and to avoid it-though at considerable cost. The choices of the mind very much affect the health of the body. That is why it is common to find mental illnesses accompanied by body ailments such as chronic pain, immune deficiencies, asthma, and even cancer.

So, I believe this quote is true, though we may think at the time we are protecting ourselves when we avoid or “turn our backs” on life, we are really making life more difficult long term. It can be compared to this image; going with the flow of a stream, or fighting against the current. Eventually, you exhaust yourself fighting and end up swept away. More tired and worn then if you would have followed the stream, to begin with.

What are your thoughts on this quote?

 

Star Trek: Quotes

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“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.”

-Mr. Spock

This quote is a well-learned lesson for Mr. Spock, as, throughout his voyages on the Enterprise, he discovered that logic isn’t always enough, especially when dealing with humans who rely on intuition and emotions to guide them.  Logic is simply limited by what we know. A logical response for you may not be so logical to someone else, or in this case, may not be logical in another world.

Logic is generally what “makes sense”, and what makes sense is brought about through experience and reasoning. But what about the unknown? The things we encounter that, on the surface, don’t make sense? This is where logic isn’t enough, and we must rely on something greater.

To Mr. Spock, when logic doesn’t fit, he relies on his human side to fill in the equation. What feels right, or the things that aren’t logical but often true nonetheless. This is the beginning of wisdom as he describes it. A new level of understanding gained through time and maturity.

What I want to add to this is the Christian perspective, in that for us, wisdom is gained through a relationship with God. True wisdom, that which is understood only through revelation and faith. Though God created the world and it’s known science, He also created much that is unknown and even unseen. A world not governed or limited by our science or scientific laws. A world where our logic is not so logical at all. It is when we realize that limitation and start to see things openly that wisdom starts to grow in us. It involves humility and faith in that we must believe in something that can’t be fully understood.

That’s the heart of it, logic will only take you so far, eventually, you will have to have faith in something because we will never know all the answers to everything, whether you are a Christain or even an atheist, you will need to have faith to believe in what you do. And you will need the wisdom to make the right choice, a choice arrived at through objective means.

What are your thoughts on Logic vs. Wisdom?

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”-Proverbs 3:13-18

 

 

Movie Reviews

 

Hello everyone! Hope you had a great Easter!

What a privilege it was to worship Jesus Friday and Sunday and see new faces at our church, it is my prayer that they received peace, joy, and love as they remembered the cross. Another privilege this Easter was relaxing with friends and family and watching these two amazing films that I would like to share about with you today.

The first movie I watched on Netflix, called The Case For Christ, is based on a true story by Lee Strobel, a former Atheist turned to Christian after doing an in-depth search for truth. This movie looks into the topic of faith and proves that regardless of belief we all have faith in something, and even require faith to fill in the gaps of our understanding. The truth is we will never know all the answers to everything, but we can gather enough evidence to support the existence of God and Jesus.

Dr. Craig: Lee, do you want to know the truth, or is your mind already made up?… When is enough evidence enough evidence?

Some of the facts that Lee discovers completely shut down his arguments and debates. And soon he is left with a choice, to believe or not. This movie truly is amazing, for both believers and those who are still uncertain.

The second movie truly left me speechless. I Can Only Imagine is the story behind the famous song by Bart Millard. A story of forgiveness and following your dreams. God is the ultimate redeemer and this song was birthed from that redemption. You become immersed in the story as Bart grows up under an abusive father who loves to shatter Bart’s dreams and confidence. As time moves on, Bart learns he can sing and that dream is put to the test as he struggles to make it in the music business with his band, Mercy Me. Unfortunatley, the past he left behind seems to follow him, and he comes to the conclusion that he must go back home and face his father. It is there that God does something amazing, and through that miracle, Bart writes this beautiful song.

Both of these movies are based off true stories and are testimonies to the goodness of God. I highly recommend them to anyone who is hungry for more passion and zeal for Christ.

God bless you all! Thank you for reading!

 

Star Trek: Quotes

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If you kill them they may become martyrs. If they become martyrs you won’t be able to silence them.”

-William T. Riker

There are times when the existence of God becomes more clear, more definite. He isn’t only found in the masterpiece of creation but can be plainly seen in the heart of mankind. Though we have fallen into sin and destruction, hope isn’t lost, and the very core of our being remains God breathed life. Maybe even a desire to become more than what we are. Watching the news all the time will blind us all to the good that is still at work. The world is full of beauty and love put into action, to find it we need only look for it. In other words, we see what we want to see, what we look for we find.

You won’t discover a single animal willing to die for a belief. And yet humans have been known to give up their lives as a sacrifice for what they believe is greater than themselves. Soldiers die to protect freedom, a freedom we often take for granted. Many have given their lives to protect others, risking their lives for justice. It all tends to make me think about what I would die for. Would I die for my faith? Could I become a martyr?

I agree with what Commander Riker said, the moment someone finds something worthy enough to die for, it says something to everyone else. Suddenly they find that something valuable too. People may ignore this feeling, but I believe that we still place value on something based on what has been sacrificed for it. The more blood that was spilled, the more we take notice and protect that which has been protected.

We even glorify this concept. Watch any movie where the hero dies for his beliefs and you will almost feel that same passion stir within you. Movies like Braveheart. It’s as if death becomes a victory, a defining moment, and not the end of their legacy but the beginning.

But what about the Christian martyrs? We honor soldiers who died for our freedom, but do we truly honor those who died for our faith? Those who put everything into what they believed and hoped for? I really advise you to read Jesus Freaks by DC Talk, It’s a culmination of stories about those who gave up their lives for Jesus. Their voices won’t be silenced, even if the world tries to ignore them. Death for us shouldn’t be defeat, Jesus died and rose again, defeating death’s sting. Death for us now means eternity, but how we die is important. We can die as we are, displaying our love as Christ’s followers, or we can die in fear and resentment, clinging desperately to this life even if it means denouncing all that we believed in. The difference is significant. Satan stands defeated but we all have been given the chance to defeat him ourselves. To defeat our flesh and sin and choose Christ.

To die for Him is the ultimate sacrifice.

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”-Philippians 1:21

 

 

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