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The Man Who Invented Christmas - Part II

The Man Who Invented Christmas posed the problem if you can change.  Could Scrooge change from his evil ways or was he incapable of changing?  As we all know, Scrooge could and did change his ways.  But are you capable of changing your ways and believing in Christ?

Lord, help us to become Your followers.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas is an excellent film.  It is the story of how Charles Dickens became inspired to write The Christmas Carol.  It is generally historically accurate, and the story becomes alive.  As he visits various people, they morph into various characters and he sees them.  Then the invariable knock on the door comes and his concentration is wrecked and they disappear.

The Man Who Invented Christmas is highly recommended.  There is no profanity and no nudity.  Suitable for all ages.

Pearl Harbor Day

    Today I went to a Pearl Harbor commemoration.  It is good to pause and remember those who have died and a warning not to be complacent.  You may think you have control of your life, but you never know when you are going to die.  Not only should you have a will made out, but you should also know if you are going to heaven or hell.  Only by believing in Jesus Christ as your savior will you enter heaven.

Religious Freedom

The first amendment states:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Today in the Supreme Court a very important case was argued.  Jack Phillips, a Christian baker, would not make a cake for a gay couple who wanted to get married.  Since the Bible condemns homosexuality, Jack Philips contended that if he was going to bake a cake it would violate his "free exercise" of religion.  He offered to help them find a baker who would make the cake for them.  The state of Colorado fined him and sent him to remedial training.

Lord, we pray that Christians will not be persecuted because of their faith.

Gambling - IV

Fourth, gambling is a form of state-sponsored greed. We read in Romans 13 that government is to be a minister of God. Government should provide order in society and promote public virtue. Legalized gambling undercuts government’s role and subverts the moral fabric of society through greed and selfishness promoted by a state-sponsored vice.
(https://bible.org/question/why-gambling-wrong)
Many state governments like gambling because it is a source of revenue that is not a tax.  That sounds like greed - because revenue by definition is a tax.

Gambling - III

Third, gambling destroys families. Gambling is a major cause of family neglect. Many of the social costs associated with gambling come from its mindset. As people get caught up in a gambling frenzy, they begin to neglect their families. Money spent on lottery tickets or at horse tracks is frequently not risk capital but is income that should be spent on family needs. In 1 Timothy 5:8, Paul says that a person who refuses to care for his family is worse than an infidel. Parents must provide for their children (2 Corinthians 12:14) and eat the bread of their labors (2 Thessalonians 3:12). When gambling is legalized it tempts people to neglect their God-mandated responsibility to care for their families, and these families often end up on welfare.
(https://bible.org/question/why-gambling-wrong)

Gambling - II

Second, gambling destroys the work ethic.  The work ethic is that if you work hard, you will be paid.  Gambling says if you are lucky, you will get wealthy, very wealthy indeed.  Instead of putting your shoulder to the wheel, many spend on lottery tickets, on illegal betting, hoping to get rich.  Thrift is destroyed.  Instead of saving up for a rainy day, money is spent gambling.

Gambling - I

     On Monday 03 December, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether gambling on sports should be authorized.  It is estimated that $150 BILLION is spent illegally on gambling.
    I am against gambling because it is based on covetousness, greed.  You are trying to get something for a little, without any work.  Legalized gambling becomes an institutionalized form of greed.
(https://bible.org/question/why-gambling-wrong)

The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas is about Charles Dickens and his writing of the Christmas Carol.  However, the man who invented Christmas is NOT Charles Dickens, but Jesus Christ!  In one month we celebrate Christ's birth.

Thanksgiving - Jonah

This morning I heard a sermon on Jonah and thanksgiving.  While he is in the belly of the great sea creature, he says this:  "But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you."  Thus, even in times of hardship, being in the belly of a sea creature with gastric acid bleaching  your skin, Jonah is still thankful.

Lord, help us to be thankful in all circumstances..

Thanksgiving

I received a Thanksgiving message from my boss (slightly modified so as not to be too identifiable):

"Let me wish every member of our company a very happy Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for all you do, every day, week in, week out . . . Please know all of your efforts, great and small make a difference. 
  Please take this time to think about all the great things in your individual lives - - family, friends, meaningful work - - whatever it may be for you individually
   If you are traveling, travel safely and come back to us after the holiday."

What is missing? 
First, my boss is thanking me for my work.  We should be THANKING GOD, not each other. 
Second, we should be THANKING GOD, not just thinking about this.  It is important to THANK GOD. 
Third, THANKSGIVING is a corporate activity.  The Pilgrims came together as a community, not individually.  Thanksgiving should be done together as a church. 
   
So go to church this Thursday.  If your church does not have a Thanksgiving service, find one that does.  Go with a cheerful and thankful heart. 

Definition: Love Child

Since 1805, the term "love child" has been used for an illegitimate child.  I resent that definition.  My wife and I love each other, and we have several children - all conceived in love.  But none of them can be considered a "love child" because we are married.  Why is "love child" only for illegitimate children?  It is as if there is no love in marriage.

What are you watching? Dark Passage

A little more than 70 years ago, Dark Passage, was released on 27 September.  My wife and I watched the film and it is a great classic with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  It was refreshing to see a film without a single vulgar word or blasphemy.  Further, unlike most films today, they did not jump into bed within several hours of meeting each other.  In fact, they never did. 
Film has good suspense and a lot of funny moments as well.  This gets a five star rating.

What are you reading? The People of the Book - VI

     Geraldine Brooks is no friend to Christianity.  In The People of the Book, the only sympathetic portrait of a Christian in 5 1/2 centuries is a lesbian.  Her portraits of Christians are cruel people who persecute the Jews and the Muslims who are always portrayed in a loving manner.
     I am not saying that we should white-wash the sins of Christians.  I am saying the whole story of Christianity should be detailed.

What are you reading? The People of the Book - V

     In Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book, the Christian wife of the converted Jew, thinks her child is of the devil and after birth abandons her child.
    Once again, a "righteous" Christian is portrayed as the devil incarnate.

What are you reading? The People of the Book - IV

     In Geraldine Brooks The People of the Book, the Christian wife of the Jew (see previous article on 14 Oct) goes to her parents, asking them to ransom her husband.  They are so cold-hearted, they do not redeem their son-in-law.
     Once again, "righteous" Christians are portrayed as evil incarnate.

What are you reading? The People of the Book - III

     In Geraldine Brook's The People of the Book, we meet the perfidious Christians of the Spanish Inquisition.  A Jew converts to Christianity and then the Spanish Inquisition does not think that he is Christian enough and tortures him - not just mental torture, but physical torture.  Thus, the kind Christians are lesbians, and the orthodox Christians are torturers.  Geraldine Brooks never portrays Christians in a positive light.

What are you reading? The People of the Book - II

     The People of the Book is about the Sarajevo Haggadah, a very old Jewish manuscript from around 1450.  In it the book's origins is from Spain.  The most sympathetic Christian we meet is a girl who was captured by a Muslim emir and became his wife.  She then becomes bisexual, taking a girl for her lover.
     Thus, the nicest Christian we meet is a lesbian. 


What are you reading? The People of the Book - I

     Geraldine Brooks, a prolific author and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, wrote The People of the Book.  In the very first chapter - in the first several pages, the heroine Hanna, (a Jewess) is in bed with a Muslim, Ozren Karamen on the very first night they met. 
     The not so subtle message is that it is okay to have pre-marital sex.
     People used to say that reading is better than television.  I am not so sure as both can be tools to twist what is right and make good, sin, and sin, good.

Lord, help us to use discernment.

Why the Massacre in Las Vegas? Part II

    I think one reason for the massacre is because of the lack of fear of eternal punishment (see "Why the Massacre in Las Vegas?  Part I).
    I would contend that the second reason is because of a culture of death.  We live in an age where death is rampant.  Exhibit A is the abortion industry.  A woman becomes pregnant and the solution is to kill the unborn.  That is called infanticide.  Getting too old and can't take care of yourself?  Senicide takes care of that problem.
    Life has become cheap.  Whether it is shooter games, or violent movies.  I love James Bond films, but in The Spy Who Loved Me, he kills 31 people, and another 116  people are killed.  In the Quantum of Solace, he kills another 16.  Legolas kills 57 people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  And Chicago saw in 2016: "762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents, and 4,331 shooting victims."  http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/01/us/chicago-murders-2016/index.html