Look to Jesus to Find Yourself

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2017 by mclmuskrat

The Barna Group of researchers has published that 76% of surveyed practicing Christians see the best way to “find yourself” is to look within yourself. I would understand that the 91% of all U.S. adults might believe that way with all the self-help books and TV shows spouting that nonsense, but the Christians?

Are we thinking it is the “born again” Christians…you know, the ones with an all new inner spirit; that looking within they actually find something not of their own making? Or, are we thinking that we are all sinners and we all have an evil heart, a heart that wants to rebel and not follow God? While we were created to glorify God, our freedom to love God or to love ourselves is also God given out of love. We have a choice.

John 15:13 tells us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for our friends; that is selfless love! That is what Jesus did for you…what are you going to do in return for that love? There is no repayment possible. There is only thanksgiving! To do something good in return…so…do you think doing something good for yourself is the right way to say thank you to Jesus? Or, to do something good for others?

Again, what is the best way to find yourself? To “look” selfishly within, or to “do” selflessly for others? Ephesians 2:8 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing: it is the gift of God.” If you are a “born again” Christian, it is by the gift from God and not your own doing…so…should you be looking within to find yourself? Or, should you set your eyes upon Jesus…the one that made you wonderfully alive and really worth something?

Rejoice and Let the Heavens be Glad

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , , , , on March 5, 2017 by mclmuskrat

It is no secret that we live today in a world of relativism (believe what you want for it is all the same), no absolutes (who knows what the truth is) and diversity to the point that there are no differences. Once a nation of laws, honesty and integrity where sin was frowned upon, we now have many states are thumbing their nose at Federal law; laws put into place by the same political group now leading the rebellion. How that group lacks morals and fights against God. Groups and governments want to seal your voice and break your freedoms down to control you. So, in this harsh environment, how do we obey God to go out into all the world? (Mark 16:15). Are we afraid of those loud voices in townhall gatherings to not pray in Jesus’ name; the one name they need to bring them out of their turmoil?

When Paul and Silas were thrown in prison for preaching Jesus in the Temple, once released…they went right back to preaching Jesus in the Temple. Psalm 96 verses 3 and 10 tell us to say to the Nations how great the LORD is, for He is King!

So, where are the Godly voices? What are we afraid of? Do you not feel the glory, mercy and forgiveness of the LORD Christ Jesus in your own heart? Don’t you think the unknowing peoples of the Nations should also have a chance at these same great blessings? We are to share “The Good News” gospel for there will come a day like that that Psalm verse 13..”for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth.”

Too Smart to See…or to Believe…or Both?

Posted in About the Book, Questions of the Ages with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2017 by mclmuskrat

Many searchers simply refuse to see the evidence for God’s existence so plainly before them. My first book, “I Am, the Great Creator God” was a 20 year effort to show people how to “look” at the evidence before them and to see and experience our Creator God.

Many are searching for light, here is a classic example. Stephen Hawking, an extremely smart scientist, whom I respect, is a man who has spent his whole life searching for the truth in how the universe was created. Stephen Hawking contends in his book, “The Grand Design” (September 2010) that definitely God did not create the universe or spark the Big Bang into being. He writes,

Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.[underline added]

He continues,

“Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists why we exist.”

When these scientists talked about “nothing”, that is, “create from nothing”, they always mention some pre-existing “law” that is already there. Please note that there are four major forces in the universe that hold all matter together, one being gravity. So Hawking’s words, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing”, really Dr. Hawking? Here is where being so smart actually keeps you from seeing the obvious. To have an already existing “law” or a “force”, such as gravity, is not “nothing”. Gravity is something! Nothing means nothing…no laws, no forces, no energy, no matter…no anything! Ex nihilo! So, who created gravity? Where did the universal laws, forces, energy and matter come from? Who created the force that binds elementary particles together to form atoms and molecules? You can’t say they always existed; there had to be a beginning where there were no forces, no anything.

“Spontaneous creation”?…really Dr. Hawking?

Are You Sure the Bible is Man’s Work and Not God’s?

Posted in About the Book on January 30, 2017 by mclmuskrat

When was the last time you read the book of Daniel? How about Daniel Chapter 6? Even those non-Christians have heard the Daniel and the Lion’s Den story. Are you sure it is just a story, maybe you think of it as just a kid’s story?

Daniel, now in his 80’s was high in the Darius Kingdom (6:3); for many years he stayed true to Yahweh and yet was most favored by the various kings of Babylon since his exile. His so-called friends, jealous and corrupt, hated Daniel, yet could find no basis to bring charges against him. So they tricked King Darius to issue a decree (6:12) that would get Daniel thrown into the lion’s den. A stone was rolled over the entry to the lion’s den and sealed (6:17). The king went to the den in the morning and found Daniel alive (6:19-22).

The story of Daniel, six centuries before the birth of Jesus, parallels the story of Jesus, high and mighty God, yet falsely accused by evil men who argued that the ruling governor should kill Jesus. The body placed in a tomb, a stone rolled over the entry and sealed. The next available morning, Jesus was found alive.

Lions throughout history are often tied to chaos, evil destroying and consuming, in the universe. Without Jesus the Christ, there too would be evil destroying and consuming the earth and the whole universe which He created. Obviously, these two  events are tied together…the evil men who falsely accused Daniel were thrown into the lion’s den (6:24), and the evil men who falsely accused Jesus, their “lion’s of chaos” never allowed them to see the Messiah they longed for, never for them to receive mercy and grace! Without Jesus, there is death; this is no kid’s story!

 

Have You Room for the Miraculous?

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , , , on January 9, 2017 by mclmuskrat

Like millions, I wear glasses to help me see. We talk about being near-sighted or far-sighted; and if you are like me, some are both and have to wear bi-focals. Often those near-sighted people have trouble seeing clearly the scenes far away. Well, it appears we have a great many people who cannot see the big picture. They have no room for miracles, for the supernatural, for “a being” able to walk through walls and on water. How sad to be so grounded, so near-sighted. A great example of people, in this case, the religious leaders, missing the miraculous before them and only focused on their own arrogantly created rules is the text found in John 5:5-10:

5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

All the religious leaders could react to was a man going against their earthly rules about work on the Sabbath. What about the miracle before their very eyes? An invalid for 38 years, known by all, for he was in a public space, is healed! Are you open to see God’s work? Have you the eyes to see? Have you room in your mind and heart to be open to the real daily miracles right before you?

 

Christmas…Jesus’ Birthday…Why Did He Come?

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , on January 2, 2017 by mclmuskrat

I have shared this story before; it is not original to me. This question can be illustrated by the following example. I have had many relatives spend time out on Catalina Island.

Out in Southern California, there is an island off the coast called Catalina, twenty-six miles from the pier at Newport Beach. Suppose that one day three men are standing on the end of the pier.

One is an alcoholic, grubby, sick, living in the streets. The second is the average American, and the third a fine, upstanding, “pillar-of-the-community” person.

All of a sudden, the alcoholic leaps off the edge of the pier five feet out into the water. The other two yell, “What are you trying to do?” The man in the water yells back, “I’m jumping to Catalina!”

The second man, the average man on the street, says, “Watch me. I can do better than that!” He proceeds to jump, landing ten feet out, twice as far as the alcoholic. The third man, very moral, upright, outstanding person that he is, laughs disdainfully at the two men in the water.

He moves back about fifty yards, takes a running leap and lands twenty feet out, twice as far as Mr. Average, and four times as far as Mr. Alcoholic.

The Coast Guard fishes them out of the water and asks what they are doing, to which they all reply, “We are jumping to Catalina,” and Mr. Average boasts of his beating Mr. Alcoholic, and Mr. Great boasts of his accomplishment in beating both of them.

The Coast Guard officer could only shake his head and exclaim, “You fools! You are all still twenty-six miles short of your mark.”

Although modern man considers himself better than—or at least as good as—others, he is still far from the target God has set for us. It is impossible for anyone to jump from the pier to Catalina, and it is impossible for anyone to reach heaven by his own deeds and apart from Jesus Christ. This is why we celebrate Christmas, the birth of our LORD and Savior, for Jesus came into the world to seek out the sick sinners, that they would repent and follow Him all the way home.

There are only two choices available!

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , , , on December 26, 2016 by mclmuskrat

It is not “earth-shattering” news that many don’t believe in the Bible; and even more, though professing belief in God, that don’t believe in Jesus Christ as Messiah. However, there has never been a book to hold up to scholarly scrutiny for over 2,000 years and still remains as solid truth as the Bible. Today, as I write, the world has celebrated Christmas and many are celebrating Hanukkah for 8 days, both are called Festivals of Lights. They both celebrate God’s miracles and salvation.

165 years before the birth of Jesus, Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the Temple oil (there was only enough for one day at this time of Temple restoration) actually lasting 8 days; we Christians know Jesus the Christ to be the Light of the world, a Light that cannot be extinguished. How many people know that some 800 years before Christ’s birth, that it was all prophesied exactly as it happened, in the 7th and 9th chapters of the Book of Isaiah? This account of the coming Messiah is not taught to our Jewish friends, so many still look for the Messiah.

But more to the point of Jesus being THE Light of the world, the world is filled with the darkness of evil, a darkness full of greed, a darkness wishing to control others. The birth of the Christ Child is about the light of salvation, light showing us how to live together and please God by seeking relationship. It is not about the darkness of control, power, and greediness. Where the world separates peoples, Christ unifies all who believe in Him into the one family of God. Which will you chose…the world or Christ Jesus?

 

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