What is the Great Commission?
The Great CommissionMatt 28:18-20 “18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The “Great Commission” was Jesus last command to us before He ascended into heaven. It provided us as believers with a purposeful mission, a clear and focused message and an unending promise. As part of His Church we are not to keep our faith to ourselves but to share our faith in every situation. Yes “EVERY” situation. I believe that we have become so entangled in the world that we have actually bought into the secular lie that there are times which are not appropriate to share our faith. This is an evil lie straight from the father of lies. We must always be cognizant of our faith and continually look for opportunities to share the good news of the Gospel. The Truth of God’s Word and the Message of the Gospel should be in the forefront of our thinking.
No wonder the world has tended toward a God-less, secular, humanistic orientation. We have not been the “Salt of the earth” as stated in Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.”
That is exactly where we stand today as Christians, “thrown out and trampled under foot”. Why is this the case? Because we, as the “salt of the earth”, have “become tasteless”. Note the implication of influence. We as the people of Christ have lost our influence because we have not executed our commission. Continue reading
The Season of Giving
John 3:16 ”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Before the foundation of the world God knew that He would send His only begotten Son to be a propitiation for sin as a special gift to a world of sinners in need of a relationship with Him. The translation here is so often misunderstood or misconstrued which causes much confusion. Those who are simple believers that whatever God says they believe are truly blessed, but others are skeptical and want to interpret this in very worldly ways and thus diminish the deity of Christ Jesus. Continue reading
What is “The Passive-Aggressive Relationship Killer”?
Gossip is a relationship killer!
Well, my father always told me that gossip was when you discussed information about another person with someone who was neither part of the problem nor part of the solution. Talking about another person is one of our most divisive, and sinful, inclinations as human beings. Almost always when we engage in this kind of behavior it is never to build someone else up but to either tear someone else down or build ourselves up. We can use gossip to justify our own inappropriate, and ultimately ungodly, behavior or to create mistrust for some else by casting aspersions at their behavior. We always do this with the intent of exalting ourselves at the expense of someone else.
In Part 1 I talked about all of the nasty things that cookies can do and how they can be used to monitor your activity on the web as well as the fact that they can slow page response by an order of magnitude. Facebook and Google hook tracking cookies into you browser sessions without you even knowing it is happening. As mentioned in the previous article Facebook and Google, as well as many other internet providers, not only use these tracking techniques but they also bring along their friends, i.e. vendors who pay them money. These vendors, in turn, bring along their friends and as the number of trackers increase the danger of voluminous tracking becomes more likely.
What Can be Done?
There are many reasons why I believe that the GOP lost in 2008 and 2012. For one thing they have begun pushing what they call more “moderate” candidates. What that really means is that the GOP is beginning to abandon one of their greatest supports, Evangelical Christians. The Tea Party arose because of the GOP move toward secularism as the Democrats had done a couple of decades ago. When was the last time you heard a candidate for office identify with Biblical teaching? When was the last time a candidate offered up a prayer, I mean a real “In Jesus Name” prayer?
My father-in-law used to say “If it sounds to good to be true, it is too good to be true!” Another famous quote is “You get what you pay for!” So why am I mentioning these things in a post on Cookies and what does that have to do with you? Well, demographic information on Facebook helped re-elect Barak Obama in 2012. The government used Facebook to experiment with your emotions. Facebook tracks everything you do on your personal devices, computer, tablet and smart phone. This tracking can lead to privacy compromise, unreliable computers, devices and smartphones, targeting for advertisements as well as potential association with websites or organizations with whom you and/or your friends may not want to be associated at all.
So free comes at a price and that is what “How the Cookies Crumble” is all about. Basically, sites like Facebook say; “If you want to use our stuff for free you have to give up your right to privacy.” Facebook states that it is for our best interest and they are protecting and providing us with a better experience. We’ll read that a little later right from the Facebook privacy agreement and decode what it really means. For now we’ll focus on Facebook as the example but Google, Yahoo and any other “free” services use the same techniques to track everything you do. In fact practically every web site you visit uses some kind of tracking. Continue reading
Ebola infected nurse Nina Pham boarded a charcoal grey aircraft headed out of Dallas to a special isolation ward at the National Institutes of Health Hospital in Maryland.
So anyone wondering about these unmarked, almost black, aircraft. Guesses anyone? Well Here is the information:
The Pentagon named the bombing operation campaign against ISIS. “Operation Inherent Resolve”! However, it seems that the lack of results would make another name more appropriate: “Operation Inapparent Resolve”!
The Pentagon named the bombing campaign against ISIS “Operation Inherent Resolve”! A bombing campaign that has had little or no effect in slowing down ISIS. It seems that due to the lack of effective results another name would, perhaps, be more appropriate: “Operation Unapparent Resolve”!
When you look at the bombing campaigns in 1991 and 2004 there is a little bit of a difference. The current campaign is anemic compared to the previous campaigns. ISIS fighters should be afraid to stick their head out of the hole in which they are hiding.
Unfortunately, they are still moving forward their attacks on Iraqi and Syrian towns and cities. The big worry at this point is what will the American people do when they see an American pilot beheaded on TV.