Month: December 2011

Homophobia!!!

Homophobia” is such a confusing word to me. It is a label used by those who believe that there are no harmful side effects to the promotion and living out of the homosexual lifestyle on our society and it is a label which is used to ridicule anyone who believes that the promotion and living out of the homosexual lifestyle in our society is detrimental on multiple levels. It is used in a manner that makes it sound like the person who believes that homosexuality is unacceptable is actually “suffering from a fearful and IRRATIONAL CONDITION” resulting from an “uneducated bigotry.” Well, let’s get one thing straight: When it comes to the “homophobia that I suffer from,” I am not afraid of homosexuals – I am afraid for them spiritually.

It is sad and a shame when a person compares a sexual choice to the way someone is born. There is no LOGICAL defense that can be given to support the homosexual lifestyle.

First, it is UNNATURAL. Nature itself teaches that the physical act of sex is meant to be something that occurs between the opposite sexes! That’s why there are males and there are females. There is NO procreation that can occur from any homosexual relationship. The entire homosexual relationship is based upon nothing but a perverted form of sex. (more…)

If You Could See Your Sand

As a kid I could get mesmerized by a sand timer. It’s such a simple device made of simple parts, but the way it keeps up with such a complicated thing like time still captures my attention.

Sand timers point out a simple but important fact— whether we see it or not, time is passing by and it’s piling up right in front of our face. Moses penned long ago, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalms 90:12). More than likely, Moses had quite a bit more sand than you or I have but his sand still ran out.

If you could see the sand that represents all the time that you have in life passing by in front of you, would it cause you to do things differently? Would you appreciate each grain more? Would the “big things” seem a little smaller and the “little things” seem bigger? Would you think more often about what will happen when that sand runs out?

What we do with the sand we are given is important because one thing is for sure, after the sand runs out here there won’t be any need for it in the hereafter. EA

And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.Matthew 25:46

Who Will Take the Son?

I received this story (I added the picture and scriptures) in an email several weeks ago. You may have read it before but if you have not it’s worth reading. I tried to find out who the author was but I could not. If you know who it is pass it along to me and I will give credit where credit is due. But untill then, read it and enjoy…

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing other soldiers. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.

He said, ‘Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly…He often talked about you, and your love for art.’ The young man held out this package. ‘I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.’

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How Great is the Depth of God’s Grace!

The Mariana Trench, which is over 36,200 feet deep and as low as you can get on the surface of the Earth, has nothing on the grace of God. From time to time at Keltonburg we sing the song “His Grace Reaches Me” by Whitey Leason. The first stanza contains the comforting words, “Deeper than the ocean and wider than the sea, is the grace of the Savior for sinners like me….

When it comes to sin there is not a depth too deep that can keep God’s grace from being near when we desire it. The Psalmist described the power of God at the Red Sea by saying that, “The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled.” (Psalm 77:16) Moses shouted to the people …Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will show to you today…” (Exodus 14:13). The people were in need of deliverance – they were in need of God’s grace. They got both and we can too. (more…)

A Heavenly Reward

The Hebrew Christians were told, “for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in Heaven.Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:” (Hebrews 10:34-36).

Although we may not experience the same exact set of circumstances as our Hebrew brothers and sisters did, we still need to be reminded of the difference in the material rewards of earth and the Heavenly reward that God has in store for His people. There may be times when we experience things that cause us to question Christianity and our faith in “the faith” (Galatians 2:16; Jude vs.3) and our lives feel one big car wreck. (more…)

How Accurate is the average Manger Scene?

The following post is named “The Birth of Jesus was as Follows…” by a preacher named Steve Higginbotham and it comes from his blog PreachingHelp.org.

I usually write an article in Keltonburg’s bulletin similar to this one at this time of the year but this year I decided to let Steve’s do the talking this time. It is an excellent article that may surprise you. Despite the plea from so many in the “pro-Christmas” crowd there is a lot of biblical ignorance about the manger scene that is so popular in front yards, on mantles and on Christmas cards. Read and enjoy or read and learn or maybe do both of them :) .

“At this time of the year, more will be said about the birth of Jesus than at any other time of the year. Yet, each year I can’t help but be a bit disturbed by all the biblical ignorance and inaccuracies associated with the birth of our Savior. When it comes to one of the most fundamental tenants of Christianity, the incarnation of Jesus, and one of the most pivotal historical events that ever occurred, I find that many cannot discern between fact and fiction. As fundamental as the birth of Jesus is, people do not really know the account of his birth as well as one might think.

Doubt me? Then give the following “True/False” quiz a shot and see how well you do? (more…)

A Church That The World Loves

The church and the world have not always gotten along. Actually, a church that follows God can never get along with the world (John 15:18-20; 1 John 2:15-17). The word “church” literally means the “called out.” Called out of what? Out of the world! That means separate, distinct and different from the world (1 Peter 1:13-19; 2 Peter 1:1-11).

Despite the stark contrast desired by God between the church found in the New Testament and the old dying world (Philippians 2:12-16) there are churches today that the world loves because the love of the world is rooted deeply within them. Some have gone as far as to send out surveys on how to make the church more “attractive” to the public! A warm relationship between a church and the world is usually an indicator of a cold relationship between that church and God.

O you who are false to God, do you not see that the friends of this world are not God’s friends? Every man desiring to be a friend of this world makes himself a hater of God.” (James 4:4 – Basic English Version)

The church that Jesus loves and the church that the world loves are two different churches in holy behavior and sincerity. Many may disagree but the second and third chapters of Revelation clearly show this to be true when Jesus talks to His churches. The gospel of Christ is meant to be preached with love but also with a call for repentance and separation from the ways of the world (2 Corinthians 6:17,18) and the scriptures plainly teach that the church and the world are meant to be on two visibly different courses (2 Timothy 2:19; Titus 2:11,12).

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.1 John 2:15-17

The church is not taught to withdraw itself from the world in love, concern, mercy, guidance and compassion so that the gospel of Christ is kept hidden from the lost but we are taught to withdraw in a way so that the lost can see a difference in the desires of the church and in the desires of world. What I am saying is that the Bible teaches that the church is called to love the individuals of the world, but churches have confused that with wanting to be loved by the world. When the world loves a church there is something wrong with that picture. (more…)

How Do You Rate the Cross of Christ?

I have a trivia question for you – What is the highest grossing rated “R” movie in American history? Don’t Google it! See if you can think of it first. Is it a war movie? Is it a movie full of violence? Is it a movie about murder? Well the answer to the last three questions in order is: yes, yes and yes because the highest grossing rated “R” movie in American history is The Passion of the Christ! 

I heard that exact question asked on the game show “Jeopardy” as the “Final Jeopardy” question one time and I can’t remember why I knew the right answer but I did. Anyways, as far as the competitors went that day they all guessed historical war movies as their answers. I don’t know how surprised they were at the correct answer, but bet a religious themed film was the last thing on their mind.

For those of you that have seen the movie (it’s been a while for me as it probably has for you), you can understand why the movie itself received the rating it did – it was graphic! It graphically showed the consequences of sin in a way a lot of people had never even imagined. (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 26:26)

As you know, when it comes to a movie released in America, the symbol “R” stands for “restricted audience.” And you know I guess when you think about it I suppose the cross of Christ has always been rated “R” not only in America but also around the world. Let me quickly show you what I mean. (more…)

The Hands of a Carpenter

Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.” (Mark 6:1-3)

There were no parades for Jesus when He returned to His hometown of Nazareth. He came to build up their faith but they had too poor of a foundation to work with. The hands that built the world (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15,16; Psalm 95:5) were looked upon with disdain in His own neighborhood simply because, in their eyes, they belonged to a lowly Carpenter.  But did you know that is exactly what made them so special.

Jesus’ reputation was spreading and His lessons were impossible to refute but the eyes of most in Nazareth were blinded with prejudice. He was only a simple man to them. No one else in His family was special as far as they were concerned. Why should Jesus be any different from them? But He was different for the very reason that Nazareth thought He was same as them…it was because of His hands. (more…)

Liebster Award

I can honestly say I was not expecting anyone to send something like this my way but I would like to thank the director and the producers and all the stage handlers…wait a second, that doesn’t sound right. Let’s try again and I hope I’m doing this right. Thanks to http://lifereference.wordpress.com/ for nominating me. When I first got his post about him receiving the award and the blogs that he mentioned I completely read over mine without realizing at first. If you’re looking for a blog that talks about Bible scripture but mixes in a little bit of history and odd’s and in’s here and there check him out. I’ve been reading his post for about as long as I’ve been on WordPress. Thanks for the pat on the back Don. (more…)