Sparky

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.” – Ezekiel 3:17-19

At a growth group meeting last night, someone mentioned that as Christians we are like lighthouses to the world.  “Lightouse” – now that’s a term that I haven’t heard in a while.  A dear brother mentioned it because we were engaged in trying to understand a passage in Scripture that says, “Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” – Philippians 2:15b.  Almost immediately, my memory took me back to our trip to the beautiful garden Hawaiian island of Kauai back in 2004. Continue reading

Ambassadors

“And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.” – Matthew 24:6

North Korea’s recent claim of successfully testing a hydrogen bomb put the US military on high alert in the region. Though doubt was raised as to the legitimacy of this latest provocative move on the part of Pyongyang, it brings to mind our progressive march towards highly sensitive, tense global events that makes the geo-political climate highly vulnerable. Continue reading

Looking forward to Christmas

“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw His star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him.” – Matthew 2:2

There is something fascinating about Christmas being placed so close to the coming of the New Year.  Many of you of course know that the timing of Christmas is an artificial one decided by the early church in the fourth century. The more popular explanation is that the early church aligned its celebration of the Nativity with pre-existing pagan festivals, such as the Saturnalia and other solstice traditions, as a way to infiltrate the pagan world. Continue reading