Catching Up

I have not written anything for the blog in the past few weeks. It has been difficult to sit still long enough to put any cogent thoughts together. There are all kinds of things to write about. My mind brushes across many various topics. As the thoughts pass through I’ll tell myself to write about that or muse about this. But, I don’t sit down to do either.

What’s happening? Why the dry bones?

There are numerous current and past events in my life to write about. My Dad no longer lives with my wife and me. My baby brother’s wife died after years of battling cancer. My other brothers are deeply involved in their day-to-day lives in Christ. My Aunt is doing well. My wife is recovering from eye surgery and still wrestling with an unknown stomach condition. Any of these are worthy subjects to offer my thoughts on. My children are doing well. Our grandchildren are behaving and becoming good citizens. All of those are things to write about.

The political world is filled to overflowing with subjects to which I might offer an opinion (not that I have an opinion that really affects anyone). For example some people have a “newly minted” right to marry. Some others in this land are likely to lose their long held right to freedom of expression and freedom of religion. One same-sex couple can marry and another heterosexual couple may be sued if they don’t build a cake for the first couple. One couple can now apply to their employer for benefits while the other couple sees a reduction in theirs to accommodate the new expense.

This new right to the pursuit of happiness is an alarming development in our land. Recently a man and his two “wives” petitioned a local County Clerk for a license to marry. Will he and his “wives” be granted the requested license? A better question is, “How could they be denied at this stage?”

Is it too crazy to think that a man might approach the Court seeking permission to marry his daughter? Is it too far out to think a woman would want to marry multiple men? Some cultures celebrate marriages between men and adolescents even children. Is too much to ask if these kinds of marriages will be authorized in the land? It was not long ago crazy to think our nation’s highest Court would sanction marriages as they have recently.

Words that once meant something now have diminished meaning. A “State” does not mean what it used to mean.

The world of moral relativism is now paramount in the lives of those in a free nation while in totalitarian countries heads will be severed if one falls outside the rulers’ established laws. Babies will be partially delivered from their mother’s womb to be exterminated in one nation while in another homosexual lovers will be tossed off tall buildings. Infanticide will be a loud, raucous cause in a free nation, while Christians in another land will lose their heads to an executioner’s knife, be drowned in a cage, or set ablaze with detonation cord because they fail to meet the moral standards of the ruling elite.

Recently I read a blog pundit’s thoughts regarding what comes next for the proponents of same-sex marriage. The champions of same sex marriage are thrilled at the new freedom to marry. One would think that once the prize was attained there would be a rest, but there will not be any rest. The champions are fast about the business of setting their sights on taking down the Christian establishment. What makes these champions different from the totalitarian in the Middle East? It seems the goals are the same; eradicate Christians and/or Christian values.

Most dramatic in my life in the past few months is a renewed vigor given to me by the Holy Spirit to study God’s Holy Word even more closely. I love Him more and more each moment. I want the Light of Christ to shine brightly in me and through me. I will never be able to meet the Standard that is Christ Jesus. It’s a good thing to make the effort, that is, to live to love Him.

Those are the things I will write about. I’ve known for years about a group of Believers that hold a doctrine that declares the King James Version of God’s Holy Word is the only authorized Bible worthy to be called the inerrant Word of God. The Lord gave me the time to review their position. There are many arguments in favor of their view and just as many opposed. It’s good to the know their hearts are in the right place. It’s good to know their opponents’ hearts are in the right place as well.

The Lord gave me an opportunity to study the orthodoxy’s view of an eternal punishment in hell for those who fail to believe. I’ve read multiple papers and articles on this subject. There is much evidence available to challenge the commonly held and orthodox view of an eternal punishment in a place called Hell.

The Lord leads me to want to fully understand the precept of the Rapture; that is, the gathering of His Bride to Himself in the End of Days. Will Jesus come for His Bride before the Lamb takes the scroll, after the breaking of the Sixth Seal on that scroll, or after the last of the trumpet and bowl judgments? Are times of great tribulation synonymous with God’s Wrath?

In all things though I choose to follow the conscience given me by the Holy Spirit. It is not important to separate myself from those who don’t carry the same values I do. It is important to love those who hate me. It is important to write about the Truth that is in Him. It is important not to sully myself with the ways of the world. The Lord will sort the wheat from the chaff.

1 Corinthians 1:17-21

17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but–to proclaim good news; not in wisdom of discourse, that the cross of the Christ may not be made of none effect; 18 for the word of the cross to those indeed perishing is foolishness, and to us–those being saved–it is the power of God, 19 for it hath been written, `I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will bring to nought;’ 20 where is the wise? where the scribe? where a disputer of this age? did not God make foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 for, seeing in the wisdom of God the world through the wisdom knew not God, it did please God through the foolishness of the preaching to save those believing.

About Jim Barnes

A man seeking to please the Lord. A man striving to abide in Christ Jesus. A man whose hope is to see just one more come into the fold.
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