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Upon Further Examination

Posted in Bible, Christian, Church, Country, Devotion, Digital, End Times, Faith, Global, Holy Spirit, Life, Ministry, New Testament, Old Testament, Real Talk, Supernatural with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2015 by BigPhatPastor

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I am literally dentisted-out.  Over the past few months I’ve had multiple dental exams, measurements, procedures, not to mention a dental surgery early last year.  It is my own fault for not seeing a dentist for the last 5 or 6 years.  At my last few visits I was told two different things by two dentists.  One said your teeth are fine but your gums need more checkups and more flossing. This was pretty consistent with what they had been telling me all along.  Another dentist recommended surgery and a possible bone graft.  How could they both look at the same thing and recommend two different strategies? 

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People ask the same thing about the revelation of God to humanity.  If God exists why are there so many different religions?  Even within Christianity why are there so many different denominations?  The religion question I can address in a different (and much longer) post.  As to the denominations it is the same thing that happened with the dentist.  We all see the same thing but interpret what we see through our own experiences.  We respond to what we see based on how we interpret it.  Neither dentist was wrong but each suggested a different approach.  And whilst I cannot speak for every denomination many read the same Word of God and experience His revelation of Himself to humanity and respond to that revelation and choose different ways to reverence and worship Him based on their understanding and life experiences.  The most important thing is that they do recognize His revelation and they do respond. 

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Put A Bandaid On It…

Posted in Christian, Christmas, Christmas Party, Church, Comics, Community, Country, Culture, DC, Devotion, Digital, Dining, Election, Electronics, End Times, Entertainment, Evangelism, Faith, Family, Fantasy, Food, Fun, Geek, Global, God, Government, Health, HIstory, Holiday, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Leadership, Life, Love, Marriage, Marvel, Medical, Military, Ministry, Money, Movies, Music, Nerd, New Testament, Old Testament, Pastors, Pittsburgh, Political, Prayer, Real Talk, Resurrection, Sacrifice, Sci Fi, Social Media, Spiritual, sports, Superheroes, Supernatural, Taboo Topics, The Church, The Law, Travel, TV, Tworship, Vampires, Werewolf, worship with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

So a few months ago I pulled a tendon in my left arm.  It took forever to heal because I kept going right back out and doing the thing that caused the damage in the first place, #dagorhir (you’re going to have to Google it).  After weeks of it not healing I finally took a few weeks off from sparring and gym workouts to let it heal.  Then I gradually re-engaged in both #dagorhir  and gym workouts.  It took time but it healed. 

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So what do you think I did when I pulled a tendon in my right arm a few weeks later (this was after a pulled abdominal muscle and a few thumb smashes…#dagorhir)? I went right back at it without allowing time for healing.  Of course once I finally took a few weeks off it began to heal; I am still in that healing process.

I look at our nation now and I see a nation that needs to heal, from wounds of lost loved ones, from wounds of lost trust and confidence, and from wounds caused by hatred and bigotry. This nation, we make up this nation, need time to heal.

Over the Christmas weekend take some time to heal.  Step away from the keyboard.  Don’t respond to any flagrant posts or tweets. Ignore the rants and tirades and spend the weekend with family and loved ones.  We all need time to heal.  #merrychristmas.

The End????

Posted in Christian, Devotion, Digital, End Times, Evangelism, Faith, Family, Global, God, Jesus Christ, Life, Love, Real Talk, Supernatural, The Church, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2013 by BigPhatPastor

My mother in law sent me a gift box to cheer my up a few weeks ago (in true Big-Phat fashion I did an unboxing video of my wife and I opening the gift box and revealing the contents which included, among other goodies, the superman cup I now use quite regularly).  She sent it because 2013 is not turning out to be as awesome as I thought it would. Earlier this year one of my cousins passed away. His mother was unable to make it to the funeral because she was diagnosed with a severe type of cancer days before. She just passed away a few weeks ago. At the end of March my brother passed away at the age of 48; still relatively young.

IMAG1355I’m not used to being on this side of the funeral arrangements. Normally I am sitting with grieving families praying for them and with them and trying to comfort them. But this was new for me. And it is still kind of difficult to deal with.

However, this did make me realize why we as Christ followers are sometimes so persistent in sharing our faith. It is because we believe that death is not the end, but the beginning. Many Christ followers believe that death is the beginning of a transition where we transition from this life into eternity.  I am NOT using this space to defend that belief or to try to explain it.  However, I would be happy to do so and provide practical and factual information for this belief if anyone wants to contact me to find our more.  However, I am stating that this is clearly what many Christ followers believe. And it is this belief that drives us to want to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those around us. We are not judgmental, we are not anal, we are not delusional or ignorant.  We are just convinced that there’s more to this life than just this life. Because of that we want to do everything we can to share that information with those in our lives.  So don’t hate me, don’t judge me, maybe even listen to me and hear my love for you coming through.

My Two Cents on the May 21st Rapture

Posted in Bible, Christian, Digital, End Times, Global, God, Jesus Christ, Resurrection, The Church with tags , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2011 by BigPhatPastor

If you are a person who believes in the rapture, the literal return of Jesus Christ to the earth for His Church, then you are either pretty stoked or pretty offended by the prediction made by Harold Camping.

I am one of the ones who is both stoked and offended.  Let me tell you why.  I’m stoked because Biblically Christ does promise to return.  Biblically, Harold Camping got it right in that we are supposed to live every day in the expectation of His return.  According to Jesus it could be at any moment, which includes today, tomorrow, and every day after that.  I’m stoked that there are people who believe it could happen.

I’m offended, both by Harold Camping making a predication and by everyone who thinks it is totally absurd that Christ could come back today.  Don’t get me wrong, if you have been exposed to any type of social media over the last 20 days or so then you know that Jesus Himself made the statement that no man knows the day or the hour except the Father in Heaven.  But that indicates that the day and hour are already set.  So if you pick enough random days one of them is bound to be right.  In other words, if you pick a day and it does happen to be the day that God has chosen for Jesus to return do we expect God to pick another day?  It is possible for Jesus to return today, or tomorrow, or any day after that.  I’m more offended by the Christians who think it could not happen than by those who think it could happen tonight.  Well, that’s my two cents.

What If Pets and Animals Got Saved?

Posted in Christian, End Times, Fun, Global, God, Life, Supernatural, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2011 by BigPhatPastor

So I was thinking the other day…what if pets and other animals actually got saved?  I know people ponder this type of question but what if animals really got saved, is it even possible?  I know it should make PETA and all the ASPCA folks extremely giddy…but other than that…what if?

Dogs – There is a movie called “All Dogs Go To Heaven” so this kinda just makes sense.

Horses – Would the gambling industry even allow it?  We really don’t need more reasons for people to hate the church.

Pigs – They already fly so…

Birds – Would actually have a shorter trip to heaven (it’s true, I read it on the internet)

Cows – Wouldn’t have to keep doing those ads for Chik-Fil-A.

Chickens – Could stop hating on the cows that do those ads for Chik-Fil-A.

Cats – Would never happen since they’re all minions of the Anti-Christ.

The First Chapter…

Posted in Christian, Devotion, End Times, Global, God, Jesus Christ, Life, Love, Resurrection, worship with tags , , , , on June 22, 2010 by BigPhatPastor

Last week our church kicked off a new series called A Summer of Revelation.  We plan to spend the summer walking through the Book of Revelation and last week we dug into the first chapter.  As many of you know this book is one of the most controversial books in the Bible.  It is also one of the least read and most misunderstood.  There have been many concepts, theories, theologies, and frames of thought (all created by man) regarding this book.  Some churches and denominations have chosen to not even teach from the book because of the division over how it should be interpreted.  Even those who do not believe in God have read it and thrown in their opinions (most of which fall in line with the more frequently quoted and well known book of 2nd Opinions).

The entire Bible is written by men as inspired by God, and there are books which record what occurred and record what God said to individuals.  But I find all the controversy extremely interesting about a book in which Jesus Christ comes to the Apostle John and says “take a memo” and deliver it to the Church.  If Jesus Christ says take a memo and deliver it to the Church then perhaps we should spend more time reading and discussing the book and less time arguing and dividing over it.  The word Revelation comes from the same Greek word where we get the word “apocalypse”.  A little strange since the Greek word for Revelation literally means “unveiling”.  Our culture has taken a book meant to be an unveiling of God’s will and His love for us and turned it into an apocalyptic horror story.  In fact, Revelation starts out by promising a blessing to those who read it and those who hear it and take it to heart.

Revelation is, in my opinion, more about Who God is and His love for us than a climax of events leading up to the end of the world.  In fact, in my humble opinion (yes, mine can be found in the book of 2nd Opinions as well), Revelation is the epitome of a supernatural chick flick.  It’s not a story about a guy swimming the longest river and climbing the highest mountain to get to the one he loves.  It is a supernatural unveiling of how God will dry up the rivers and kick over the mountains to get to the one He loves…the Church.

If you have not read the book of Revelation I encourage you to read it as we are reading it: as if for the very first time.  In addition we are asking God to use this time to reveal more of Himself to us, more about ourselves to us, and more about how we can impact the lives of others to us.

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