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Talk To The Animals

Posted in Atheist, Bible, Christian, Church, Devotion, Faith, God, Ministry, New Testament, Old Testament, Pastors, The Church with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2015 by BigPhatPastor

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Many theologians and atheists and people in general argue over which animals God is referencing in Job chapter 40 (the answer to which I’ll provide shortly #imho).  By focusing on the animals we miss the greater point that God is making.  God highlights the characteristics of a land and then a sea animal.  His point to Job is if you cannot understand or grasp the concept of why these creatures were created, if you cannot meet their varying needs, if you cannot see their role in the universe then how can you begin to question God and His purpose?  If Job cannot grasp what God is doing with and for these animals how could Job get and grasp what God is doing with and for humanity. 

We know God has just demonstrated what faith in God can do; not just to Job but also to satan (and by extension to us).  That same faith is what saved the Old Testament saints as they looked forward to the Cross and the New Testament saints and us as we look back to it.  As to the animals God is referencing? They could easily be ones no longer in existence in our day.  But the main point is they are identified as ones God created; ones He knows and created for His purpose.  The same is true of you and me.  God created us to know Him and more so than the animals to be recipients of His amazing love. Like Job, we just need to put our faith and trust in God even in the midst of the trials and tribulations of this world.

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Lenten Lessons

Posted in Christian, Community, Devotion, Faith, Global, God, Holiday, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Lent, Life, Prayer, Real Talk, Resurrection, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2015 by BigPhatPastor

Although I do not participate in Ash Wednesday, as many did this past week, I do acknowledge the purpose of Lent.  In the 4th century the early Church believers wanted to dedicate a time leading up to Resurrection Sunday to focusing on what Jesus Christ did for us by giving His life so that we might have life.  They decided to start that time of focus 40 days before Resurrection Sunday since Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days before jump starting His ministry.

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I get the people that give up things for Lent as a way of fasting and focusing on God’s love, goodness, and grace.  What I don’t get are people who just go through the motions.  I have talked to people who gave up meat for Lent and when I ask them why they literally just say “Because we are supposed to…aren’t we?”  Why would you engage in a 40 day long practice without knowing what you are doing or why you are doing it?  I’m not trying to judge, ridicule, or criticize anyone but here are a few suggestions,  #IMHO, to get the most out of Lent.

  1. DON’T give up anything for Lent if you don’t know why you are doing it.  That isn’t called fasting, it’s foolishness.
  2. DON’T give up anything for Lent without spending time that would normally be used engaging in what you are fasting from drawing closer to Christ by reflecting on what He gave up for you.
  1. DON’T spend the 40 days of Lent griping and moaning about what you gave up. That just shows you don’t really understand what’s going on.
  2. DO celebrate and rejoice in the fact that whatever you gave up pales in comparison to what Jesus Christ gave up for you and that He loves you with a never ending love. Rejoice in that for eternity.

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. 

Talk This Way…

Posted in Bible, Church, Devotion, Digital, Faith, Global, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Life, Prayer, Real Talk with tags , , , , , , on November 20, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

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I’m not a talker.  I don’t like talking in front of people I don’t know (I know…kind of clashes with what I’m doing with my life), and although I know Him, I do find it difficult talking to God.  Some people are outgoing and social and can talk to everyone including God as easy as walking.  Others like me find it difficult holding a conversation especially with the Creator of the universe.  How do you start a conversation with the one who designed communication?  Somehow “S’up God” doesn’t seem to cut it. 

But believe it or not it does.  God looks forward to, and tells us in His word, that He longs to hear from us.  And like a parent who receives just the one word text on occasion, or who only hears from a child when tagged in their funny picture or post, God cherishes that and every moment we take to communicate with Him.  So if it has been days, weeks, years, or even if you just spoke with Him yesterday, take a moment and talk with God today.  – “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.” – John Bunyan.

Law and Order

Posted in Bible, Christian, Culture, Digital, Faith, God, Jesus Christ, New Testament, Old Testament, The Church, The Law, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

I find it amazing how many people try to discount the Old Testament even though it is the foundation for our faith in the New Testament.  The most alarming thing is when people try to discount the Law that God revealed to the Israelites.

In the book of Exodus from chapter 20 on God is revealing Himself to the people of Israel who have been living in a land devotedLawandorder01 to worship of idols and living there as slaves.  God begins to teach former slaves how to interact with Him, with each other, and with foreigners who don’t know Him or them.  To accomplish this God introduces the Law.  In the same way we educate our children today, God begins educating the Israelites.  God reveals several aspects of the law:

– The Ceremonial portions of the Law: These are the feasts and celebrations that point to Jesus Christ and are now fulfilled in Him.  They are all about worshipping God and living in His presence.  These laws are eternal, not bound by time.  Jesus did not do away with these laws, He fulfilled them.

-The Moral portions of the Law are grounded in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.  They reveal the nature and will of God for His people and all of humanity.  They stress how we interact with each other (those of similar belief), others, and even our enemies.  These laws are the epitome of what is good and right and still apply today and exist for all time.  For example, since the beginning of time and until the end of time murder will always be considered wrong.

– The Civil/Cultural portions of the Law were instructions on how to live with each other, with others, and with God in that particular day.  Although some were based on solid morals and can be applied today others were only applicable for that particular time and season (with the introduction of indoor plumbing it is no longer required to build latrines away from where one lives…still a great idea for camping though).  The consequences for failing to fulfill these portions of the law were also for a particular time and season.  To put this in perspective think of keeping a child safe.  You tell your child to look both ways before crossing the street.  If you see them dart out into the street and you don’t see them look both ways you may reprimand or punish them.  If this occurs with your teenager or young adult, although the same desire to keep them safe applies,  you may be less likely to reprimand or punish them as you might deem them to be more aware of their surroundings.

One of the best examples of this is seen in the latter part of Exodus 23: 19.  Many people use this verse to claim how irrelevant or invalid the Old Testament is to the Church today.  However, God has a very valid reason for advising the people of Israel not to cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.  The Egyptians did this and then used the broth to sprinkle on their gardens and fields as a magic potion they hoped would bring a good harvest.  However, most of chapter 23 is God telling the people of Israel that He would provide a bountiful harvest for them.  So although God is saying don’t cook a goat in its mothers milk, He is telling the Isralites then and us today, don’t depend upon false tricks or magic for your resources.  He is able to provide all we need.  Although the civil law does not apply today, the moral principle upon which it is based, God is able to provide for His people, is still applicable today.

As you read through the Old Testament don’t just write off things that don’t seem to make sense in today’s culture.  Pull out a commentary (or bring up the app) and read the why and how of each thing.  Also ask your pastor about it or even start a Bible study around a list of questions you and others have.  God’s desire is not to confuse or mislead us, but to provide substantial written documentation that reveals His timeless love for us.

Don’t…

Posted in Bible, Christian, Church, Community, Global, God, Jesus Christ, Life, Prayer, Real Talk, Resurrection, The Church, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2013 by BigPhatPastor

This may seem like more of a rant than a blog but hey, just picture me on a soapbox if it helps.

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To the world and the culture…

Don’t judge me because I actually believe the Bible is real whilst others believe it’s the creative genius of Roma Downey and Make Burnett. Ask them, they’ll tell you it’s true. #TheBible

Don’t criticize me for preaching and proclaiming that we need to instill Biblical values in our kids whilst our kids are raping, shooting, and bullying one another, or just passively sharing, laughing at, and commenting on the videos of those events.

Don’t call me intolerant because I believe in the biblical concept of marriage because for you to totally be tolerant then you need to allow room for my views as well.

To the Church…

Don’t judge me because I actually believe the Bible is real and expect the radical changes God promised for my life and yours, which God  verified for me through the death burial and resurrection of His Son Jesus the Christ.

Don’t criticize me for not judging my success by the number of people that come into a building on Sunday morning but instead looking forward to the number of people that leave our Sunday Celebrations radically inspired to share and live out the word of God and transform their community.

Don’t call me intolerant because I believe what Jesus taught, proclaim what He preached, and celebrate and rejoice in what He did on the cross;  and for not believing the Bible is full of stories or allegories but Biblical truths that have transformed the lives of billions throughout history; and for believing that not preaching teaching and proclaiming these truth has significantly contributed to the problems we face in our culture today.

Don’t hate me for freely expressing my opinion whilst politely inviting you to express yours…would love to hear your thoughts…seriously!

3, 2, 1…

Posted in Apps, Bible, Christian, Culture, Digital, Entertainment, Fun, Global, Life, Music, Real Talk, Social Media, TV, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2013 by BigPhatPastor

This has been a busy week but I thought I would share some musings and things that I use from day to day and week to week in a post called 3,2,1.  So here are…

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 3 Apps

Pocket: Holds anything and everything, links, videos, etc…Whatever you come across but don’t have time to look at, just put it in your pocket  and retrieve across all devices.

Flipboard: This is a great reader app that lets you put all of your news feeds or social media updates in one place.  As indicated, you can just flip through everything in one spot without having to change to different apps, news feeds, or social media streams.

Lookout: Whether you have a high dollar or bottom dollar smartphone chances are you don’t want to lose it or pay for another one.  Lookout is a great app which not only helps secure your smartphone, it also has features which can help identify where the device is if lost or stolen.  It has additional features that can be provided at a cost, but the free features are more than enough to validate its use.

 2 TV Shows

Shark Tank: Reality TV done well, yes it’s about money but it is also about the creativity and ingenuity of the human spirit…and a great place to preview new gadgets #justsayin

The Bible: The History Chanel’s presentation by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett has sparked a lot of conversation for people of all faiths.  The series highlights some of the more captivating events in the Bible and culminates with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Although it is only a miniseries it is definitely worth watching.

 1 Worship Song

Overcome by Desperation Band: The lyrics are encouraging and spiritually inspiring whilst revealing the entirety of the gospel  and reiterating what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross.

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