The Heavenly Gardener

 Remember,

 Just a reminder that you will bloom where God plants you!

The wisdom of the gardener is seen in the cultivation of his plants; some he sets in the sun, others in the shade; some in a rich, fertile soil, others in a dry and barren ground; and thus the gardener’s skill is conspicuous, for each thrives best in its own soil. Then, since Infinite Wisdom has allotted a great part of my life to sorrow and solitude (not that I complain)—I realize that I could not grow well in another soil. Behind the high wall of adversity, and in the shade of affliction, the saints will bring forth fruits of humility, self-denial, resignation and patience. These graces cannot grow so well in the sun-beams of prosperity.

Now, if another soil would be more agreeable to my spiritual growth—the Heavenly Gardener would soon transplant me there.It does not matter, though I grow in the shade—if the Sun of righteousness shines on my soul, and makes every grace to flourish. He knows better what lot is best for me, than I do myself. In choosing it for me, I should rather admire His wisdom, than complain of His conduct; the more so, when I consider that on a barren soil, and in a lonely shade — He can cultivate plants that shall bask in the eternal beams of glory!

James Meikle, “Converse with the Unseen World”

A Modern Day Parable of “The Ant and the Grasshopper”

My friend Greg from Church sent this to me, I wanted to share it with you.

It is absolutly hysterical!

TRADITIONAL VERSION:
 
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
 
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
 
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.  The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!
 
 
CONTEMPORARY VERSION
 
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
 
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
 
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be WARM AND WELL-FED while others are COLD AND STARVING.  CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and

ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
 
America is stunned by the sharp contrast.  How can this be, that in acountry of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
 
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green.’
 
Jesse Jackson and Barach Obama stage a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, ‘We shall overcome”.
 
Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
 
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer!  The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.
 
 
Hillary Clinton gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.
 
The ant loses the case.
 
The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.
 
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident; and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be very careful how you vote in 2008 !!!

In Christ Alone

I enjoy the lyrical richness of many of the old hymns; every once in a while there are contemporary songs that are lyrically rich as well. “In Christ Alone” by the Newsboys, is one of them.
We sang it in Church today, and as always, it stirs me to the core of my soul! So much so, that when we finish, I always exclaim a hearty AMEN!
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In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost it’s grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Brought with the precious blood of Christ
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand
AMEN!

If I were an Athiest – I’d be afraid of Classical & Christian Schools too!

These very conservative schools are cropping up all over the country see here

Many of these schools are connected with Churches who help to sponsor low income families…

I once heard one insider say 399 of that churches 400 children were students in their school. (the one that didn’t come, wanted to go some ware else, even though they offered it to the family for free)

If I was an atheist this would scare the dickens out of me!

As one person said on another website – “you gotta love atheists. they complain about Christians being so uneducated and irrational. I went to a humanistic, atheist public school for 12 years and was NEVER offered logic. – boobs”

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I would also be afraid of schools like Patrick Henry College as well: (PHC is a non-classical)

Adolf Hitler, Darwinism’s “Black Eye”

My dialog with “onein6billion” on my entry titled “Atheist Scientists in Uproar over Movie Showing…” continues on a different issue:

onein6billion said:

“The other point about the movie is that it wants to link Darwin (evolution) with Hitler. This is wrong in so many ways. There is a web site with a lot of information about how Hitler used Christians and Christianity as part of his anti-Semitism.

One analogy – Einstein (physics) should be blamed for Hiroshima. Quite similar to evolution should be blamed for the actions of a megalomaniac.

So do you really want to see this lying political propaganda movie?”

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onein6billion,

Your reasoning is flawed – you are comparing apples (Hitler’s “natural selection” ideology) with oranges (Einstein’s discoveries and subsequent inventions). You fail to understand that “ideas” (or philosophies) have ideological consequences.

Evil people pull triggers, but it is ideology that shapes their decision making…

And by the way, of course Hitler used the Church as well as everyone else. Evil men will use anything at their disposal (Christian theology calls that sin of course) just like today, and because many in the German church accepted higher criticism (liberal theology) they were ripe for error, see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higher_criticism

This “higher criticism” ideology (which had consequences of its own course) darkened the minds of many in the German Churches to Hitler’s real agenda.

This apostasy of the liberal German Church still does not prove that Hitler’s ideological presuppositions were not shaped by the darwinian doctrine of “natural selection”, they absolutely were! Also, remember today just as then in Hitlers day, there were faithful and true Christians, see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confessing_Church

To prove the point, have you ever heard of “eugenics”? Creating the “Master Aryan Race”?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics

Evolutionary “natural selection” in its purest ideology, when it is accepted, has a certain trajectory that leads to certain kinds of conclusions. Natural selection (as a doctrine) is about raw power, power that leads to the strong killing the weak so that only the best will survive  (and this need to happen, for the survival of the race according to Darwin and Hitler) .

Christianity too, in its purest ideology, has a certain trajectory that sees the “image of God” in even the weakest of human beings. Christianity in it purest ideological form, leads naturally to Compassion for the weak which is why it will always win the masses.

To prove the “ideological trajectory”” point further, very recently – one of the high “religious” priests of Atheism, Richard Dawkins raised the ugly issue of eugenics once again, proving where the darwinian world-view leads to (certain conclusions):

http://www.sundayherald.com/life/people/display.var.1031440.0.eugenics_may_not_be_bad.php

Now, I’m not saying that “all” atheist’s follow their world-view to it’s logical ends, because like everyone else (including Christians) people do not always act consistently with their world-view. Never the less, Hitler did act consistently, with his darwinian world-view, and his ideology lead to certain undeniable consequences…

In regard to this issue, if this is what the movie presents, like it or not, it will be presenting the truth.

Sorry my friend, the truth will set you free…

Lar

If I were an Atheist – I’d be afraid of Home Schooling!

I have been having a short dialog with “onein6billion” on my entry titled “Atheist Scientists in Uproar over Movie Showing…”

My response was long, so I decided to make it a new post.

onein6billion,

In you last comment you responded:

“what do you have to fear”

What I fear is that the creationists on the Texas Board of Education will further “water-down” the little bit of evolution that actually does get taught in Texas public high schools.
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As Abraham Lincoln said “The philosophy of the classroom today will be the philosophy of government tomorrow. So your fears are justified, if I subscribed to atheistic and darwinian evolution I would be afraid of those rascally Christians teaching theism as well – because in a few generations you would have a lot less atheists in the world!

Your statement presupposes that the battle between Christianity and A-theism starts with winning the hearts and minds of the next generation. However, atheists misunderstand their greatest threat.

Teaching a little theism in the Government controlled schools is not atheists greatest threat. The Government Monopoly on education, within in a few generations will eventually implode, because the seeds of its own demise are built into the philosophy, the methodology and the bureaucracy of the current system.

The utilitarian, cookie cutter, assembly line, one size fits all factory approach to education will continue to churn out multitudes of politically apathetic, ignorant, hedonistic, and lemming like pliable citizens who are ready to believe and accept whatever their messiah (their government task master) tells them. The Government Schools are churning out idiots, just look around! And, with the current over bloated centralized bureaucratic machinery, its system of self protection will only serve to stifle and gum up the necessary means to any “real” change.

In a few generations (if that) the very expensive (in high taxes that is – compared with current private alternatives) government school system as a means to real “education” (which is now more about politically correct indoctrination) will collapse.

Then the only real alternative if parents want “real education” for their children will come from private and religious sources, especially from home schooling. For over 25 years now, the ever increasing Christian home schooling community has been developing (with the use of modern technology and networking) very low cost, cutting-edge world view minded curriculum like (this is just a sample from hundreds of curriculum’s that are being developed) :

http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/v2/index.php?page=3

http://www.cornerstonecurriculum.com/

http://www.writing-edu.com/

This curriculum is being developed with the intent to thoroughly train and disciple the next generation of Christian soldiers. And if you think that this stuff is written by a bunch of hay-seed Christians think again, see a small sample of some of the results here and here.

In a few short generations home schoolers will be the best and the brightest – leaders in every area our culture, and will have been thoroughly inculcated with a biblical world-view rather than an atheistic government educated world-view.

Besides, when the Government Monopoly System eventually collapses all the alternative “educational infrastructure” will be in place. It will take secular atheistic humanists years to catch up (if they ever could) .

Not only that, generally, home schooling families (and serious minded Christians) have high fertility rates and are very unlikely to abort their posterity (their future) unlike secularists, leftists, atheists, and humanists who readily kill off their posterity (their future) by abortion. Many of these home schoolers have very large families, I personally know of many of these families, checkout any home schooling conference or convention. This means they will multiply quickly, within a few generations to raise their children with their convictions! Just like the Hebrews of old did in when they were in bondage in Egypt:

But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.
Exodus 1:8

For the sake of argument – this is an general idea of the potential of this movement. Let say a family raises an average of 4 children in every generation (there are many families with 12+) and there are by bests estimates right now 2 million home schoolers:

Today’s Generation: 2 Million
2nd Generation: 8 Million
3rd Generation: 12 Million
4th Generation: 48 Million
5th Generation: 192 Million

This is just a basic illustration to show how potent this movement is. Every day more and more Christian families are pulling their children from the Government Indoctrination Centers (Schools) and using other means (especially the low costing home schooling option) to educate their Children.

The only way to stop us, is to persecute us or try take our children from us – (you’ll probably have kill many of us to do that!) But that won’t work either, because whenever we are persecuted we multiply…

One of our early church fathers Tertullian (160–235 AD) famously said, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church,” – “kill us, torture us, condemn us, grind us to dust… The oftener we are mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.”

Case in point is China

By the Power of the Holy Spirit, Christianity will continue to expand throughout the world by Evangelism, Missions, Church Planting and Multi Generational Christian Education, this will continue the massive growth of Kingdom of Jesus Christ!

Remember, God the Father in heaven hears the prayer’s of His people as we continue to pray as Jesus taught us “Thy Kingdom come, “Thy will be done” “on earth” as it is in Heaven”!!!

The Bible speaks prophetically of the dominance of Christianity in this world, an example of this is in Ezekiel 47. In it the Prophet is given a poetic vision of the New Testament Church or the Kingdom of Jesus Christ:

(this “water” is an image of the Holy Spirit of the Kingdom of Christ – flowing from the temple and throne of God in heaven out into the world)

Then he (an Angel) brought me (Ezekiel) back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side. And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits (this is a picture of progressive time) , and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. (there it is! The dominance of His Kingdom)

He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. (this healing is salvation in Christ!) And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. (this is the remnant of rebels that will be left)

Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. (see Psalm 1) They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

And:

In his days (Jesus Christ) shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.
Psalm 72:7-9

And:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 9:6-7

Christianity will come dominate the world, this is not only prophesied in the bible but is known in the academic community as well, see Philip Jenkins scholarly book – The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity (in it he mainly deals with statistical data and current global trends)

History testifies of this as well – see for yourself:

http://www.mapsofwar.com/images/Religion.swf

It boils down to this my friend, atheists can’t stop the Gospel! So why do they waist their time?

Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.” Acts 5:34-39

If I were an unrepentant atheistic sinner – I certainly would be afraid! Repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Turn from your sin and crown Jesus Christ the Lord of your life!

God to is ready to forgive you today!

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him (Jesus Christ) and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2: 9-11

Lar

Having Conviction in a Postmodern World

A man with a definite belief always appears bizarre, because he does not change with the world; he has climbed into a fixed star, and the earth whizzes below him like a zoetrope.

Millions of mild black-coated men call themselves sane and sensible merely because they always catch the fashionable insanity, because they are hurried into madness after madness by the maelstrom of the world.

The man with definite belief is sure to ba a truer friend…

 G K Chesterton