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But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! (Galatians 1:8)



QUESTION:   What is the difference between submitting to the direction God/Jesus has for our lives and doing things because we are Christian? Example. All my life I have worked with the kids at church doing Christmas plays, puppets, etc. I struggle with “Is this the direction God had for my life?” vs. “I do these things because that is what we are to do as Christian people.” I go on mission trips because I feel it’s my responsibility to help others. I haven’t ever had this great sense of being called to do something. I do the things I do because that is what is expected. Am I wrong? Will these be burned as wood, hay and stumble at the bema seat?

ANSWER:   Understanding the difference between the two is not an exact science. It requires a fair amount of discernment and a submissive spirit.

In Romans 12:1-2 Paul explained that the way to discover God’s will for us is to first subordinate our will for our life to His, so that the things we do are done as an act of worshiping Him. As we do this we’ll begin to receive guidance concerning what He wants us to do, and by following His guidance we’ll find ourselves living in His will for us.

It’s never too late to start this. In Colossians 3:23-24 Paul said,

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

My understanding of 1 Cor. 4:5 is that no matter how mundane or ordinary our work is, the attitude with which we do it will determine whether the Lord sees it as gold, silver, and precious gems, or as wood, hay, and straw. He has no expectation of us beyond believing that He died for our sins and rose again (John 6:28-29). In order to have value to Him, the things we do in response have to be motivated by our gratitude for what He did for us.



QUESTION:   I think you wrote somewhere that when the rapture occurs, our mortal bodies will transformed to new immortal bodies and will be perfected, free from imperfection. I also was under the impression that the risen Christ, visible to the Apostles and others in Jerusalem, is a model of what our new risen bodies will be like. I wonder then, if we have perfected bodies, why the scars of the crucifixion were still evident in Christ’s body, the nail holes and his side wound? Was this specific to Christ, or are there certain “scars” that we will also maintain for eternity?

ANSWER:   The passage you’re looking for is 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, and it does state that in the twinkling of an eye our mortal bodies will be changed into perfect, immortal ones. And 1 John 3:2 says when the Lord appears we will be like Him.

We’re also told in John 20:27 and in Rev. 5:6 that scars remain in the resurrection body of Jesus. Why this is so is not explained, but scholars have taken the view that they’ve become emblems of honor, visible reminders of His greatest work and worn with distinction, like a medal or insignia of exalted rank. They’re unique to Him, identifying Him alone as the Savior of mankind. It’s been rightly said that the only man made things in heaven are the scars on the body of our Lord.





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The world is now in a second cold war among three major world powers and the massive arms race is gearing up on all sides. 

Both China and Russia are preparing to challenge US air superiority as well as naval dominance in the Pacific. They are making good progress in finding ways to counter US nuclear capabilities, confront the US space advantage and wage cyberwarfare on an unprecedented scale. 

In some areas, the US’s role as the hegemonic military power of the twentieth century is being quickly overtaken while in other respects, it has already been surpassed. 

As an example, China leads the world in the size of its conventional missile arsenal that numbers in the tens of thousands and is currently developing hypersonic projectiles able to blow past any existing air defense, a technology Russia, too, now has in the Zircon missile. Here is a look at how China and Russia are presenting a real challenge to US military and diplomatic dominance.

Russia’s economy has suffered setbacks in recent years, to no small degree due to sanctions imposed in response to its actions in Georgia and Ukraine. This has acted as a drag on the massive budget increases and modernization efforts of the early 2000s, but while it has reduced the pace of its spending increase, Russia has been actively engaging in several conflicts in which it continues to gain real combat experience and battlefield testing for new weapons platforms. 

The wars it wages in Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere act as both a proving ground for its military and a geopolitical test of US and European dominance. 

Does the US react and draw itself into another costly and ultimately no-win conflict or does it cede the stage to Russia and become a paper tiger? In either case, it is Russia that is dictating the rules of the game as it pursues its ambitions of empire through territorial expansion and despotic alliances. 

China too has made a major push for creating economic and diplomatic alliances just as the United States sees its diplomatic budget slashed and soft power weakened. Where the US has no diplomat at a conference, China shows up with a delegation of dozens to talk both trade and alliances.

In recent decades, the United States and its NATO allies have been able to count on their air dominance to tip the scales in military engagements, but this may be coming to an end. The fifth generation SU-57 stealth fighter, a formidable rival to the American F-22, entered the Syrian theater, spotted at the Khmeimim airbase on the Mediterranean. Russia is already showcasing new helicopter and missile technology in the Syrian conflict. 

China presents its own unique threat, not only with the J-20 stealth fighter due to enter regular service in 2020 as a direct counter to US fifth generation steal fighters, but also from its new class of advanced air-to-air missiles that complement the supersonic stealth fighters that are “every bit on par with those in Western arsenals,” to quote the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Fueled by trade imbalances, a rising middle class and a surging economy, China has increased its military expenditures by nearly 120% between 2010 and 2017. Both Russia and China have modernization as their stated goal with the obvious target being the technological superiority held by the United States. 

China’s territorial ambitions are being felt in the South China Sea, but its naval buildup is on a scale difficult to fathom. In just four short years, China has added the naval tonnage equivalent to the entire British Royal Navy, and greater than the French. 

The Type 55 Cruiser, a match for any NATO warship, is under production and fleets of new submarines, destroyers and even light carriers have made China a major naval power virtually overnight. The world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the Chinese AG600, is the size of a 737. The first craft have already been spotted landing in the South China Sea and at least 17 more are in production.

China has also been the first nation actively to demonstrate a killer satellite, which opens the possibility of cutting off American GPS, weather and communications satellites, a crippling blow for the American military. In cyber-warfare, Russia has proved itself a formidable opponent in attacks on Estonia, Georgia and Ukraine while China has yet to use its vast offensive cyber capabilities. The next war is sure to be fought in the virtual world as well as the physical battlefield.

The strategic goal of China, and one for which its weapons systems are now designed, is to deliver an overwhelming initial first-strike on naval and air forces with conventional long-range missile technology. Secondly, to continue to tie the US down as far away from Chinese shores as possible. 

Fighting deep in the pacific, the missile command of the Chinese navy and air force would employ the anti-access area denial (A2AD) strategy to keep US carrier battle groups at risk away from its homeland.

Russia has been a major international arms dealer for decades, but as the US refuses to share its armed drone technology with all but a select few nations, China has stepped in to fill the void and, in the process, set itself up as the premier source for armed UAVs. And, they are willing to sell to any country, no matter how despotic. 

All three nations are now investing in modernizing and expanding their nuclear arsenals, and this is a symbol of the new configuration of military conflict: a confrontation of great powers is the new gathering storm that replaces the threat of armed terrorist movements as the primary threat to world peace. 

In a statement made to reporters by the Under Secretary of Defense David Norquist, “Great power competition, not terrorist activity has emerged as the central challenge to US security and prosperity. It is increasingly clear that China and Russia want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model, gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic and security decisions.”

The risk, of course, is that this arms buildup, unlike the previous cold war, could lead to a third world war, that would result in untold human suffering.  A single misstep in North Korea, the South China Sea or Syria could be the spark that sets off a new conflict that has no winners.




A Washington Post writer once said that evangelicals are “poor, ignorant, and easy to command.” Well, at least he didn’t say we were mentally ill.

Until now that is. On a recent segment of “The View,” Joy Behar took aim at Mike Pence’s belief that God speaks to him. Responding to a comment by another host, Behar said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another when Jesus talks to you. That’s a mental illness if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.”

That’s a sign of how ignorant elites truly are about beliefs and practices common to something like two billion Christians.

I actually find it surprising that Behar, who claims to be Catholic, hasn’t found time in her seventy-five years to learn a little more about prayer.

Behar’s comment outraged Americans from coast to coast. Twenty-five thousand people let ABC know what we thought of a network that allows an employee to sneer at the way other people practice their faith.

The next day, Behar responded to her critics with a sarcastic clarification, saying, “I don’t think Mike Pence is mentally ill even though he says he is hearing voices.”

Wow. That’s some apology.

I’d like to propose a solution. I invite Joy Behar to spend some time looking into what Christians mean when they say they hear God’s voice.

She might start with the writings of J. Warner Wallace, a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center. In a piece posted by FOX News, Wallace notes that when Christians say, “God spoke to me,” they don’t “necessarily mean that God spoke audibly.”  Christians, he explains, “believe the Bible is the ‘word of God,’ and by reading it, [we] gain access to the mind of God.” He points to 2nd Timothy, which notes that Holy Scripture is “God-breathed,” and Hebrews 4, which says “the word of God is living and active.” Reading these verses, one could see how Christians might legitimately say, “God spoke to me,” Wallace explains.

Second, God can use wise and mature advisors to teach us about God’s will-people who have invested long years reading and meditating over scripture. Wallace writes that a believer who says God spoke to her “may simply mean that one of God’s children provided them with Biblical wisdom.”

Third, God may speak to us through difficult experiences.  As C.S. Lewis writes in The Problem of Pain, “God whispers to us in our pleasures . . . but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Fourth, God may indeed speak audibly to His followers. Many people have written about hearing God’s voice in a crisis. And in my own case, God spoke to me through an amazing, mind-blowing dream.

Bible-reading Christians know this. Open your Bible, and you’ll find all kinds of examples of each of the ways God speaks to His people—audibly, through prophets, and through the written word.

Finally, it’s worth reminding our media that, if Mike Pence is crazy for believing he hears God’s voice, then so are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama—all of whom said they listened for the still, small voice of God. 

One wonders if Joy would make similar comments about Oprah Winfrey and her declining to run for office in 2020 due to not hearing from God saying, “God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me”. “If God wanted me to run, wouldn’t God tell me?”

I really do hope Joy Behar will give it a try.

Originally published at – reposted with permission.



It was man’s rejection of Almighty God’s moral absolutes and Divine mandates for the family which led to the Genesis flood (Gen. 6), and it will be the global rejection of Almighty God’s moral absolutes for the family unit which will lead to the Day of the Lord (Rev. 6-19). My dear friend, it is an ETERNALLY, HORRIFIC and a SOBERING thing to fall into the hands of the RIGHTEOUS judge and ETERNAL God of Heaven and earth (Heb. 13:4). When a man rejects and refuses Almighty God’s design for society and the family he will be held FULLY accountable in that Day of Judgment (Matt. 12:36-37, Rev. 20: 11-15). What one does not recognize is that the deeds of a man’s life here in time have huge consequences on his family (pro or con) and on society in general and will follow him all the way into that Day to be manifested and to be judged accordingly (Matt. 12:36-37, Rev. 20:11-15).

It was man’s rejection of Almighty God’s moral absolutes and Divine mandates for the family, which led to the Genesis flood.

The American male today is a wild man and there is no taming him. So also was man before the Genesis flood. The man of 2017 is lawless, a sexual deviant, a hunter of erotic pleasure and self gratification, irresponsible, godless and a destroyer of the youth of America and violent towards women. Amazingly women today are no different from the godless men. Those women who hold pro-family and moral values are slandered and dispised by the godless women of our hour. Noah’s Day is our day with EXPONENTIAL exceptions. The man of today has a 24/7 and a porn dominated Internet and a sex driven media for arousing his base sexual desires. He has EXPONENTIAL technology at their lawless finger tips to corrupt himself and to indulge in his out of control sexual lusts and destructive appetites. Sexual addiction is the leading addiction in America today and the majority of individuals who have given themselves over to its seductive vices and hypnotic dominance rarely ever survive. Today how many fathers truly seek Almighty God plan for their life and will for their family with all their heart, soul and mind? In Noah’s day it came down to one man, Noah (Gen.6:9, 7:1). The God fearing father is near extinction today and is the butt of every joke from the lawless reprobate American culture. The fall out from his absence today in America has left a horrific social devastation everywhere throughout our land.

Noah’s Day is our day with exception. The man of today has a 24/7 sex driven media, the porn dominated Internet and EXPONENTIAL technology at their lawless finger tips to corrupt themselves and to indulge their out of control sexual lusts and destructive appetites.

My dear friend, may it be our sincere desire to be all that Almighty God would have us to be to your wives and our children (Rom. 8:29). As the Day of the Lord is at hand we as fathers have much to offer our children and loved ones. We have much to tell them of Almighty God’s WONDROUS LOVE and ETERNAL HOPE (John 3:16-17, Rom. 8:28-39, 2 Cor. 1:9, 20, 1 John 3:1-3, Rev. 21-22:1-5). For us who know the Lord, this world is not our home and Almighty God has rescued us from the destructive consequences that will FOREVER follow those who rebel against the Creator of Heaven and earth (John 14:1-3, 1 Cor. 9-11, Gal. 1:4, Rev. 20:11-15). We have a Heavenly Father who ETERNALLY loves us! What could ever be greater than that! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! DJP I.F.

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