Saint Damien of Molokai

The world would be a better place if more of us were willing to live life like he did.

St. Damien of Molokai, also called Father Damien, original name Joseph de Veuster, (born January 3, 1840, Tremelo, Belgium—died April 15, 1889, Molokai, Hawaii [U.S.]; canonized October 11, 2009; feast day May 10), Belgian priest who devoted his life to missionary work among the Hawaiian lepers and became a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

Source: Saint Damien of Molokai | Biography & Facts | Britannica.com
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The Spirit Of Father Damien

 

Do the simplest explanations, explain it away?

The seas are being parted
I recently saw a television show that talked about a rainstorm in Kansas City, Mo. That took place in the late 1800’s. This rainstorm for a brief time also included frogs falling from the sky. Way too many of them for them to have been nesting in the trees. It was such an unusual event that for years they thought the observers must have been mistaken. Later someone figured out that a waterspout could have been the explanation. A sort of water tornado picked up the frogs from a semi-local body of water and dropped them off as the waterspout was running out of energy. This explanation would have been fine for that event. They went one step further and said that the waterspout explained the plague of frogs, but would it?
The Biblical rain of frogs was not a surprise to Moses, God told Moses, and Moses told the Pharoh, and then Aaron was told to stretch out his staff over the local bodies of water before the plague of frogs came into being.  Then when the Pharoh told Moses to stop the frogs, Moses told him to wait till the next day. On the next day, all the frogs died, and everything stank.  The frogs in Kanas City left of their own free will. So the plague of frogs looked completely different than the surprise storm in Kansas City.
You have the other 9 plagues to consider, and how many of the plagues did not affect the Jews who wanted freedom from slavery.  If you want a natural explanation for the frogs in the Bible you have to explain away all ten plagues, and the reason why the Pharoh let the Jews go free.

When I was reading up on the ten plagues of the Bible, I remembered a story that I heard years ago.

A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!” he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.

Shortly after, along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy.

“Hey” asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, “Don’t you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle.”

The enlightened man laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy and began to try to open his eyes to the “realities” of the miracles of the Bible. “That can all be very easily explained. Modern scholarship has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across.”

The boy was stumped. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible laying open in his lap. The man, content that he had enlightened a poor, naive young person to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before. The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation.

“Wow!” exclaimed the boy happily, “God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in 10 inches of water!”

You see context is important! You can explain away almost everything if you break it down into bits, but explaining away the whole narrative is extremely difficult, especially if the narrative is based on truth!

You may also be interested in reading Miracles, by C.S. Lewis

Which of us would let a kid touch a hot stove?

child safety at home concept - toddler reaching for pan on the stove in kitchen
I often hear people telling others not to judge, but when we tell a kid to stop reaching for something on a hot stove, are we not judging their behavior?

If a young kid is doing something that is dangerous, we tell them to stop. Do we hate the child? NO!  Are we judging them? YES! Refusing to stop them from doing something that could end in tragedy would be a HATEFUL act!

Most of God’s laws are written for the same reasons,  parents judge their kids on a regular basis. We don’t do it because we are hateful tyrants, we do it because we love them, and want them to have the best life possible.

Most of God’s rules have negative consequences here on earth if you fail to follow them, that can and should be acknowledged by non-Christians as well as Christians. The CDC has a section of their website that specifically covers the dangers to men who have sex with men.   Thanks to political correctness, many don’t even know that Aids is still a high risk for bisexual and gay men. According to the CDC,  Gay and bisexual men accounted for 82% (26,376) of new HIV diagnoses among all males aged 13 and older and 67% of the total new diagnoses in the United States.
82% of the people with this deadly disease are gay or bisexual, yet it is politically incorrect to warn them of the danger!!!! If we would just learn to follow the directions that our creator gave us, an unthinkable amount of premature deaths could have been avoided!

According to the Brookings Institute, there are three simple rules to escape poverty and enter the middle class.  Finish high school, get a full-time job and get married before having kids. Yet we continue to sexualize younger and younger children,  identify women by their sexual body parts, and parade them around as little pink hats! Yet if someone warns them of their impending danger, they are supposedly hateful and judgmental.  It’s like we are challenging them to touch that stove and get burned!

As tempting as it is to give up, we can’t God has told us to keep working for him until the day he comes back, and if you ask me I would say that some of us need to start putting in some overtime!

If you don’t have time to read the Bible, try listening to it.

Thoughts on our Constitution, by President John Adams

United States Bill of Rights Preamble to the Constitution

    We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
President John Adams

Metaxas, Eric. If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty (p. 61). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

William Lane Craig lectures on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus — WINTERY KNIGHT

Here is Dr. William Lane Craig giving a long-form argument for the historical event of the resurrection of Jesus, and taking questions from the audience. The speaker introduction goes for 6 minutes, then Dr. Craig speaks for 35 minutes, then it’s a period of questions and answers with the audience. The total length is 93 […]

Read more at William Lane Craig lectures on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus — WINTERY KNIGHT

His Mercies Never End

cross against the sky

Lamentations 3:22-24  Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

ח Khet

22 Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!
24 I say: The Lord is my portion,
therefore I will put my hope in Him.

Many of you are probably thinking “yeah, that’s easy to say when things are going your way.”, Not so fast, when it comes to Bible interpretation, context makes all the difference.   Jeremiah and all of Isreal were going through some times that would make most of our nightmares look like day dreams.  Cities demolished, enslaved, starvation …

Yet Jeremiah wasn’t without comfort. He knew that the Lord would forgive, and deliver them.  While the Lord may seem far away at times, there is still hope. God will somehow deliver if you trust in him.

God in the Declaration of Independance

The Declaration of Independence
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The words of The Declaration of Independence have been called America’s birth certificate.  The people who signed it risked not only their lives, but the lives of their families, and all their property.  You can bet they made sure to agree with every word it said before they signed it.  They even agreed with the phrases that I put in bold print, nature’s God, and endowed by their creator. Who could they have been talking about if not the God that inspired people to move here in search of religious liberty?

Some of its signers included; John Hancock, John Adams,  Samuel Adams,  Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson.

Yet some would have us believe even though the founders based their rights in their creator, who is nature’s God that they did not want God to have anything to do with this country. While it will take more evidence to prove that the God that they were referring to was the God of the Bible, those who read the Declaration in full with an open mind should be willing to consider the possibility that the founders had no problem with God.

You can read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety at

The Declaration of Independence  

or in the book Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion
available at Amazon