Saturday, May 27, 2017

THEY'RE BACK ...HUMOROUS CHURCH SIGNS

There's a whole lot of truth being displayed here, plus an occasional holy hilarity.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

THE HUMBLE TRUTH--THE TRUTH THAT SETS US FREE

BY STEVE DUNN

"What is truth?"

This is the poignant question posed by Pontius Pilate as deliberated the fate of Jesus.

"Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, "I find no guilt in Him. "But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?"…

People are often puzzled by this exchange.  Jesus pointedly says "The truth is that I am indeed a king.  I appear in this setting to be the poor abject subject of this so-called legal system  And if you really could handle the truth, you would not need to ask."

Remember another famous posing of the question, "What is the truth?"

Colonel Jessup (Jack Nicholson) arrogantly believes that has a duty to hide the truth because the world cannot handle the ugly truth of what he has to do to defend America from its ruthless enemies. But behind that version of the truth is just another self-justification of his arrogant use of power.

Pilate throws Jesus' truth statement back into his face by his question, a question that is a defensive attempt to escape the responsibility of courageously defending Jesus.  He blatantly questions whether there is any absolute truth.  The truth is that Jesus is an innocent man,and is do, probably truly the king he professes to be.  But such a truth would threaten Pilate' position itself, so he conveniently dismisses the truth that is standing before him.

When truth is inconvenient, or demanding--when it calls into question the lies and half-truths that we have chosen to live by, we often chose to deny that there is any truth at all. For to admit  the truth requires us to change,  Or we resort to the favorite co-opt of the postmodern mind, "Well, it's all right for you, it's just not right for me."

Truth, as Christians understand it, is not situational nor subjective.  Truth is not a moving target or a Wikipedia definition to be updated by the next so-called expert.  Truth is an objective reality and it is rooted in something very concrete--the person of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of John records this set of declarations from Jesus: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8.32 "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:36

Truth is a person and that person is Jesus Christ.  What he says and what he represents is the truth upon which all the created universe is grounded and upon which depends.

When we finally submit our lives to that Truth we will indeed be free and our world will have that hope that it most desperately needs.



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Saturday, May 13, 2017

MOTHER'S DAY - A HUMOROUS TRIBUTE

BY STEVE DUNN

Every year at this time we go the second mile to honor our mothers - biological and spiritual.  The rest of the year they often go unsung or under-appreciated.  Here is a humorous tribute to Moms, although you'll probably need to be a Mom to get most of it.








Sunday, April 16, 2017

EASTER VICTORY

MY APOLOGIES. WHEN I CONNECTED THE VIDEO LINK I DID NOT SEE THE AD THAT YOU TUBE HAD ATTACHED. SO I HAVE TAKEN DOWN THE VIDEO. WE'LL TRY IT AGAIN.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

MONDAY MORNING REFLECTIONS - I AM SADDENED TODAY



BY STEVE DUNN 

I am greatly saddened today.We are a nation divided.  It has been true for some time, but the events of these first twenty days of Mr. Trump's presidency have simply reinforced that fact. Please note that I am not blaming him for the division.  He is simply carrying out the campaign promises that he made to the American public. In fact, I believe that if our nation were not so greatly divided, a man of his questionable character and personal arrogance would have never been elected to lead this great nation. Many people consider his actions ill-advised and extreme.  But many other Americans applaud his actions because they considered the actions of Mr. Obama to be ill-advised even demonic) and extreme.  One side pushed the pendulum to the far left.  Now people want to push the pendulum to the far right.  People who believe America needs to have a more centrist political philosophy are characterized as shallow, naive, and part of the "other" side.

More than 150 years, while leading a nation that was in a civil war (a shooting war) over its vastly conflicting values, Abraham Lincoln reminded his countrymen about a truth from the Truth, Jesus Christ: "...and if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." (Mark 3.25)

I am saddened that the voices who want to unite the nation are being ignored. I am saddened by the belief (including among many of my fellow evangelical Christians) that uniting the nation requires people to completely embrace our side conservative or liberal.  I am saddened that both sides selectively embrace the facts--almost as is they are saying, don't confuse me with the truth-- I might have to adjust my opinion.  I am saddened that each side has their own pet disenfranchised group whose rights need to be defended, even if it means ignoring or discounting the rights of other disenfranchised group.

The politics of unity is hard work.  It requires open-mindedness, courage, humility, other-centeredness, and a sense of true servanthood.  Is there anyone out there prepared to do that hard work.  Demonizing and verbally bludgeoning the other side on social media is much easier, and more satisfying to our sin nature--a nature Jesus came to came to free us from.

I am saddened today - and I am praying for the healing of my nation.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

FACEBOOK PROPHETS

BY STEVE DUNN

Facebook and the Internet has some pretty stupid things being posted.  Time for some more FACEBOOK PROPHETS.







Saturday, January 21, 2017

BEING THE PERSON THAT GOD DESIRES YOU TO BE

 BY STEVE DUNN

A whole lot of people think that "good" Christians are people who do good things.  In fact, a whole lot of Christians believe that, too.  Usually, though, the measure of that in people's minds includes keeping the 10 commandments, being a "church goer," knowing the Bible, keeping Christ in Christmas, not working on Sundays, etc., choosing wholesome activities over "worldly" ones.  Doing typically "religious" things.  This list makes for comfortable people who can call themselves "Christians."

Ironically, except for the "church-going" part, that is also a description of "good people" who would not call themselves Christians.

The Bible actually teaches something different about this. Christians desire to be righteous (another word for holy).  Not righteous in a prideful or self-serving sense.  Righteous meaning "having the right relationship with God."  In other words, we desire to have hearts like God's heart, to live by the values that God intends for us, and behave towards our world as God wants the world treated.

In case you don't know what the answer to that last statement, you need only read John 3:16 and 17:

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

Genuine Christians aspire to be the person God desires them to be.  How do they know what looks like?

It looks like Jesus.