“It is appointed unto men to die once but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27). Are you ready to meet the Judge of the Universe? If you are not ready, don’t know,(or don’t even care), Take the good person test (or watch it here) and find out how to be ready…before it’s too late. None of us are promised tomorrow.
A simple but important reminder. There is evil in the world and there are people trying to destroy this country and our freedoms. But there is hope. We will never forget the tragedy and the innocent victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Just as a shephard watches over his sheep, here Peter is speaking about Jesus the one true shepherd who is a Guardian (also called a Bishop or Overseer) of souls of Christians. He is a protector of us (like wandering sheep) who know and trust Him. Not even the devil (as powerful as he is) will be able to keep us from being guarded and protected by God.
Because of sin (breaking God’s Law), we all will die. After we die on this earth, there is something called a second death which involves being cast into hell forever. Since God is holy and perfect and cannot have sin in His presense, He must punish sinners (lawbreakers). Yet this is not God’s desire. Because of His lovingkindness, He has provided a way of escape. He came to earth and paid the penalty Himself for breaking His holy perfect law (The Ten Commandents)! God through Jesus Christ was manifest in the flesh and died a brutal death on a cross (see Isaiah 53). When you repent from your sin and turn your life to Jesus Christ you will not enter the second death. As Jesus was telling Martha, it is only through Him that anyone can be saved from the wrath to come and live forever.
In the old testament of the Bible it was necessary (as a requirement of the Mosaic law that thousands of lambs were to be slaughtered and their blood shed to atone for the people sins. And yet their sins could not be completely taken away. There needed to be a perfect, holy and sinless offering. Thankfully now, lambs no longer need to be slaugtered each day because Jesus as God manifest in the flesh has become the final Lamb of God. He paid the ultimate penalty for our sins as the complete, holy and perfect sacrifice for us breaking His laws (The Ten Commandments).
Each week, throughout the year, I would like to begin a new series of posts called “He shall be called…” which features 53 names attributed to God
Many believe one cannot have real direct communication with God at all. And some believe it’s necessary for them to first talk with a pastor, priest or even Mary the mother of Jesus or other ordained spiritual leader in order to properly speak with God. Yet it’s clear that through Jesus Christ since He is God manifest in the flesh, we already can have direct communication with God anywhere we are. So as a Christian, remember that when the devil accuses you, remind him who your defensive attorney is!
Microsoft Flight Simulator (aka MFS2020 or MSFS2020) was released for the PC on August 17, 2020. Now that we’re approaching a one year anniversary for the sim, I thought I’d take a semi-quick look at how it’s been doing since launched on PC. Has it improved? Gotten worse?
Please note this is only one person’s take on it’s current condition after spending more than 380 hours with the game (including update downloads) and 150 hours of actual in-game flight time thanks to NEOFLY.
MFS2020 is visually hands-down the best flight simulator available on the market today. It was in 2020 and it still is one year later. On July, 27, 2021 the simulator was released for console for landing on the latest Xbox. Although many argue (including myself) that the visuals have degraded on the computer version since the sim was released for the Xbox, MFS2020 still is a beautiful masterpiece. My goal here is not to debate points about why things may or may not have changed for the PC version of the sim since the July 27th release on Xbox, however I will note some of my experiences of those changes.
Photogrammetry is a game changer
You can visit any place on God’s earth you wish. Many updates to the simulator over the past few months have provided some visual upgrades to models of real-life buildings around the world such as Stone Henge, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Pyramids in Egypt and other iconic buildings in major cities around the world. With the use of photogrammetry, the sim can replicate a 3D image of satellite imagery. The satellite images are streamed from the internet within the sim as you fly over! Thankfully this part (photogrammetry) of the simulator has not been downgraded or changed (at least that I have noticed). Apparently however some textures at higher altitudes do appear fuzzier than when the sim was first released. Some draw distances of trees and buildings as you approach them have changed as well. Many users, including myself report noticable pop-in of objects as you pan the camera which I do not recall noticing only months ago.
Performancewise, the simulator is fantistic, provided you have the computer to run it. I do not have the latest computer with only a GTX 1070ti and a i7-8700k cpu with 16 gb of memory but have been mostly pleased with my overall experience.
Before the July 27th update, flying on high settings was mostly a joy, with smooth panning and banking of the plane, even over major city centers like Los Angeles and New York. However there would be small stutters when landing at major airports like LAX or JFK. And yet I was still pleased with the performance since the visuals were breathtaking and this mine isn’t even a VR experience! After July 27th, flying has gotten smoother and framerates have improved even at major airports. Cleary there has been some kind of performance boost. You would think this would be a good thing, right? And it mostly is in my case, but many users are reporting game crashes (and I don’t mean plane crashes because we’ve all had those, virtually speaking).
More flight time with Neofly
Early this year in 2021, I discovered a free mission based program called Neofly which is run while flying in MFS. With Neofly, you start with a Cessna 172 or other small plane and build up an income doing various missions, passenger flights and deliveries. Neofly tracks your flight in the sim. Currently I am in the process of flying around the world. I started a KACV with a Cessna 172 and now the plane I use is a Cessna Citation Longitude. It’s been a long journey down to South America and back to Alaska as I prepare to head to Asia and Europe. MFS now has a purpose and it’s a great way to visit places virtually even it’s all for pretend. The last fsix to eight months of flying hasn’t seen any game game crashes. Now since July 27th, I’ve experienced two. Hopefully that gets sorted out sooner than later.
Satellite imagery has been added to the World Map page in MFS in the July 27th update. This is a great feature but it also has caused game crashes for some, including myself. Currently airports history of last flown from or to are not remembered on World Map as they once were. I would love to say that overall the simulator has grown and gotten better since August 2020 but with some the strange behavior with flight dynamics, rapid speed changes, game crashes and over visuals issues, it’s hard for me to say it’s better. Before July 27th it was better. A month or two after the August 2020 release, I had had some random game crashes during flight (aka CTD’s, crashes to desktop). These were to be expected since the sim had recently been released. Then some updates later and the game settled down. The visuals even increased and I went months without a single CTD. The simulator was improving even if there was only Autogen (not photogrammetry) when flying over my town.
Today the game is working for some and broken for others. For me, it’s still fun to fly in and learn how to fly in, as long as the simulator behaves itself and doesn’t crash to desktop. I have pretty high hopes that future updates will iron out any steps backward MFS2020 might have taken since July 2021.
Every Christian should read the following article written by Ray Comfort from Living Waters Ministry. (Read Full article here)
God has supernaturally taken you back in time. The date is September 10, 2001, the day before the attack on New York’s famed Twin Towers. You and two other speakers have been invited by the United Nations to address one thousand employees at the top of Tower One of the World Trade Center. The subject you have been given is “The Benefits of My Religion.” The other speakers are a well-known Hindu and a New Age teacher from Santa Barbara, California.
The world hates us because it knows not God and hated Him from the beginning
Jesus made some very relevant statements concerning the hatred of His followers (also called Christians) a long time ago. In the book of John from the Bible Jesus stated these words to His disciples, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (see John 15:19) In verse 18, we read that Jesus made it clear that He would be the object of this hatred before it would come to Christians. “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”
God makes it clear that any hostility Christians face is actually aimed at God Himself. If you don’t believe that, all one needs to do is take a look at the Ten Commandments. Looking at just a few of the commandments, ask yourself if you have ever lied, used God’s name as a cuss word, lusted (Jesus said that is committing adultery in the heart – see Matthew 5:27,28). had hateful thoughts toward a brother, or failed to put God first? If so, then we are seen from God’s perspective as breaking His perfect, holy law. Take a moment to think about what this means. Perhaps you find or have found yourself getting enraged at God. Any anger or lack of humility we have toward God is the hostility we have by nature toward Him. But our mind and flesh filled desires are to naturally desire to do evil and break God’s law.
“…the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” see Romans 8:7,8
We all by nature deserve the judgment of God because we have broken God’s law. We have all committed crimes against God who cannot have sin in His presence. (Sin is the breaking of God’s perfect law and we are guilty of that as seen in the good person test. ) The question we all need to ask is what can be done, if anything, to remedy our relationship with God? If God judges us who are deserving of Hell because we have sinned against Him, is that the end of us or is there a way of escape?
“It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27
For anyone sensitive to finding out the answer to this they will find it. You may be surprised or not but the answer has nothing to do with good deeds we do or don’t do. It has nothing to do with what sacrifice we can or cannot make for God either. We cannot earn back a right relationship with God. In fact, the answer really has nothing to do with us at all but Him. And the answer will not be because one joined the right church, or became a better person or found Religion. There is no religion that has the answer for how to escape God’s judgment and restore a right relationship with Him because the answer is found only in God in the Bible. God Himself is the only one who can provide a way of escape from His judgment. Because His love is so great for us, He did that Himself 2000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the perfect, holy sacrifice who paid the penalty for us breaking His own law.
“now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” Hebrews 9:26
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Jesus Christ is the answer for all humankind to be saved from coming judgment against sin. Satan (God’s arch-enemy) knows it and hates it. Therefore he hates true Christians because he hated God first. But there is hope because Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice and payment, satisfying the great wrath that God has against sin.
“Therefore He [Jesus] is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” see Romans 8:9-10