Bad things happen and the world seems to be running out of control. Todd Friel shares incite from God’s Word on God’s Sovereignty and Providence.
Todd Friel implores us as Christians not to “waste” this election and it’s important to be reminded its outcome does not come as a surprise to Almighty God.
A simple 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.
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the point of this post is obvious. You cannot work your way to heaven because it is a free gift from God. He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5 nlt)
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8 nlt)
A simple reminder. There is evil in the world. But there is hope. We will never forget the tragedy and the innocent victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
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In light of the Resurrection we ask, who is Jesus?
Today many celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ but just Who is this Jesus anyways? And most importantly why does it matter?
Jesus talking to the Jews said.. “I have come to you representing my Father, and you refuse to welcome me, even though you readily accept others who represent only themselves. You gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from God alone. “ (John 5:43- 44)
”The Father and I are one” (John 10:30)
The high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God that you tell us whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus replied, “Yes, it is as you say. And in the future you will see me, the Son of Man, sitting at God’s right hand in the place of power and coming back on the clouds of heaven.”
Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror, shouting, “Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. (Matthew 26:63-65)
Jesus said to the man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” “Who does this man think he is?” the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to each other. “This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins?” The Jewish leaders tried all the more to kill him. In addition to disobeying the Sabbath rules, he had spoken of God as his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.
The Jewish leaders replied“…you, a mere man, have made yourself God.” (John 10:33)
After reading the above passages, you may have realized many trends. I would like to draw your attention to a simple yet common theme. This particular theme stirred up many who listened to Jesus talk. The Jewish leadership and others sought to even kill Jesus because of it and eventually we know they did. But why such hatred for an apparently good man who healed, and even performed countless miracles? Why would simple statements and acts of kindness and love by Jesus cause the leaders to cry out “blasphemy!” from a simple statement by Jesus? We know the answer from the verses above.
Jesus claimed one thing that was clear to all who heard Him speak. Jesus made the claim to be God and this was obvious blasphemy to the Jewish leadership. Likewise, even today this remains true. This claim continues to be considered blasphemy by Jesus and/or anyone who claims to be God unless of course it is true and Jesus truly is who He says He is. Like the Jewish leaders, I am aware that many today choose to believe Jesus is not who He claims and yet are willing to accept the account of the life of Jesus. In fact, many might even consider Jesus to be a good teacher and one who would offer good advice.
For us this remains true. If we do not believe Jesus is God than no one can be able to trust anything Jesus says to be the truth. If you do not believe Jesus is who He claims to be, than how can one trust Him to have been even remotely a good teacher? The choice remains. Either Jesus is God and the Savior of the world with power to forgive sin or He is not. Your life depends on who you put your trust in. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
Jesus was crucified and rose from the grave three days later. It’s only because the tomb is empty and Jesus rose from the grave that anyone can have peace with God.
It was nighttime and I found a spider on the ceiling at one end of a room at my house. It was slowing making it’s way to the other side of the room when I wondered what might be of interest on the opposite side of the room. Instead going across the floor or along the edge where the ceiling and wall meet, it was venturing out across the middle of the ceiling. Then I noticed a lamp was on in the corner while the rest of the room remained dark. Now it’s true I don’t know for sure what the spider had in mind but could it have been that the spider thought the lamp was a sun or a heat source and it was headed for that light?
Of course, you and I know the lamp wasn’t the sun because it was a lamp. Today there are many lights in the world but only one real Light. There is One who calls Himself the Light of the world.
Have you ever considered if you are following a false light or the true Light? Jesus Christ claims to be the only Light that anyone should be following but with so many voices telling us to follow them it can be difficult and confusing to know which is the right one. In fact it is something each person much examine for them-self. I can point you in a direction I believe to be true but ultimately you and I must make up our own minds about who God is. (Did I say this was easy?)
The Good Teacher
Many people believe Jesus was a good person and a good teacher. But could this really be true if He was lying about who He is? If He was deceiving the people with His Words about claiming to be God of the Universe, why should He be trusted at all? In addition, the writers of the Gospels and of other Scriptures of the Bible claim Jesus was God and the Creator of everything. In fact, scripture says He holds everything together! (See Colossians 1:17)
Unfortunately for many, as is with the tail of the spider, their ending isn’t very pleasant.
Now the spider did not know the trouble it was about to encounter as it crawled toward the light in the corner of the room. On the way, the spider passed directly over a cat perch with a very curious cat inches below! Now it’s true cats tend to sleep a lot but being that it was night this cat was wide awake and ready for adventure (or at least playtime). Little did the spider know that this cat had been tracking him the entire time until just the right moment when the giant beast could reach up with his two front furry paws and take a swat! The cat didn’t miss and the spider fell from the ceiling and then it was on! Except it really wasn’t on for very long because the spider, being so little and the cat being so large, didn’t have the greatest of chances for survival from the get-go (unless there was someone to save it from the cats mouth or it had somewhere to hide of course!)
Right now, if you are seeking a light (or haven’t even thought about if you are or are not ) but the light it isn’t the real light there will be eternal consequences after you die.
The spider may or may not have sought the lamp thinking it was the sun but it died nevertheless. Humanly speaking however the very unpleasant truth is that Jesus speaks about the reality of a hell that many will find themselves in if they are not seeking the right light.
God is Holy
God is perfect and holy and He must punish sin wherever it is found. Sin is the breaking of His law (such as the Ten Commandments). Who hasn’t lied, looked with lust (Jesus says looking at a woman to lust after her is the same as committing adultery of the heart)? Who has always put God first in their life or used God’s name as a cuss word? And God considers hatred of a brother the same as murder of the heart. Those are just few commandments but nobody (besides God) can honestly claim to have kept God’s law. We have All been condemned by God’s perfect standard and are headed for hell for breaking His commands….. unless there is real way of escape.
Way of Escape
And there is way to escape hell. Only One way. God is the Savior and the Light we need to be seeking. He paid the penalty for us breaking His Law. God Himself came to earth and paid the penalty for sin. In John 1 it says God was the Word and the Word became flesh. Jesus Christ is the Word who walked in a human body as the sinless perfect sacrifice for our sins.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5
Jesus died on the cross taking the full judgment for sin we deserve and after three days in the grave rose from the dead defeating death and judgment in hell.
To enter heaven one must repent of our sins and put our trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation from judgment to come.
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. Romans 5:8,9
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:17,18
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It’s 2019 and without many options in the gaming world for realistic style police simulator, for many the recent release of LSPD-FR (Los Santos Police Department – First Response) is a welcome sight.
LSPDFR 0.4.0 offers many new options for creating a character, having a car and apartment while working as a police officer in the city of Los Santos. Many new animations such as arresting, handcuff, and a supposed more complete backup system has been included as part of this release of LSPDFR.
I have spoken out against GTA V in the past for its sexual lewdness, disgusting language and other unnecessaries included within this game but until Police 10-13 releases, LSPDFR gives players a great alternative for helping to turn GTA V upside down and tame the beast.
It will be exciting to see what other surprises have been included in LSPDFR and what great mod packs the community will release now that we have a newer version of this police mod.
What are your thoughts about LSPDFR?
It’s no secret that Subnautica is a popular game but is there more to this game than alien creatures?
Could Subnautica share some allegorical tones with Christianity in our world today? Let’s take a closer look at the game that won PC game of the year for 2018.
Important note: This post contains spoilers
Subnautica is an underwater survival game in which you, the player, have crash landed on an alien planet. The planet is filled with alien sea creatures–some scary and some cute and friendly while others are downright deadly.
In a similar way, the earth we live on is filled with people, some of which are hostile to others, mean and outright murderous. And still many people are genuinely nice, friendly and trustworthy. For a Christian, we know the hostility many face is because of our simple belief and trust in the God of the Bible—namely Jesus Christ.
Within Subnautica a bacterium (known as the Kharaa bacterium) has infected the planet’s inhabitants, alien life, including you the player, and apparently has become part of the ecosystem of the make-believe planet known as Planet 4546B.
In Genesis from the Bible we learn that the day Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, sin entered our world and has infected all of mankind. (Sin in our world is the breaking of God’s law (the Ten Commandments)).
In Subnautica the primary goal’s are to find a cure for the Kharaa bacterium and ultimately leave the planet (since it’s not your real home).
Today, the world needs a cure for sin otherwise they will be facing God on Judgment when they die without their sin fixed and taken care of. To the Christian, earth is not a permanent home because heaven is our ultimate hope.
In Subnautica, the planet’s inhabitants need a savior–someone to rescue it from the doom it is facing. You the player, also need to be rescued.
In real life, we each find ourselves (whether we admit to it or not) in far worse predicament. Since God is holy and perfect He cannot have sin in his presence which means no sinful person can be in His presence without being consumed by His judgment. Sort of like a dry leaf being consumed by fire. And as a good judge must punish a lawbreaker God must deal with our breaking His laws. God being just and righteous means He must punish sin wherever it is found. Ever broke God’s law? Let’s see. Ever lied? Stolen something? Hated someone? God views human hatred as murder. Lusted? Jesus said to look with lust is the same as adultery (see Matthew 5:28). Ever used God’s name as a cuss word? Hitler and Muhammad names are not even hated as much to be used as a cuss word. To use God’s name to express disgust is blasphemy. The point is, we All have sinned by breaking God’s perfect holy law and need someone who hasn’t sinned to save us from judgment in hell.
In the game Subnautica, a rescue attempt is made by the spacecraft Sunbeam. As the Sunbeam descends onto the alien planet it is immediately destroyed, killing all the crew on board.
To me this valiant attempt at rescue by the Sunbeam could be looked as in similar terms as current world religions and people groups who try to persuade people to believe anything but what is true about God, the Bible and Jesus. They come with a message full of a different Jesus or no Jesus at all but the results are the same. Their effort is to deny, suppress or ignore who God really is and the reality of our sinful offense against God Himself.
As there should be in any great game, there is a hope in Subnautica but it has nothing to do with God, Jesus or the Bible. A large sea creature called the Sea Emperor and something known as Enzyme 42 is where you will find this hope. The Sea Emperor is the only source of Enzyme 42 and ends up dying while her young hatch and save the planet (and you). They hold the cure to saving the infected planet.
In real life, God is the only one who can save mankind from coming judgment against sin. God paid the penalty of our breaking His law through Jesus Christ. Jesus, God manifest in the flesh, took the punishment for sin by dying on a cross. While we cannot fully understand God’s sacrifice for our sin or what He went through and the love He has for us (since He’s God and we’re not) we do know he rose again after three days. Jesus’ in completing the payment for sin was raised from the grave which ultimately demonstrated His love for all who believe in Him. So Jesus defeated death (punishment in hell), sin and judgment for all who repent and trust in Him. Do you know where you are going after you die?
He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. (Isaiah 53:3-6)