Minnesota Undercover – A short story – Part Three

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Minnesota Undercover – Part Three

Tim D. McConnaughy Jr.

 

 

Jacob assured me he would be glad to help should the need arise.

“Thank you.” I told him feeling grateful for his help.

I still had questions I wanted to ask her. Did she have family in the area? Where was she headed to before we were forced to evacuate the airport? And none of us knew her name.

Jacob interrupted my thoughts. “So you’re a Christian?” he said directing his question to me. I sensed an air of disappointment in his voice.

“Yes I am,” I said. “But I need to clarify the word Christian because it means different things to different people.”

I wanted to clarify what I meant in detail but still wondered what he meant by saying he was more Jewish so I decided to ask.  “I am curious about what you meant when you said you were more Jewish? More Jewish than what?”

Jacob seemed hesitant to answer. “Um, that’s a good question…..” he paused for a moment, then continued. “I believe in God from the Torah, but there are things in the Bible I don’t believe.” he said.

“Like what?” I quickly responded.

Traffic had been steadily crawling on the interstate for some time now, but at least we were moving—even if it was only about fifteen miles per hour.

Jacob continued. “Well, like the Messiah—Yeshua as mentioned in the New Testament. I don’t believe He has come yet despite what you probably believe.” he said. “The Jesus mentioned in the Bible makes outrageous claims about His deity which I just don’t see as possible. There are other things I don’t know but we can discuss them if we have time.”

Russell quickly spoke up. “Well to me all the religions are a load of bunk.” He said sounding irritated at the direction of the conversation. “Especially when they teach that if you’re not a follower of them you must be killed.”

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1 Person You Can Trust

1. Jesus Christ

Jesus is the one person you can trust.  In fact, He is the only one who can provide peace with God and because He is God manifest in the flesh (God incarnate) He could pay the penalty for our breaking God’s moral law (the Ten Commandments) and is therefore the only one who can save from coming judgment in hell.   

 

 

 

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Time To Be Bold

Jesus asked, "Who do you say that I am?"

 

There is a war going on in the world today.

Now I am not speaking about a physical war or a nation at war with another nation or people at war another group of people (all which may be true).   (However, these types of wars are evidences of the big war I am referring to).   The war I am talking about is a spiritual one.   This war is not between flesh and blood.   This war is for the hearts and minds of every single person on the planet and it’s ultimately against God.  As Christians we must not let up in fighting the good fight of faith and sharing the truth of who Jesus truly is.   If we don’t, millions of people will be going to hell forever.   This is not God’s way.   Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?”

So today I ask the same question.  Who do you say that Jesus is?    Was He just a man or something more?   Because if He was something more, shouldn’t we all find out what that is?

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”   So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.           Matthew 16:13-17

God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.   1 Timothy 3:16

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.          John 1:1-5, 14

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

What Truly Matters

Billions of people are posting each day on the internet.  Some things that are posted to their blogs matter more than other things but I urge you not to shrug this post off as just another blog post and/or religious person’s crazy post who doesn’t get many views.   If you have questions about God, the Bible, heaven or hell, etc you need answers.   And you need the right answers.  If you are mad at God, Christians or both you need answers.  If you are mad at anybody you need answers.  For sure all of your questions may not have satisfactory answers right now but the ones God wants us to know right now do.   We may not like the answers but God always will give the correct answers.  You owe it to yourself to get answers to your questions but most importantly to find out for sure what happens after you die because you may not have tomorrow.  Thank you for your time.

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Democrats Compare Christianity to Islam, but is there a bigger meaning?

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A recent poll found that a majority of Democrats believe Christianity is as violent as Islam.   Ludicrous? Crazy? Certainly but there is more to the story.  I would like to take you back over 2000 years ago as we consider for a moment another “poll” and ultimately a verdict reached by a majority of people.

Barabbas or Jesus

[The following is from Mark 15:7-15

And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion.
 Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them.
But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.
Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”
 So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”
Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”
So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified. ]

A murderer by the name of Barabbas was chosen by the people instead of a peacemaker.  Jesus Christ the only true Peacemaker was put on trial and found not guilty yet was murdered in the place of a murderer.   When Jesus was standing before Pilate, the crowd began chanting “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”   Are we any different today?  Has our hearts changed or are we seeking again the murderer instead of the Peacemaker?

Like a Mirror

As God Himself, Jesus Christ willingly died to pay the penalty of us breaking God’s law.   Check this out.   Ever lied?  Stolen something even something small?  Ever lusted after another person? Jesus said lust is the same committing adultery in the heart.  Always put God first in your life?  Ever taken God’s name and used it as a cuss word?  Muhammad and Hitler are not even hated as much to use their names to express disgust.

These questions reflect just a part of the Ten Commandments.  They (the Ten Commandments) are a mirror showing us how we have all broken God’s law.  We deserve Hell.  We cannot keep God’s law and yet God demands perfection and complete holiness to enter Heaven. (In other words a person who could fulfill the whole law perfectly could enter Heaven).

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God provided the perfect sacrifice, the one person who has ever been perfect and be sinless.  Of course only God Himself is the only One who could fulfill this.  Therefore as God in human form, Jesus Christ paid a penalty we could never pay so that all who repent and trust in Him alone can enter Heaven.   Jesus rose again after three days in the grave defeating death (the second death, Hell – see Revelation 21:8).

“The cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”   Revelation 21:8

So whether we think Christianity is like Islam or not, there is still hope.   Our once broken relationship with God can be restored because of what Jesus Christ has done for us!

“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

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Have You Seen it? New Atheist Movie Has People Talking

If you haven’t heard of or had a chance to see Atheist Delusion you should.  With nearly as many dislikes as likes on YouTube for this movie,  I highly recommend you share and watch this movie today!

 

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As in the days of Noah, Ark Encounter and Getting True Hope

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“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts…”   2 Peter 3:3

The Bible predicts the increase of scoffers and mockers of godly things in the last days.   The last days before judgment on the earth that will take place for mankind’s crimes against a holy God.   However, there is a way of escape from the Judgment to come.   In fact, the very way of escape is generally the object for which the scoffers and mockers direct their attacks.     We are seeing this in many ways whenever the God of the Bible is mentioned as mankind’s only source for hope or when the Bible itself is proclaimed as God’s Word.  So it isn’t surprising when another such attack is raised such as in the case of Ark Encounter.   You may have heard of it.    The Ark Encounter is a life-sized boat museum depicting an Ark like that of Noah, written about in Genesis 6-9.   This attack directed at Ark Encounter has caused quite a stir within social media and among bloggers alike.    It even caught the attention of Bill Nye (the science guy) as he recently visited the Ark Encounter for himself.

Now in the days of Noah, the Ark that God commanded Noah to build was to save any who would listen to God’s warning of coming judgment on the earth and be rescued.  This judgment was to be in the form of a world-wide flood.   There hadn’t been rain before on the earth and people wanted to do what ever they thought was right in their own eyes and so they did.  They scoffed at Noah for nearly 75 years while he built the Ark.   In Genesis 7 we read about the judgment flood that came and how only Noah’s family was saved.    God promised never to send a world-wide flood again upon the earth and gave His rainbow as a promise.   (Genesis 9)

Today Ark Encounter is meant to stand as a warning of similar coming judgment on the earth and proclaim the Christian message of hope and salvation from God’s promised wrath to come.   God is a God of true justice and holiness and evil doers will not go unpunished.   This includes lying, not putting God first, and lusting (adultery – see what Jesus said about this – Matthew 5:28).   God requires a payment (death) for the penalty of breaking His commands.    God is also a God of love.  (See how you do with the Good Person Test.)

In fact,  this message of love, redemption and hope may be considered foolishness to scoffers of God but ironically, despite people passing judgment on God for His coming judgment against evil, God is the one who provides the only Way of redemption in the first place!

More specifically God demonstrated His love when He filled a body in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.   Jesus Christ paid the penalty for yours and my sin (the breaking His commandments).   So even though people make mock and scoff at this message, and the Ark Encounter for what it stands for, only one question still remains that we each must answer before we die.   If God’s judgment against sin is real and hell exists as Jesus said (Matt. 5:22-30, 10:28, 23:33),  what will happen to you after you die?

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The biggest dilemma for humankind: We love sin but God hates it

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It seems simple enough for a few of us to understand why Obama and the current Democrat party are consistent apologists of Islamic Jihad while they demonstrate outrage and hatred toward Christians and biblical based thinking.   So why do they do it?   Simply because they are on the same side and working for the same one who is behind the carnage of Islamic Jihad, murders, crimes, deceit and all evil in the world.   (The evil we see and commit is called sin. Sin is the breaking of God’s commands as described in the Ten Commandments–which by the way no one is exempt from breaking).

These apologies and excuses for atrocities carried out about the Jihadis that are led by Barack Obama, Hillary or other leaders are done for the same reason people in LGBT community can be targeted and murdered in cold blood while the community as a whole goes on to condemn another group unrelated to the crimes (in this case is was Christians).     And similarly the real reason Islam in many cases is being ignored for the crimes, beheadings, murders and persecution committed around the world is because the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who commit, excuse and ignore such acts whether they call themselves Muslim or not.

Cannot escape Bible predictions coming true

Many people scoff at the Bible and people who proclaim Jesus but in the Bible it is written that this kind of lawlessness will increase on this earth.  People will rise up against followers of Jesus Christ and such hatred of God would manifest itself daily more increasingly while lies would be believed and truth would be ignored and even hated.   We are seeing these and other Biblical predictions coming true despite people not even knowing why it’s happening or aware they are fulfilling biblical prophecies on a daily basis.

Who’s our spiritual father and which side are you on?

Jesus said our father is the devil himself unless we are born again meaning our broken relationship with God is renewed.   And the only way that can happen is if sin can be forgiven and some kind of payment made to forgive such sin against God.   All crimes and acts of violence and sin will not go unpunished.   God is perfect and holy and cannot have sin in His presence. Therefore someone must pay the penalty for sin.     However, we as human beings by nature love sin so its quite apparent we have a problem….. especially if God is real and really cannot have sin His presence.   We love sin but God hates sin.    This creates the biggest dilemma for humankind.   People must somehow try to remove God, destroy His followers, ignore His existence and that He hates sin or…… repent and submit to God.    Simply put, we all either find ourselves on God’s side or Satan’s side.    We’re either working for and serving God or we’re working for the Devil and living to serve sin.

Despite what people might attempt to do with God whether it be to ignore Him in their minds and actions, or whether it be to seek Him with their whole heart,  He says we are by nature children of His anger (children of wrath).   We deserve judgment in hell no matter what we think about God, Religion or other people.    The reason is because our deserving of judgment has nothing to do with our actual goodness or our perceived goodness and good deeds.       But when it seemed like there was no hope for any of us to escape God’s judgment for breaking His Law or enter His presence, God made a way of escape and way of salvation.

If you’re brave and haven’t already,  take the Good Person Test and see how you measure up to God’s standard of holiness

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.  Proverbs 9:10

” There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”
” Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; ” The poison of asps is under their lips”;
” Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
” Their feet are swift to shed blood;
Destruction and misery are in their ways;
And the way of peace they have not known.”
” There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Romans 3:10-18

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.    Romans 5:8

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A Change of Heart: Target and the Boycott

I suggest a better way of reaching Target and anyone is to start by watching a movie called Audacity.   If you haven’t watched it already check it out here.

Someone in top management of Target made the decision to allow men to use the womans bathroom and vice versa.  Many people agree with this and because it’s sin (see the Good Person Test) against God what needs to happen is a change of heart.   Do boycotts change hearts?  No.   Who changes hearts?  God.

Headed for Hell

People at Target or not are all headed on a path to hell because of crimes against a holy God.   Yes, (there’s a long list) and we’re all doomed unless there’s a way of escape.     See the good person test.     There is hope however and it’s not man-made. God through Jesus Christ is the only escape and Savior from hell and judgment to come.   Are you ready?

Let’s get the word out about this movie.   If you work at Target or anywhere share it with your co workers, family and friends.    And top CEO’s at Target, have you watched Audacity yet?

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What Robert Reich Stumbled into…..

Robert Reich probably didn’t know he had stumbled onto something when he made this video clip supposing to paint Ted Cruz as a crazy person because of his beliefs.

Yet, the exact opposite is happening.  People all over the country (and perhaps even Robert Reich himself) are realizing what maybe just really happened.   The 4 points Robert Reich mentions in his attempt at scaring people away from Ted Cruz are in fact solid reasons to support Ted Cruz for President.

All people who love God,  trust Him and believe His Word (the Bible) to be the truth, will agree with what Ted Cruz stands for especially as it relates to Biblical truth.    We cannot help but stand up and support people who stand up against evil and stand for righteousness and truth.

Today Jesus is painted as a crazy person too.   In fact, so much so He probably would be murdered again if He physically appeared,  just as other followers of Him are being murdered and tortured all over the world right now for His name’s sake.  And God says it will get even worse.  We see it happening now.

This world is filled with evil, hatred of God, murders, perversions and lies.   But you are being told this simply isn’t true.  We are told often that Jesus who is the God of the Bible can’t be trusted, the Bible isn’t true but anything and everything without Him is.   Robert Reich attempted to tell us more of the same in that Ted Cruz is dangerous because of his beliefs.   And it’s no wonder because Jesus said the devil is the father of lies.  Jesus went so far as to say true Christians would be hated for believing and trusting in Him because He was hated first.  (see Matthew 10:22, 24:9, Luke 21:17, Mark 13:13)

“And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.”  Luke 21:17

What Ted Cruz believes and what any true Christian will believe is just the opposite of what God hates.    There are only two sides.    Which side are you on?

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