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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7 Important Scriptural Reminders for this Resurrection Sunday (and all time)

1. Israel is God’s chosen people

Psalm 135:4 – For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure.

 

2.  Many gods, but no other God besides God.  –  Psalm 135:5b  – “Our Lord is above all gods.” 

1 John 5:20 – We know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

 

3. All people have sinned against God (we have broken God’s Law the Ten Commandments for God is holy and perfect) –  Psalm 130:3 –  “If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?”

 

4. There is Redemption and Forgiveness of sin – (We have broken God’s law but Jesus paid our fine)  – Psalm 130:4,7 – “But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared….hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption.  ” 

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

 

5. Jesus conquered death (the second death in Hell).  Jesus forgives sin.  Jesus Christ rose from the dead as promised (the Resurrection)  – 

1 Timothy 3:16  – 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.

 

6. Jesus is Who He said He was.  Colossians 1:15-17  –  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

 

7. Jesus can be trusted because the Resurrection is real

1 Corinthians 15:3-8  –  For I [the Apostle Paul] delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve [disciples].  After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once… After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.  Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.


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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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Choice – Spoken Word Poetry

 

“Choice,”  is a riveting Spoken Word poetry video by Living Waters President, Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne

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“I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me”

After reading the side of this particular pencil sharpener, God’s word came to mind.

“Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. “  Deuteronomy 4:39  (emphasis added)

I am Other is a brand of school supplies and materials found at places like Target and elsewhere online.   Here is the website manifesto.   (I want to make it clear that this post is not about a fault with school supplies or educational materials.)  However, I do want to point out a possible mixed message the label attached might be sending.

Back to God’s word.

“I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me…  

That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other;
 I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.”    Isaiah 45:5-7  (emphasis added)

Now I do not know if Pharrell Williams who is behind this organization knew about what God said or not but I do know the name he chose sends a message to youth and consumers who buy the products.  His website makes the following statements:

“OTHERS believe individuality is the new wealth. Experiences are the new assets to acquire. Whoever is the most individual wins.”

“i am OTHER celebrates people who push society forward. The thinkers. The innovators. The outcasts. History has proven that it’s the rule breakers who have the power to change the world.”

What’s Your Worldview?

Whether people will publicly admit it or not, the worldview that “anything except God” is becoming more prevalent and acceptable in today’s world.  What about God’s way?  Whether Mr. Williams knows it or not his brand is pushing a message that self is better then God.  A Biblical Godly worldview has been replaced by a “self serving” worldview and is actually being pushed on us by everyone from companies such as Target, to online entities such and Yahoo and Google. Question.  Would such a company  “accept” clothing or school materials in their store that glorified the God of the Bible rather than us?   I think we know the answer.

I am interested in your thoughts.  If you have seen or bought school supplies and/or brands glorifying the God of the Bible in store from places such as Target, please let me know! 

 

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Hope

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).

Hope

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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Confusion on the Left: Trump, Abuse and the Proper Treatment of Women

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Part Two

There have been riots and protests against President Trump and his supporters.   Some of the protests have been peaceful while others violent.  The supporters of the new president including Donald Trump himself has been called Hitler and other vulgarities.  Many Christians and supporters fear for their lives. So why all the anger and hate?

One such reason the people who are angry with the incoming president is that they claim to be angry over Mr. Trump’s treatment of women.  I will not be defending Donald Trump’s past treatment of certain women because I was not there.   I do not know if the claims are true or not.  But what I do know is that abuse and mistreatment of women is wrong whether you are Donald Trump or not. 

Now what I seek is honesty and the truth in these matters. So let’s get to the heart of the matter at hand.   If you are one who believes the mistreatment and abuse of women and innocent human beings is wrong, do you support the murder of babies?  Are you going to justify being angry at Donald Trump while you support the murder of babies?  Do you support leaders and candidates who advocate for the choice to murder babiesThere is a religion that condones the domestic abuse of women.  Do you support the abuse of women sometimes?  Do you support leaders and candidates who do?   Many countries support and advocate the abuse, torture and murder of women and children.    Donald Trump has said he wants to stamp out these kinds of horrors.   Do does the left support him?  Can people agree that abuse against the innocent wherever it may be found must be stopped because it is morally wrong.    My point is that consistency matters otherwise our words should be rendered irrelevant.

 

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In an Age of Fear and Uncertainty, Get Complete Access to Collection of Life-Changing Films Today

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We are a living in an age of growing uncertainty and fear.   People including myself want peace, hope and calm.  And there is hope.  There is real hope and peace that is freely available to everyone who seeks.  This is not some pretend or temporary peace and hope that makes an attempt to calm the soul or numb the pain of reality but true peace that matters now and after you die.

There is new website I want to draw your attention to called FullyFreeFilms.com.  This film website brings together a collection of life-changing, and thought-provoking movies for your complete access in one place.  These films introduce the viewer to real hope and the Prince of Peace.  The films can be accessed simply by clicking on any one of the available movie posters of interest.  Enjoy the site and don’t forget to share this important collection with your friends and family!

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In a Age of Fear and Uncertainty, Get Complete Access to Collection of Life-Changing Films Today

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We are a living in an age of growing uncertainty and fear.   People including myself want peace, hope and calm.  And there is hope.  There is real hope and peace that is freely available to everyone who seeks.  This is not some pretend or temporary peace and hope that makes an attempt to calm the soul or numb the pain of reality but true peace that matters now and after you die.

There is new website I want to draw your attention to called FullyFreeFilms.com.  This film website brings together a collection of life-changing, and thought-provoking movies for your complete access in one place.  These films introduce the viewer to real hope and the Prince of Peace.  The films can be accessed simply by clicking on any one of the available movie posters of interest.  Enjoy the site and don’t forget to share this important collection with your friends and family!

List of Movies Available at FullyFreeFilms.com

Atheist Delusion

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