I Believe in Christ

I don’t believe in magic, and I rarely believe in the improbable.

Growing up, I used to hear the question, “If there was an explosion at a printing company, is it possible for that explosion to result in a perfectly printed and bound copy of the Bible being created?”

The answer of course is “no”. No sane person would claim a fully printed and bound copy of the Bible could be created from a random explosion. The speaker then would continue on to point out that a person needs to create a Bible for it to exist. In the same way, a human being could not have been created by chance of evolution. Humans must have a creator if something much less complex, like a Bible, needs a creator.

I would take this analogy a step further.

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God of Chaos Asteroid

Does the world end April 13, 2029?

No. Even if the asteroid 99942 Apophis hit Australia, resulting in year-round winter-like conditions and contamination of a third of the world’s water with sulfuric acid, I don’t think it would be the end of the world. Don’t get me wrong, it would be bad, with 100’s of millions dead, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

99942 Apophis will pass between the Earth and its communications satellites with the slight possibility of taking out some satellites while zooming by. I don’t think it will actually hit Earth in 2029, but there are likely other smaller asteroids that travel with it that will hit earth.

Remember 367943 Duende? No. I’m sure you don’t. But, the same day it was making its close approach, the 20 meter wide Chelyabinsk meteor blew apart over Russia with the force of a nuclear bomb, sending 1500 people to the hospital, and damaging 7200 buildings.

So, could a companion of Apophis hit Earth. Yeah. Honestly, that won’t likely affect me or anyone I know, so I’m not extremely concerned about a meteor hitting earth that day.

Now on the other hand, I would be very concerned about the change in trajectory of 99942 Apophis caused by this close approach. Also, it’s the asteroids you don’t see that get you. (Poor attempt at humor, but true.)

Know the Heart by Their Fruit

Look for the results of a person’s labors to know their heart. Do they spread hate and harm, or peace and love? The results of their actions, not their words will show you what is in their heart.

Matthew 7:16-20

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Adding Peace

I had to add “peace” to my computer’s dictionary, today.

I typed the word “peace”, and the computer flagged it as a misspelled word. I found that surprising, so double-checked and then triple-checked my spelling. I spelled peace correctly.

With all the hate and vitriol in this world these days, it shouldn’t surprise me that my computer’s dictionary lacks “peace.” So, I added “peace” to my computer’s dictionary. Not much, but I did something to promote peace in this hate-filled world.

Types of Prepping

Every time I start talking of disaster and collapse scenarios that are possible, my wife buys extra ice cream. If I mention we are in the final stages of the “Everything Bubble.” More ice cream appears in the fridge. If I rant about how we’re following the paths of Venezuela, Greece, and Cuba, more ice cream appears in the fridge. And if I mention the organized crime taking over our courts, border cities, and government, she buys more ice cream.

It sounds funny when it’s ice cream, but many preppers—especially fledgling preppers—take a similar approach to their preps.

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Chinese Pastor’s Last Sermon

Originally from: http://www.chinapartnership.org/blog/2018/12/my-declaration-of-faithful-disobedience

Editor’s note: Over 100 members of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China, were arrested beginning Sunday, December 9. At the time of publication of this translation, arrests are still being made. Among those taken away were Pastor Wang Yi, senior pastor of Early Rain, and his wife, Jiang Rong, who have not been heard from since Sunday.

Foreseeing this circumstance, Pastor Wang Yi wrote the declaration below to be published by his church should he be detained for more than 48 hours. In it he explains the meaning and necessity of faithful disobedience, how it is distinct from political activism or civil disobedience, and how Christians should carry it out. We thank Brent Pinkall and Amy Cheung for their contributions in translating this letter.

On the basis of the teachings of the Bible and the mission of the gospel, I respect the authorities God has established in China. For God deposes kings and raises up kings. This is why I submit to the historical and institutional arrangements of God in China.

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Hacked

Any website can be hacked. Any honest security expert will tell you that. If you care about information from a website, you’d better back it up or print it out. Contrary to popular belief, the Internet is NOT forever.

I had one of my sites hacked by a script kiddie, recently. They were one of these immature types that sees free things given to society and instantly thinks, “I could deface that.” Really, they aren’t any more mature than taggers with their cans of spray paint. You can only back things up and hope the perps mature before karma comes around.

Evil in our Nation

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a US Supreme Court justice. It is a great day when someone that is in tune to the strengths of our laws takes a place on that court.

Unfortunately, the evil ones in our country are gaining power and strength. They call openly for his assassination with no consequences. They purger themselves making up lies about him. They have him removed from his teaching job, to prevent truth from infecting students.

In the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, the evil ones attempted the use of a secret combination that is now so common it has a name–Moving the Goalposts. Moving the Goalposts is a trick used by corrupt lawyers and politicians. A known false accusation is made against the victim. An onerous inquiry is demanded. Then the results of the inquiry are used to accuse the victim of some other lesser crime.

I fear that if it were not for the few good people left in our country, our country would be wiped from the face of the Earth, just as Rome was.