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The Ultimate Equation

The Ultimate Equation

The Bible has so many markers—evidence of the redemption story. It answers every question, even those who seek to discredit it. One of the most striking segments I found is in Romans chapter five. You see, we know that God is unchanging; he is absolute, no question asked. So when we find scriptures that suggest God’s change of mind, we become somewhat confused until we find the answer. Romans chapter five is one of those. The scripture is clear on God’s intention to judge sin. Sin must be dealt with; more specifically, anyone that sins must die. According to OpenBible.info, 100 verses found in the Bible speak of the finality of sinners, “the soul who sins shall die.” The scripture tells us that God is preparing for a new world from the old one and intends to have it without any hints of error. The evidence supports that fact; we all sin, and ultimately, we all die. To sin is a death sentence. So why did he change his mind and allow us to live again? Will! He didn’t . Romans 5:12-20 Clarifies the amazing equation by which God provided the reversal of the sentence. Here it is step by step; let’s walk it together: Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man , and death through sin , and in this way death came to all people because all sinned 5:21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through Righteousness to bring eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord . When we read further, we find another marker: 5:13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 5:14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come* . This is a brilliant marker, a reminder that the first man, “Adam,” was made in the image of the second man, “Jesus.” In doing so, it confirms the identity of the one of whom Adam was made like Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” The progression of the Equation: 5:15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 5:16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation , but the gift followed many trespasses and brought Justification . 5:17 For if by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man , how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in Life through the one man, Jesus Christ! 5:18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people , so also one righteous act resulted in Justification and Life for all people . 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners , so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous . 5:20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death , so also grace might reign through Righteousness to bring eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The Ultimate Equation Adam disobeyed = Broght Sin = Judgment = Condemnation = Death to him and all decendednts. Jesus Obeyed = Brought Righteousness = Justification = Life to him and all his descendants . Now let’s look at the Amazing price paid for and the gift received from that REVERSAL: Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

Line in the Sand

Line in the Sand

Have you ever seen a crop circle? Do you remember when they first became the talk of the media? It's believed that crop circles had not appeared prior to the 1970s. Yet, some maintain that the appearance of crop circles is nothing new and that in the past, people discounted them as farmers' pranks. The circles began to appear as simple circular patterns, developing over time into complex geometric formations.
In the early '90s, two elderly landscape painters, Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, confessed that they had been making crop circles in English grain fields since the 1970s. John Lundberg is an English artist and documentary filmmaker. In the early 1990s, he founded Circle-makers, a UK based arts collective famous for covertly creating hundreds of the world's largest and most elaborate crop circles. The interest in these phenomena became widespread in the nineties. Later, Hollywood aroused the world's interest with the 2002 release of M. Night Shyamalan's science fiction thriller, "Signs". The movie portrays Mel Gibson as a widowed farmer who protects his family in the face of an alien invasion. It would seem that the prospect of a paranormal explanation had captured the imagination of pop culture. The question always was who made them? Various hypotheses have been offered to explain their formation, ranging from naturalistic causes, including man-made hoaxes, to paranormal explanations, including UFOs. However, despite the inherent mystique, many crop circles are known to be man-made.

Regardless of the rationalization, the conclusions always pointed to an intelligent process behind the circles' designs. As a matter of fact, even when the circles were merely simple circular patterns, the logical conclusions always were someone, or something capable of intelligent design created these circles. The common question surrounding this phenomenon been, who and with what devise such circles were made?

To further explore this question, I like to take you on a short trip. Imagine this: You are flying on an airliner from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. You are seated in a window seat. At 35,000 feet, you look down through your window and see a perfectly straight line in the desert sand, 2 miles long. Or, you are on your way to central Europe, and as you look down your window, you see a crop circle outside an English farm town. What would your first inclination of its origin be?

Are you getting my drift? It does not matter how simple the design that you see, a crop circle or a line in the sand, it did not happen by itself or as a natural, spontaneous occurrence. The fact is that a consistent process was followed to form such a simple design, which led you to believe that an intelligent action was behind its formation.

The point is not 'what or who' physically shoveled the sand around to make the line or used a tractor to make a crop circle, instead of a thoughtful process determined to form the design first followed by an action to apply or execute that thought.

Now here is the peculiar scientific part. Intellectually, a line or a circle represents a simple one thought pattern. Mathematically, both represent one line code or equation. You don't really have to know this; you may still remember from high school's basic math that a line can be defined as y = mx + b (where m is the slope and b is the y-intercept.). In contrast, a circumference of a circle is defined by this relationship, C = p.2R (C is the Circumference and R is the Radius).

My intend is not to get into expanded discussions on the linear array of symbols, rather is to demonstrate this point:
A line or a circle that we believe can't just happen without an intelligent intervention is made of a simple one "thought". On the other hand, a single human's DNA contains approximately 20,000-25,000 genes and written in an exquisite 'language' composed of some 3 billion genetic 'letters' with an incredible amount of codes that said to fill 384 volumes of encyclopedia Britannica or information that would fill 48 feet of library shelves! However, in their actual size—which are only two-millionths of a millimeter thick (One inch divided by 12,500,000) —a teaspoon of DNA, according to molecular biologist Michael Denton, could contain all the information needed to build the proteins for all the species of organisms that have ever lived on the earth, and "there would still be enough room left for all the information in every book ever written" (Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, 1996, p. 334). Then, why do some educators and scientists try to tell us that we, who are intricately and wonderfully designed, were created by chance over billions of years? The answer to this question depends on our intent to believe. You see, the belief that we are created is within us, we know it, and we either acknowledge it or deliberately deny it as we choose not to accept the fact that we are the result of God's intended creation.

Miracles

Miracles

I don’t know why, but I felt compelled to read through the book of John in its entirety. Sometimes, the best way of getting to know Jesus more is by looking at exactly who He is and what He did while on earth. As I read, I got stuck on this: It seems like people would get mad that Jesus took His time on things. And he did. He didn’t rush anything. Everything was done in His time as designed by God. Mary and Martha were the sisters of Lazarus (yup, the one who died.) Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick and waited two days before even making His way back to Bethany, the town they lived, to visit them. The Bible says specifically that he loved this family deeply (v. 5) Yet, He still tarried. Why wait if someone you love deeply is ill? When Jesus finally arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been dead for four days. Both Mary and Martha confronted Jesus in tears and said, “if you were here, you could’ve saved him! He wouldn’t have died!” And it kinda just dawned on me: Mary and Martha *had* enough faith that Jesus could perform the miracle of preventing death; they knew He could’ve healed Lazarus. But they didn’t have enough faith that he could reverse death itself. They didn’t say “Oh Lord, bring our brother back from the grave”. They said, “Oh Lord, where were you? You loved Lazarus and you didn’t come. What took you so long?” as if there was an element of blame. How much Jesus loved Lazarus was reflected in the fact that he brought him back from the grave. Jesus was exactly on time because his slight delay made God be glorified all the more. He did not just heal a sick man, He did the impossible: He reversed death itself. The way Jesus went about it strengthened people’s faith- He directly challenged Mary and Martha “do you believe I am who I say I am?” I think, when praying for miracles, it’s not just knowing that Jesus is capable of them but remembering that He is capable when it’s not looking good, when the prayers seemingly went unanswered, when it’s not panning out how we expected it, when the situation we are praying overlooks dead as a doornail. I’ve found it helpful to read the miracles Jesus performed and after each one, I ask myself, “do I believe He really did this? Is Christ who He said He is? “ Also, take note of people’s reactions to His miracles. Did they believe He was capable? What was their response to Christ’s delay? Then ask ourselves- even when things aren’t done in our time or our way, is He still capable of making it all work together for His ultimate glory?

Once upon a Santa...

Once upon a Santa...

I don’t like to wake up early in the morning. It is always cold in the Bronx this time of the year. But this morning was different. I had to get up early to pick up my suit from the cleaner before work—a new temporary job during Christmas. It was a challenging year; my retirement fund was not enough to get what I had in mind for my grandkids. I was assigned by the employment agency to work as a Santa fill-in for the neighborhood department store. Not the Herald Square Macy’s, mind you, but it was a job. They must have liked me to hire me from amongst many applicants. But, I fill the role well, two hundred and eighty pounds, full head of white hair; what else do you want? Yesterday, the third day on the job, a little girl emptied her stomach on my newly acquired red suit. In the beginning, I didn’t care for the job; I didn’t hate it either. As a matter of fact, despite my little encounter, I grew to like it until today. I checked in at the Santa’s department desk and muttered, “Good morning,” to my young lady helper. She nodded, in return, with a smile and quickly pointed to the waiting crowd. “Ho Ho Ho,” I shouted aloud as I walked in, and the kids started to cheer. I sat on my throne, taking one kid at a time. For some Santas, technology was helpful. All they had to do is text the kids’ wishes into an app. In turn, the parents get the messages on their phones. Not so for me. I am an old fashion paper notes guy. After a few successful rounds, a little boy brought by his mom sat next to me. As usual, I asked, “Okay, kid, what would you like Santa to get you?” He answered, “Nothing, I am Brandon.” Oh, one of those , I thought, as I looked into his sad-looking eyes, “Why nothing? Don’t you want me to bring you a beautiful red fire truck with real headlights?” Brandon, “No, it is not you; you know.” Surprised by his answer, I asked him, “I know what?” Brandon, “He is different.” I asked, “Another Santa?” Brandon, “He is so big and and” I cut him off, “Another Santa, in another department?” Brandon, “No, he fills the whole world.” I got it, “Okay, kid, I get it; you mean God.” Brandon, “Yes.” I knew I had a real one on my hand, “You want God to do something for you.” Brandon, “Yes.” I changed to my baritone voice to assure him that I can help, “I can help you.” Brandon, “Can you? He is so big, and he can do anything.” In a softer tone, I said, “Of course, I work for him.” He was a tender little boy; must have been two and a half or three years old. We were taking too much time, and the line was too long. I looked around for his mom, the lady who brought him. I couldn’t see her. She must have withdrawn to the back of the room , I thought. Brandon, “Do you know him, believe in him?” “What?” I said, and to myself, who is this kid. Again, with my deep voice, “Of course, I believe in him, I am Santa.” Brandon, “Because if you don’t know him for real, he will not answer you.” Wow Wow, this is getting heavy; the kid is trying to recruit me , I thought. I stood up, looking around for Melinda, my young lady helper. She noticed and came for my help. Looking at her roster, Melinda approached, “Hi, Brandon.” Brandon, “Hi.” Melinda, “How are you doing?” Brandon, “Good, and you?” Melinda smiling, “Very good. So, what do you like Santa to get you.” Brandon, “Not him, he can’t.” Melinda, smiling no more, “Then who, Brandon?” Brandon, “God, you know.” Melinda, recognizing the dilemma, slowly separating her words, “Of course, Santa can talk to God.” Brandon, “But if you don’t believe, he will not answer you.” I had to interject, “Brandon, we believe. I can talk to him.” Brandon, “That he died on the cross to save us.” Wow Wow , I thought again. Looking at Melinda, “We need more help.”. Melinda, “I will get his Mom.” Brandon, “She is not my mom. It’s my aunt Judy.” Melinda went looking for his aunt as the parents and kids around us were getting impatient. I asked him, “Brandon, where is your mom?” He did not answer. I thought boy did I hit the wrong nerve. But then, Brandon changed the subject, “Do you know why Santa’s suit is red.” I answered, “Yes, of course, I have to be visible so you can see me.” Bandon, “It’s the blood.” Alarmed by what he said, “What blood? Are you hurt?” Brandon, “No, it is the color of blood; his blood.” Puzzled and somewhat losing my cool, I asked, “Whose blood?” Brandon, “Jesus.” Oh boy, not again , I thought; this kid will make this day too long. Brandon, “It is your covering, the blood.” I was baffled by his answers and questioned, “Who told you that?” Just then, I saw Melinda rushing back with his aunt, thank god . As she got closer, I noticed her teary eyes. Melinda stammering, “It’s his mom, in the hospital.” Judy, “My sister was in a car accident last night. It doesn’t look good. She was to bring him here this week, but now that she can’t, he insisted on coming to tell you about it.” I couldn’t help but gasp aloud, “Oh God.” I didn’t care about anything around me; I fell to my knees next to him to pray to the one who can heal his mom.

Today, I love my job.

Where all came from!

Where all came from!

We heard many rationalizations from the scientific community of how the world came to be: Evolution, the 'Big Bang,' etc. So far, these theories fail to give a real account of Creation, and they fall short of being real science. They ignore the obvious and avoid examining logical questions like: From where did all matters originate? Even when the bare scientific truth is made clear by the first and second Laws of Thermodynamics, they adopt faulty hypotheses because they refuse to believe that a designer is behind the physical world's creation. While scholars and scientists debate, agree and disagree on the origin of the physical world, the real designer's recorded proclamation of all things reveals, without doubt, how the world was created. The only text that reveals the answer to these questions is found in the scripture, the biblical account.​ Nothin' from Nothin' Leaves Nothin' At the risk of complicating things further, I would like to refer to a few more scientific realities before we continue to explore our beliefs. In studying science or mathematics, we come across two different terms: theories and laws. In common usage, the word theory is often used to signify a conjecture, an opinion, speculation, or a hypothesis; hence a theory is not necessarily based on facts. In other words, it is not required for theories to be proven real or consistent with facts. They are merely propositions that need to be tested against reality. Once a theory is developed and scientifically proven to be factual and consistent, it is a Scientific Law. A Theory, then, implies relatively insufficient evidence to provide more than a tentative prognosis, while a Scientific Law is as near to a readily demonstrable fact as we can rationally come. To continue, we will consider Scientific Laws that have been tested and scientifically proven to be consistently correct. The most significant Laws of Physics to come out of the 18th century are known as the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. A basic description of the First Law of Thermodynamics is that energy or matter can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed. A piece of paper on your desk contains energy that is not active or in motion - think of it as static energy. Nevertheless, if you take this piece of paper and set it on fire, it burns and is transformed into a heap of ashes, smoke, and flames. The 'unseen' energy in the paper was released and took the form of heat. In the same way as this piece of paper, many other types of substances with 'dormant' energy are converted in nature or through an intended process. For example, burning gasoline in the piston's cylinder of a car's engine generates pressure, motion, etc. Again, you could not run this engine without fuel to create the pressure in the pistons that turn the engine's components and ultimately sets the car in motion. Material things can be changed from one form to another but can come to be out of nothing. "Nothin' from Nothin' Leaves Nothin'" is a song that was originally written by Billy Preston in the 1970s. Regardless of Preston's intent when he wrote this song, it describes the simple fact that we all naturally recognize: the First Law of Thermodynamics. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that "In all energy exchanges if no energy enters or leaves the system (object, matter or process), the potential energy of the state will always be less than that of the initial state." This is also commonly referred to as "entropy" or disorder. Entropy is more accurately defined as: "the degree of disorder in a system." Matters deteriorate as a result of energy loss; thus, they change from one form to another. Naturally, things deteriorate over time due to loss of energy (Dissipation, Dispersion, Evaporation, etc.), causing deterioration. The simplest way to illustrate entropy is to watch a spinning top as it slows down. Its orbit deteriorates, and the top wobbles until finally, it stops. The spinning top eventually loses its momentum as the friction (from its contact with a solid surface and the air) slows its spinning energy down until it stops. Another way to observe the evidence of entropy is to look around for deterioration. Everything loses its luster or energy through friction or corrosion and ultimately falls apart. So then, what do these laws tell us? One: Things come to be from nothing. Two: Things deteriorate and do not come to order from disarray. By nature, we question and contemplate where things came from; they could not just become from nothing.
You can disassemble your watch, place all of the parts in a box, and wait for trillions of years, but the components will never come to be a watch again. You may want to shake, bake, or boil it, but the fact still stands that it will never come to be a watch again without skilled intervention. The conclusion is that you will end up with a rusty collection of deteriorated parts. Of course, I am being facetious to make a point. Some may argue that organic matters work differently and may form living things from dead ones. I suggest that if you look into your trashcan; as a matter of fact, in all the trashcans and the trash dumps that have existed from the beginning of history up until the present moment, you will not find a single new living species. Only microorganisms that either lived in or were introduced to the trash grew into multi-colored slime, which excludes 'order came by chance.' The simple fact is that order does not form by chance out of disorder; rather, the opposite is true; organized matter deteriorates, and the end result is a form of chaos. So if God is the designer and creator of all things, did he leave for us markers to trace the origin of things or an explanation of how he did it? The answer is yes. First, in the book of Romans 1:19-20, Paul wrote, "Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--His eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." ( Romans 1:19-20 ) This scripture appears to suggest that because of the splendor of the Creation and the remarkable complexity of the universe, a man should conclude that all things must have been created. While this is a valid conclusion, Paul's writing also points to an interesting fact. You see, Paul is saying that we distinctly understand God's reality and His ability when we comprehend how things are made; the working powers of the universe and the balance of its components bring us to that conclusion. Paul is not only saying that it can be known, but that it inevitably must be known. The aforementioned scripture ( Romans 1:19-20 ) was written in the Greek language, circa 57-58 A.D. I linked the Strong's Dictionary definitions in the footnotes, particularly for three words that Paul the Apostle used, to point out that by observing 'how things are made,' we clearly understand the physical laws and the dynamics that govern the universe. In turn, this understanding leads us to recognize the markers of intelligent design by an intelligent Creator. The Apostle states that all of Creation is craft far too intricate to have been formed by chance; instead, it must have been made by an omnipotent (all-powerful) and omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipresent (all-present) Creator. Thus, we have become aware of the invisible God, His eternal power, and Divine nature as we understand the working dynamics of His Creation. The laws of physics, mathematics, chemistry, and all the other branches of science are clearly observed in how the universe is designed. With all its components, the whole universe is governed by principles and laws to maintain the balance between vast numbers of competing forces. The planets and star systems are orbiting within strict time and space boundaries without the least deviation and are held in place with enormous power. Secondly, How things came to be from nothing? Again the answer is made clear in one of the most significant statements written in the book of Hebrews that reveals another dimension that existed apart from the physical universe: "By faith, we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible." ( Hebrews 11:3 ) The visible world was made out of that which is invisible. Assuming that Paul the Apostle is the writer of the book of Hebrews, what is he trying to tell us through this statement? There is another dimension that is not seen; it is not part of the physical universe. It exists before the beginning (outside) of time, and that God's word has that incredible power to create things out of that unseen dimension. When we look at the account of the Creation in Genesis 1:1-2 together with Hebrews 11:3 , we see that before the beginning, there was nothing relative to our physical world, no time, and no physical matter. That means no galaxies, no stars or planets, no space, no elements, nothing at all. We also see that the physical universe was created by an invisible force not related to the physical world. That God is not limited to time; His expressed word has the power to form the physical Creation from nothing that we know. Amazingly, the prospect that physical matter did not have to exist for the world to form. Instead, the physical (material world) may have been created from something else, outside the physical realm, namely invisible force. The natural man thinks that the world had to start with physical matter. All along, the answer in the scripture is pointing to the Creation of the physical world through another non-material force. So, you may ask, where is the scientific proof that matter becomes out of no- matter theory. Actually, it is no longer a theory; it has been proven in the lab. Recently, physicists at SLAC have produced the first-ever Creation of matter from light. The result is the creation of very small particles. Although so small and hardly can be labeled as Creation, the results validate the mathematical conclusion that energy can be transformed into matter. Energy, like light, can become an actual matter (substance) with weight and dimension when its movement (speed) is slowed down. Scientific experiments by Stanford, Harvard Universities, and others demonstrating the formation of matter by slowing down energy (light) are found on the Internet. The topic is continuously explored on the Internet. Here are some active links at the time of writing this book: Stanford: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/exp/e144/nytimes.html Harvard: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2007/02/light-and-matter-united/ Physics Today: https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1063/PT.3.2386 SLAC: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/exp/e144/discover.html Karen Kaplan, the science and medicine editor at the Los Angeles Times reported on the subject in May 19, 2014 article: Http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-creating-matter-from-light-collider-20140519-story.html ​ These scientific discoveries shed much light on the invisible dimension stated in Hebrews 11:3; how energy, not being visible, can become visible when transformed into a material substance.

Veritas liberabit vos

Veritas liberabit vos

“The Truth shall set you Free.” Someone may argue, “all this is good, but why believe only the Bible as the absolute word of God? How about other believes or interpretations of the inception of all things? Why couldn’t all or some be true? It is really, very simple. When it comes to conflicting ideas, there is but one Truth. There is no such thing as an ‘all-inclusive’ truth. Truth, by definition, is always exclusive.” The most fundamental law of logic and reality is the Law of Non-Contradiction. Logic simply states that even though there are many different religious viewpoints, they cannot all be right, given that they contrast each other. Either one of them is true, and the others are false, or all of them are false, and something else is true. The bestselling author, Ravi Zacharias, points out, “ that simply and firstly by using the most fundamental law of logic – and reality –which is the Law of Non-Contradiction, a law applying irrespective of a person’s cultural and religious background. In logic, everybody knows that the law of non-contradiction states: ‘A thing cannot both be “A” and “Non-A” at the same time and in the same relationship.’ Therefore, something cannot be true and not true at the same time… There is no such thing as an ‘all-inclusive’ truth. Truth, by definition, is always exclusive .” There is another thing about Truth. Truth has that property that is able to set one free. (Veritas liberabit vos). No matter how hard the conflict may be, the Truth always prevails.

COVID or NOT

COVID or NOT

While the world is distraught over the happenings, Covid-19, political unrest, racial tension, and natural disasters, the anticipation of what might come next plagues people's hearts and minds everywhere, something is brewing; something is in the air; something big is about to happen. Are we being warned before a gigantic storm, or is it the end? Are we coming to the brink of the prophetic tribulations? Unless we can see in the future, one must wonder, what do I need to do? How to prepare for something I do not know? I am convinced that it is time to look into the different possibilities; what is the meaning of these conflicts? Research; what might come next? Only the prudent who observes and acts can survive. One of the most alarming aspects of Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans in 2005 was the fact that the city's vulnerabilities had been well-documented and understood. The city's leading newspaper, The Times-Picayune, had devoted several days of coverage and cautioned that it was "only a matter of time before South Louisiana takes a direct hit from a major hurricane." In contrast, on January 15, 2009, US Air Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson River. A bird strike took out the Airbus A-320's engines. Many speculated that the pilot could have turned back to land at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The prudent pilot knew that waiting before he acted could have been disastrous. He acted, and all 155 people aboard survived. How about you and me? Are we watching and learning from what is happening around us? The world is still closed down, and the prospect of going back to the old easygoing ways is not likely. The racial tension is escalating and going viral. The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the weakness in our ability to survive such attacks in the future. Christians are getting more closer to God in a personal sense than ever before. More people are confessing their faith in God than ever before. Harvest Fellowship's pastor-evangelist, Greg Laurie, noted that "over a million people" had watched Harvest Fellowship services over just one weekend last month, resulting in thousands of salvation prayers. By May 2020, Greg Laurie says 45,000 people have given their life to Christ through the online ministry since the lockdown began. By today, over 100,000 people confessed their faith in Christ on Harvest Online. On the dark side, the anti-Christians factions are being more vigilant. Just heard the filthy Bill Maher on TV calling the Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, a 'f***ing nut' Catholic. Everything is drawn further apart. People are divided; the good and the evil are more distinct from each other. They are no longer as blended; instead, they vent their convictions and unleash their disagreements openly. In Matthew 13:24-30 , Jesus told a parable about the enemy that is secretly planting weeds among the wheat of the man's field. The man responded by giving his servants the instructions to let both grow until the Harvest (the end time), distinguish the weed from the wheat, and pull out the weed for destruction without mistaken them for wheat. Obviously, the Lord speaks of allowing evil to grow and be distinguished from the good that their condemnation is unquestioned. To allow the good to grow, to become more visible, to be separated without compromise, lest they are destroyed with the evil ones. See the Harvest is the time of the end where the Good and Evil are distinctly separated for his Judgment? Again in Matthew 24:42-44 , Jesus warns his followers to stay awake, to be alert for they do not know on what day your Lord is coming and must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when they do not expect. No matter when he is coming, our instructions are to be on guard. But what is that mean exactly? This is a wake-up call to assess where we are with the Lord, who will judge the world. Jesus rejected many that will come to enter the kingdom of heaven by his solemn words, "Depart from me I never knew you." ( Luke 13:25-28 - Matthew 7:22-23 - Matthew 25: 1-13 ) Those are the ones who thought that they believed in God. So how can they be rejected? It is evident in John 3:16 ; God loved us so much that he provided the price for all our sins in the atonement of Jesus Christ, and by believing this truth, we receive our eternal salvation. The challenge is our belief; is it real? Is it alive? Faith proves itself in action. James 2:14-20 Let me show you an illustration. Suppose you ingested a poison or received a poisonous bite from a killer viper; you will most likely be so anxious to receive the antidote. You would not hesitate, thinking I will get to it when I get to it. The proof of our belief in Jesus Christ is our clinging to him. Since he is the source of my salvation, my life, I will never stop talking with and about him. If you genuinely seek him, he will be found by you and will converse with you. Don't wait; you will not have a chance when time ends. It is not difficult; some of you already believe in Jesus Christ, then spend time with him. Share your heart with him and share him with all; else, your belief is not real, dead. For how can you say I believe and ignore so great a salvation? Hebrews 2:3 . If you have never put your faith in him, this is your time. It is simple. The scripture in Romans 10:8-10 says that if you confess with your mouth, the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. So make your confession known to all and walk with him, talk with him. He delights in your companionship. We put together a website to help everyone in their walk with the Lord. SonWare.com Vist it and enjoy the fellowship.

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