VIDEO Bethlehem Star Scientifically Confirms Biblical Events

Dec 25, 2013

No wonder atheism/agnosticism is dying out around the world as science continues to catch up with the Bible and the Biblical record. The star of Bethlehem is just one of thousands and thousands of evidence pieces confounding atheist speculations and frustrating secular humanist cult leader college professors of our day. The next generation is now overthrowing the antiquated, outdated, regurgitated propaganda of dead atheists and deleting the sour social anthems of the spiritually suicidal in order to discover the freedom there is in loving truth and being connected to the One and Only Holy God who is truth personified in the person of Jesus Christ the Lord.

No longer is the young adult forced to waste their life listening the modern ministers of meaninglessness. They are free to think for themselves, break free from the self-destructive self-centered, peer pressure sold by a secular social engineers. Furthermore, the person who adopts atheism maintains their delusion through a lifestyle of disassociation that must ignore and deny the reality of a fine-tuned universe, scientific evidence leading logically to intelligent design, the PRE-PROGRAMED genetic INFORMATION in DNA, the suddenness of the appearance of COMPLEX life in the fossil record, the fact that even after allegedly hundreds of millions of years certain organisms have not changed at all, and they will even deny their own existence, purpose, design, and meaning if it means avoiding the knowledge of being morally accountable to the One and Only Holy who created them.” –

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Sliding Into Home: The Mick Meets A Roaring Lamb

The Mick

The Mick

 

A lamb roars. Sometimes we are allowed to see the effect of that

roar immediately. A highly visible impact for God’s Kingdom is made. Jesus is shown high and lifted up in an area, in a segment of society where He has seldom been taken before. Christians who are witnesses to this kind of “roar result” are blessed and inspired.

There are other occasions when God in His sovereignty, allows the effect of a lamb’s roar to be invisible, unheard and indiscernible for years, even decades, before anyone is allowed to perceive its impact for eternity. Sometimes, when the impact does come, it is dramatic and awe-inspiring. When this happens we can only step back and say “Wow!” and marvel at the way God uses His servants to accomplish His will.

Recently, the entire nation was allowed to witness the results of a roar that was started more than 40 years ago, was all but forgotten, but then came slamming back into our consciousness with the impact of a locomotive. This roar was covered by network television, the wire services and the nation’s newspapers including, most prominently, the August New York Times. A nation was blessed. Jesus and His saving power were displayed. A lamb’s roar rang, echoed and resounded here on earth and in heaven.

In the 1950s two baseball players joined the mighty New York Yankees. One was a strapping muscular specimen who came with great fan fare. The other was a small man, a singles hitter on a team of sluggers. He came almost unnoticed. The slugger was Mickey Mantle. The little second baseman was Bobby Richardson.

In the ’50s it was not yet cool to be a Christian in sports. There was no Athletes in Action, no Baseball Chapel, no Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The very few Christians in pro sports were pretty much on their own. Bobby Richardson, a devout, straight arrow Christian, was certainly very much isolated among the rowdy, hard-drinking, hard-living Yankees.

Mantle, who had a locker nearby, referred to Richardson as the “milk drinker.” He kidded Bobby, but he also respected him. Mantle, known for his salty language, always watched it around Richardson.

Fast forward to the very recent past. Mickey Mantle has fought the always tough battle with alcoholism. (I was with him for two consecutive nights shortly before he checked himself into the Betty Ford Center to begin the fight.) He won the battle of the bottle, but too late to save his health. He had to have a liver transplant, and then a very aggressive cancer invaded his vital organs.

Bobby Richardson

Bobby Richardson

At this point, Mickey Mantle does not call his drinking or gambling buddies. He does not call his many celebrity show business friends. He calls the little second baseman. The 40 year old roar begins to build. He asks Richardson to pray for him over the phone.

Now the virulent cancer is known to be unstoppable, the deadly result a certainty.

The telephone is no longer sufficient for Mantle. He wants Richardson there with him in the Dallas hospital. Richardson comes, and as the New York Times reports it, Mickey said, “Bobby, I want you to know I’ve accepted Christ as my savior.”

The Times continues,”And Richardson learned that Mantle had been listening to him many years earlier.”

A lamb roars. A life of witness and integrity is lived. An American hero is snatched from the brink of destruction. A nation hears and reads about it. Jesus is glorified.

Mickey Mantle most often crossed home plate striding boldly, propelled there by power. This time as he crossed the only home plate that really matters and is called “safe” by the only Umpire who really counts, he slides in, avoiding an almost certain tag with a fall away slide, his toe only catching the very corner of the plate. He is home in heaven because a lamb roared and because of God’s marvelous grace. Grace! It is always by grace.

Since the Mickey Mantle episode has exploded in the nation’s press and in its consciousness, Bobby Richardson and his wife have been besieged. They have actually had to abandon their home and seek peace in a hideaway. They needed to have time to pray and to seek God’s guidance as to how to continue to minister. Bobby has always been a minister — when he was playing second base for the Yankees, when he coached baseball at major colleges, and when he served as president of Baseball Chapel.

He has been, is, and will continue to be, one of God’s most inspiring roaring lambs.

Reprinted by permission from Salem Publishing for CCM Magazine.

 

By Bob Briner

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THE CROSS OF CHRIST

Hebrews 10:1-14

In Old Testament times, people atoned for sin through repeated animal sacrifices. But that was a temporary measure, since the blood of bulls and goats covered sin without removing it (Heb. 10:4). The offering of animals, however, pointed to the ultimate solution: Jesus’ shed blood on the cross—the perfect once-for-all sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins.

Calvary wasn’t some improvised fix to correct the original system; Jesus giving up His life for us had been the plan all along (Matt. 20:28). Scripture reveals that God was never fully satisfied with burnt offerings, no matter how much they cost the person seeking forgiveness (Heb. 10:5-7). To eradicate sin, absolute perfection had to be offered. That’s why Jesus came (Phil. 2:7-8)—and why the cross is a reminder of the greatest sacrifice love has ever made.

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To eradicate sin, absolute perfection had to be offered. That’s why Jesus came.

The cross is also an example Christ set for us. When James exhorted believers to “consider it all joy” as difficulties arise (James 1:2), he likely remembered how the Lord “for the joy set before Him endured the cross” (Heb. 12:2). Jesus said that to be His follower, one “must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For … whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it” (Luke 9:23-24). Billy Graham explained, “It was the same as saying, ‘Come and bring your electric chair with you. Take up the gas chamber and follow Me.’ He did not have a beautiful gold cross in mind—the cross on a church steeple or on the front of your Bible. Jesus had in mind a place of execution.”
God doesn’t demand our own blood to pay for atonement but wants us to give our life in a different way—as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1), offered up in service for His kingdom. The cross of Christ is more than the wood His body was nailed to 2,000 years ago. It’s more than a symbol, on churches or jewelry, of what Jesus did for us. The cross we carry must be a consciousness of the debt we owe God and the willingness to live—or die—for Him.

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When Messiah Came

“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” (Daniel 9:25)

This remarkable prophecy, given through the angel Gabriel to Daniel the prophet, actually predicted the date of the coming of Christ nearly 500 years in advance. From the announcement to the coming of “Messiah the Prince,” there would be 69 “weeks” (literally “sevens,” meaning in this context “seven-year periods”). That is, Messiah would come as the Prince 483 years after the commandment was given to rebuild Jerusalem. There is some uncertainty about the exact date of the decree, as well as the exact length of these prophetic years, but in each calculation the termination date is at least near or, in some cases, exactly the time when Christ entered Jerusalem to be acknowledged as its promised King.

However, Gabriel’s prophecy went on to say: “And after [the] threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off” (Daniel 9:26). That is, although He would come as promised, instead of being gladly crowned as King, He would be slain. Since the 483-year period terminated long ago, it is clear that Messiah must already have come and then been put to death at that time.

The terms of this remarkable prophecy have been precisely fulfilled in Jesus Christ alone, and no one coming later could have done so. It is no wonder that He wept over Jerusalem, pronouncing her coming judgment, “because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation” (Luke 19:44).

We, like He, should weep and pray for Israel. Yet, in God’s omniscient planning, “through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles” (Romans 11:11), and in this we can rejoice. HMM

Oh God, Thou Art

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. —Exodus 3:14

We must remember that the “attributes” of God are not component parts of the blessed Godhead nor elements out of which He is composed. A god who could be composed would not be God at all but the work of something or someone greater than he, great enough to compose him. We would then have a synthetic god made out of the pieces we call attributes, and the true God would be another being altogether, One indeed who is above all thought and all conceiving.

The Bible and Christian theology teach that God is an indivisible unity… from whom nothing can be taken and to whom nothing can be added. Mercy, for instance, immutability, eternity—these are but names which we have given to something which God has declared to be true of Himself All the “of God” expressions in the Bible must be understood to mean not what God has but what God is in His undivided and indivisible unity. Even the word “nature” when applied to God should be understood as an accommodation to our human way of looking at things and not as an accurate description of anything true of the mysterious Godhead. God has said, “I AM THAT I AM” (Exodus 3:14), and we can only repeat in reverence, “O God, Thou art.”

Lord, it is because You are beyond all conceiving that I worship You in wonder and bow before You today. Amen.

Conviction To Pain

Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? (John 3:9)

I consider it a good sign that some people are still asking questions like these in our churches: “What should happen in a genuine conversion to Christ?” and “What should a man or woman feel in the transaction of the new birth?”

If I am asked, my answer is this: “There ought to be a real and genuine cry of pain!” That is why I am not impressed with the kind of evangelism that tries to invite people into the fellowship of God by signing a card. There should be a birth within, a birth from above. There should be the terror of seeing ourselves in violent contrast to the holy, holy God!

Unless we come into this place of conviction and pain concerning our sin, I am not sure how deep and real our repentance will ever be.

The man whom God will use must be undone, humble and pliable. He must be, like the astonished Isaiah, a man who has seen the King in His beauty!

Like the swift ships

You have sometimes seen how the ship cute through the billows, leaving a white furrow behind her, and causing the sea to boil around her. Such is life, says Job, “like the swift ships.” I cannot stop its motion; I may direct it with the rudder of God’s Holy Spirit; but nevertheless, like a swift ship, my life must speed on its way until it reaches its haven. Where is that haven to be? Shall it be found in the land of bitterness and barrenness, that dreary region of the lost? Or shall it be that sweet haven of eternal peace?