Sweet smelling fragrance to God

Christ servants as the aroma carrying Christ knowledge - 2 Cor 2:14-17

Burnt offerings carried aromas as they were sacrificed.
Those that spread the knowledge of Christ are as an aroma before the very Creator of the sense of smell.  Selah

But thanks be to God!

For in union with Christ we are always led by God as prisoners in Christ’s victory procession.

God uses us to make the knowledge about Christ spread everywhere like a sweet fragrance.

For we are like a sweet-smelling incense offered by Christ to God, which spreads among those who are being saved and those who are being lost.

For those who are being lost, it is a deadly stench that kills; but for those who are being saved, it is a fragrance that brings life. Who, then, is capable of such a task?

Honest Scientist sees it but can’t say it

Columnist George Caylor once interviewed a molecular biologist for an article entitled “The Biologist,” that ran on February 17, 2000, in The Ledger (Lynchburg, VA), and is in part reprinted here as a conversation between “G: (Caylor) and “J” (the scientist). We joint the piece in the middle of a discussion about the complexity of human code.

G: “Do you believe that the information evolved?”

J: “George, nobody I know in my profession believes it evolved. It was engineered by genius beyond genius, and such information could not have been written any other way. The paper and ink did not write the book! Knowing what we know, it is ridiculous to think otherwise.”

G: “Have you ever stated that in a public lecture, or in any public writings?”

J: “No, I just say it evolved. To be a molecular biologist requires one to hold onto two insanities at all times. One, it would be insane to believe in evolution when you can see the truth for yourself. Two, it would be insane to say you don’t believe evolution. All government work, research grants, papers, big college lectures—everything would stop. I’d be out of a job, or relegated to the outer fringes where I couldn’t earn a decent living.

G: I hate to say it, but that sounds intellectually dishonest.

J: The work I do in genetic research is honorable. We will find the cures to many of mankind’s worst diseases. But in the meantime, we have to live with the elephant in the living room.

G: What elephant?

J: Creation design. It’s like an elephant in the living room. It moves around, takes up space, loudly trumpets, bumps into us, knocks things over, eats a ton of hay, and smells like an elephant. And yet we have to swear it isn’t there!

Dr. John Morris, president of the Institute for Creation Research:

[Scientists] see the evidence for creation, and they see it clearly, but peer pressure, financial considerations, political correctness, and a religious commitment to naturalism force them to look the other way and insist they see nothing. And so, the illogical origins myth of modern society perpetuates itself.

 

Movie review: Holy Ghost Reborn

Holy Ghost Reborn is a great upcoming movie  following on the first movie Holy Ghost with  rock stars not known for their faith talking about the Holy Spirit. 

That movie showed God moving in ways and through people (and styles) that defied “normal” Christianity. How could someone be in a band as profane as Korn and profess to be a Christian?

It was a call to be challenged, and some people did not like the idea of being challenged in that particular way.

Holy Ghost Reborn is in some respects the mirror opposite of Holy Ghost. For one it answers a lot of the questions raised by the first film (Where’s Jesus in all this? Why are they praying twice for healing?).

And while there are many parts in Reborn that will stretch your faith and your theology a bit (how about Jesus saving someone who never asked or even agreed to be saved?), for the most part you are going to see God going to the deep places of people’s hearts to love them, heal them and save them.

 

This movie doesn’t come out officially until October but I Kevin Hartman was fortunate enough to be able to see an early preview of this movie.

Shout out to my friends at Cross Timbers church in Argyle Texas.

If you’re hungry for the Holy Ghost go see this movie when it comes out in October. Add a link to his website here.

 Love It

Read more BiteByte’s on what the scripture says about the Holy Spirit HERE.

 

Encounter of the God Kind

Have you had a first encounter of the God kind?

I felt that way the other day from a complete stranger that I meet while getting my car oil changed, of all the places for God to show up and speak. After a lengthy back and forth of question and answer from this lady who was dressed for walking and was looking for a ride home I learned a few things about her and myself. She had been walking out “ministering” she said when the rains came and into the auto shop she came to wait for the rains to cease or to strike up a conversation with people she encountered during her walks. She said she worked several jobs cleaning, housekeeping, pet sitting, working with children, cooking but she said it was for her ministry and she did not get paid for these.

Not paid, how odd I thought, what’s with that I silently pondered. Was she homeless, ah she’s looking for money from me, I see what’s happening as I prepared for the question for cash. Who is this lady and what is she really doing here and asking me all these questions about myself, family and what church I attend. Why did she ask what church I attend and not “do I go to church”, that seemed odd as I had not talked ‘Church’ at all. Was I a computer person she asked, “why yes” I replied and I again thought what gave that away, my cell phone, nah, how unusual and close to home. She mentioned a little old Spirit filled Christian lady that could run circles around people, she pondered as to recall her name to me. The woman she was talking about it was at Christ for the Nations. I looked up from my uneasy magazine page flipping as I sat waiting for my car to be finished and said “I graduated from there you know”. Without a blink she pressed on to ask about my family, where my wife worked. My mind was stuck on why that topic had came up, of all the places, it’s 40 miles from here.

My car was finally ready to go and I asked her where she was needing to go. A friend’s house she replied so we got into the car and off we went, where to I was unsure of but I was committed at this point to give her a ride home. She was very appreciative, thanked me often and within a short few minutes we had arrived at a home where she said she was staying. The entire time I pondered her words, her ministry that she spoke of so passionately and how I had encountered it on a wet rainy afternoon at an autoshop. As I parked out front of her friends house she said she wanted to pray for me and I was to pray for her. Without hesitation this was her plan, her ministry, the Christian walk she was one with me, no messing around, she had done this before. I was not shocked or surprised of her plan but, we had not exchanged names at this point so I asked “what is your name”. “Lady” she replied. “I like to think of myself as a Lady of the Lord”. OK, I thought that’s unusual but hey, she’s comfortable with it so I told her my name and she began to pray for me, my family, my marriage, my kids all with the sincerity and love that I would expect from someone walking with the Lord. As I listened, I was still surprised at how all this encounter had occurred and I wanted to pray for her when she finished and give something back that the Lord would speak into her life. We finished praying together, nothing weird or freaky just a blessing of words of wisdom, righteousness and an encounter with God from “Lady” a woman walking in her called ministry of meeting people where there’re at and sharing a first encounter of the God Kind.

Consequences that fit the crime

Every civilized society creates laws and also creates punishments for those that break the laws.

One of the most basic responsibilities of a civil society to design laws where the punishments are appropriate to the crimes that are committed.

Justice and Just Deserts - Leviticus 24:17-22

Lev 24:17 “‘Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.
Lev 24:18 Anyone who takes the life of someone’s animal must make restitution–life for life.
Lev 24:19 Anyone who injures their neighbor is to be injured in the same manner:
Lev 24:20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. The one who has inflicted the injury must suffer the same injury.
Lev 24:21 Whoever kills an animal must make restitution, but whoever kills a human being is to be put to death.
Lev 24:22 You are to have the same law for the foreigner and the native-born. I am the LORD your God.'”