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The Department of Veterans Affairs may be embroiled in a healthcare scandal — the severity of which led to the resignation of VA head Eric Shinseki — but pockets of the VA health system seem to be focused not on improving healthcare for veterans,…

EagleWings‘s insight:

With the sorry state that the VA is in they need all the prayer they can get, but once again the PC police as struck with a vengeance against Christ and his followers. Not wanting to offend the small minority who might take offense to seeing Jesus on a cross or a statue of Mary, the VA as put in place regulations that shield the small but vocal minority who may cry foul.

 

I am really growing weary of these cry babies whining everywhere they go and complaining about religious symbols in places of worship. If you do not want to be confronted with the cross then stay out of the church and the chapel. But if you enter a church or a chapel right-minded individuals would expect to find Christ there.

 

There are a million and one places you can go if you want to avoid any mention of Christ, but if you venture into a CHRISTIAN facility you will be presented with a CHRISTIAN MESSAGE in word and symbol. and if that offends you then do not attend such places.

 

Why are there chapels in VA hospitals you may ask? Because many vets and families of vets like having a place to go pray to their Lord. If you are not of the Christian faith and want to have a place where you too can go to pray to your god or goddess get to work on setting up a place of your own or perhaps even ask the Chaplin nicely if he/she will allow you to use the chapel and he/she may even VOLUNTEER to cover-up any offensive  symbol, but REQUIRING Christians to remove symbols of their faith is not INCLUSIVE and COMPASSIONATE nor is it TOLERANT.

 

 

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Hiding in Plain Sight


Luke 24:13-16 (GW)
On the same day, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village called Emmaus. It was about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. While they were talking, Jesus approached them and began walking with them. Although they saw him, they didn’t recognize him.

How could it be that two people were walking along the highway with Jesus and did not recognize him? He was right there with them, walking with them and talking to them. He was even explaining the scriptures to them as they walked along the road and yet they could not see him for who he was.

The whole time he was walking with them he was explaining the scriptures to them and they were excited in their spirits. They were getting encouragement in the midst of their sadness. They had just witnessed the death of their beloved leader, the one they thought was sure to deliver them from the heavy yoke of the Roman Empire, but instead they watched him die. All their hopes and aspirations where shattered as Jesus gave up his spirit on the Roman cross. Their plans were dashed on the rocks of Golgotha as Jesus’ blood was spilt. They could not imagine how it could be God’s will for all this to happen. They were devastated and heavy-hearted by the entire course of events.

They watched as Jesus healed the sick and cast out demons, surely they thought that he could smite the enemy and gain his freedom. None of what they hoped for took place, leaving them feeling alone and bewildered and questioning their own faith. Perhaps they thought it was all a lie.

This is where we take up the story, as two of Jesus’ disciples where making they way from Jerusalem to Emmaus they were joined by a stranger. They were surprised that this stranger did not know what had happened in Jerusalem just three days earlier. They retold the story of Jesus’ trial and conviction by the Jewish leaders of the day. They even told how Mary and Martha had gone to the tomb only to find it empty. They were basically living in the past. Their emotions and minds were stuck on good Friday. They had not yet arrived to the glorious realization of the  third day. They had yet to embrace the truism of Jesus’ resurrection.

When bad things happen to us many of us get stuck in the past, or get hampered by the events that have happened to us yesterday that we are unable to embrace the newness of life that comes each new day. We can not travel down life’s highway while continually looking in the rearview mirror. We have to focus on the present and have hope for the future.

It is the enemies plan to discourage and weaken our resolves by constantly badgering us and bombarding us with negative thoughts and inflicting our lives with  chaos and calamity. There is nothing more important to the devil then to derail our faith in a risen Lord. He wants us to believe that God is dead and we are on our own. He wants us to believe that Jesus has forsaken us and left us to handle things down here without any help or intervention from him. The enemy of life is constantly asking us where is God?

These disciples, although they had spent three years with Jesus, had not fully grasped the message Jesus was trying to tell them. He had told them repeatedly that he had to die in order for them to live. He told them the reason he came was to be the sacrifice for Adam’s sin. They did not understand what he was teaching them. This is why they could not see Jesus. They did not really believe that he was going to rise from the dead like he said he would.

There are many today, and quite frankly many in the church, who are just like these two disciples. They are going through the daily life without any acknowledgement that Jesus is right there with them. They are walking along life’s highway without ever stopping to ponder if Jesus walks the road beside them. Too many I feel believe that Jesus left them to figure out their own paths to righteousness and salvation. Too many I fear have forgotten the promise Jesus made while he was still with his disciples. He told them plainly that he would never leave them nor forsake them but would be with them even until the end of the age.

Jesus is alive and he is wanting to walk with you and fellowship with you. Are we too blind to see him hiding in plain sight? It wasn’t until the disciples invited Jesus to come home with them and to have a fellowship dinner with them that their eyes were opened to see Jesus. At that moment he disappeared from their sight.

Luke 24:28-31 (GW)
When they came near the village where they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. They urged him, “Stay with us! It’s getting late, and the day is almost over.” So he went to stay with them. While he was at the table with them, he took bread and blessed it. He broke the bread and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. But he vanished from their sight.

After their eyes were opened they remarked how their spirits were stirred within them as Jesus was teaching them from the word of God. Although they knew in their hearts that what Jesus was saying was true, they were not able to fully grasp it until they invited Jesus to their home and they ate with him.

Many ask where God is when things go wrong, and I have to wonder if he isn’t right there beside them the entire time and they simply fail to recognize him. You see these two disciples knew the scriptures, they had read about Jesus in the scriptures, they even knew that what Jesus was saying was true, but they had not yet invited Jesus into their inner most place, into the home of their heart. They had not actually took the time to sit with Jesus and have real fellowship with him.

It isn’t until we accept the scriptures are true, and acknowledge that Jesus is indeed raised from the dead, and confess with our mouth that Jesus is indeed Lord will be able to see him as he truly is; alive and well.

The minds of these two were clouded by their own expectations of who Jesus was and what his mission was. They had formed their own opinions and ideas how Jesus was going to bring about his kingdom. Although Jesus told them plainly they were not able to get past their own wants and desires. They were seeking to see things turn out the way they thought it should, and not the way Jesus told them it would.

Now let us not get sanctimonious and think that we are somehow better than these two. How many times have you wanted something so badly that you were disappointed when it did not turn out the way you wanted and actually blamed God for failing to answer your prayers? How many times have you wandered off the straight and narrow path of righteousness taught by the scriptures and found yourself in a bad place but still wanted God to bless you right where you were without any wish to return to where you took the detour?

Come on be honest, how many times have you entered into the sanctuary of a church and come away feeling empty? You went expecting God to do something for you but you never really took the time to spend some quality time alone with Jesus in fellowship and the reading of His word. How can Jesus show himself to you if you refuse to accept his word as the bread of life, his very body, his essence is found within the pages of scripture. This is what Jesus taught the two disciples as they were traveling the road from Jerusalem. He taught them that the whole of scripture  tells us about Jesus. He is hidden in plain sight throughout all of earth’s history, and HIS STORY is told on the pages of scripture.

Preaching alone is not going to get you to recognize Jesus unless you are willing to accept the truth of the gospel and acknowledge that Jesus is the word and that word became flesh and walked among us. He is risen, he does not still hang on a cross or lie in a tomb. Jesus is alive and well and every time you take the time to read about Him in the holy book you become more and more like him until you too can see him exactly as he is.

Jesus is here now. Can you see him? Do you expect to see him? Do you even want to see him? Are you still clinging to the failures of the past or are you ready to move forward with a new life in  Christ? The chose is yours. Jesus is waiting right there beside you, why not invite him home with you?

Until next time. Good day!

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But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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The central claims of the Bible demand historic inquiry, as they are based on public events that can be historically verified. In contrast, the central claims of all other religions cannot be historically tested and, therefore, are beyond falsifiability or inquiry. They just have to be believed with blind faith.

1 Corinthians 15:14-17 (AMP)
14  And if Christ has not risen, then our preaching is in vain [it amounts to nothing] and your faith is devoid of truth and is fruitless (without effect, empty, imaginary, and unfounded).
15  We are even discovered to be misrepresenting God, for we testified of Him that He raised Christ, Whom He did not raise in case it is true that the dead are not raised.
16  For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised;
17  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is mere delusion [futile, fruitless], and you are still in your sins [under the control and penalty of sin];

 

The central tenet of Christianity is that there was a Jesus Christ who was born, suffered, died, was buried, and rose again, to later ascend into heaven. He was seen by many witnesses after he rose from the dead. These were eyewitness accounts of his resurrection who later went about telling others what they saw for themselves.

 

After Jesus was crucified we must note that the disciples were discouraged and afraid because they hid themselves in fear that they too would be next to be crucified by the Romans. When the women went to the tomb to anoint the dead body of Jesus they found the tomb to be empty. There they were met by angels who asked them why they where looking for the living among the dead.

 

They did not believe that Jesus would actually come back to life even though he told them he would. They were expecting to find a dead body not an empty tomb.

 

When the women went back to the disciples to tell them that Jesus was indeed risen, they too did not believe. Peter took it upon himself to run to the tomb to see for himself. He found the tomb empty and the grave-clothes folded neatly, but was unable to grasp what it all meant.

 

Luke 24:1-12 (KJV)
1  Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2  And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3  And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4  And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5  And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6  He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7  Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8  And they remembered his words,
9  And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
10   It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
11  And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
12  Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

 

Had the story stopped there than anyone could hypothesis a scenario about what actually happened at that empty tomb, but the story does not end there because Jesus made it a point to show himself alive to his disciples and many others. These first-hand witnesses then went about telling others of this miracle.

 

There are still many today who do not believe that Jesus was and that he actually loved them enough to be willing to die for them. But to us who have had an encounter with the living Christ know for a certainty that Jesus is alive and well and His spirit lives within all of those who believe and receive his gift of salvation through faith.

 

Have you heard? Do you believe? Why doubt? Why not ask Jesus to show himself alive to you as well. He is always willing to make himself known to those who are looking for him. I challenge you to seek him with your whole heart. Go looking for him like Peter did, but do not go looking for him among the dead, look for him among the living for that is where he can be found.

 

And that is the way I see it. What say you?

 

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According to the Associated Press, the FDA this week will be considering whether to approve a fertilization technique that could combine the DNA from three people.

The notion is to try to end genetic diseases by splicing out “bad” genes and replacing them with good ones. via FDA Could Green Light Genetically Modified Humans.

They say that art imitates life but perhaps the reverse is true in this case. Scientists are looking at ways to splice together DNA from three individuals to produce a genetically superior offspring. I guess their attempts at cloning individuals had not worked out so well.

In the FOX sci-fi thriller “Almost Human” set in the year 2048 technology has evolved to a place where a person can replace lost body parts with fully functioning biotic limbs (think the bionic man of yesteryear.) Additionally science has attempted to produced the perfect human through genetic engineering.

In the latest episode “Beholder” a creepy, bandaged home invader has killed folks…but nobody puts the fact that they have a serial killer on their hands until he kills a “chrome,” one of the Almost Human world’s genetically perfect citizens.

“Chromes” by design don’t die of natural causes (this guy’s weapon of choice is designed to make it look like they died of natural causes), and suddenly, the case is linked to the mysterious and sudden deaths of seven other citizens. The only apparent connection? They’re all attractive.

These genetically modified chromes form a cliché and are very secretive and dismissive of any normal human infiltration. I guess you could say they are rather snobbish. But when one of them gets killed we get a behind-the-scenes look at these laboratory enhanced humans. They consider themselves to be privileged. Even science can not make decent human beings out of the self-important.

The killer was part of a test group who was being treated with an advanced form of plastic
surgery which used nanobots to do the surgery from inside and not externally. The experiment went terribly wrong and our killer finds himself with a very distorted view of himself. (His face was horribly disfigured.) The reason he goes on a killing spree is because he is harvesting facial features from his victims to reconstruct his face before he presents himself to his online girl friend who just happens to be blind.

Apart from the irony this little trip down fantasy lane may actually shed a light on the human condition. All these scientific attempts to manipulate nature, and to find a way to genetically modify life, is science’s attempt to play god and ultimately to cheat death. In the end it always turns out the same. The attempt to produce the perfect human always ends in failure. What the world needs is not more technology or biology. What the world needs is not man-made fixes to personal shortcomings. The world needs a cure for the inward disfigurements of life caused by sin. The world needs to be transformed. This life-changing transformation can not be manufactured in a laboratory, or produced by nanobots, it must be accepted as a free gift from God through Jesus Christ.

Oh yes someone had to die so that your remake could be completed, but that someone gave his life willing for you so that you could live.

Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich
person to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard him asked, “Who, then, can be saved?” Jesus said, “The things that are impossible for people to do are possible for God to do.” Luke 18:25-27 (GW)

In other words you can not buy yourself a ticket to heaven. So you see art does imitate life.

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Hiding Out Under Bushels of Fear


“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

In his article in Decision Magazine, a publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Franklin Graham writes:

Like the church in Thyatira that tolerated immorality in its midst, the evangelical church today has grown all too accepting of sin. The church is ducking the vital moral issues of our age. Rather than influencing our culture by being Gospel salt and light, the church has itself become influenced by the permissive culture in which we live.

The holy, blood-bought church of the Lord Jesus Christ is far more accommodating of sin than ever before. In many churches across America, homosexuals, adulterers and sexually active youth can sit in the church pew and rarely be confronted by the convicting Word of God.

Men and women who habitually and consistently practice sin should experience the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. There are far too many churches that tolerate members who deliberately pursue a sinful lifestyle in an open and unrepentant manner. Unfortunately, when that occurs—and it does all too often—the purity and holiness of the Bride of Christ is sullied, and the witness of the church in a corrupt culture is compromised.

I do not believe this is simply a culture war, or a battle between conservative and liberal elements of our society. It is much more than a drift away from the moral underpinnings that helped found and guide our nation for centuries.

This is a full-scale assault against Christianity and the followers of Christ. When prayer is banned from the public square, when our President fails to defend biblically defined marriage, and he openly and zealously advocates for gay rights; when legislators rush to overrule existing laws to promote gay marriage; when schools and courts consistently suppress religious freedoms; we know we are locked in a war against the Christian faith, not culture.

We are certain that we are of God,

but all the world is in the power of the Evil One.

1 John 5:19 (BBE)

 

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The worldly systems of politics, courts, entertainment and education have almost entirely been stripped of the influence of Christian precepts and principles.

 

For too long Christian leaders have discouraged believers from entering into the arena of ideas. They have taught that we are to be separate from the world to such an extent that we see very little Christian influence in societal institutions. Too many Christians have remained inactive in political issues as well as societal issues, they choose instead to congregate with like-minded individuals, and do not take the call of Jesus to heart to go into all the world to teach them and  disciple them, turning their darkness into light. What we see is a separated group which fears an engagement in societal matters, they are more like a bless me club, but fail miserably on the command to fight against evil and make disciples of all nations and as such bring a blessing to all nations, and people, and tongues.

Where is the evangelistic zeal of the Apostles who dared to defy lawmakers and stood in the public arena proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and with that proclamation denounced the ways of the Pharisees and Publicans.  They had a Holy, righteous fire burning within their bosoms to confront evil with a heartfelt desire to see the whole world saved from the bondage of sin.

This is a critical hour for the church. The world is seeking for answers. The oppressed everywhere are crying out for help and deliverance. We cannot duck our responsibilities as Christ’s representatives to a lost and dying world. We must take a bold stand for the truth in every arena of our lives, deal ruthlessly with sin in our own heart and be men and women of uncompromising holiness. We need to be the ‘salt and light’ of the world and not hide under a bushel of fear somewhere waiting until Jesus returns.

Now is the time to “be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).

Martin Niemöller was a German church leader who stood with Dietrich Bonhoeffer against Hitler’s control of the church before and during WWII. That resistance, which landed Niemöller in the Dachau concentration camp and resulted in Bonhoeffer’s execution two weeks before the end of the war, contrasted with others in the church who cowered before the evil of the Third Reich. Many credit Niemöller with these words:

First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Secularists, humanists, atheists and all the other enemies of truth are very bold and brazen about declaring what they believe. They roar around like lions seeking whomever they can devour with their lies and deceptions. We, who have the power of God working within and through us, should be just as bold if not more so. The opposition spares no expense, and wastes no time in making sure their messages are heard. But when the world is seeking a Word from the Lord, we hear the silence of the lambs. Nary a peep is heard, hardly a word is said, let alone proclaimed with power and confidence.

The word tells us that greater is He who is in us that he that is in the world. If God be for us who   can be against us? In the words of Martin Luther the great reformer of old who penned the majestic hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” we read these words:

And though this world,

with devils filled,

should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear,

for God hath willed

His truth to triumph through us.

The Prince of Darkness grim,

we tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure,

for lo, his doom is sure;

One little word shall fell him.

We have been entrusted with the truth of God’s word, we are empowered by the Spirit of the Living God, and we are equipped with the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and yet we cower in fear because of the persecution that is sure to come because of Christ. We are to boldly go into all the world, and that includes the world’s institutions, to preach and teach and make them disciples of Christ. We are to take the truth of God’s world and challenge the wisdom of this age, and proclaim the release of the captives and sight to the blind.

Christ challenged His first disciples to go change the world, and they did. We are expected to do the same thing. Are we?

 

Image.gifThis is a view from the nest. What say you?

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

Along for the journey

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This has been A View from the Nest. The statements, comments, or opinions expressed are solely that of the author and do not represent the views or opinions of the host of this site or any affiliates thereof. Any questions or comments should be directed to myself and not to the host or hosts of this site.

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