Yes America, There is a Jesus Christ


Be ready to spread the word whether or not the time is right. Point out errors, warn people, and encourage them. Be very patient when you teach. A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear. People will refuse to listen to the truth and turn to myths. 2 Timothy 4:2-4

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In Germany, as in most of Western Europe, there is a continuing debate about the emerging Muslim population. Their traditions and customs are constantly being called into question, especially those related to women wearing the burqa.

Recently German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to enter into the debate and make very explicit her feelings on the issues that are dividing a country, fostering hostility and discrimination. In a speech to her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, she said the problem is “We don’t have too much Islam, we have too little Christianity.” She informed the delegates that multiculturalism in Germany had utterly failed.

And here in America apparently the same thing can be said of us. We too have too little Christianity. A great deal of religion perhaps, but very little true Christianity.

Last year (October 2009) the Pew Forum on Religion in America showed us to be a nation that is, more and more, spiritual but not very religious. Asked to describe their beliefs, many Americans describe a theology that is a mulligan stew of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Native American spirituality, and New Age mumbo-jumbo. http://pewforum.org/

In the mainline denominations, church attendance has replaced church membership as the measure of a church‘s success because American Christians prefer to attend churches that don’t require a commitment.

An Insight Express survey conducted for Parade magazine shows that nearly 60% of Americans believe that all religions have validity. A quarter of Americans say that while religion is part of their lives, it isn’t a big part. While 69% of Americans claim to believe in God, only 27% attend religious services weekly, and a third confess to attending only rarely.

According to the latest data, those Christians for whom religion is important don’t really know all that much about it.

Last year the Barna Group discovered that half of all Christians don’t believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit are real, living entities. A third agreed that the Bible, the Koran, and the Book of Mormon taught the same basic truths — and simultaneously believed that the Bible, which says some radically different things from the other two books, is “totally accurate” in its principles. Forty percent don’t know what they think or how they feel about Wicca, even after they’ve been told that it is an “organized form of witchcraft.”

And this year the Pew Forum on Religion in America has just informed us that Christians know less about their own religion than atheists and agnostics do. In fact, compared to Jews, Muslims, Mormons, atheists, and agnostics, Christians know the least about religion in general and their own religion in particular.

What do you suppose is the reason for these statistics. Every town has at least one church, some have several within a 4 block radius of one another. It would appear that America loves to go to church with the number of church buildings in every town and hamlet across the country. But look inside and you will see empty pews . Church attendance is seen as unimportant to many in our society. And society shows the signs of this apathetic behavior.

Promotion of the Gospel of Christ has been eliminated from most public debate and instruction. Businesses, governments, schools and the public square have all but eliminated any mention of God or God’s ways. The teachings of Christ have not only been eliminated from the public forum, it has also all but disappeared in our homes as well.

Yes Virginia, we are told there is a Santa Clause, but I ask you is there a Jesus Christ in your Christmas plans? At this time of Advent it would do us all well to evaluate our walks and commitment to the Lord. Have we made God an afterthought, or is He first and foremost in our hearts and minds? According to the statistics quoted above I fear the former is our reality. Yes America there is too little Christianity.

And that is this weeks tail feather. Think about it.

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 40:31Open Link in New Window (BBE)

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November Issue of Pop Goes the Gospel Blog Carnival


Welcome to the November 6, 2009 edition of “Pop Goes the Gospelblog carnival.

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I am excited to offer this month’s blog carnival because I received great submissions from first time submitters. In addition to the regulars who post here each month I believe you will find the new comers a welcomed addition. Their contributions I believe made this carnival the greatest yet. If you have not submitted an article to this blog carnival in the past please consider doing so for future editions.

There will be no December blog carnival because I will be taking some time off for some spiritual enrichment but we will be back in January Lord willing.

Therefore without further delay on with the carnival.

This month’s feature article really touched my heart, and represents the true character of this blog carnival. How everyday life is impacted by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Feature Article

Ed Jones presents It Worked Just Like Dad Said! posted at Lessons Learned From My 2 & 4 Year Old, Ed relates a very touching moment about his family and about the love of God. Being a parent gives you a different perspective on how to relate to your heavenly Father. This lesson learned from “Big E’ will make your heart smile when a child learns that “It worked just like dad said!” Doing things God’s way works the way God said they will as well.

In Culture

NCSue presents Ban the bells? posted at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING. Here is an interesting post on censorship. Of course the only censoring that usually goes on is the silencing of the “lambs”.

Rodney Sutton presents Ever Get Tired Of Feeling Like A Lonely Little Island? posted at Happy Hog Speaks!. Rodney offers a thought piece when he prods the self-absorbed person seeking happiness. Does living for self bring about self-satisfaction? Well does it? Although Rodney did not offer an answer to this question he surely sparked thought.

In Media

Herbert Anderson presents Top 50 Blogs for Online Scripture Study posted at Accredited Online Bible Colleges. Another list of links for those seeking online bible study sites. There is something here for everyone take a look and see if there is something that interests you.

Suzane Smith presents 20 Incredible iPhone Apps for Christian Evangelists posted at Christian Universities, “Here are the top 20 incredible iPhone Apps for Christian evangelists. The apps can help with prayer, Bible study, productivity, and much more.” Thanks Suzabe.

halston presents Jesus Freaks Commentary 1 posted at Halston Williams, Halston relates the story of the Columbian shootings and the stand of faith offered by a 17 yr old student. Excerpted from the book “Jesus Freaks” Halston states that taking a stand for Jesus may cost your life in on earth but most assuredly will usher you into a much better life in heaven. Are you being a “Jesus Freak”?

In Education

Rick Schiano presents Let Go, Forget the Past, but not All of It posted at Ricks Victory Blog. Rick offers a refreshing post on the need to forgive and forget. He is not talking about forgiving others but actually forgiving yourself. Christianity allows for the mistakes we all are prone to make. Never forget that you are MUCH LOVED by God and forgiven through Jesus Christ His son. Amen Rick!

BWL presents Finding the will of God for your life posted at Christian Personal Finance, Steve offers a short tutorial on finding God’s will for your life. Although writing primarily about financial issues, this tutorial can be used to assess God’s purpose for your life no matter what it is you are seeking God for. Very well done Steve.

In Church Life

Bible SEO presents Beatitudes: Blessed are Pure in Heart – 6 of 8 Part Series posted at Bible Study Exposition Online.This continuation of the study of the Beatitudes picks up where we left off last month. This month our focus is on what it means to have a pure heart. How does one attain it, and what are the benefits of it and the consequences of not attaining to a pure heart status.

Albie presents An angry, vengeful God? (Updated 24/10) posted at iDevelopWorld.ALbie offers a well written wrestling with the conflict between an angry and loving God. Written not from a theologians viewpoint but from one seeking understanding. Personally I found Albie’s conclusions to be very insightful considering he states plainly that he is not a biblical scholar. Thus proving the point that ALL WHO SEEK SHALL FIND, and you do not have to be a bible scholar to understand the bible. You just need to be sincerely seeking to know HIM!

andriel presents Jesus: The Fulfillment of the Law posted at ReturningKing.com, This month’s BIBLE STUDY looks at Jesus as the fulfillment of Old Testament law. He did not come to abolish it but to fulfill it’s requirements. This site offers the serious bible student plenty of food for the soul. We all should spend some time there each month.

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September Edition of “Pop Goes the Gospel” blog carnival


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Welcome to the September 2009 edition of “Pop Goes the Gospel“. This back to school issue is chuck full of thought provoking material. There is lots here even for the casual student to digest. There are many posts to cause you to pause and consider, as well as some which might make you cry. We have all the emotions covered this month so enjoy.

Feature Post

Trent Cotton presents Hello-I Am a Slave posted at Christian Men-Christian Warriors. How’s that look on a resume you might ask. Well Trent Cotton hits a home run with this post on Romans 1:1. Well done Trent Cotton and you are this months feature author.

In Faith

Savannah Garcia presents savannah garcia: Looking back… posted at savannah garcia.Savannah writes a poignant post looking back on her husbands bout with cancer. This one is a must read and be sure the Kleenex box is not far from your computer as you read this moving post. Well done and welcome to Pop Goes the Gospel blog carnival

Bible SEO presents Christian Disciple – Seven Conditions | Bible Study Lessons | Bible Studies | Inductive Bible Study Guide posted at Bible Study Exposition Online. A check list for Christian Disciples. How do you measure up to this list of must haves to be considered a disciple of Christ?

Rodney Sutton presents Look Ma….No Land!!! posted at Happy Hog Speaks!. Rodney another new comer to Pop Goes the Gospel offers a short post full of wit and yes even some wisdom. Sometimes the best posts are the shortest, and I think Rodney gets the prize this month for the shortest post in this month’s issue. Can you walk on water? Find out by reading this post.

Allen Scott presents Left Behind posted at Journey Across the Sky. My own submission to this carnival warns us to take heed of the warning signals so that we are not left unprepared or worst yet left behind.

In Church Life

Big Larry presents Getting Creative With Tithing posted at Out of Debt Christian, saying, “Maintaining your commitment to tithe can be challenging during these tough times. But a little creativity will help remind you that abundance is always there for those who give of themselves first!” Well put Larry and well done. Larry is a first time contributor to this blog carnival and I hope that he will continue to bless us in the future with additional submissions.

andriel presents The Basis for Salvation: Man is Sinful posted at ReturningKing.com, Trends in neo-Christianity present salvation as something inherently man-inspired; frequently admonishing only that man properly involve himself in God’s work and lift himself up by his bootstraps to meet God’s expectations. But as andriel presents in “The Basis for Salvation” man is sinful and in need of a Savior. This is a great read but you better get your bible out before you start to digest this post.

Yvette Nietzen presents The Lord has Covered your Sin posted at Fresh Wind Ministries. Yvette follows andriel with a shower of blessings found in repentance and forgiveness from God. God wants to restore us into fellowship with Him but our sinful nature wants to alienate us from Him. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Let the Lord shower you with His forgiveness and start each day refreshed and renewed.

Adam Faughn presents I Love Church Vans! posted at The Faughn Family of Four. Adam really loves church vans. Really he does, and so will you once you understand what they stand for. Perhaps you would like to add your church van to Adam’s collection?

Jeremy Hobbs presents Matthew 18:7-9 posted at ChristsDomain, Jeremy Hobbs dissects Matthew 18:7-9 and poses to us all a challenge to examine what causes us to stumble in the faith and ANNIHILATE it!

Shannon Christman presents The Minority Thinker: Is Jesus Really the Answer? posted at The Minority Thinker, Shannon Christman a first time contributor to this blog carnival asks us to think before we answer. Jesus is definitely the answer for the world today but is Jesus the right answer to every question?

In Culture

NCSue presents “I was in prison, and you came to visit me.” – Mt. 25:36 – * posted at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING. A thought provoking post admonishing the church to do a better job of visiting those who are in prison.

Randy Powell presents Can God Hear Me? posted at Communicating with God Effectively. I guess the answer to that question would depend on how you actually viewed God. This is what Randy wants us to look at with his post. I say talk to God as if you were talking to your best friend, after all HE is closer than a brother, and loves to be called Abba Father or daddy.

Angelawd presents “What if you’re wrong about atheism?” posted at angelawd, Or what if God actually exists? Does belief in an unseen God prove worthwhile in the life of those who believe? What if that belief turns out to be false, would the life that you led be a waste? Read the article but then take the time to read ALL the comments. This is a thought provoking piece, but for me, like doubting Thomas I wanted proof that Jesus was alive and loved me, and for me I received all the proof I need. I am convinced that God is real and my faith in Him is not wasted. What say you? Leave your comment along with the others. This is a must read.

In Politics

Dan Smith presents The Abortion Debate posted at Different Frequencies…Same Radio, Dan rages a debate with himself that he shares with the world over the abortion debate. How should a Christian respond to this issue? See what Dan decided in “The Abortion Debate” blog post.

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Disciple Makers



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So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you. “And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.” Matt 28:19-20 (GW)

God looks at the church as if they are already making disciples. And in fact we are. The only question that remains is what kind of disciples are we actually making? Are we making disciples of Christ or of the Anti-Christ? Are we making children of God or children of the devil? What lessons are we teaching those who look upon our lives? Are we showing forth a dedication to God or some other allegiance? What takes priority in our life? Is it God or the world? Leisure or some hobby? Travel or retirement? Are we loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength? Do we really see it as our responsibility to be making disciples? The truth is you are whether you intend to or not.

Your decisions and actions will shape those with whom you come in contact with and your lifestyles will pattern an example to others of what you deem important. If your life is led, for the most part, without a God consciousness then your actions and activities will reflect that viewpoint. When was the last time you actually talked about your love affair with Jesus? When exactly was the last time you told someone else about the hope found in Christ? When was the last time you actually talked about the goodness of God? When was the last time that you spoke up for the saving grace of God? When was the last time you testified to the blessings of God? When was the last time you actually told someone about something God had done in your life? When was the last time you spoke of your faith?

Contrast that with the last time you talked about the weather, or what was on TV, or how things were going on the job, or a school activity, or some other community event. Do you find your conversation to be about everything but God and His kingdom? If so then you are making disciples of the devil and not of God. God expects the church to be disciple making organisms. And you can tell by the declining numbers the church is not doing a very good job of it. If we were fruit bearing trees there wouldn’t be enough fruit to make a pie. Why are we not producing fruit? Why is the tree barren? What has happened to the life of the church?

BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous , and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. 2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. 3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. 4 Not so the wicked [those disobedient and living without God are not so]. But they are like the chaff [worthless, dead, without substance] which the wind drives away. Psalms 1:1-4 (AMP)

Have we relegated God so far back on the back burner that we have actually grown cold? Have we become so much like our surroundings we are indistinguishable? Has our witness been so tarnished that our testimonies ring hollow? Has the fire of God’s love simply gone out and we are dead towards the things of God? Whatever the reason for our inability to witness and make disciples for Christ I wish to remind you disciple making is a requirement of the church, and by extension, of us. It is not a suggestion or an option but the intended purpose of the church. If the church is nothing more than a social gathering place, or a weekly retreat and escape from the cares of the world, then we have missed the grander design for the church. If we  fail to reach out to others and invite them into a right relationship with their loving heavenly Father, we are not walking in love toward our neighbors. If we fail to mention in our daily routines the love of God and the mercies of God we are allowing Satan to ruin lives and destroy souls.

Rise up church and be the salt and light God desires you to be. Rise up church and make a statement in the world. Rise up  church and make a difference in your communities. Otherwise you might as well shut the doors, board up the windows and put a for sale sign on the front lawn because you no longer are fulfilling the Lord’s calling, nor are you walking in the Lord’s purposes.

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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