Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards All Men?

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One of the most favorite sayings and happy thoughts that are spoken frequently by people during the Christmas or “holiday” season is the phrase “Peace on Earth good will to men”. There are bumper stickers, signs, shirts, holiday cards, trinkets etc. that seek to capitalize and get out this optimistic and positive message. Even liberal secularists who reject biblical Christianity love to quote this phrase and claim it as their own. Sadly, this phrase is TOTALLY taken out of the biblical context and is perceived from a subjective godless utopian world perspective. This theme is repeated often from secular and even godless sources appearing everywhere, they like to toss around that God is love and that he preached peace on earth and that we all should simply get along.

Is that really the message the angels brought forth that first Christmas day? Let’s take a closer look shall we?

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:13 and 14 ESV)

I do need to note that only the King James bible quotes Luke 2:14 without the qualifying ‘with whom He is pleased’ or ‘upon whom his favor rests.’ This is an important concept that needs to be addressed. The wicked, then as now, do not find themselves in a peaceful, loving relationship with the almighty God. They, like us before accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, are lost without hope in the world (Eph 2:12) and separated from God.

They (or us if we turn from Christ) will find themselves facing a righteous and holy God without a remedy for their sinfulness. Their unrighteousness will dam them to an eternity separated from all that is good and right without any hope of rescue, nor peace from suffering. God’s word makes it clear…his wrath will come pouring down upon the head of the wicked.

Jesus reiterated this theme when he called his disciples together before sending them out as ambassadors of the gospel. Here is what he said:

Matthew 10:34-36 (NIV)
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law–
36  a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

The message of Jesus brings about a great divide, it causes divisions and enmity between members of a household in addition to members of society at large. Paul put it this way in his letter to the Hebrews:

Hebrews 4:12 (HCSB)
12  For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.

Let us not forget that Jesus came unto His own but His own received him not. Why?  The problem is not with the messenger nor the message the problem lies within us. We have no peace because we chose to live according to our own desires and wants and fail to accept the truth of God’s word. We ignore the gospel of peace and therefore continue to live without peace, and hope in this world.

John 3:16-21 (NIV)
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
19  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

Yes peace came into the world that first Christmas night, but only for those who accept the gift of God, sent to us from heaven in the form of a child wrapped in swaddling  clothes and lying in a manger. If we reject this peace of God we will forever be lost without hope, walking around in continued darkness, unable to ever grasp the peace that passes all understanding which can only be found through Christ Jesus. That is what the angels said that first Christmas night… Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to all those upon whom is favor rests.

October Issue of “Pop Goes the Gospel” blog carnival

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Another month has flown by and here we are again with the latest edition of “Pop Goes the Gospel“. Each month I am amazed at the quality and quantity of posts I receive. I wish I could include every article submitted but this blog carnival rules only allow one submission per author and therefore I must pick only one to include. This month I was met with blog carnival submitter’s spam. I had one author submit about 30 links to articles and of course they were not fit for this forum and were promptly deleted and reported to blog carnival as spam. ANYWAY what remains, although small in number this month, are the articles that got past the editor in chief, me, and are presented here for your enrichment.

This edition is not large but it certainly is chock full of quality articles. So, drum roll please… On with the parade of posts.

This Month’s Feature Article

Tim King presents The Psychology of Worship Music posted at J. Timothy King’s Blog, Tim tackles a subject close to my heart and because of his well written article I chose to make him this month’s featured article. The Psychology of worship addresses why music, especially worship music, has an emotional effect on people who actively participate. I found the article well written. Tell us what you think.

In Media

NCSue presents Thoughts from the “in box” posted at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING. NCSue acknowledges that an inbox can contain wisdom. Read this post which gives a new perspective to being YOKED with God.

In Church Life

Shannon Christman presents Generational Segregation posted at The Minority Thinker, saying, “Churches too often imitate the segmented marketing styles of the larger culture, with the result that we rarely get to interact with members of other generations.” Well said Shannon, and a well written post. The old adage goes something like opposites attract, well I am of the persuasion that like spirits attract. We have to work to reach outside our comfort zones. There are many blessing to be found outside our circles of influence if we are only willing to expand our inner circle.

andriel presents Yom Kippur – The Foreshadowing of Christ posted at, Everything you wanted to know about Yom Kippur but where too afraid to ask. Well andriel makes the complex simple. Check it out.

In Culture

Rodney Sutton presents Why Be A Do-gooder? posted at Happy Hog Speaks!, Rodney is back with another fun piece. Why do good? Of course I like to say why not do good? In any case Rodney points out that what goes around comes around so you might as well start the circular motion by putting out some good things so that in the end good things come back to you. I think King Solomon said it best when he penned Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Ecclesiastes 11:1

Angelawd presents Too many sides to this issue posted at angelawd. Oh tell me she didn’t go there? Oh but she did! Angelawd attempts to find reason in the debate over homosexual pastors now allowed to be ordained in the Lutheran church. She offers up many questions and is actively seeking an answer from God or like she said ‘wisdom from God”. Perhaps you may wish to add your thoughts to this topic. I am sure this article will cause many to opine. Just do so in a kind and loving manner.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of pop goes the gospel using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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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, 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.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of pop goes the gospel using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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August Edition of Pop Goes the Gospel

Welcome to this month’s Edition of “Pop Goes the Gospel” another exciting expedition through cyberspace stopping along the way to gather some spiritual nourishment to strengthen our walk with the Lord. The fruit is ripe, the water is warm, the sun is shining so grab your sunblock, a beach  towel, and enjoy a cool summertime treat. Let the carnival begin!

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Feature Article

Trent Cotton presents Using Chicken Little to Teach Kids about Mistakes posted at Christian Men-Christian Warriors. This month’s feature article is a lesson learned from the Children’s film Chicken Little. This is a must read for all who are dealing with “sins of our past” getting past our past reputations. Got a bad rap, check out this month’s feature article and learn along with Trent the lessons of Chicken Little. Thank you Trent for your submission.

In Culture

NCSue presents Making sense of paradox posted at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING.NCSue asks us all to take another look at the paradoxes of Scripture. She offers up a new look at how Christianity seems senseless to those who are skilled and learned in the world. God’s ways surely are not our ways. A must read. Take time to answer all the questions there will be a quiz.

DeMarcus presents Growing Spiritually posted at Self Improvement Articles.DeMarcus offers us a quick but thorough look at growing up Spiritually. Thank you DeMarcus for your submission.

Rich Bordner presents My Story « The Pugnacious Irishman posted at The Pugnacious Irishman, College life can be ruthless for a young child of God or in the case of Rich a proving ground. The trying of our faith is a requirement if we wish to grow in that faith. A faith that is not tested is not faith at all. Thank you Rich for your candied story of life after high school, and your journey toward a deeper walk of faith.

Jeanine Mathis presents Question: Can You Boycott Heaven Because of Who God Allows to Be There? posted at Walk in Light, Jeanine tackles and interesting question found while surfing the net. I liked this article because it pointed out that there is only ONE JUDGE and it is not us. My conclusion to this post was well you have to read it and decide for yourself. Thank you Jeanine

In Church Life

Keith Tusing presents Leadership is Tough posted at CM Buzz.Keith offers a short but sound lesson on the difficulties of leadership. He says that if you are not being criticized it is possible you are not doing anything for the Kingdom, so get used to it. Good job Keith and thanks for your submission

Bible SEO presents Beatitudes: Blessed are Poor in Spirit – 8 Part Series posted at Bible Study Exposition Online, saying, “This bible study lesson is an eight part series of the Beatitudes mentioned in Matthew 5. This first part covers the meaning and context of beatitudes; it also deals with implication of being ‘poor in the spirit’, and the promise of Kingdom of Heaven.” Take some time out this week and do this study on the Beatitudes, it will do you a world of good.

andriel presents The Mystical Theory of Atonement posted at, For those who love an deep theological exegisis Andriel offers up plenty of ‘spiritual meat’ each and every issue of Pop Goes the Gospel. Once again andriel offers up such a post. This is a must read for anyone who seriously wishes to delve into the deeper things of God. Warning this is not for the casual reader this post will make you think.

Rick Schiano presents Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Be a Christian posted at Ricks Victory Blog.Rick offers up a TOP TEN List every Christian should strive to emulate. This is not a silly TOP TEN list as seen on late night TV but a serious list of the TOP TEN attributes of a TRUE CHRISTIAN. See how you stack up to the TOP TEN.

In Media

Alvina Lopez presents 50 Awesome Online Communities for Christians posted at Online Bible College Degrees – Online Bible Colleges.Another top 50 list from the folks you like to post list the students at Online Bible Colleges.

In Life

Sacha Calagopi presents Stuck in the Airport posted at God’s Word For You Today, Sacha another first time contributor to this carnival offers up a glimpse into what it is like to have to wait. This reminds me of an old saying ‘When my ship comes in I will probably be at the airport” giving voice to the frustration many feel about supposed missed opportunities. Savha points out that waiting on God is not an exercise in futility but rather a preparation for flight.

Jessica Nagel presents Gratitude posted at Sustainable Halo.This simple post from Jessica Nagel asks just one thing. What are you grateful for? Stop by and leave a reply and tell the world what it is you are grateful for.

In Family

Brooklyn White presents 100 Best Blogs for Christian Moms posted at Online Christian Colleges.Brooklyn White from Online Christian Colleges offers up yet another Post of Lists. This one is dedicated to the Christian mom and the 100 best sites. I am sure you will find something valuable in this list.

Bill presents Blessed in His Image posted at The Covenant Blessing, Bill a first time submitter to this blog carnival offers up an insightful post on being made in the image of Christ. He reminds us that we are all made in God’s image and if we really understood how fearfully and wonderfully we were made it would help us improve our self-image.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of pop goes the gospel using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Pop Goes the Gospel July Edition

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Welcome to the July, 2009 edition of “Pop Goes the Gospel”. Once again we received far more submissions then we could include in this edition. Our policy of allowing only one article per writer per edition is strictly enforced. Also our policy on only including articles which meet the criteria set forth on our submission page must be strictly followed.

In order for you to have an article included in this blog carnival you must meet the submission criteria. We do not publish anything that does not put forth a Christian world view. After all this carnival is called “POP GOES THE GOSPE”L. The GOSPEL being the operative word. That being said I have included all of the best submissions for this months carnival and once again they all are worthy of a read.

Those who check out this carnival every time it is posted will notice our repeat submitters but there are many new faces here this month. Take some of your vacation time and check out each of these articles and be sure to leave the author a comment or two. After all we are supposed to ENCOURAGE one another daily. So without any further delay on with the carnival!

Feature Article

Kurt James Salfi presents A Little Girls Gratitude posted at BrokenYokes, This month we are so blessed by many first time submissions. Kurt’s falls into this category and offers up a simple but effective tool to monitor our spiritual walk with God. Take a look at it through the eyes of a 9 yr old child. Unless we become as children we can not inherit the kingdom of God. And a child shall lead them. Have you looked into the eyes of a nine year old lately? Perhaps it would do us all well to do so. What say you? This is a must read and therefore it has risen to the position of feature article of the month.

In Church Life

andriel presents The Wrath of God posted at, saying, andriel has returned with yet another fine post this time covering the wrath of God. Many view God as all loving and yet as andriel explains you can not fully love unless you also hate certain things. In order to love only one you must hate all others in other words. This is a good read and an excellent study on God’s character of love.

Keith Tusing presents Event Planning for the “Big Event” posted at CM Buzz.Keith offers basic easy to follow steps to take when preparing for a “Big Event” at your church or for that matter corporate event you wish to sponsor. This advice will work for any “Big Event” in which you are called on to plan and implement.

In Life

NCSue presents Nick Vujicic: How to “walk” with the Lord posted at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING.This retired nurse offers an inspiring story of a man born with no arms or legs and learned how to “Walk with God”. This heartwarming video blog article should warm your heart and cause you to pause and say… What hardships should I be thankful for?

Ann Shorb presents Godliness is Profitable posted at A Light for My Path, “Godliness means doing things God’s way; living a godly life simply means to live rightly.” Ann makes a simple yet profound statement when she says Godliness means doing things God’s way. Although a short blog post it is a good launching pad into a deeper study of “knowing the ways of God” It is possible to know the very mind of God via the Holy Spirit. Therefore Godliness is a result of living a SPIRITUAL life rather than a CARNAL one. Good post Ann a first timer here at Pop Goes the Gospel and I do hope she contributes more articles in the future.

ChristianPF presents Keep the Top Up: Materialism and Christianity posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, ChristianPF a regular here at Pop Goes the Gospel comes through with yet another great post in which he answers the question.. What could be better than driving a red convertible Mercedes? Read the post and find out. You too many decide to keep the TOP UP also. Another great job Christian. In fact you all may wish to add his blog to your blogroll because Christian continually offers up great articles.

In Culture

Trent Cotton presents We are Salt of the Earth… « Christian Men-Christian Warriors posted at Christian Men-Christian Warriors, saying, “Salt. Not much to think about. It’s white, tasty, useful, and cheap. Did you know it is a change agent? Did you know that it is one of the most widely used change agents? Did you know that it was Christ’s secret word for us to become change agents? No?” Trent also a first timer to Pop Goes the Gospel gets back to the basics with this post. SALT and LIGHT. Now there is CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN! Great job Trent.

Mark Tenniswood presents God and Fashion posted at until we are home….Mark answers the question what Godly people are wearing this season. It seems that God has great fashion sense. To to those who say that the bible is not fashionable for today I suggest you take a look at what Mark has to say about it. You may end up making God your new fashion consultant.

Mikkal Travvis presents Huffington Post: Christians Are Domestic Terrorists! posted at Why God?.Mikkal presents a well thought out piece concerning a recent Homeland Security report that seemed to label Christians as Domestic Terrorists. This is a topic that is sure to incite heated debates amongst those who oppose such a view and those who hold to this viewpoint. Be sure to add your remarks.

In Media

Bible SEO presents Prophet Hosea – Short Film posted at Bible Study Exposition Online, This must see video message should provoke the viewer to take a deeper look at “the love of God” and see how deep that love is. Hosea was shown the heart of God as well as the heart of Israel toward God. It is easy to love those who love us back but what Hosea learned was the lesson of how hard it is to love those who do not return that love. And yet God still does. How great is the love of God shown toward us through Christ Jesus.

Shannon Christman presents The Life of O’Reilly: An Argument for God? posted at The Minority Thinker, What does Bill O’Reilly and the movie “Transformers” have in common? Read Shannon’s post and see. Hint: they both change. Thanks for your post Shannon and I hope you contribute to future editions of Pop Goes the Gospel.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of pop goes the gospel using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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