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Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, and other thoughts

Here are a few eclectic things for your consideration today.

I had a great burst of creative energy a few years ago and I made collages in my art journal. That burst seems to have gone away but I still have some of the results. The compositions and even the execution are rudimentary, but they served a purpose for a while.

This first collage is a scene of how unsaved people play a game with their lives, not knowing there are eternal consequences at stake. Blinded, they try this or that, until the day they die and then they discover that the truth they had suppressed in all their game playing was the only truth. I was one of those game-playing people.

Again, satan blinds the minds of those who refuse to believe in Jesus, but satan makes the blindness seems so delightful but underneath it is deceitful. Sin is sweet- for a season, but the only trajectory is down to hell, and satan has his cords attached to all those who won’t believe.

“Though evil is sweet in his mouth, though he hides it under his tongue, though he is loath to let it go and holds it in his mouth, yet his food is turned in his stomach; it is the venom of cobras within him. (Job 20:12-14)


Please read this excellent essay by Erin Benziger at Do Not Be Surprised, on the latest troubling issue surrounding Beth Moore. In my opinion her apostasy is deepening fast and satan is directly using her to deceive millions. She concluded the essay with:

As a final note, the reader is strongly encouraged to listen to apologist Chris Rosebrough’s review of Beth Moore’s teaching. Rosebrough’s commentary can be accessed here.

Benziger: Beth Moore Prophesies a Coming ‘Outpouring,’ Warns of ‘Scoffers’ 


I liked Tim Challies short essay on the importance of the Sabbath


Yet another reason not to see the Son of God movie. And there’s this reason not to see the Son of God movie. And this reason


I’ve been reading through 1 and 2 Kings for a while. It’s slow going for me, because I don’t have a context for the history and it’s hard to keep the kings’ names straight. It is also like watching the tide roll in and out. The kings were good, the borders enlarged. The kings were bad, the borders closed in. Repeat. And repeat. O, Israel! Joel Rosenberg reports this week from the AIPAC conference.

Quoting the Bible, Netanyahu says Israel must “choose life” in “historic” conflicts with Iran & Palestinians. Day Three report from AIPAC conference.


The darker the world becomes, the faster I run to the Light. Jesus is my eternal light, praise His holy name. John 8:12-

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

It is so sweet to trust in Jesus. It really is. Here is the story behind the hymn ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

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Why I am NOT going to see the "Son of God" movie

I’ve been thinking about this movie just released called “Son of God.” By the same folks who made the miniseries for television “The Bible”, this movie theater film has been edited down from the ten hours of The Bible’s miniseries and re-used for the big screen.

It is a film that is in wide release, rare for a Christian film. It’s been ten years since the last wide release of a Christian film, Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ”. The movie is being promoted heavily by such well known false pastors as Joel Osteen and Rick Warren, and even false Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church Offers Free Pre-Screening of ‘Son of God’ Movie. So with all the Christian promotion, social media hubbub, and Hollywood attention, am I going to go see the movie?


First, I agree with Pastor Tim Challies about this particular topic. He said, “I believe this is one of those areas in which Christians need to acknowledge that some will believe the very opposite of what they themselves believe. Convictions will vary, even among Christians of the same theological stripe, which makes it an ideal time to obey Romans 14 and to refuse to pass judgment on one another.

I have read two excellent essays this week which crystallize two of my many concerns with the movie. First, Pastor and aspiring church planter Michael L. Johnson in Minneapolis quoted Exodus 20:4-6
and then said in his essay, The Movie “Son of God” and the Second Commandment that JI Packer advised what it means to adhere to the second commandment in contemporary society. He wrote,

…as soon as the images [of Jesus] are treated as representational rather than symbolic, they begin to corrupt the devotion they trigger. Since it is hard for us humans to avoid this pitfall, wisdom counsels once more that the better, safer way is to learn to do without them. Some risks aren’t worth taking” (p. 56).

Annnnd, this is why we should not put face and form to Jesus. It took exactly two days for the world to fall into the fleshly pitfall of seeing Jesus as a sexy man rather than who He is: God.

CNN’s Carol Costello thought Diogo Morgado’s bod was a bit too bodacious for Jesus Christ in the new film “Son of God.” On Thursday, she grilled Catholic priest Rev. James Martin about the historical accuracy of the savior’s pulchritude.“’Son of God’ is generating a lot of heat because Jesus is, um, so sexy!” Costello exclaimed. “He looks like Brad Pitt… The question for me became must Jesus be sexy too?” Costello was so skeezed by this depiction of the lord, she also penned an op-ed for I’m not the only one gawking at Morgado‘s Jesus. He inspired the hashtag, “#HotJesus.

Secondly, Pastor Tim Challies posted a good essay on the mystery of the cross vs. the method of execution, the crucifixion. Pastor Challies said,

A film cannot adequately capture the reality of what transpired between the Father and the Son while the Son hung upon the cross. … At the cross we encounter something no picture can tell. Its reality cannot be displayed. Even the eyewitnesses of the cross, those who saw it all unfold, walked away ignorant that day, needing words to explain what had happened there.

Challies goes on with a sensitive and thought-provoking essay about the difference between crucifixion as a method of execution, versus the mystery of the eternal holy wrathful exchange. The film can only show the cruel death of a man, even the Son of God, and not the real meaning of the cross. Watching something that is as profound as that, yet missing the mark because it is too profound to be contained on celluloid, diminishes the mystery and depth of the tremendous sacrifice our Trinitarian God made on behalf of humanity.

Of course, there are also theological concerns, as I had stated before when the mini-series initially came out.  Therefore, for all those reasons, I will not go see the movie. I hope you will take time to prayerfully consider all the implications, concerns, and biblical stances, and prayerfully weigh the the bible as you decide.