How Faith is Strengthened II

August 5, 2016


“The people that do know their God shall be strong.” Da 11:32

Every believer understands that to know God is the highest and best form of knowledge; and this spiritual knowledge is a source of strength to the Christian. It strengthens his faith. Believers are constantly spoken of in the Scriptures as being persons who are enlightened and taught of the Lord; they are said to “have an unction from the Holy One”, and it is the Spirit’s peculiar office to lead them into all truth, and all this for the increase and the fostering of their faith. Knowledge strengthens love, as well as faith. Knowledge opens the door, and then through that door we see our Saviour. Or, to use another similitude, knowledge paints the portrait of Jesus, and when we see that portrait then we love him, we cannot love a Christ whom we do not know, at least, in some degree. If we know but little of the excellences of Jesus, what he has done for us, and what he is doing now, we cannot love him much; but the more we know him, the more we shall love him. Knowledge also strengthens hope. How can we hope for a thing if we do not know of its existence? Hope may be the telescope, but till we receive instruction, our ignorance stands in the front of the glass, and we can see nothing whatever; knowledge removes the interposing object, and when we look through the bright optic glass we discern the glory to be revealed, and anticipate it with joyous confidence. Knowledge supplies us reasons for patience. How shall we have patience unless we know something of the sympathy of Christ, and understand the good which is to come out of the correction which our heavenly Father sends us? Nor is there one single grace of the Christian which, under God, will not be fostered and brought to perfection by holy knowledge. How important, then, is it that we should grow not only in grace, but in the “knowledge” of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92)
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The video about Derek Redmond was one of the first videos I ever put on this blog. I think it is fitting for two reasons: 1) Our world faces great challenges and 2) the 2016 Summer Olympics begin today. We must look to a source higher than ourselves for our answers. This message is clear in both the video and the devotion written by Charles Spurgeon.

I published this devotion just before the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in 2012. There were many reactions to the Opening Ceremonies in London. Since those games, articles have been written about the meaning of the four hour long event that most Americans never saw in full.

Only a few hours remain until the 2016 Opening Ceremonies take place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Once again, millions of people will be connected worldwide by an Opening Ceremony in a “Summer” Olympics. Four years ago, many had questions about so many odd and unexplained items in the Opening in London. Since then, I’ve read several articles about the meaning behind many of the things in the London opening. They are a real mix of opinions, some connected with official and some with unofficial sources. None of the sources I could find seem to be specifically explanatory of many things in the London Opening Ceremonies in 2012. If anyone can find a script (which I have looked for) that helps one to understand the intent of the entire Opening in 2012, I would love to see it. There should be a very good explanation somewhere as the money spent on the opening would warrant one I should think.

Once very interested in Olympic games for the games themselves, I have become more interested because of the different cultures involved. I do appreciate the talent of the athletes but this has become less of a draw to me the older I’ve become. I will join millions to watch the opening this year. I’m curious to see if the Opening ceremonies are as odd as those in London in 2012. I wish the best to all in Rio. I hope that each athlete comes to understand from where his/her talent comes. It is a humbling and wonderful thing.

CR


THEY ARE THE ONES WE TRUST?

February 17, 2014

Ruined Photo by rseidel3

Ruined
Photo by rseidel3

The title of this post quotes the first words of one of the commercials found in THIS AFA ARTICLE.
The question mark above is mine.

On the opening night of the Olympics on NBC, Chevrolet launched two commercials showcasing homosexual men. As one national branding firm manager put it, “It’s a very clear statement of what they believe Chevy stands for.” Indeed.

This is how the article begins. If you don’t wish to go to the article, you may want to view these commercials, they keep changing order so the most “out” one is one of 15, linked to in the article:

It is the one that begins with the title of this post.

My comment:

I don’t hate homosexuals. In fact, I am supposed to love them. At the same time, the Bible is clear in the Old Testament and New Testament that homosexuality has tragic consequences. What more catastrophic can it be to “not inherit the kingdom of God?” (1 Cor. 6)

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

This list in 1 Corinthians 6 includes others besides homosexuals. It is clear, however, that homosexuality is a serious issue to God. Unfortunately, Chevrolet, is giving approval to the lifestyle in these commercials. It is another sign of the times in which we live.

If you want to make a difference, go to the link, and follow 1, 2, or 3 of the suggestions listed there. We can make a difference.

cr


THE SUPERBOWL AND THE SHORTSTOP

January 18, 2014

100_3225I rarely put up personal information and actually pulled a post that had information that a family member didn’t want on this blog.

In this case, it is about me and my thoughts about sports and how they have changed in my lifetime. As you can see by the picture above, my Dad put a bat and ball in my hands at a young age purely for fun. He had no expectations that I would grow up to be a major league player. He would, however, spend hours throwing grounders to my brother, sister, and me in the backyard. He used a rubber ball so that we wouldn’t get hurt and it would jump all over the place and could be difficult to field.

I was a very shy young boy. I remember my parents calling me into our kitchen one day and talking to me about joining Little League baseball. I didn’t want to play but my parents were persistent. I found myself at try outs a few weeks later and eventually got a call that, as a 10 year old, I had been put in the “majors.” The team was sponsored by the local VFW.

100_3232When I went to school and found that most of my friends, including a very good pitcher named Kevin McNevin was in the minors I was too naïve to know what had happened. As it turned out, I didn’t get much playing time in the majors and it would have been better if I had played in the minors.

At the same time, being on the team with kids from other schools helped me with my shyness. In my first at bat in the majors, I flew out to left field just 10 feet short of the fence. I didn’t hit homeruns as my little league years progressed but I had a pretty good batting average. The coach started me in center field and by my second year I was a fixture at shortstop.

I spent most of the rest of my baseball years playing shortstop. Baseball was the sport in California in those days and we world practice many evenings at the nearby school. My Mom worked in the “snack shack” selling taquitos and other yummies for each of her boys. I loved everything about the game and particularly my position. I was leadoff hitter a lot of the time which meant my job was to get on base any way I knew how. As shortstop, I had many responsibilities: covering second if someone tried to steal, taking cutoff throws, and taking the majority of the grounders in the infield. We had a good team one year. I think we had four all stars and yet we couldn’t beat the team with the Toothman brothers and Kevin McNevin. I don’t think they ever lost because their pitching was so good.

Final kneel down for the Steeler's Victory in Superbowl XLIII Photo by seantoyer

Final kneel down for the Steeler’s Victory in Superbowl XLIII
Photo by seantoyer

So what does this have to do with sports today and the Superbowl? As a kid I watched all kinds of sports. I particularly liked the Olympics as I grew older. I watched many of the Superbowls, but lately my interest in most professional sports has diminished. I think I watched 2 college games this year. The last several years, my family has watched the Superbowl for the commercials. I’ve really not been that interested in the games. I enjoy watching high school games more than any other level. Having not attending many games, I’ve never seen a fight at a high school, football, basketball, or baseball game.

It seems like there are more problems in sports than ever. There have always been problems, but as a kid I heard many interviews with players who were very humble. It’s always nice to still see an acknowledgement to God after someone scores a touchdown, makes a basket, or hits a home run. At the same time, the cheating has never been worse. So many popular sports have had issues with performance enhancing drugs. I think we only know the tip of the iceberg. HERE IS A POST about a recent Olympics and the strange opening. It seems that each is stranger than the last.

There is nothing wrong with allowing your kids to play sports. So many of the parents and coaches are, and have always been, way too serious IMO. I was able to tune it out when I was playing, but it bothers me more for some reason now. There are still some very good coaches out there, but I’m tired of seeing a college coach swear at his players until they are blue in the face. Where have the John Woodens gone?

One example of the recent scandals involving a coach was the dismissal of the University of Arkansas Football Coach in the spring of 2012 for having an “inappropriate relationship” with a female employee. Who was the highest paid state employee at the time? It wasn’t a great doctor, or teacher, or farmer, or entrepreneur, or inventor. It was the coach. I know the University brings in millions through its Football program. It doesn’t mean the coach should make millions. These facts show that in many of our sports today our priorities are in the wrong place. “It’s all about winning, baby.” There is nothing wrong with wanting to win. However, in today’s society, some will do anything to come out on top.

Are you going to watch the Superbowl? I only hope that the game is as good as this year’s college championship game. If it is on at my house, it will get turned off during the halftime “show.” It was off at halftime a few years ago when there was some sort of clothing “malfunction.” To be honest, I probably will not watch it. I would rather think of the days when I was a kid. When I heard Jerry West sink a half court+ shot with a few seconds left to win the game, I couldn’t celebrate aloud because I was listening to the transistor radio under my pillow and everyone else was asleep. I fell asleep listening to Vince Scully’s excellent “voice of the Dodgers” on many occasions. There are still some very good stories in sports. At the same time, I never heard the word “steroids” until I was a teenager. I’d rather remember the sounds of the fans, the smell of the taquitos and nachos, the look of the uniforms paid for by local sponsors, the feeling of removing the pebbles “on my turf” so that I wouldn’t get the dreaded “bad hop,” and the friendships I made as a youth.

CR

PHOTO SOURCE

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Check out Dr. Ben Carson’s statement around 13:45-15:30. He seems to agree with what I’ve stated above.


2012 Olympic Ceremonies Occultic?

August 14, 2012

Photo by shimelle

Do you think that the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies were strange?  Well, I do.  I had to shut off the closing ceremonies because it was so strange.  For those who think some sort of statement was made, I would say that I have to agree.  Whatever was being communicated was certainly not Christian.

The article I linked to in my previous post about the opening ceremonies was thought provoking.  I have found another article.  To be honest, I don’t know if the article is really critical of the closing ceremonies or attempting to promote what it pretends to unmask.  In either case, it is interesting.

We live in very strange times.  They are Godless times.  Read your Bibles.  Know His Word.  And the peace that passes all understanding will rule in your hearts today.

Chris Reimers


The 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and the One World Government

August 4, 2012

Photo by shimelle

Any Christian who watched the opening games of the Olympics knew there were strange things going on.  I wondered what the significance of the bell was.  I knew the tree was a “statement.”  I have watched over the years as the Olympic opening ceremonies have mixed local identity with New World Order symbols.  The triangular lights surrounding the stadium intrigued me.  I wondered how many there were.  Well, I found out.

A young man who was in a church youth group that I helped lead over 30 years ago posted this article to his Facebook page.  I have been looking for such an article.  It is very informative.  Thanks to Rob Bowen for his contribution.

You can read the article here.  Nothing in the article surprised me, but I learned more than a few things.  I also don’t know how much of the article is accurate as much of it is speculation and I don’t know new age thought that well.

I do know that there were strange things at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics.  The article that Rob shared is interesting but goes too far in places.  An example is when the author relates the acronym of GOSH to GASH.  The author then quotes Bible verses dealing with people cutting on themselves.  I think it’s enough to relate socialized medicine to a coming one world government.

On the other hand, very little has been said about the bell and the tree, etc.  I looked all over the internet trying to find out what the significance of the tree was from the Olympic stand point and found nothing.  It is an interesting and thought-provoking article even though, like me, you won’t agree with it all.

God’s blessings….

Chris Reimers

P.S.  I enjoy watching the athletes compete.  They are gifted by God.


CHRISTIAN LEADERS RISK ARREST IN FRONT OF WHITE HOUSE

April 12, 2010

Rev. Patrick Mahoney

WASHINGTON, April 12 /Christian Newswire/ — Rev. Patrick Mahoney and Michael McMonagle will call upon President Obama to challenge Chinese President Hu Jintao on human rights and religious liberty during his visit to Washington this week.

 
Rev. Mahoney, Michael McMonagle and Brandi Swindell were twice arrested in Tiananmen Square and deported from China during the Beijing Olympics for speaking out against the human rights abuses and violence of the Chinese government against their own people.
See: http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/1505613587.html for the rest of the story.

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