Archives for August 2017

Living in Eternity Hill Country News Faith Article 2017-04-13

 

 

By Chuck Robison

Happy Easter, the celebration of the end of Winter and the renewal of life! The history of this holiday goes all the way back to when we observed a lunar calendar, which is to say this is a nature-based holiday which the Jews used to remember Passover and the Christians used to mark Jesus’ death and resurrection.

With global events taking on a more ominous tone, people are turning to religion and the Bible for an explanation of what’s going on. The Bible mentions a world leader coming to the stage claiming that he alone has the power to solve all the world’s problems. People refer to this leader as the Anti-Christ.

The Bible even goes so far as to say that he implements a mark or some form of currency that everyone under his rule will have to adhere to. A mark on their hand or forehead that signifies their allegiance to the Beast. No one under his rule will be able to buy or sell without this mark. It will be forced on all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their forehead.

There is a new emerging technology of implantable RFID chips. These chips are already widely used to track large shipments. They are already in our passports and in our pets. The truly rich families on the planet have already ‘chipped’ their children in case they are ever kidnapped for ransom.

NBC ran a story in February outlining these new developments in this technology. They describe an implantable chip in one’s hand. This chip could interact with your body in the doctor’s office. Scan it, and it could tell your blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, or any other vital piece of information of medical history. How easy would it be to add functions to this chip that’s already in your hand?

How far off in the future do you think this will occur? Not very. IBM has been getting the public primed for years. IBM’s first foray into collecting and organizing vast amounts of information was during World War II. They leased and maintained punch card systems for the Nazis in their concentration camps.

In short, a profound change is coming and it will affect us all. So, pretend that the Anti-Christ is somewhere on the planet right now. How would you react? What would you fear? Who would you look to for leadership? The Bible narrative suggests that this Anti-Christ is the pre-cursor to the End Times. Suppose you knew that regardless of what you wanted or tried to change, this ending time would completely challenge everything in your life.

There is one solution I would like you to consider. Eternity is defined as the beginning-less beginning and the end-less end. We are all already in eternity, and that means the future is certain for us, even if we are beset on all sides by tragedy and horror. We will live forever.

Should this tragedy occur you and I could attempt to imitate Jesus during the original Easter week. He lived every day that week as if it were his last. Yet he had faith that his future was certain, even when it appeared he had been betrayed. He opened his heart to each person he dealt with in that week as if he was already in Heaven.

Time is fleeting and evil, although powerful, can never rule in Eternity. Be at peace and be the truth: WE ARE LOVE. When you feel like all is lost, remember Jesus’ open heart when he told the prisoner crucified with him: “I tell you, today you shall be with me in Paradise”.

John Graham discusses the world today!

Our friend, the well known adventurer John Graham, talks about North Korea, the political situation in America and other issues in his life!

Enjoy! John is one of our favorites!

Our Interview with John Graham om 2017-08-10

We spoke with John again today about the crazy that is our leadership.  He is what this man in the Know had to say:

HCN Roundtable Article: Should the Churches be Taxed?

 

 

By Chuck Robison

 

Should the churches be taxed just like regular organizations?

Well, in the olden days, it was understood there was an agreed upon barrier between the church and the state. The Constitution forbids the Government from proscribing any religious anything. Hands off, and for the longest time it was understood that was a two-way street.

But since 1980 and the Religious Right’s total takeover of the Republican party, there is a serious blurring of the lines between church and state. Actually, (and I do not consider this an exaggeration) if you are a Christian today in Texas you are also most likely a Republican. Test it out.

In the olden days, when clergy started to lead social justice solutions, we were told we had gone from “Preachin’ to Meddlin’!”, meaning we had no business trying to have an influence outside the church.

Yet today, you cannot get elected to political office nationally and in many states without the Evangelical Vote leading your support.

And, oh the Rascal Masters who lead the church into politics! You may remember The Reverend Franklin Graham speaking publically on September 12, 2001 and admonishing the Bush Administration to go immediately to Atomic War with the whole Middle East. Then, of course, President Bush called his milder response a Crusade, mirroring a time when the churches’ actually did hold power over the Kings themselves.

But on August 8th, 2017 according to Huffington Post, a Republican right-wing pastor who serves on Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board claims God has given The President “full power” to launch an attack on North Korea anytime he wants, any way he wants.

Robert Jefferies, head of the Dallas First Baptist mega church, told CBN that a biblical passage in Romans allows rulers to use “whatever means necessary ― including war ― to stop evil.” The good and famous Dallas Reverend shows he knows nothing of how the Constitution works. But his ignorance does not preclude him from assuming that his role gives him unique power in this government of the people, by the people and for the people.

So the church cheers on a war when its own ruler commands His followers to love their enemies, pray for them, and care for them. The churches’ real job is not to stop evil, but to overcome evil with love and light. To demonstrate love rather than promote fear and death.

The politically active Evangelical Right wants a war more than it wants to feed hungry Americans, clothe Americans and heal them with the right of free medical care.

Now, with that thought in mind, ask yourself if there really should be a separation of Church and State. If so, then we need to reel in the church leaders who are calling for nuclear war and giving their opinions as if God Himself were speaking.

But, since the churches’ command more than a trillion dollar’s worth of real estate, alone, we are not likely to ever see them allow the government to tax them for anything. Sad.