Speaking of the End Times, the FDA approved an implantable chip for human use. The VeriChip is used to store medical information to speed up care given to medical patients. Some have also been used to insure the right people get into sensitive areas. The chips have been used in the past implanted in pets.

It’ll make sense, in our new world of security, that all our information and id will be implanted in us. Then it’ll make sense to use that as your credit card too. Soon, only those who pass clearance can spend money on their chip and soon one person will get a hold of that power and off we go. Hope you’re all ready! You can see it coming every single day.

I received an email today from our Missionary Josh Bilhorn with InterVarsity who serves on various UW campuses. The email said in part:

Things are going great right now! Thanks for asking – and sorry it took mea few days to get back to you. Its been a pretty busy few weeks, and I wasout of town working at a couple other campuses.Things at UW-Whitewater are going well. We have about 140 students involvedright now – and that is wonderful. We have had a couple students come toknow Christ – Praise God!! We also have a lot of non-Christians “hangingaround” which is great. There are a dozen Bible studies going on rightnow – and I am thankful for that. We have a big conference coming up -where students receive a lot of good training in how to study the Bible, howto share their faith, as well as a lot of other things.



Personally – things are wonderful. I was married two months ago. The Lordhas really blessed me with a wonderful wife – her name is Opala. We datedfor about 2 years. Thanks for the news about the church! I do pray for you guys. I would loveto come up and share my work with the congregation sometime – let me knowwhen would be a good time. Later November and December would be great.



peace to you!

Josh

Feel free to send a note to him at jbilhorn@sbcglobal.net

As a pastor I am up on what other pastors are doing and encouraging one another to do. I’m reading through articles today on politics and religion and came across this one which talks about an increasing number of pastors getting involved in politics, even supporting candidates openly.

The trend is for more politicians to seek religious voters and more church members getting involved in politics. Both candidates have made attempts to infiltrate the church and get voters. Both parties have church guys who pray and talk and do stuff.

Here is a summary from the above article as to why one pastor says he should be involved in politics:

“I can’t as a person of faith simply step back and say I’m above it all,” said Keyes, 59, a minister in both the Unitarian-Universalist and United Church of Christ denominations. “It’s not what Jesus would have done, it’s not what I can do. If we’re interested in people’s health and well-being, if we’re interested in the quality of human life, I feel we have to get involved.”

So, since Jesus would be involved with politics we should be too. Hmm, exactly where was Jesus involved with politics? I thought His kingdom was not of this earth? Hmm. Anyway, in the End Times, when the Antichrist sets up his deal, it will be a tie with a one-world government with a one-world religion. The Antichrist will be doing miracles (such as making people in wheelchairs walk again) that would even convince the elect if God let it.

As religion and religious people sell their souls to a political party, look for religion and politics to merge into one entity. I, for one, really, really enjoy the separation of church and state. I won’t put my religion in your public building so long as you keep your public junk out of my religion. If you ask me, that’s what Jesus did–render unto Caesar’s what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.

In case you don’t think government power is in competition with God’s power, here’s a recent quote from VP candidate John Edwards:

“When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.”

Perhaps Benny Hinn will be the first cabinet appointee. Ah, we can only hope, we can only hope.

A man in his 40’s shot his mother with a crossbow the other day after an argument over her will. He went out on a bike ride to cool down and then came back and got his crossbow. He attempted to impress his mother by demonstrating the power of a cross bow by shooting into a phone book. She was not impressed. So he shot her in the chest. He then called 911 to report that he had shot her and that it was not an accident. But he’s bipolar so it’s ok.

One more example of the pain of inheritance. She definitely left one and it got left sooner than she expected no doubt.

There is also a report out today that Christopher Reeves is dead. He is best known for his role as Superman and also for wheeling around in his wheelchair raising money and awareness for stem cell research. He’s left his inheritance too.

This past week comedian Rodney Dangerfield passed away. He is best known for his one liners and not getting any respect. He is now getting his last respects. When asked about his thoughts before going in for his recent heart bypass, which put him into a coma which he never came out of, Dangerfield said, “If things go right, I’ll be there about a week, and if things don’t go right, I’ll be there about an hour and a half.”

He will be known as the king of self-deprecating humor with lines like

“I’m so ugly my father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet.”

“I could tell that my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.”

He’s left his inheritance too.

Ken Caminiti, who had many good years in professional baseball has died at the age of 41 of a heart attack. Although many choose to remember him as a great ball player, winning the MVP in 1996, most of his teammates remember his end, when he could barely even walk.

The reason he could barely walk and went to an early death is that he abused alcohol and cocaine and also admitted to taking steroids. The testimony he’s leaving is one that can certainly teach but it doesn’t make him look very good. He’s left his inheritance.

There was another point I was going to make this morning about the older being willing to teach the younger. One of the tragedies of the current trend in Christianity is to have separate services for different music tastes. Unfortunately, the dividing line usually runs on age differences. Thus, all the old people go at 9 to sing hymns and the young people go at 11 to sing praise choruses.

The one place in life where old and young should be together is splitting them apart. Old people can use young people, they can use being around energy and enthusiasm. The faith of a child is what Christ held up as optimal for believers, being around youngsters shows you what He meant by that! Young people can benefit by being around older people for their experiences, wisdom and calmness. We need each other, we’re all in this together.

If you listened to the “debate” last night or have paid attention to politics in general, most of what is asked of politicians is about what will they do for me. How will you give me medicine? How will you pay my insurance? How will you give me a job? How will you increase my wages? How will you insure my complete safety and happiness?

People look to government to provide their needs, wants, desires, wishes, hopes and fantasies. People spend time each day reading, writing or thinking about government and how they can meet their needs, time which used to be spent asking God. Questions which people asked God are now asked of government.

As the world progresses and governments figure out how best to oppress the people without the people feeling oppressed, our physical problems will decrease, our concerns will be taken care of and everything will be great. Thus, no one will have any need for faith or God. The times of struggle, persecution, pain and suffering have been the greatest times of faith and revival. In the End things will be so good God will be ignored and that’ll be it.

Psalm 2, as well as other prophesies, show that government will be directly aligned against God. It’s a struggle between two powers and which one can provide for you. Since we know God doesn’t really answer prayers and politicians will do whatever it takes to make you happy, you know who will win here. But then God will end it and one of the groups that will suffer the most will be government leaders.

I’m just telling you like it is.

As the presidential contest is mercifully coming to an end and the debates (which really aren’t debates, they’re just two guys trying hard not to say anything stupid and avoiding all questions asked of them) are in full swing, it’s important to remember where politics leads. Psalm 2:1-4 sums it up fairly well:

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

The Bible makes it clear we should respect our earthly leaders and pray for them and it just as clearly tells us that the ultimate end of government power is a stand against the power of God. Although it’s fun to get into politics, it must be kept at a sane level, a level which your liberty can lead you to. If you must be excited about a cause, make the cause Christ!

A church in Suffolk is in need of cash to add to their building and buy a new organ so they started a fundraiser. They are going to take pictures of people in their church and community and put it in a calendar and sell it. Well that sounds nice. There’s a picture of the organ player playing the organ and a shot of the pastor mowing the church’s lawn etc.

Here’s what makes this a seller apparently–all the people in the pictures are completely naked. I’m sure the Lord is pleased in every way. I think a beer tent may be a better idea than this. However, just so you know, it is all tastefully done. Right. I guess this is called “using your liberty.”

As a pre-millenial, pre-trib rapture kind of guy, it is easy to skip over the glory of the Kingdom. Almost every day there are dead Jews in the news. The situation in Israel with the constant bugging by Palestinians and Israel protecting itself and Palestine not quitting and the back and forth of that. Add to that the increasing hostility across Europe toward Jews. Add to that the increasing anti-semitism that is creeping into America and it is not real fun to be a Jew, whether your name is Seinfeld or not.

But just like for the Christian life–the sufferings of now are not to be compared to the glory we shall experience then–the Jews will have glory untold, as they’ve never experienced before, in their Kingdom under the reign of Christ. The reign of Solomon was the closest Israel has gotten to the Kingdom and he messed that up pretty quick. But one day all the nations will come to Jerusalem and sit at the feet of their King. They will be elevated above all nations. What a day that will be for the long-suffering Jews. Isaiah 60 and 61 contain many glorious promises for Israel.

God’s plan is remarkable in so many ways.

My old pal Sammy Sosa has been fined by the Cubs for a total of $87,400 for leaving the last game of the year 15 minutes after it started. That sounds like a lot of money and indeed is. It would take me a few years to pay that one off. However, for my pal Sammy, that’s how much he gets paid PER GAME with the Cubs.

He is complaining that the Cubs all blame him for their poor performance this year and not making it to the World Series last year. Well, see, here’s the thing my pal Sammy. When you get paid $87,400 PER GAME you are going to get some of the blame, that’s kind of how it works. Grow up.

I don’t mind guys getting paid that much, if that’s what the market can afford, then go for it. What I do mind is incessant whining about having to live up to that amount of money. If you want to play like a loser then sign a loser’s contract!

Boy I hope they find someone dumb enough to take him.

“All things work together for good” has been played out millions of times in the world. It’s happening again.

The Chicago Cubs totally fell apart at the end of this season and it’s a good thing too. Sammy Sosa, the guy who managed to hit 550 meaningless homeruns in meaningless situations in meaningless games, is very upset. So upset, he didn’t even stay for the Cub’s last game of the season on Sunday! He left at 1:35, the game started at 1:20! When I mean left, I mean he walked out and went home.

Well, according to my sources in Chicago, they are taking polls on radio there about who should go, Dusty Baker or Sammy Sosa. By a four out of five margin, fans want Sammy to go. I wanted him to go three years ago. Boy oh boy, I’m almost more excited about the prospects of getting rid of him than I would be about winning the World Series. I would be thrilled if they traded him to Milwaukee for a brat vendor.

Oh happy day!

In Luke 24 Jesus has risen and making appearances for a limited time. He appears to the two guys walking to Emmaus. Verses 19-24 share all the things the two guys said to him. Verse 25,26 says what Jesus said to them–basically calling them idiots!

It mentions that Jesus began with Moses and all the prophets and explained to them things concerning Christ. Why couldn’t he have given us a taste of that? That’s one of the neatest conversations in scripture that we know nothing about. Why not skip the two guy’s words?!

Their summary of the event is thrilling too: “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” How cool would it be to have your heart burn within you when someone was teaching you from the Scripture? They could hardly contain themselves in hearing his words. That must have been something.

SO WHY DIDN’T THEY SHARE SOME OF IT?!

The frail pope managed to beatify several people the other day. Beatification is a step along the way to being approved as a saint in the Catholic Church. Although this may come as a surprise, I was not one of those beatified. However, sister Anna Katharina Emmerick was.

You may recall that name if you listened to any of the interviews with Mel Gibson when his Passion film came out. She was a nun who lived for many years off communion wafers and water, she had the stigmata (the visible wounds of the crucified Christ which holy, suffering people supposedly get), and she had a series of very strange visions about Jesus and His crucifixion, many of which inspired Mel Gibson in making his Passion movie, which isn’t entirely based on scripture.

Oh well, guess I’ll have to try harder next year. Maybe we’ll have to have communion more often.

Sunday we briefly touched on the Law and when it was OK to violate it. Today, I see an article about Israeli soldiers who are traumatized from their battles with Palestinians. In order to handle the memories and disorders the Israeli government is prescribing marijuana so their brains can forget the memories.

How does that fit into their Torahic ethics? I’m not sure if the Law specifically bans mind altering herbs but I”m guessing rabbis don’t look upon the idea fondly. (By the way, what is the plural for Rabbi? I know it’s not rabies, you get that from dogs. Rabbuses? Rabbies? Rabbis?)

The baseball season if mercifully over. There’s only so much a guy can take anyway. It just spared me more pain. However, in all reality, it was a good year. The only thing that ruined it was expectations, if we didn’t have those it would have been a great year. They were in it until the final week. In fact, they won more games this year than they did last year. So, they’ll be ok and hey, only six more months til opening day.

As for you Packer fans; welcome to my world.

The Catholic Church is running into more problems due to their shortage of priests. Now that most of them are in jail, in order to carry out their priestly duties they are having to ship their duties overseas.

Various prayers for dead people, sick people and thanksgiving prayers–prayers usually mentioned in a mass–are not able to be fit in mass in America anymore because there’s just not enough time and priests to make it happen. So they have begun shipping these prayers over to India so priests there (only 2% of Indians are Christian, most of them Catholic, so those priests have time on their hands) can mention these prayers in mass.

Ah yes. So much to say, so little time. I thought the Bible said I could just go ahead and talk to God by myself, I don’t have to outsource my prayers to anyone, just the Holy Spirit.

Well, if the Cubs weren’t done last weekend, they are certainly done now. They have now managed to lose 4 in a row and 6 of their last 7. It truly is amazing the ways they can lose. It renders me adjectiveless.

People have asked me from time to time why I even bother being a Cub fan, if it’s always so horrible, why keep doing it? I have many answers but one of the best, if not the top of the list is this: as long as you root for the worst possible team, you never have to fear the humiliation of losing to the worst possible team.

“Sex orgies are a great way to relieve social tensions.”

Interesting. Perhaps you think this strange statement comes from a UC Berkley professor or a moronic social activist. You would be wrong however. The above statement comes from conservative supreme court judge Antonin Scalia.

Makes you wonder. In the end, the bottom line is that they’re all the same.

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