Calm Down!

As most of my friends know, I am a Christian (a follower of Jesus). As that is stated I ask that all people be it Christian, Jew, atheist et al; Please extend love to the Muslim people! I am weary of reports of anti-Muslim vandalism etc. Remember that we are ALL created in the image of God. And retaliation of this sort is simply ungodly and illegal! Vigilantism is anti-productive. Reports of mosques being torched in Canada is already being reported! Jesus said: Love your enemies as yourself! Don’t let emotionalism get the better of you! Amen

God Bless

Brian Mason

Pray For Europe

With the events that took place yesterday in Paris and rumors are that there still may be some terrorists at large, we need to not only pray for France but the entire European Union as a whole. We must pray for the moderate Muslims that are trying to understand the evils of ISIS. We must pray that the Holy Spirit comes over them and they convert to Christianity, the way of peace and love! We must pray for the injured and their families that God gives them comfort. Pray for the dead’s families as they need support. We must also pray for the perpetrator’s families as they mourn as well. They all had Mothers and Fathers, however, radicalized their sons and daughters have become. Let’s not forget that!

It is not long before all of this will happen in North America. Pray for safety and the eyes to recognize the danger of radical Islam.

Unfortunately, secularization has allowed the barbarians not only to enter their countries but also plot, proselytize and train the terrorist thugs. It may be too late. We must stand firm as nations to pray for the Lord to intervene as He promised He would do.

Matthew 24:30 “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.”

Matthew 25: 31-33 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.”

God Bless

Brian Mason

The Greatest Message!

It is something that Christians, followers of Jesus must keep in mind even though it is difficult sometimes…

Matthew 5:43-48 (NASB)

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Yes the persecution and injustices are happening as prophesied by Jesus, however the best apologetic that a follower of Jesus Christ can do is LOVE YOUR ENEMY! Plain and simple.

God Bless

Brian Mason

When Does Life Begin? At Conception or Birth? Is There a Third Option?

I will start with objections from the so-called “Pro-Choicer” (abortion supporters) and attempt to answer them.

The first objection I always hear is “It’s a woman’s choice to abort, it’s her body and no one has the right to say what she should do with it.” Well that is all nonsense unless her body has suddenly grown two more arms and legs.

Second, the Fetus is not human, just an unviable tissue mass. This simply is a false premise that the fetus not human until he/she is fully developed. This is ridiculous as the “baby” has human DNA and is alive. Size does not determine life.

So when does “Life Begin?” I believe life is BEFORE conception and “continues” at conception since the sperm and the egg are both alive, and came together, thus producing a fertilized egg. Suggesting that the “thing in the womb” is alive, even if it is a zygote or a fully developed baby it is still ALIVE! The nature of it is then human. If it has human DNA and is alive it would be considered MURDER if it was ABORTED!

In Canada abortion is legal and on demand. These are at least to me startling and obscene statistics from statistics and reporting from the University of Ottawa:

It is estimated that 40% of all pregnancies in Canada are unplanned. Of these, about half are carried to term; the other half are terminated. There are about 31 abortions per 100 live births: 330,000 live births and 100,000 abortions each year. Roughly half are performed in hospitals, half in clinics.
In 2003, 103,768 abortions were recorded in Canada, about 15.2 per thousand women. The number appears to be declining by about 1% per year. There are about 39,000 abortions each year in Ontario, delivered in 76 hospitals and 6 clinics.
An exception is Quebec, where abortion rates are among the highest in the Western world. From 17,000 abortions per annum in 1978, they rose to 29,000 in 1998, and 31,000 in 2002, or a rate of 38 per 1000 births. School sex education programs are not universal in Quebec.
All the while abortions in Canada are provided on request and funded by Medicare.

Unbelievable!

Please God I pray for your justice!

God Bess

Brian Mason

Great Crucifixion Quotes

We are coming up to Good Friday and I have compiled for you a list of crucifixion quotes from Biblical and non-Biblical sources. I have left the best one for last!

“The earthly form of Christ is the form that died on the cross. The image of God is the image of Christ crucified. It is to this image that the life of the disciples must be conformed; in other words, they must be conformed to his death (Phil 3.10, Rom 6.4) The Christian life is a life of crucifixion (Gal 2.19) In baptism the form of Christ’s death is impressed upon his own. They are dead to the flesh and to sin, they are dead to the world, and the world is dead to them (Gal 6.14). Anybody living in the strength of Christ’s baptism lives in the strength of Christ’s death.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

“[Jesus] tilted His head back, pulled up one last time to draw breath and cried, “Tetelestai!” It was a Greek expression most everyone present would have understood. It was an accounting term. Archaeologists have found papyrus tax receipts with “Tetelestai” written across them, meaning “paid in full.” With Jesus’ last breath on the cross, He declared the debt of sin cancelled, completely satisfied. Nothing else required. Not good deeds. Not generous donations. Not penance or confession or baptism or…or…or…nothing. The penalty for sin is death, and we were all born hopelessly in debt. He paid our debt in full by giving His life so that we might live forever.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

As a reward for their efforts, however, those early Christians were beaten, stoned to death, thrown to the lions, tortured and crucified. Every conceivable method was used to stop them from talking.
Josh McDowell

Nobody’s perfect. The only one that ever was, was crucified.
Loretta Lynn

[There should be plenty of visuals to watch, including realistic depictions of the way Christ was tortured before his excruciating crucifixion. Caviezel, also a practicing Catholic, spent 15 days on the cross during shooting and was scourged so realistically that he dislocated a shoulder at one point.] There’s an immense amount of suffering on this, … Fortunately, God is helping me.
~ Jim Caviezel

It is a crime to put a Roman citizen in chains, it is an enormity to flog one, sheer murder to slay one: what, then, shall I say o f crucifixion? It is impossible to find the word for such an abomination.
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Marcus Tullius Cicero

If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.
Jean Cocteau

In a profound sense we may say that the crucifixion, however else we may interpret it, accuses human nature, accuses all of us in the very things that we think are our righteousness.
– Sir Herbert Butterfield
History and Human Relations.

And finally the prophesy of the crucifixion 1000 years before it happened:

Psalms 22:11-18 (HCSB)

11 Do not be far from me, because distress is near
and there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me;
strong ones of Bashan encircle me.
13 They open their mouths against me—
lions, mauling and roaring.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are disjointed;
my heart is like wax,
melting within me.
15 My strength is dried up like baked clay;
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
You put me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded me;
a gang of evildoers has closed in on me;
they pierced[g] my hands and my feet.
17 I can count all my bones;
people[h] look and stare at me.
18 They divided my garments among themselves,
and they cast lots for my clothing.

God Bless

Brian Mason

The Baha’I Faith and the Problems With It: Problem # 2

In the first installment of my article of the Baha’I faith I wrote about problem # 1 of many issues with this religion. Problem # 1 as a refresher was that; The Baha’i faith does not believe that Heaven or Hell are actual “places” that people go to after death. This of course is in contradiction to the Christian Bible. So today I am going to write about the second problem, and that is, the Baha’I belief in salvation.

Problem # 2
The Baha’I’s position of salvation is that the followers do not believe that salvation is a free gift from God. It is a synergistic role between God and man, with God initiating salvation but man must abet in the process. This “process” is not recognized as being a onetime thing.
This problem is the same as problem number 1 as it contradicts what the Bible clearly states. Read:

Romans 6: 22-23 (HCSB)
22 But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification[r]—and the end is eternal life! 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 2: 6-10 (HCSB) clearly states that since salvation is a gift from God there is no reason to have to work for it;

6 Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, 7 so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—9 not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.

Since Resurrection Sunday is getting closer and closer my next installment on the problems with the Baha’I faith I will write about their position on the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Please continue to pray for the believers of this false doctrine filled religion so that the Holy Spirit will come over them and they can see the light of God!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Baptism

*The practice of sprinkling with, pouring on or immersing in water as an act of Christian initiation and obedience to Christ’s own command. Baptism as a Christian ordinance or sacrament is nearly universal in application throughout the Christian church, although there is great diversity in whether it is applied solely to those who consciously exercise faith in Christ (believer’s baptism) or whether it is also to be extended to the infants of Christian parents (infant baptism, or pedobaptism).

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 18

Today’s theological term “Baptism” is highly argued from the standpoint of the necessity of baptism for salvation, whether or not infants should be baptized or even the actual physical action such as “total immersion” or “sprinkling of water”. I personally do not believe in infant baptism however I do not see any Biblical basis to exclude the “sprinkling of water”to baptize.

God Bless

Brian Mason