The Dogs and the Cats

Two teens were volunteering their Saturday, working at an animal shelter. They had spent many hours pampering puppies, bathing kittens, and cleaning up mounds of poop and puddles of pee. Being worn out and sweaty, one of the teens wiped the perspiration from his brow, before he said to the other teen, “You know what, today reminds me of when Jesus will come again.”

“What do you mean?” the other teen asked.

“Well, for instance, look at this room.” The other teen did, seeing where they were standing was a hall with cages filled with barking and meowing critters on either side of them. “Now imagine, if the cages on the right were filled only with dogs. And the cages on the left, were only filled with cats.”

“Okay,” said the other teen.

“Well, when Jesus comes back in his glory, and all the angels will be with him, he will then sit in his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations of the earth. Not just Israel and Rome, but America, Russia, China, everyone will be there. And he will separate people one from another as an animal shelter volunteer separates the dogs from the cats. And he will place the dogs on his right, but the cats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, a feast fit for a king. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, opening your home as if I was family. I was naked and you clothed me, wrapping me with the shirt from your own back. I was sick and you visited me, bringing me some of the best chicken noodle soup that I have ever had. I was in prison and you came to me.’ Continue reading

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Feet, Truth, and Love

Congratulations graduates of 2019!

May the LORD bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the LORD lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Dear Church,

Church, I implore you to read this post, for we have a problem within the Western Church. There’s a reason why so many ministers are getting burned out. There’s a reason why so many Christian bookstores are closing. There’s a reason why there are so many splits and denominations. And there’s a reason why Gandhi said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

No, it’s not because there’s Evolution being taught in our schools. It’s not because of rainbows, or Democrats, or instruments. And it’s not because of abortions (which are not the fault of atheists. According to a 2015 survey done by the Christian Research group LifeWay, 70% of women who had an abortion claimed to be a follower of Christ. . . .) One major problem that the church has, is a love problem. Continue reading

The Lesson of the Tummy Rub

Meet Monty. No, he’s not my puppy–I wish. He belongs to some good friends of mine. I mean look at him; he’s a beautiful dog who loves to chew, play, and eat. He’s also still learning that not everything is a chew toy, and that it’s not okay to pee on the floor when someone doesn’t want to play with you.

Monty also enjoys to have his tummy rubbed from time to time, enjoying the pleasure that is stimulated when this soft part of his body is scratched. Yet, though enjoyable, this position puts Monty and any dog into a vulnerable position, which is why dogs naturally only roll onto their back when they are submitting or are comfortable around their company. In order to enjoy the coveted tummy rub, the dog must first submit and make himself vulnerable.

Isn’t it the same with Christians?  Continue reading

Jesus Loves You

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

“Jesus Loves Me,” is perhaps one of the most well known Christian songs around the globe. Not only are its lyrics simple, which makes it easy to translate:

  • Cristo me ama, bien lo se, (Spanish)
  • Jesus liebt mich, dies weiß ich (German)
  • Anipenda ni kweli, (Swahili)
  •  我を愛す (Japanese)

but they also ring true, and carry with them a message that needs to be heard, addressing a need within every heart: the desire to be loved.

That is why I argue that this song, is much more important than being just another children’s song. Indeed, it is a beautiful song to sing with your children, but I also believe that it’s something more. Something with a rich tradition and a powerful legacy behind it: Continue reading

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How Debatable is Your Presence

Did you know, that it’s a sin to have a Christmas tree? As it says in Jeremiah 10:2-4:

Thus says the LORD:

“Learn not the way of the nations,
    nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
    because the nations are dismayed at them,
 for the customs of the peoples are vanity.
A tree from the forest is cut down
    and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
 They decorate it with silver and gold;
    they fasten it with hammer and nails
    so that it cannot move.

Many don’t believe that owning and decorating a Christmas tree is a sin, but there are many others who interpret this passage in a different light, and believe that such trees are indeed sinful. One must be careful when interpreting the Bible, for you can make it say whatever you wish of it, if you take it out of context. For example, I can tell you that all you need to do in life, is to curse God and die. For as Job’s wife told him in Job 2:9, Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” This is one extreme example to show the care which should be taken when quoting the Scriptures. This verse is in the Bible; however, it’s within the context of Job being tested, and the Bible provides enough evidence to show that his wife is not a trustworthy narrator. Or what would happen if I picked Genesis 9:7 to be my verse to live by: “And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”?

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