“The Parable of the Lifesaving Station”

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” John 13:35.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.

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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

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