Extreme Faith

Posted by John Lindsay on 28th December 2013 in Christian Articles, Health, News

Medicine BibleTwo guys walk into a doctor’s office. The doctor tells them both they are going to die in six months. Six months later one dies while the other lives another thirty years. Why the difference? – Perhaps because one believed the prognosis and the other did not. If this is true, do people die from the presence of disease or an absence of faith?

Let us assume for argument’s sake, disease is a guardrail on the road of life; a not-so-subtle reminder something is wrong and/or missing. If disease is a symptom based on unhealthy actions initiated by bad choices, what precedes the choice? What convinces us to continue to make detrimental decisions as well as turn a blind eye to their consequences? Read the rest of this entry »

What Gives Us the Right?

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th December 2013 in Christian Articles, News

Voting Rights

Landowners having voting rights makes sense. Authority should be based on responsibility provided there is sufficient means of holding the responsible party accountable. Business owners having a right to vote also makes sense. What does not make sense is giving voting rights to the unaccountable. Today, when the irresponsible cast their vote, it is received with the same weight as the vote of a land or business owner. When this occurs, the value shifts from the land or business and gives equal weight to the unaccountable by diluting the value of those willing to take responsibility. Equally disturbing is when the unaccountable were first allowed to vote, the social incentive to own land or a business was eliminated as well as any need to develop the skill and fortitude necessary to maintain them. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wheat and the Chaff

Posted by John Lindsay on 11th November 2013 in Christian Articles, News

Leslie Pilkington

The 700 Club featured a story which aired Wednesday, March 9th 2011, where an English journalist, Patrick Strudwick, posing to be a homosexual seeking help in leaving the gay lifestyle from Christian counselor, Leslie Pilkington. According to the 700 Club’s story, journalist Strudwick recorded counselor Pilkington praying and contradicting the popular claim homosexuals do not have a choice.

The fact a Christian woman was deliberately targeted did not surprise me. The fact unscrupulous tactics were used to lure the counselor’s trust left me unaffected. The inundation of paraded cries for attention and recognition of the self-proclaimed plight of the persecuted homosexual has deafened my ears. What captured my interest was a quote the journalist used to justify his position. He said, “Love needs no cure.” The homosexual community has already ruined one perfectly good word. I for one will not be silent while another misguided soul corrupts another one, certainly not the word love. Read the rest of this entry »

You Never Know

Posted by John Lindsay on 30th September 2013 in News

Tenors2You never know who’s going to be standing next to you thirty years from now. Friends regrettably often come and go with geography and circumstance; disposable – replaceable.

What if we could somehow see into the future to a special event; some sacrifice designed to reveal the stuff character is made of? I have to believe if people knew beforehand who was going to show up thirty years later they would see things more clearly.

There was recently just such an event. It was a concert organized by alumni of an Eastern Michigan University vocal ensemble to pay tribute to their beloved professor. Members of the group were invited and given a year’s notice. Thirty years ago I would have expected the tenor section to have been the most faithful. Read the rest of this entry »

X – Terminator

Posted by John Lindsay on 19th September 2013 in Christian Articles, Humor, News

Female Action HeroAs I sit nursing bee stings from yesterday’s bout with what used to be a wasp nest near our house, I can’t help but feel conflicted. I know they were just protecting their home and family, but so was I. The difference is I have a mortgage. I would have preferred to have had the hive moved but the cost of an exterminator or bee keeper was $300 as opposed to the wasp killer I bought on sale at Home Depot for $3.25 a can. It’s sad when rescuing something is far more expensive than it is to destroy it.

I noticed the bees months ago. I’ve been walking by the hive without incident until recently. It was clear they were multiplying. There was no telling how many wasps were camped out now. (What makes us put off the inevitable? Fear of getting stung? It’s interesting that the fear of getting stung will keep you from doing something while getting stung will most likely spring you into action.)

After getting stung the first time, which really made me mad because it was unprovoked, I put on another layer of clothes and draped a towel over my head and went on the offensive. I took a garden hoe and uncovered the nest – and ran. I scrambled in such a panic my feet couldn’t get traction and I stumbled frantically onto the back porch and eventually made my way across the yard the neighbor’s fence. My neighbor noticed a couple of wasps tagging along on my clothes. I swatted at the air and jogged home bobbing and weaving like a boxer.  I closed the door behind myself still racing with adrenaline. Through the kitchen window I could see hundreds of wasps in array. I noticed a couple of wasps on the inside of the window – then a couple more. I must have brought them in with me. Read the rest of this entry »

Reel Trouble

Posted by John Lindsay on 8th July 2013 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News
The One That God Away

The One That Got Away

I was fishing for bass. I chose a surface lure – a Jitterbug. I positioned the boat where the bass were. The net was nearby. It was the right time of day. My first cast was long and well-positioned. I had barely cranked the reel enough to get the slack out of the line when something raised itself slowly up out of the water the way porpoise or whales do. Read the rest of this entry »

Garden Maintenance

Posted by John Lindsay on 8th July 2013 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News
Can you find the clover?

Can you find the clover?

After another luscious drenching Michigan rain, I noticed everything went on a growth spurt – not only all of the flowers and vegetables, but the weeds as well. Suddenly there was a blanket of green from a host of tiny intrusive plants. It would take forever to pull them out one at a time, but since the soil hadn’t dried out yet, it was still easy to loosen the surface and rub out the weeds root and all a hundred at a time.

It’s comforting how truth is always consistent under diverse settings. The truth of God’s word, like water, softens the soil of our heart which enables growth in one area of our garden and enables easy weeding in another. Read the rest of this entry »

Tattoo Taboo

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th May 2013 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Christian Doctrine, News

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A tattoo is the equivalent of painting the back side of a canvas. God wants us to use the power of his word and spirit to rewrite the inner man – the front of the canvas from his point of view. Instruction written on the skin may get someone’s attention but will not change behavior. God’s word written on the heart and remembered will right behavior and keep someone’s attention. Tattoos glorify man but accomplish nothing. God’s word written on the heart and applied can accomplish anything. A tattoo might commemorate the past but God’s truth in the heart will establish the future.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – 19  “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: Therefore glorify God in your body.”

Matthew 6:24 – “No man can serve two masters.” God is an all or nothing proposition. So let’s not limit our appreciation to the work man can do on our skin. Instead let us believe we are fearfully and wonderfully made and show the world what God can do with a blank inner canvas. True artistry flows from the inside out not the outside in.

Muslim Enemy Number 1

Posted by John Lindsay on 20th April 2013 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News

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When I was 2 or 3-years-old, my grandmother would ask me to top sucking my thumb. I would then take my thumb out of my mouth and, with my thumb still wet with saliva, say, “I’m not sucking my thumb.” Who would have thought a child so young would show such a high aptitude for a career in either a journalism or politics.

In the aftermath of yet another seemingly arbitrary bombing, several reporters used their political correctness filters to avoid jumping to the obvious conclusion the offence was at the hands of Muslims. By doing so, they asked their audience to assume a cowardly strike aimed at the general public may have been orchestrated by some other group. Meanwhile, peaceful Muslims attempted to assure anyone who would listen, the Muslim faith does not condone the actions of their extremist brothers. Read the rest of this entry »

Creation – It’s Not Surprising

Posted by John Lindsay on 4th April 2013 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Christian Doctrine, News

The Cat's Eye Nebula

It is not surprising when someone refuses to accept the biblical view of creation. People prefer to see themselves as independent masters of their universe. Children cannot forget soon enough they were birthed from something. When given the choice between freedom and accountability, what teenager would choose the latter? We teach our kids to do their own work and to stay out of other people’s business and then throw them into a community environment as employees and wonder why they struggle. Even confusion has an origin if you look for it.

It is not surprising people do not believe in God. God is a spirit. We are predisposed to favor the physical over the spiritual. It is also difficult to filter spiritual concepts through physical senses. It is especially challenging equating spiritual attributes like faith to great power. When something physical is manufactured, it is not surprising no one sees the spiritual influence behind it. Read the rest of this entry »