Perspectives; Thoughts; Comments; Opinions; Discussions

Posts tagged ‘Hope’

More Politically INCORRECT Cartoons for Monday April 2, 2018


Only Christ’s Faithful Church Can Restore Hope


waving flagAuthored By: Dr. Ray Rooney, Jr.  | Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017

Dr. Ray Rooney, Jr. Digital Media Editor FollowMore Articles

URL of the original posting site: http://www.afa.net/the-stand/apologetics/2017/01/only-christs-faithful-church-can-restore-hope/

[W]hen hopelessness abounds in society it is a reflection of narcissism entrenched in the Church.

– Dr. Ray Rooney, Jr.

I saw it on my news feed on Facebook last week. I don’t exactly trust the veracity of everything I see on Facebook so I did a little research and unfortunately found out it was true.  A twelve year old middle school girl used the “Live Video” feature on Facebook and streamed her own suicide.  It boggles the mind that a beautiful twelve year old girl believed there was absolutely nothing to live for now or even fifty years in the future (I am aware of the reason she gave but obviously, not every child who has been sexually abused kills him/herself).  According to the CDC there are 113 suicides every day which translates into one suicide every 13 minutes of every single day!  To say “tragic” would be an understatement.

Almost 95,000,000 people have completely given up on finding a job.  Ten million of them since Obama took office.  How is it possible that almost a third of a nation’s working population has completely abandoned the American dream?  They have utterly given up on making a living for themselves or their family.

Supporters of Hillary Clinton were seen and photographed bawling like babies and literally falling out on the floor in abject despair when it was confirmed by news organizations that Donald Trump had secured the required number of Electoral College delegates to become the next president.  And along those same lines, universities who are being paid quite handsomely to prepare students for the realities of life have resorted to doling out juice boxes and legos to calm the distress of students who didn’t want Donald Trump inaugurated as the next president.  Apparently, these people don’t know there is a presidential election every four years.

And it’s not just secular America either.  Google “Are people giving up on religion in America” and see all the articles from Pew Research to The Washington Post to NPR and PBS all affirming that, yes, a growing number of people have and continue to give up on religion.  Despondency, despair, and fatalism seem to have a vice-like grip on our nation and even the entire world. Hope is noticeably absent.  And hope is a God thing.

Does that mean God is absent or that He is unaffected or unconcerned about the despair of so many people?  Absolutely not!  Paul wrote to the Roman Christians that “whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom. 15:4).  Trusting the Bible in the midst of our difficulties in life produces hope which is the genesis of faith (Heb. 11:1).

I believe hopelessness grips the world in general and America in particular because our churches have fostered the belief that the Bible is not to be taken at face value and is therefore not to be trusted.  No hope.

For instance, denominational leaders and sometimes whole denominations have said that despite what the Bible says in both testaments, homosexuality is not a sin.  They even say God puts homosexual desires and proclivities within people.  All those passages that clearly proclaim homosexuality to be sinful are really talking about hospitality and it’s those who are not accommodating to gayness who are guilty of inhospitality to homosexuals and are therefore the real sinners.good-evil-and-evil-good

Talk about being messed up.

They’ve done the same with the Virgin Birth, personified evil, the Atonement, the Resurrection, and even the essentialness of Jesus Christ to salvation.  When you abandon original sin, repentance, and the cleansing blood of the Lamb of God…you’ve got nothing to offer that is of any value concerning eternity.  And, of course, hopelessness flourishes then.

Before the Church can be used by God to evangelize the world it must first be the source of all legitimate hope.  Hope in things beyond the trials and even failures in this life.  Hope in the unseen.  Hope in reconciliation to God.  Hope in an immortal eternity. 

Maybe it has something to do with shelving “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” in favor of “Shine Jesus Shine” (whoops, I just lost half of you).

The point is that when hopelessness abounds in society it is a reflection of narcissism entrenched in the Church.  When the Church does not stand tall, firm, and without apology on the truths revealed in the Bible, then according to Romans 15:4 it has nothing to offer a downtrodden and sin oppressed world but evolving ritual and accommodating theology.  There is nothing to hang hope on.AMEN

Following are a few passages Christians should study and reacquaint themselves with so that the Church can get back to being God’s repository of hope for people ensnared by despair:

  • Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord (Psalm 31:24)
  • But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more (Psalm 71:14)
  • But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion (Ecc. 9:4)
  • For in this hope [the redemption of our bodies] we are saved (Rom. 824)
  • But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope (1 Thes. 4:13)
  • We who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain (Heb. 6:18-19)

Jesus saves.  However, it is His Church who begins the process through dispensing hope in the midst of despair, joblessness, and habitual sin. 

Hope is for people.  It is stored in the household of faith and distributed without cost to cultures, society, and the entire world.  It isn’t withheld from those who don’t believe in God or trust Him.  As a matter of fact, those are the primary targets of hope.

But hope depends upon the Christian and his/her church to embrace, model, and share it.  When Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:13) He clearly meant at the very least that His followers would affect their surroundings with His presence and influence.  And it all begins with hope.

Need a simple definition of hope?  Achtemeier says of hope: “in the Bible the expectation of a favorable future under God’s direction.”  Take that to church this Sunday because supplies seem to have been dwindling and there is a tremendous need for it in America and the world.   AMEN

Report: ESPN Rejects Catholic Hospital Ad Because ‘Jesus,’ ‘God’ ‘Problematic’


http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2013/12/11/ESPN-Rejects-Catholic-Hospital-AD-Because-Jesus-Problematic

by Breitbart Sports 11 Dec 2013

**UPDATE** The new ad that will run on ESPN on December 14th does not mention “God” or “Jesus” like the commercial that had been rejected. The ad also focuses on the hospital’s pediatric heart department instead of asking viewers to send messages of hope to children at the hospital to “help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas,” which was in the rejected ad.

**UPDATE** ESPN reached out to Breitbart News and provided the following statement:

As originally submitted, the spot did not meet our commercial advocacy standards. We have since been supplied with a different commercial which will air on the 14th.

Here is the ad as it will air:

ESPN

**UPDATE** A source also confirmed to Breitbart Sports on Thursday that the original Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation ad was rejected by ESPN for broadcast over its nationwide network.

The Foundation has a partnership with the Missouri Valley Conference, and had asked ESPN to run its ad in the Virginia Commonwealth vs. Northern Iowa NCAA Basketball game that will be aired this Saturday.

The ad was submitted to an ad executive for the network who rejected it because it did not comply with the ESPN broadcast rules. Breitbart Sports has learned that the Foundation asked the exec to submit their appeal to his rejection to his superiors at ESPN. He did, and the ad was rejected again.

**UPDATE** Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said ESPN’s rejection of the ad was “so disappointing” and told Breitbart Sports:

“I used to be obsessed with ESPN. In how many interviews have I admitted that was my goal – my dream job – as I earned my Journalism degree and creds in the 80’s? My repeated quote is: ‘But I didn’t want to move to Bristol, Connecticut (home of ESPN), so I named my first daughter Bristol, instead!'”

***

ESPN has reportedly rejected a Christmas commercial from a St. Louis area Catholic hospital because the network found the mention of “Jesus” in the ad to be “problematic.”

Bill O’Reilly, the host of Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, said on Wednesday that an ad from the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation was turned down by ESPN even though it is run on other networks in the area.

The commercial mentions that thousands of people in the community send “messages of hope to sick and injured children who may not be able to come home for the holidays.”

“At… Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the season of giving, bringing hope to the many children, parents, and families that we serve,” an announcer says in the ad before mentioning that the hospital’s patients are “filled with hope” because they receive daily messages from the “treasure chest” beneath its “tree of hope.”

The ad concludes by asking viewers to “help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas. Send your message of hope at Glennon.org.”

ESPN reportedly found “we celebrate the birth of Jesus” and “help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas” to be “problematic.”

Appearing on O’Reilly’s show, Doug Napier of the Alliance Defending Freedom said to say that “there is too much Jesus in this Christmas message of hope is like saying there is too much sports in ESPN.”

Napier wondered why ESPN would want to “marginalize” a holiday a majority of Americans celebrate with family–and probably with ESPN on in their homes. O’Reilly said ESPN’s decision was “insane,” and even more so because the ad was for a Catholic hospital trying to help sick children.

Napier said he has not spoken to ESPN and O’Reilly mentioned that representatives from ESPN and the hospital declined to appear on the program. O’Reilly said he felt the Catholic hospital was intimidated to take on a big outlet like ESPN.

This is yet another example of the “War on Christmas” that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in her book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, said was the “tip of the spear” in a larger battle to fundamentally transform American and erode the country of its exceptionalism.

Inspiration- The Language of Conservatism


 http://patriotupdate.com/articles/inspiration-language-conservatism/#EOfqkRyH1Sz1MUOo.99

by

“As conservatives, we have a record that is inspirational. A message that is  motivational.”

And yet we have allowed the motivational and inspirational to be trademarked  by the Left. Like the cultural institutions, we have not even made an effort to  compete for this space. We have not sold motivation. It has never featured as  part of our strategy, and yet it is among the most effective ways of winning  hearts and minds. It speaks to vision. The closest we’ve heard is when Ted Cruz  spoke of opportunity conservatism.

We have reached a point where we are firmly the underdog. We carry no  cultural institutions. We have little momentum. But this means we are in a  unique position to win the culture war. To reclaim America. To again re-assert  Western values. So let’s speak the language of victory. But also the language of  war. Because we- Western civilization- face no less.

These are some messages I posted to my fans on Facebook and Twitter:

“We might be hurting but we’re still winning. We might be torn up inside  but we’re going to tear it up outside.”

“We feel pain, but we press on. We experience disappointment, but we  delight in what we have. Man can live forty days without food; three days  without water; eight seconds without air, but not one single moment without  hope. Arrived in Pohang! Let’s roll. C’mon!”

“Failure grips our bones. Rattles our confidence. Injects doubt into our  bloodstream. Consumes our mind. Calls into question everything we know. Hurts.  It’ll shake us, but it will not break us. Delay but not devastate. Borrow our  joy, but return it. We might not understand it, but we accept it. Even without  fruit unable to be forced from the tree, our destiny is secure. God is in  control. Victory is never far away. And history is still yours to take. To make.  Let’s do our vets proud.”

We need to inspire. Refresh, renew, reinvigorate, remind, and re-energize. We  have an inspirational message to sell.

Let’s do it.

A Call for Secession & If Necessary Civil War


The following article says what many are thinking. I am not quit there yet. I am trusting the Living God to deliver and heal the second country He formed for Himself and the Kingdom, the United States of America. Fashioned from scripture and birth in prayer, this once great nation thrived because it’s maker was, and is, God the Father, through our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, by the power of Hos Holy Spirit.

I understand this person’s anger, frustration and angst. Because so many agree with such thinking, the civil war we’ve been watching grow in numbers hourly. Jesus is our peace. He can heal and restore what He created. However, we also must use wisdom in all this. We have the 2014 Mid Term Elections coming up. Based on all we are experiencing, and the challenge President Obama issued today, (“Go out and win an election”), this election cycle is indeed the most important election of our history. We know that election shenanigans will be done. That means we must work harder than ever to get the Christian Conservative out, as well as all other conservatives. We cannot let anyone stay home and not vote.

So please read this perspective with the proverbial “grain of salt”‘ Then begin NOW for next Novembers Mid Term Elections.

Jerry Broussard

<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/10/call-civil-war/#ixzz2i1uBT4Ha

by 

“Follow the law, elect good men to office, work within the system, don’t be a rock-thrower.”

Are you BLEEPING kidding me?

HD_TheUnionisDissolvedWe are slowly being subjugated, bit by bit, little by little. Our leaders in Congress have failed us, nay betrayed us, for their own personal gain. They exempt themselves from laws that they force upon the rest of us, and today that betrayal has reared its ugly hydra-head once again in a monstrosity that lays over anything done so far.

The RINOs in Congress have voted to betray the American public once again.

WHEN IS IT ENOUGH PATRIOTS?  WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET YOU OFF YOUR BACKSIDES AND RISE UP AGAINST TYRANNY?  WHAT DOES IT TAKE, THE MURDER OF YOUR FAMILY ON YOUR FRONT LAWN?

A storm is coming people, and it is dark and terrible; in fact, it is knocking at your doorstep as you read this. These shutdowns, and now the capitulation by Congress are an exercise, warfare exercises; the Executive Arm and the Traitors in Congress, the Tyrant and his familiars, are flexing their muscle, testing the waters. Evil is preparing an assault, and everything that has happened, every affront to the People that this regime has instituted, is but a move on the chess board.

Civil War is upon you, whether you would have it or not. The time has come to realize that words and the election process will not avail to turn the tide that is rushing toward you. The time for idleness has ended. The time for action is upon us. Yes, I am openly calling for Civil War, for the Confederacy and the Red States to secede, peacefully if allowed, by force of arms if not. The time to act was long ago, the window to act is almost closed. Our country is being bankrupted, our morals and religion destroyed by all manner of perversions and horrors, our top military generals and leaders fired, our borders left wide open, deceptive legislation designed to subvert our freedoms and our way of life are being passed with little to no resistance, and our status as superpower almost gone. This is all by design, moves on the chess board.

Through the internet, we are all able to connect with one another, but this is a frail branch upon which to sit. Should the government shut down the root DNS servers, that is the end of communication as we know it. If the cell networks are shut down, and make no mistake they will be, and fuel delivery shut off, what will you do?

I say to you now, that open rebellion is now your only hope of restoring a once great Nation. Some police and sheriffs will be with you, some will not. The military will be divided, and some will stand with the people, and some will not.

Those in the cities need to abandon them, as when hostilities break out and martial law is declared, those there will be the first to die. Do you know how to hunt, to build a home from natural materials without power tools, do you know how to shoot, fight hand to hand, set a broken bone, or find your way through the woods and forests? Have you stored water, seeds, medicines, fashioned weapons?  If not, you will also be the first to die.

This is not conspiratorial thinking, it is all right before your eyes. You have eyes, but you do not see; you have ears, but you do not hear.

Jesus said to the crowd:

“When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times?” – Luke 12:54-56

Civil war is upon us – what will you do? DECIDE, the time for talk is over.

PREPARE FOR BATTLE PATRIOTS – OR PREPARE TO DIE

About Shea Bernard

Shea Bernard; BSEE, MCSE, MCITP, CCIE, IT Consultant, with 30 yrs in the IT industry. He is currently pursuing graduate degrees in History and Exobiology, and is completing an undergraduate in Religious Studies, and hopes to begin an undergraduate in Astrophysics and Geology upon completion of graduate courses. Mr. Bernard is married with two children, owns and runs two businesses.

Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/10/call-civil-war/#mde7hsIK7TctCboP.99

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: