He was a great figure From head to toes; Truly a great figure; Looking at him, You saw a great man Who towered above all Around him; The way he walked; The way he carried his body, And comported himself, And talked Bore the airs Of a great man; And indeed, He was in and out A great man. By all standards A great man of our times; A truly great figure, he was.
The origin of
racism is a fact many are clueless about because it did not start in the city
streets of any town. In my opinion, racism should be best described as similar
to chickenpox – a thing of the past. I spent my entire life listening to this language
of division. It was not math but hatred which divided humanity. Six decades
later, I wonder what, if anything, have we learned about the division of people?
The consensus says “nothing,” and in fact, we may be reversed in our knowledge.
I ask you,
friends, what would you do if Jesus reappeared in your church on a Sunday
morning or in your living room in the darkness of an evening? Is your soul
cleansed, or is it consumed with bitterness for the differences in people? I
spoke to my educated neighbor on the porch one day and asked her why descendants
of color (such as herself) relate themselves as African Americans? She could
only reply with, “That is how they like to be identified in society today.”
people are no more African than I am German! Our descendants have nothing to do
with the parentage who are born and raised in the United States. Racism, a word
derived in the days of slavery, should have been abolished with the civil war.
Jesus was of orient descent. He was not white, so I wonder, what was His take on
the division of humanity?
I start the rant
of racism with the church for this is where the word racism all began –
shocking, isn’t it? In the first century AD, churches divided the Jews and
Gentiles. The apostle Paul addressed the problem head on:
“There is no difference between Jew and
Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.”
Moving ahead two
thousand years later, and in the United States, the church began racism once
again – the ‘blacks’ sit upstairs, and the ‘whites’ enjoy the service below.
Are you kidding me? The House of the Lord actually provoked prejudices? It
makes sense to me why so many believers and non-believers think religion is
filled with hypocrites. God is about unity, not separation! One day, as Jesus
speaks of in the Bible, a totalitarian church will be built, and churches will
fall under God’s guidelines – not their own rules. Christ will be our ultimate
Pastor, who shall lead us not into temptation, which is where we are headed now.
I was in a McDonald’s
in Hong Kong, many years back, and no one would take my order. People of other
religions stepped in front of me as if I wasn’t standing there trying to get
food. I know how it feels to be at a disadvantage. It’s incredibly sad the
ignorance which rears its ugly head in the world!
I am blessed to go
to work today, in a place where I am a small minority. My co-workers are like
my family. So how do we make it work? Though everyone comes from different backgrounds,
we have one thing in common – we believe in Jesus Christ. Reverence reassures
our quality of life. We work in unison to protect our covenant of faith in God.
It’s the love of
God I rant about today. Why do we go against His cautions and make ourselves
divided? Our evil thoughts and slang verbiage for differences among people aren’t
uttered in God’s house. It’s only in the profound gutters of dirt and filth which
lies in a littered mind. We are not any better now than two thousand years ago.
Can’t we at least respect all of God’s children?
Far beyond the
wars of separation, let us come together in peace and bear the love of God. It
is there you shall be cleansed.
“I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the highest angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favoritism to anyone.” 1 Timothy 5:21
Don’t you know them? They are many; They live among us; And, going by what they do, You can call them stupid; But they think they are clever; Claiming to know so much; When they know very little; They think they have All the answers; When they have no answers, They want to be teachers When they have nothing To teach anyone. Humility is what they lack; So much noise They know to make; But little, they actually do. Don’t you know such ones? They aren’t far from you.
Faith is an
interesting topic which I examined from many perspectives – atheism,
Christians, and other religions. I’ve witnessed its results in many unexpected
situations and outcomes. Faith, according to Hebrews 11:1, is “being sure of what we hope for and certain
of what we do not see.” We are born with the ability to have faith. But, for
as many followers who trust in God, too many are non-believers or kinda/maybe
believers. So I ask myself, how can I exploit the wonderful acts of God? How
can I assure my readers God is real and lives inside every one of us? How can I
teach you what I was taught about faith?
I could start with
the physical proof of the Bible. Archeologists recently uncovered evidence of
biblical stories such as the finding of the steps which led into the pool of
Siloam and tombs in Nazareth. Technology is fantastic for it uncovers the truths
of the Bible dating back to the beginning of time. But, unfortunately, doubters
still block out the unearthing and go their merry way as doubters in a world of
What about unexplainable
miracles which occur to many people? Accidents, where angel forms appear in
pictures, happen all the time. Victims were unscathed and listed as a survivor.
Then, my personal story is labeled miraculous by a minister. God instructed me
ten years ago to get out of bed and write His messages. I was an undereducated
carpenter who knew nothing about writing, and today I lead a blog with twenty
million readers. God, like us, has a great sense of humor. Ok, many people do
not believe in miracles either, but this phenomenon can create questions in the
minds of non-believers.
Perhaps a better approach
to explain the concept of faith to an unbeliever is by an example…
Have you ever experienced
a backed-up septic system? You can’t call a repairman because it’s expensive,
so you contemplate fixing the problem yourself using a different solution. At
the local hardware store, the salesperson reaches for a box of “Rid-X”
and tells you to follow the instructions. You hop in the car with the box
sitting firmly next to you and think, “Man, I hope this works!” At bedtime, you
pour it into the bowl and flush it twice, just as the instructions described on
the label. Standing nervous over the “throne,” you say, “LORD, PLEASE LET THIS WORK!” Oh, wait!
I thought you didn’t believe in God? How can you call on God to help when you
don’t believe in Him? If you are an agnostic or atheist, you just sinned
against your own belief for you prayed to a higher power to help with an
How many times
have you heard the expression, “just have faith, all will work out”? These
words are an assurance of things we hope for but not yet received. Faith comes
before answered prayer or before an individual has received what they requested
from God. In sharp contrast, those who take for granted they don’t need a “God”
in their life – look out! Christ is not a plumber, so stop praying to the wrong
“throne”! Instead, find a friend who can guide you to a church where the
plumbing is routed straight to heaven. At least you will not be misled by
Satan’s evil sludge. Put God first, and it will surprise you how simple life is
when He’s figured into the equation.
The basic theory
of Faith 101 believes in God’s existence even though you cannot see Him. He
designed it this way to distinguish between those who belong to Him and those
who won’t, in death. If you have faith, God will reveal himself fully to you.
His integrity is perfect.
I serve a mighty and awesome Lord, and I promise, through prayer, everything is fixable. The best policy to invest in for any homeowner is Faith 101. ~~www.danabicksauthor.com~~
I awoke with a monumental feeling God is communicating with me, revealing His plans for this world. It is time to prepare for a significant force which controls the universe. God is coming to rule the earth once more. My heart beats an unsynchronized rhythm as the Lord drives a wedge between this reality and His forthcoming Judgment Day. I shudder at the thought of Christ ruling over the genocide of this world. Obliviated is the only word I can use to describe it. Christ will turn a deaf ear as He decides who lives on, and who does not, in heaven. For those who passed on before His coming, let us pray they asked forgiveness and repented of their sins according to the Laws of God, so they may have eternal salvation.
Christ died on the cross for our sins. As is written in the Bible, unbelievers
will not be saved and those who claim to know God, yet they withdraw and live
an unholy lifestyle.
claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable,
disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” (NIV)
Many sins pointed out in the Bible need repentance, but the list below is those the most abominable to the Lord. Do you fit into any of these iniquities? If so, it is time to drop to your knees and pray for forgiveness; live the rest of your life through His Word.
One nation under God is comparable to buying a new
car for $99 down and $99 a month. Impossible, and false advertising at best. A
nation under God would pray and worship together, study and stay in God’s word;
it lives in prayer keeping God first. Today we face murder, rape, theft, abortions,
worshipping false gods, agnostics, and atheists running rampant. This lack of
respect for our Almighty God will be the first obliterated when Christ calls
again unless mankind changes now. Satan’s followers will not be allowed through
heaven’s gates. No, this is not my opinion, but a fact!
replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they
are born again.’”
the signs of the end times, according to the Bible?
Mankind will be lovers of
pleasure more than God.
This includes partying, unfit television viewing, spending more time socializing
versus studying the Word, reading lustful books, gambling, drunkenness,
listening to secular music, obsessing over the internet. Fifty years ago,
worldly entertainment did not exist, and people lived a simpler life. Today,
lovers of pleasure are all around us.
Mankind will be covetous. Most people today seek worldly
riches, with money and material possessions their top priority in life. But, we
have those who lust at pornography, strip clubs, and even other spouses. Women flaunt
seductive clothing publicly with little to the imagination. We clamor for the
latest and greatest money can buy or to keep up with the Joneses.
Children will be disobedient to
their parents. Today’s
generation of children has little respect for parents. They participate in
gangs, join riots and protests, bully others, and create drama and chaos in the
family home. Society teaches them there is no God, so morals and values are
Mankind will be unthankful. We’re conditioned by the world
to take life for granted and not be thankful for our blessings. Ungratefulness
runs rampant today.
Mankind will be unholy. Many are far less holy and
humble today. Some even believe we need not keep the ten commandments anymore,
just as long as we “believe” in Jesus. They turn the grace of God
into a license to sin. Churches are social places, theaters, and concerts,
rather than holy places of worship. Little effort, today, is made to turn away
from sin and live a holy life for God. Yes, unholiness overruns the earth today.
Mankind will display a lack of natural
and lesbians become the accepted norm, and what is scarier, some even take higher
positions within our churches. The book of Corinthians condemns these actions.
Does this sound familiar?
Mankind will despise doers of
good. In today’s
age, people dislike the correction of their sins. They rebuke with “you are
judging me.” If someone is seen as a holy person, they are snubbed, criticized,
and labeled as a weirdo or goody-two-shoes.
Mankind will be lovers of
This is the ME generations. What looks best on me? How can this make me look more
prosperous, smarter, or better qualified? How many toes do I need to step on to
get what I want? Who cares how many people are starving on the streets – I come
first! Need and greed stand before serving God and His people.
Christians do not live the faith
they proclaim. Many
are hypocrites, never turning away from their sin. Most love the world more
than they love God.
as the wrath of God swarms… it’s almost time for the change of command. You mark
my words, Christ is coming to take over His world; be it in my lifetime or
yours, it won’t be long now. The stars are lining up, and a remarkable event of
unexpected consequence is about to take place. Christ will meet Satan at his
doorstep, better known as earth.
I pray you may recognize the sins mentioned in this blog and ask for forgiveness today. Turn your actions into something productive and serve God and his people with compassion and love before it’s too late. Seek the word of God’s truth so you, too, may greet your loved ones and Jesus at heaven’s gates.
the pond, a familiar Aesop tale sends a very succinct message. A little shepherd
boy stood guarding sheep at the foothills. It bored him waiting for a wolf to chase
the flocks. He thought it more entertaining to watch the villagers run to his
imposing calamity as he cried out, “Wolf!
Wolf! A wolf is chasing my sheep!” But, there was no wolf, nor an emergency.
The second occasion he fooled them, he became known as a nuisance, and the angry
men told him “Save your frightened
song for when there is really something wrong!” As fate dictated, a wolf
later appeared, and when he screamed for help, the village did not pay
attention. The moral of the story is no one believes a liar, even when he tells
the truth. How often is humanity shrouded in dishonesty? It’s one of life’s
most painful experiences.
the Last Supper, Jesus became troubled and overcome by grief. He announced, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you
shall betray me… to the chief priests and elders, in order to be put to death.”
The disciples looked at him in great astonishment wondering who would betray Jesus’s
loyalty and honor. The Gospel of Mark gives no motive for Judas’s betrayal, only
that he committed the disloyalty in exchange for thirty pieces of silver. But
when he learned Jesus was to be crucified, he attempted to return the money; the
Romans denied the coins and Judas committed suicide by hanging. In this
biblical story, Jesus understood Satan overcame Judas. Isn’t this a common
trait of evil and unholiness – lying, deception, and betrayal?
are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He
was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because
there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own
resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
As human beings, we usually want to believe the best in others, but generally, this is not the situation. For liars, it turns into a scary second nature. Their behavior provides comfort and an escape from discomfort and boredom, just as the little boy crying “wolf.” If public figures are caught lying, a scandal erupts, but what if children lie to their parents? Children have a fear of being scolded and punished for their mischiefs. It is easier for them to take refuge in their lies rather than tackling a problem head-on. But, many parents accept their behavior without giving a consequence, and the fibs grow into more significant issues. Then we hear the horror stories of spouses lying to each other too. The innocent person tries to make excuses for the other’s actions, and a dysfunctional whirlwind creates a less-than-honest marriage.
Oddly enough, these dramatic lessons can be traced all the way back to Jesus’s time. In the restitution of life, there comes a time when we have little choice but to give it to God. Be it a child, spouse, or Judas’s betrayal, stretching the truth will haunt you for the rest of your life. Crying wolf, without due cause, finds you at the mercy of God and the wolves, “for you reap what you sow.”
My dad was a tough, wise man who quoted, “There are no exceptions to experience. You have to go through it to understand.” He’s right! It is awful to be deceived, but we can learn from the mistake and move forward knowing God is in our heart to ease the pain. We need to sharpen our wisdom tactics and pray for those who attempt to cry “Wolf.”