Sunday, February 28, 2016

Rogue Wave by Cognitive Dissonance

Here's a great article by Cog Dis (of Zerohedge fame) regarding the upcoming rogue wave. Read it, chew on it a while, and determine what you should do about it.

Rogue Wave

God Bless.
HH

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Which country are we working towards?

This is my second week in the book of Hebrews for my daily Bible study. There is so much that I am honestly a little overwhelmed. As I was reading through the second half of the book last night, I came across this section in Chapter 11

13All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them. 
Hebrews 11:13-16 NASB

Chapter 11 deals with faith and gives us many examples of faith throughout the Old Testament, from Abel through the prophets. This particular paragraph speaks to those who died without receiving their gift or reaching the country they were trying to find. 

This led me to think about our current election cycle and the zeal expressed by Christians throughout this country in support of one candidate or the other. I'll be quite honest, I'm blown away by some of the things I've seen and read of various blogs and news sites. I'm all for participating in the election process, but this country in which we live is not our country. We should be following the example of those Old Testament folks described in Hebrews 11 - desiring a heavenly country, not one here in this sinful world. 

I'm not saying that we shouldn't be concerned with the state of our country and try to make it a better place, but a lot of Christians seem to devote so much time and energy to politics and other similar endeavors that the good ol' USA has become an idol. 

Go out and vote, but let's remember where our country is supposed to be. 

Have the same passion for the Jesus as for Candidate X or Candidate Y. 

Instead of ridiculing supporters of "the other guy" and arguing with them, work towards leading others to Christ.

Spend the time on studying the Word rather than reading political blogs and news sites. (I'm speaking to myself here. I spend way too much time doing one when I should be doing the other...) 

Bottom line is that we should strive towards our heavenly country and not spend as much time making this one we live in temporarily the higher priority. 

God bless. 
HH

Meet Atlas. He's cool, but creepy too...

Check out this video from Boston Dynamics and their next generation Atlas robot. While it's definitely cool that the technology is out there to create such a thing - am I wrong to be a little bit disturbed?

https://youtu.be/rVlhMGQgDkY



Oh, and the guy with the hockey stick. That guy better watch out...

Monday, February 22, 2016

Proverbs 6:16-19 NASB

16There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
17Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,
18A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

Proverbs 6:16-19 NASB

I want to apologize for not posting in the past couple of weeks. Work has been hectic and the nights have been late.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Right Judgement - reposted from Following Jesus Christ's blog

I'm sharing a great blog post from the Following Jesus Christ's blog. It covers a topic that I feel strongly about: right judgement. I encourage you to go over to the blog and read more of the excellent stuff over there.

RIGHT JUDGEMENT

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.  Philippians 1:9-10 kjv

 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.  John 7:24 kjv

 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  1 Thessalonians 5:21 kjv

 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.  Proverbs 9:8 kjv

16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? Galatians 4:16 kjv

 

 

One of the most profound and destructive lies spouted by both Christians and non-Christians alike, is that believers in Jesus Christ are not to ever judge anyone or anything. We are simply told to live and let live, as our culture and even our Christian friends disintegrate before our eyes…falling into apostasy, and away from all that is true and right before our great God.

In Matthew 7:1-5, the passage most often quoted when the issue of judgment arises, Jesus Christ makes it clear that “judging” others is wrong…if the person doing the judging is guilty of the very same thing they are pointing out to the recipient of the judgment:

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold a beam is in thine own eye5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Based on the above passage (and John 7:24, quoted at the top of the article), it is clear that Jesus is not rejecting all judgment, but is only condemning hypocritical judgment. He even instructs his audience at the end of this passage, that once they have removed the plank from their own eyes, they are free to help their brothers deal with their own sin as well. A few verses later, Jesus goes even further, warning the people to be on guard for false prophets, whom they will recognize by their fruit, thus, making it clear that we must not only evaluate (aka judge) the fruit of others, but we must also have a clear standard by which to test that fruit. That standard is truth. What is truth? According to Jesus, Christ while he is praying to his Father, “Thy word is truth,” (John 17:17b), and the Bereans knew that well….

In Acts 17, the Bereans were noted to be more noble than other believers because they tested every single thing they heard from their teachers, with scripture. They used the word of the Lord as it should be used – as a sharp two-edged sword, separating truth from error, judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart and laying bear everything before the one to whom we must all give an account (Hebrews 4:12-13). The Bereans, even with their lack of resources compared to today, relentlessly used the word to ensure that they weren’t ingesting false teaching shrouded in charisma, the wisdom of the world or sweet-tasting lies.

Jesus made several other statements about his own judgments, which explain why they were truly righteous, rather than being sanctimonious or hypocritical. In John 5:30, Jesus stated that his judgments were “just” because he sought not his own will, but instead sought only the will of his Father. In John 7:18, Jesus reminded the Jews gathered outside the temple that he was not on earth to seek his own glory but instead was seeking only the glory of his Father who sent him. The eternal truths of God are the only things that matter when exercising biblically sound judgment.

As Philippians 2:5-11 states so eloquently (see the entire passage at the end of this article), the humble and obedient attitude Jesus had toward his Father during his earthly life, must be our attitude when making scripturally mandated judgments. Humility, biblical truth and obedience to the unambiguous teachings of Jesus Christ are the measuring stick we must use when testing our hearts for jealousy, pride or anger, as we both give and receive reproof, encouragement and exhortation to and from those we love and respect in the body of Christ. The only way we can be certain that our judgments are “right” is if they line up perfectly with the word of God, and if they are spoken in gentleness and love.

An excellent example of a “right” judgment is found in Galatians 2:9-21, when Paul, very publicly and without equivocation, rebuked Peter for his hypocrisy and fear of man, which was leading others astray. After an unidentified friend of James started influencing the brethren for the worse by encouraging them to turn back to elements of the Jewish law, Peter began to withdraw from his Gentile brothers during meals. It became such a problem that even Barnabas was deceived (vs. 13) into believing that the grace of God was not enough, and that believers must still honor certain Jewish customs and traditions in order to maintain their salvation.

When Paul saw that Peter and the others, “walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel,”(vs. 14) he called Peter out and reminded all of the gathered brothers that they were saved by grace alone and not by works of the law. While the passage does not explain how the situation was resolved, I am certain that Peter humbled himself and repented, gladly turning away from his metastasizing sin, so that no one else would be led astray. The truth of Jesus Christ was Paul’s only goal in bringing this issue up publicly. He was not concerned with the short-term embarrassment this confrontation caused, even to a much-beloved personal friend of Jesus, such as Peter.

Paul clearly loved Peter, but he was no respecter of persons when it came to contending for the truth of the gospel. We too shouldn’t place men above the clear truth of the word (1 Cor. 4:6), meaning that we must never be afraid to challenge our brothers in Christ who are teaching (or practicing) that which is manifestly false according to the scriptures. Paul revered the saving gospel message and knew that Jesus Christ alone bore his sins in his body on a cold, hard cross, broken and bleeding in the presence of his enemies. Therefore, he did not shrink back from a brief, but necessary moment of disunity among the brethren. Instead, he fixed his eyes firmly on the truth of Jesus, pressing on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of him (Philippians 3:7-16).

Paul also made the point in 2 Corinthians 10:12,18, that we are not to measure ourselves by our brothers or sisters in the Lord. Other fallible men are never our standard. As Paul said, those who measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves to themselves are not wise. It is not those who commend themselves who are approved by God, but it is those whom God commends. We must never test ourselves or others by what men think or say…even men we love and respect. Instead, we must judge rightly by using the penetrating blade of the word of God as we test everything…prove everything. Men can and often do become idols, and can subtly replace the truth of God in our lives. Let us do as the Bereans and test, first ourselves, and then our brothers, with the eternal scriptures, not to criticize or wound, but to prepare each other to meet the Lord face to face. As Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:11, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.”

As Jesus noted in John 3:19, men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. Most of us don’t want the truth, so when our entrenched ways are tested by those who dare to love us enough to challenge us with the word of God, we fling it back in their face imploring them not to judge. Paul pointed out this problem when he rhetorically asked the Galatians if he had now become their enemy by telling them the truth (Galatians 4:16). Don’t we, as servants of the living God want truth, even the sharp, soul-piercing truth of the word of God? I pray that myself first, and then everyone else who longs for the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior, will speak and receive life altering biblical truths in gentleness, meekness and love.

 

EPILOGUE

God’s judgments are always right, and he has given us a sharp two-edged sword with which to rightly cut away the clever and wicked deceptions of this age from his pure and everlasting message. We MUST wield this sword in power and grace, not only to protect ourselves, but also to protect his precious little flock from the sweet sounding lies of western “Christianity” which lead down the broad and primrose path of eternal destruction. Jude tells us, in no uncertain terms, to earnestly contend for this great faith, given to us by Jesus Christ and his Father. We honor that command by growing in love, knowledge and judgment, so that we are able to approve that which is excellent and praiseworthy (Phil. 1:9-10kjv). The only way we are able to mature in Christ is to eat, drink and breathe the everlasting word of God…not as taught by fallible men, but as taught by the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27). May we all invest our hearts in the things of eternity as the clock of time…winds down.

 

***BONUS KJV SCRIPTURE***

 

Romans 16:17-18

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark themwhich cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

 Titus 1:13

 …Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith….

 Titus 2:15

 These things speak, and exhort, and rebukewith all authority. Let no man despise thee.

 Titus 3:10

A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject….

 2 Timothy 4:2

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

1 Timothy 4:16

16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

 1 Timothy 5:20

Them that sin, rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

 Philippians 2:5-11

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man,he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How many knives is too many to EDC?

Not too long ago, I was asked "just how many knives do you carry?"

I'm pretty sure the question came up after I pulled more than one knife out of my pockets when someone asked to borrow a knife. As I started emptying my pockets, it started to dawn on me that I might be a 'knife guy' or possibly a 'wingnut'. I'm almost positive that the person asking me the question believes me to be a wingnut. Oh well, what's a guy to do...

So how many knives do I carry on any given day? It depends. On what day it is, on what I'm doing, on where I am, etc.

Super Tinker
Image from swissarmy.com
Generally, if I'm wearing pants - I'll have at least two knives on me and one of those is always a Victorinox Super Tinker.

 For my EDC requirements, this SAK is just about perfect. It has everything I might need and nothing I don't. Sometimes I carry the Fieldmaster instead (it has the same tools with the addition of a saw), but it is just a little too wide for comfortable front pocket carry everyday (for me).

If I'm going to church or somewhere where I'd like to be a little more discreet, then it's trapper time. Either a Case Trapper in red bone or a Boker Urban Trapper. There's just something about a clip point blade that I find gorgeous. Here's a picture of these two beauties.
If it's a work day, then I usually have a GEC Bull Buster with red linen micarta handles riding in a crossdraw sheath. It's basically a full sized Sodbuster with 1095 steel. I don't have a picture of my knife, but it's developing a nice patina and rides in a leather sheath I bought off of ebay from a fellow Texan. I'll try and get a decent picture and add it here soon.

And just so no one thinks I'm all about traditional knives - I also usually have either a Kershaw Knockout or a Benchmade 943 riding in a back pocket as well. These two knives are not very similar (the Knockout is a sub-frame lock w/ assisted opening and a flipper, while the 943 is an Axis lock w/ thumb studs). But both fill the role of more of a quick deploying, emergency situation knife where I may not have the time (or ability) to use both hands to open one of my more traditional folders. Both of these knives have been modified with a bit of stippling to aid in purchase as they both have rather slick aluminum scales. (Again, I hope to get some pictures up soon.)

Sometimes I get a little wild and carry a fixed blade knife. It may be a Bark River Gunny, a Esee Izula II, or one of several other CRKT or Boker models. These will usually be work on the belt or in a pocket sheath. I have tried carrying neck knives in the past, but I guess my neck isn't strong enough - I've never found one I particularly enjoy carrying around all day.

So there it is. Maybe. A little.
How many knives do I carry? On most days three - sometimes more, sometimes less. There's also usually another folder on my person, but I don't want to give all my info away...

Does carrying three knives make me a wingnut? To some I suppose it does. To the practical knife aficionado, I bet not. Spend enough time on YouTube or internet forums and I'm sure you'll find those who wouldn't be caught with ONLY three knives. But I don't even find those seven-knife guys (I don't want to exclude the ladies, but most folks carrying around 5-7 knives at a time tend to be male) to be wingnuts. If I had more pockets, I might carry more too...

What do y'all think? Is three too many? Just right? Not enough?

Thanks for reading and God bless.
HH



The Importance of Salt - Daily Devotional from Dr. Michael Yousef, Leading the Way Ministries

Here is today's devotional from ltw.org.
I hadn't spent too much time thinking about what it means to be "salt", but I will now. What are your thoughts about it? What does salt meant to you?

February 2, 2016
The Importance of Salt
By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jesus said that we are "the salt of the earth" (Matthew 5:13). The value of salt, especially in the ancient world, cannot be underestimated. Roman soldiers received their wages in salt. The Greeks considered salt to be divine. The Mosaic Law required that all offerings presented by the Israelites contain salt (see Leviticus 2:13).
When Jesus told His disciples that they were "the salt of the earth," they understood the metaphor. While the universal importance of salt is not as readily apparent in our modern world, the mandate that Jesus gave to His first disciples is still relevant and applicable to His followers today.
What are the characteristics of salt that caused the Lord to use it in this context?
Theologians have different theories about the meaning of "salt" in Matthew 5:13. Some think that its whiteness represents the purity of the justified believer. Others say that salt's flavoring properties imply that Christians are to add divine flavor to the world. Still others believe that Christians are to sting the world with rebuke and judgment the way salt stings an open wound. Another group asserts that, as salt, Christians are to create a thirst for Christ.
Salt, however, has another vital purpose which is probably what the Lord had in mind -- it stops decay. When Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth," He meant that all of His disciples were to serve as preservatives, stopping the moral decay in our sin-infected world.
Prayer: Father, help me to remember that I should be a preservative in this world of what is true and good and right. Help me to obey Your Word so that I can be more like Christ. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:2).

Monday, February 1, 2016

Grace to You blog - Hedge of Protection

http://www.gty.org/blog/B160201

While I don't remember hearing the term "hedge of protection" before, this is another excellent article.

As is often the case, the comments are as enlightening as the article.