Fox 40 Whistle

Posted April 2, 2016 by bigbanjo
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ClassicCMGRon Foxcraft the inventor of the Fox 40 Whistle, a pealess whistle, nearly lost his life while calling a Pan American Basketball game in Brazil. With just a few seconds left in the game Read the rest of this post »

Where have all the Heretics gone?

Posted March 18, 2016 by bigbanjo
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Where have all the Heretics Gone?

Is it possible that the Heretics of 30 years ago are now extinct? Have they gone the way of the dinosaur, black and white TV and 8 track tapes? Where have all the Heretics gone?

D.A Carson also noticed the absence of Heretics in our world today and said “For the first time in the history of the church…the only heresy that’s left is the view that there is such a thing as heresy – that is the one heretical view.”

Is it possible that Heretics still exist? Are they just hiding? I think there is a bigger crisis going on today. We don’t see them because we have been forced to see the world through the lens of “moral relativism.” What is moral relativism?

Moral Relativism –
 “Moral relativism is the view that ethical standards, morality, and positions of right or wrong are culturally based and therefore subject to a person’s individual choice. We can all decide what is right for ourselves. You decide what’s right for you, and I’ll decide what’s right for me. Moral relativism says, It’s true for me, if I believe it.” (copied: moral-relativism.com)

 

There is no longer a bold line between right and wrong. There was a time when such a line was etched in stone for all to see. It was clear, non-debatable, a true compass for morality. But now the line of morality is drawn in the sand. As the tide of relativism rises, the waves of tolerance have wash the line away, the same waves will destroy a nation. The foolish man who built his house upon the sand could only watch as his house went splat!

In 2002, Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly wrote an article where he asked “Why is it wrong to be right?” In this same article he cites “recent Zogby poll findings regarding what is being taught in American universities. Studies indicate 75% of American college professors currently teach that there is no such thing as right and wrong. Rather, they treat the questions of good and evil as relative to individual values and cultural diversity.”

The problem is not that wolves have stop dressing up like sheep, but sheep have

been lead to believe that a “crossdresser” wolf has as much right to enter the fold as they do. Sheep are being told it’s an identity crisis and they should accept them, after all it’s a matter of personal choice and there is no right and wrong.

Personally, I agree with the worldview of the three little pigs, the wolf is “big and bad!”

Heretics still exist! But moral relativism has changed the way we see our world.

How do we solve the problem? How do we preach the “absolute” truth of God’s Word to a world that thinks and says, “you are right and I am right, nobody is wrong?” The main thing we can do is exactly what God has told us to do, share the Gospel of Jesus!

II Corinthians 10:3-5 says “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Our God given weapons are not of the world, but are mighty through God! Although our weapons are many (prayer, Spirit, Truth), it’s the gospel message that leads to change and repentance. It’s the gospel that the Spirit uses to break down the faulty thinking of the world and bring every thought to obedience of Christ.

The fact is, that Heretics cannot hide from God. The Gospel of Christ will expose them and lead them to Christ.

Where have all the Heretics gone? Start sharing Christ and they will find you!

 

 

 

 

 

Snollygoster

Posted February 26, 2016 by bigbanjo
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Snollygoster…sounds like something you might blow out your nose!

But the truth is much worse.

Snollygoster is defined as a politician who will go to any lengths to win public office, regardless of party affiliation or platform.

“One of the earliest references comes from the Columbus Dispatch in October 28,1895 which defined the term  as a fellow who wants office, regardless of party, platform, or principle, and who…gets there by sheer force of monumental talknophical asumnancy.”  (politicaldictionary.com)

President Harry Truman used the word snollygoster in 1952  when talking about politicians who like to make a show of public prayer. He said, “I wish some of these snollygosters would read the New Testament and perform accordingly.”

Amen!  Especially the need to perform accordingly.

I watched the last debate of the Presidential Hopefuls from the Republican party, but I didn’t see much hope. I thought for a moment that I was watching a rerun of “Saturday Night Live” from the 70’s. All that was missing was Rosanna Rosanndanna asking the questions. Of all the candidates running for president, not one has manifested the character the office of President deserves. This is the year of snollygosters!

But there is hope!

Our hope is not in a candidate for president. Our future is not determined by the rule of men. The foundation of our joy is not the government. We find hope, joy and life in Jesus Christ!

God is in control and He governs the affairs of men. Jesus told Pilate “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.” (John 9:11) Pilate thought he was in control. But Jesus makes it clear that God was sovereign even over Pilate’s decision. He is still sovereign.

“O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.” (2 Chronicles 20:6)

So next time you see a “snollygoster” about to “spruik,” don’t be like one of the “nattering nabobs of negativism.” 

Keep your eyes on Jesus!

A Jewish Oven and a Baptist Refrigerator

Posted February 23, 2016 by bigbanjo
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Some time back mom bought a new oven…a Jewish oven!

Shortly after the oven was installed, she noticed an unusual code appeared on the screen (you know the part that flashes the wrong time).

After hours of research, we discovered the flashing code was actually flashing “Sabbath.” Who knew that some ovens come with a setting for those of Jewish faith that will render your oven kosher on the Sabbath day. This is a built in setting so you won’t forget that it’s the Sabbath day, making your oven “unclean.”

Once I discovered the significance of the code, I said, “Mom, we have a problem!”

Mom had that look of “now what?”

I said, “You have a Jewish oven and you can’t put a Jewish oven in the same kitchen with a Baptist refrigerator!” I continued, “we need to take it back and get a baptist oven!”

We laughed and fixed the problem by setting the codes to “baptist.”

What’s a “baptist” oven? One that is pre-set to poultry settings for Sunday at 11:00 am.

So why does an oven have “Sabbath” settings. Imagine the marketing group who thought this setting would sell more ovens. Is there a Jewish family somewhere who forgot it was the Sabbath day and accidentally cooked something, causing them to be kicked out of the synagogue? There has to be more to the story.

There is… but it may get technical!

“Halakha prohibits Jews from doing creative work on the Shabbat. Observant Jews interpret this to include various activities including making a fire, preparing food, or even closing a switch or pressing an electronic button. A range of technology solutions have been created for those who need to use electronic (or electronic-controlled) devices on the Shabbat, including a special “Sabbath mode” for otherwise standard appliances.” – Wikipedia, Shabbat Mode

Apparently, some Jewish families used to turn the oven on the day before the Sabbath and leave it on during the Sabbath day to cook food already prepared. However, newer appliances have instituted a fire prevention safety feature that automatically shuts off the heat after a number of hours. The Sabbath setting bypasses the safety shut off and disables all the lights and displays (example a light that might go on when the door is opened, causing a violation of Sabbath laws).

Now there is a debate among Orthodox Jews and others, that adjusting the heat of the oven is allowed, but changing a digital readout on the control panel is not. And there are other issues like, is turning a knob the same as pushing an electronic button.

There’s more… but I think we can all agree! Thank God for HIs GRACE!

Thank God for His amazing grace that sets us free from the law of sin and death! I’m so thankful that my eternal life is not dependent on an oven working correctly. But this is what happens when you have a religion built on works. It gets confusing and leads to chaos. There is no freedom and no future when our relationship with God is built on our works.

P.S. If you happen to know what a “baptist” refrigerator is, keep it quiet. We don’t want the preacher find out!

Emoji’s are not enough!

Posted February 23, 2016 by bigbanjo
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Emoji’s are not enough!

Gone are the days of pigeons and smoke signals, but the need to communicate with others is more important than ever before. It seems that the more ways we have of communicating the less we actually do communicate. We used to be a “front porch” society where neighbors would stop and sit down and have face to face dialogue. Now it’s hard to get our own family together around the supper table and converse without a smart phone or tablet near by.

Recently I was watching T.V. in my living room when I received a text. It was from my wife, who was in the bedroom asking me to turn the volume down on the T.V..

I texted her back, “I can’t find the remote.”

She responded “it’s on the couch.”

I replied, “I don’t see it.”

She responded “Just get up and turn the T.V. down!”

I replied, “That’s a little old fashion don’t you think?”

Her message back “it’ ok, you are an old man.”

Don’t you miss the “good ole days” when you could just yell from the other room!

The means of communication has changed, but the need to communicate has not. A good conversation can be felt and well as heard. We can never replace the power of face to face interactions with people. Nothing will replace the touch, smile and tears people share when they are together sharing words and thoughts from the heart, emoji’s are not enough!

Caught In A Trap – John 8

Posted October 16, 2013 by bigbanjo
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Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Posted October 14, 2013 by bigbanjo
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