Living Outside the Stacks

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Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Let me state for the record that I believe in that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the only way to Heaven is through Him (John 14:6, Romans 10:9~10). If you’d like to read more about my beliefs, read my Statement of Faith. There was a reason for that, I promise… A school field trip to see a church production of “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” was cancelled because of atheist complaints. The organization said students shouldn’t be exposed to a production with Christian themes during a school trip. Seriously, guys, it’s Charlie Brown. The parent was going to allow their child to attend the production for fear of the child being singled out for ridicule. blank stare How about instead of having everyone  cater to you and your needs, you teach your child to stand up for your beliefs? There are many, many things that my kids encounter on a daily basis that go against my beliefs, I don’t shield my kids from that stuff; I explain to them what we believe and why I disagree with XYZ. You know what that does, it teaches your kids to respect and honor themselves and their beliefs. It also teaches them to think for themselves. If you truly believe what you say you believe, be prepared to defend it.

2. Oh, Penn State, as if your image hasn’t been tarnished enough, now you have sorority sisters making fun of Mexicans. Members of the Chi Omega sorority chapter posted pictures of themselves wearing sombreros and ponchos with signs that read “I  Don’t Cut Grass, I Smoke It”. dead How did you guys not know this was wrong? It’s racist, ladies!

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

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Book Review: Are We Living in the End Times? By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

Are We Living in the End Times?BOOK DESCRIPTION (FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK)

27 PERCENT OF THE BIBLE IS DEVOTED TO PROPHECY.

But most of us don’t focus 27 percent of our personal Bible study on prophecy.  Why?  We’re confused.  Or intimidated.  Or both.  This book takes away the mystery ~ and the intimidation.

From the creators of the Left Behind series ~ Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins ~ comes a truly astonishing book.  User~friendly for the layperson.  Remarkably complete for the scholar.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Tim LaHaye, who conceived the Left Behind series, is a renowned prophecy scholar, minister and educator.  He has written over 50 nonfiction works that have been published in more than 37 languages.  He and his wife, Beverly, live in Southern California.

Connect with Tim LaHaye on his website here.

Jerry Jenkins’s novels have sold more than 70 million copies.  His books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal best seller lists.  He and Dr. LaHaye have been featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine.  Jerry and his wife, Dianna, live in Colorado.

Connect with Jerry B. Jenkins on his website here or like him on Facebook here.

MY OPINION

Every time I read a book by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, I learn something new.  Based on their best~selling Left Behind series, Are We Living in the End Times is a three~part book that examines today’s culture to determine if we are the generation who will see Christ’s return.  The second part of the book takes a step~by~step look at what will happen to those who are left behind after the Rapture and the last section examines the personalities who will shape end time events.

After discussing what the Rapture means to and for Christians, the authors go on to explain in great detail the horrors those who’re left behind will suffer.  This period, known as the tribulation, will be a seven year series of climate, economic and physical trials that will befall the unrepentant.  The authors go to great extremes to explain that these trials aren’t meant as punishment but as a last ditch attempt by God to persuade them to come to the truth of His love before it’s too late.

While the book relies on the Left Behind series for jumping off points, I like that the authors use the Bible, the words of prophecy experts such as John Walvoord and examples from current events to support their theory that we are, in deed, living in the end times.  Some of the events that they discuss that point to this being the end times are:

  • apostasy within the church (think Chrislam)
  • increased interest in the occult
  • deaths from diseases thought to have been irradicated, famine and warfare

I’d recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in biblical prophecy or end times studies.  Whether you’re new to the topic or have studied the subject extensively, I think you’ll find this book informative, thought~provoking and useful.  And, hopefully, it will make you consider your relationship with the lord.

RATING
★★★★★

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  I simply read this book and learned so much from it that I wanted to share with you.

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Religious Civility, Where Has It Gone?

Silhouettes of Three Crosses

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It’s been a couple of days since Resurrection Sunday (Easter to some) and I’m finally in a place where I can write this post without getting teary~eyed…

On Sunday morning, I woke up and checked up on all my people like I normally do.  I sent out “Happy Resurrection Sunday” messages to a few friends and family and then went on about my day.  Later that afternoon, I checked a couple of my usual online haunts (Facebook, Friendfeed and Twitter) to see what people were up to and was shocked at the level of meanness that people were showing towards those who observe Easter/Resurrection Sunday.  Out of respect and love for my Lord and Savior, I will not repost any of the comments, nor will I link to them, but suffice it to say, some of the comments were pretty nasty.

I realize that not everyone observes the religious aspects of Easter/Resurrection Sunday but I do expect a certain amount of respect for those who do.  I don’t know if I was just being hyper~sensitive that day but it seemed like every TV show and movie was questioning the existence of God over something trivial, so to log on to Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed and see similar comments or derogatory statements from people I consider to be friends just stung.

In the end, I unplugged for the day and chose to focus on things I could control.  I’m not the type of person who shoves my religious beliefs down the throats of others.  I believe in Jesus and I have accepted Him as my personal Lord and Savior (my statement of faith is even posted on the left sidebar), if you have questions, you can ask me.  I do post things related to my faith on my blog, so my religious beliefs are not a secret nor do I want them to be.

I’m not naive enough to believe that everyone has reverence for that day but I guess I just thought people had a bit more, I don’t know, respect…

What do you do when friends or family belittle your religious beliefs?  Do you call them on the carpet?  Or do you just let it go?

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