MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Temporary Tattoo Allows You To Control Your Smartphone

August 23rd, 2016 Viewed 49 times, 3 so far today

Scientists at the MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research have designed metallic body art that can control and communicate with electronic devices, such as smartphones or laptops.

DuoSkin temporary tattoos, which can be made at home and wash off in a day, use the electrodes present in inexpensive gold leaf to create a conductive surface. The gold leaf and a thin layer of silicone adhere to the body to create an “interface” on the skin that when touched can indicate certain commands to your electronic devices.

This Temporary Tatoo Can Control Your Smartphone – Washington Post

Are Christians Racist?

August 23rd, 2016 Viewed 67 times, 5 so far today

There is a lot of conversation going on during this election campaign and globalism, nationalism, immigration, racism, and just about every other ism that you can think of.  What I find interesting is that there is also a battle going on for telling Christians what they should and should not believe in terms of what this nation should do and the opinions that they should have.

The Biggest Problem Facing America Today

August 16th, 2016 Viewed 77 times, 1 so far today

America is a country in crisis.  Not a week goes by that we do not hear about some atrocity committed in different places within our borders.  People are dying from acts of nature and acts of other individuals, and one wonders how much more this nation can take.

But this country’s biggest problem isn’t the character of the individuals running for office, immigration, or any of the other issues of the day.  The biggest problem is that its people need a Savior.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most powerful thing in the world.  Stronger than any man, more powerful than any nuclear device.  The power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power available to the believer.  It’s the power that is available to every believe, and it is a transformational power.

It is this power that changed Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus from a persecutor of the church to one of its greatest proclaimers.  It allowed many men and women to endure fierce persecution, more brutal than anything that ISIS has done, and one day it will be triumphant over the whole world.

It is the duty of every believer not to force Christianity upon a nation or people, but to proclaim the Gospel.  That is part of what makes Christianity so different.  It is a free gift– something that’s offered but should not be forced– though some down the years have tried.  There’s never a command for a believer to kill those that do not believe, only to walk away– sometimes knocking the dust off their feet to let God decide what to do with that place.

This is something that we should do, regardless of who is in the government or who is running for government.  If we would do that, and the Spirit would work, we would see serious change in this nation.  Without, we seem destined for fracture.

When the Minority Threatens the Majority

August 16th, 2016 Viewed 78 times, 1 so far today

Reading through the Book of Acts with my Sunday School class has been providing me with interesting insight into what it must have been like for the “followers of the Way” shortly after the Ascension. There was a lull, or time period where the religious leaders weren’t quite sure what to do about the Apostles– with many suggesting that faith in Jesus would never catch on, and even if it did, it wouldn’t amount to anything. It wasn’t long before they changed their minds and started to persecute and kill believers, which caused the Gospel of Jesus to go to Europe and beyond.

This minority voice threatened the majority belief.  In Jerusalem, the majority was Jewish in their faith.  They mentally and verbally assented to the coming Messiah while carefully guarding their power amassed by strict regulation and tight partnership with the Roman governing authorities.  Jesus of Nazareth threatened all of that– calling out this two-faced behavior while claiming to be the true God and King of a kingdom not of this world.  This was a problem.

Every country that allows minority viewpoints to have oversized say will eventually have to grapple with this problem, as by definition that minority viewpoint or group is probably not reflected of the norm of the culture that it is living within.  This is definitely the case of the immigrant and refugee populations that are embedded within the Western Democracies that have accepted them in from their war torn land.

Much like the house guest that requires that you change your thermostat temperature to their liking, only watch shows that they like on television, or else, many of these minority populations are having a negative impact on the cultures that have welcomed them into their “homes.”  From the overt issues of killings, rapes and attempts to change the laws of the lands to the death threats that Christians have received for having Bibles, eventually the majority peoples of these lands are going to face an important decision: Continue with the dilution of the majority– maybe to the point where these people replace their homeland and culture with the minority one, or remove these minorities from the land.

The Pharisees tried to remove “the Way” from their land, and it spread throughout the world, changing everything that it touched.  The Native Americans accepted the white people into their lands, and it changed their land to what is now the United States.  Is our culture worth protecting, or is it something that we believe should be changed?

The only thing we know for certain is that the world that we received from our parents will not be the world we give to our children.

FREE Bible Activities for Kids!

August 15th, 2016 Viewed 74 times, 1 so far today

For those of you who missed the post, or aren’t aware of how Busy Books are designed, they work on a point system. Kids bring the books to church with them, and earn points by listening to, and checking off key words during the sermon. This teaches them to pay attention, and listen closely. They also earn extra points if they read their Bible during the week, if they bring their Bible to church, if they pray in the morning, etc. …

FREE Bible Activity Pages for Kids!

When Does Satire Cross the Line?

August 15th, 2016 Viewed 52 times, 1 so far today

Many people are easily offended, which can make satire difficult to pull off.  What is funny for one, may come off as totally inappropriate to another, and often background can make a difference.

The Babylon Bee is a Christian Satire site, in much the same vein as the Onion, except with Christian themes.  It’s no stranger to controversy, and I had to stop and ask myself, when I read “10 Simple Ways You Can Encourage Your Pastor” whether this post had crossed the line or not.

On the face of it, you know that it’s not going to be real ways, and some may be hard hitting to those that have done some of these things.  What do you think of it?

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.