MInTheGap

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

Hell is for Real

April 3rd, 2015 Viewed 7 times

One of the phrases that has stuck with me since my time at Bob Jones University is one that was sort of a question and answer phrase:

Speaker: The most sobering reality in the world today is that…

Response: People are dying and going to Hell today.

Some in modern Christendom have decided that Hell is not real, that all make it to Heaven.  They are shrinking from this reality because this reality is inconvenient and, frankly, difficult to accept.  How can a loving God send people to a place of eternal torment?  The answer is that in order to be good, He must be just.  That justice does not allow for sin to be excused without a substitute.

On this Good Friday, as we remember what Jesus has done by shedding His blood on the cross and taking the punishment of our sin on Himself, let us remember that there is a punishment for sin– death and Hell.  Let us remember the call, that there people that are dying and going to Hell today, and that we are tasked with the mission to reach them with the Good News of redemption.

Would You Rather Be Run Over By Death, Or It’s Shadow?

November 14th, 2012 Viewed 154 times

Alone amongst the deadA famous Bible teacher that lost his wife to cancer while she was in their thirties explains salvation and its relation to death to his daughter:

Barnhouse nodded and said, “Did you know that the truck of death ran over the Lord Jesus in order that only its shadow might run over us? Your mother has not been overrun by death, but by the shadow of death. That is nothing to fear.”


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When is a Baby a Baby?

January 16th, 2009 Viewed 1408 times

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In New Jersey, it depends on whether it lived outside the womb.  I recent case that is drawing attention once again to this question centers around a small body that was thrown out with the hospital’s trash.

You R Going 2 Die

December 16th, 2008 Viewed 1464 times

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So said the scrawling on the bathroom stall I found myself in Monday morning.  Now, I guess I could have taken it as a warning, and left immediately, but instead I found myself reflecting on the fact that we’re all mortal, and we all have a short time on Earth to make an impact.

Tim Russert Has Passed Away—Age 58

June 13th, 2008 Viewed 1123 times

russert.h2I respected this journalist as someone that didn’t play favorites, did his homework, and made people from both parties squirm.

He will be missed:

WASHINGTON – Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” died Friday after collapsing in the bureau, NBC News said Friday. He was 58.

In Memory of Maria

May 26th, 2008 Viewed 1335 times

Steven Curtis Chapman Family By now you’ve probably all heard, Maria Chapman, the 5-year-old adopted daughter of singer Steven Curtis Chapman, was stuck and killed by an SUV being driven by an older teenage brother.

Words cannot express how difficult this time will be for the family, and what they will be remembering this memorial day.

Sadaam Hussein’s Eternal Home

December 31st, 2006 Viewed 11653 times

In case you haven’t heard, Sadaam Hussein died December 29, 2006. The political blogs are swirling. Michelle Malkin talks about some interviews done of Fox News. Say Anything has a link to the video on the Drudge Report. The BBC has the account from the Iraq State TV— which didn’t show the actual hanging, but describes the lead up to it.

But by far the most obnoxious statement is from Wizbang under a post entitled “Believe it or not, he’s walking on air…

What to Say When Someone Dies

August 15th, 2006 Viewed 50960 times

ComfortThis is a tough topic for many reasons. If you’ve never lost someone close (as I had not until this past February), it’s hard to empathize with someone who has lost their loved one. For one thing, you feel like anything that you say is never enough to quench the grief– and yet that’s what you want to do. You want to take away the hurt, to provide comfort, but the absense cannot be replaced with meer words.

If the person did not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, then there is not much hope that you can give– though you can provide comfort to those that remain through hugs, tears and shared memories. If they did, then you can encourage them that they have gone to a better place, and be thankful that they are no longer in pain.

The biggest impact I think that you can have in the family who has lost a loved one is in your follow up. Many people will show up to the funeral, and many people will remember the lost loved one the week after, but do you remember the anniversaries that the loved one will have that they will no longer be able to share? How about the departed’s birthday or any special occasion that would be marked with the person’s presence.

You see, the greatest impact you can have on a family member is through your support when everyone else forgets.

Reagan Remembered

June 16th, 2004 Viewed 1136 times

What do I remember about Ronald Reagan the President?  Not much.  I was 4 when he first was elected to office.

I can remember being told he liked jelly beans.  I can remember watching the election returns in ’84 when he beat Mondale with almost all of the states and how good that felt because my parents had voted for him.  I think I remember seeing his farewell address, and hearing about, if not reading his farewell due to his affliction.

What do I think about last week’s mourning?  Appropriate.  I back this up with just how many people watched, visited, lined up on roadsides, etc.  Had these people not done these things, I would think that it was
just a grand show, but the outpouring of love from people that had not seen this former President for 10 years made all of the pageantry and formality seem fitting.

I do not think that we will see such a showing at a state funeral ever again.  I may be proved wrong with Bill Clinton’s funeral, but we’ll see.

What was most touching through all of this, for me, was the faith that shown through the mess.  It was in Michael’s statements from the day he died to the memorial service that Friday night.  It was in the comments from everyone from Jerry Fallwell to Billy Graham.  The clear message that you can know where you are going, and that it is a gift was probably the greatest tribute to Ronald Reagan’s death.  I won’t go to guess what the greatest thing he did in life may be.

The Passion Review

March 15th, 2004 Viewed 1343 times

Well, I saw the passion this past Friday. Here are some random thoughts:

Is the Devil really a woman?
That was the first time I thought of Jesus being roughed up on the way to trial.
What was up with the kids that turned into evil beings chasing Judas?
and the evil looking child the Devil held while Jesus was being whipped.
Do you really think Jesus was corny enough to build a table for nowadays back then?
Where were Jesus other sibilings in the scene with Mary? Maybe they were out at the market.
Could you come away with a message other than– man, he was really beaten up?
Did Simon of Cyrene carry the cross the entire way behind Jesus (as the
Scripture says) or part of the way with Jesus (as in the movie).
Where was the Roman soldier who said “Truly, this man was the Son of God.”
Did the earthquake break the temple floor as well as rip the curtain?

So, what message did you get out of it?

MInTheGap

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