Follow Me

We are going to look at 2 different passages that seem to be taken out of context but are not really as they partner together quite well. First we look at John 21: 19

19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

These words are echoed in Mark 1:17 and 2:24 when Jesus was calling his disciples along with being repeated in verse 22 of John 21:

22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”

People may try to restrict the usage of these words to Peter and the rest of the disciples but the actually apply to all those whom God created.  Jesus is calling everyone to follow him, not the best explanation, not private interpretation, not denominational ideologies but to follow him in all aspects of our lives. Whether it be our spiritual lives or our daily living we must follow Jesus in all aspects of life from the good times to emotional crimes to tragedies we must follow Jesus and his ways.

Jesus does not leave room for alternatives to be considered. He is to be followed and how do we know what to do, well our second passage of scripture 1 Tim. 3:14-15 gives us the right direction to learn where we find Jesus’ way to follow:

14 I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; 15 but [k]in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how [l]one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.

These words of Paul may seem to be restricted to the instructions in 1 Timothy 3, and they do apply to those words, but they also direct our minds to see that those words apply to the rest of the Bible as well. The Bible was written so that we would know how to please God, what instructions and commands we are to follow and what we need to believe in order to live the Christian life correctly.  We need to know how to conduct ourselves in our lives thus the Bible was written so that we would know what we are to do.

This is one of the failures in the Progressive Christianity movement. They and other alternatives keep changing the word of God to fit their beliefs thus they no longer follow God’s words but their own. They do not follow Jesus but recreate Christianity to fit their ideological ideas. We cannot follow Jesus if we alter his words and you must remember that all of the Bible are God’s and Jesus’ words, not just the red letters.

All of the Bible was written so that we would have God’s instructions to follow not some subjective human ideas and those instructions as we said earlier cover all aspects of human life from the good times, to highly charged emotional crimes to tragedies. There are no exceptions so if you are unclear as to what those instructions are we suggest you get back to reading the Bible honestly, asking the HS to get you to the truth so that you know how to conduct yourselves, even in the area of raising your children.

We go for the truth, nothing else will do and Jesus promised that we would know the truth so there are no excuses if one opts for an interpretation or best explanation. If we want to live the Christian life correctly, then we follow God’s word as written and do not substitute those parts we do not like but learn from the HS how those difficult parts show God in action demonstrating his holiness and justness.

Follow Jesus in science, history and so many other areas of life as well as your private lives and you can’t go wrong


Fighting Abortion

many fervent pro-life activists do not extend their concern to the baby who is born and are least likely to support benevolent programs that they consider socialist–pg. 72 Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter

This is a problem in the church today as many church members only look at the unborn as the innocent whom God is talking about. Their mission is so limited that they do more harm than good. When Jesus told Peter to tend his sheep in the gospel of John, he did not restrict that care to only those in the womb. The church needs to properly care for all people at all ages in life.

By doing this we fight against abortion without making a mess of the situation and turning large groups of people off of the gospel.  We  roll up our sleeves and get involved correctly so that God will be glorified not vilified/



You all know what those initials mean. They have been part of a Christian fad for many years now– what would Jesus do?  It s not a tough question to answer. He would obey his father and scripture and the two do not over-rule or contradict each other.  He also did it in every aspect of human life.

Jesus set the example for his followers to follow, we just need to do it correctly


Archaeology In The News 5

We may make this a weekly feature. It will depend upon how much news is coming from the archaeological world. Today’s stories come from the following link:

Cancer-Causing HPV May Have Come From Interbreeding

BARCELONA, SPAIN—According to a report in Laboratory Equipment, a new study of a cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV16) suggests that its variants evolved separately with archaic and modern humans. HPV does not leave any trace of infection in the bones, so it was not possible to extract ancient forms of the virus from human remains. Instead, scientists Ville Pimenoff of the Catalan Institute of Oncology and Ignacio Bravo of the French National Center for Scientific Research sequenced the genome of the HPV16 virus and its five main lineage subtypes, then reconstructed its evolution over thousands of generations with computer algorithms. Their results suggest that variant A evolved with archaic humans, while three other variants evolved with modern humans. Migrating modern humans then may have been infected with viral variant A through sexual contact with Neanderthals and Denisovans. The study suggests that variant A was able to thrive in the modern human population because the modern human immune system had not evolved the mechanisms necessary to keep it in check. The researchers say that this could explain why the HPV16A variant is rarely found in sub-Saharan Africa, while it is the most common variant in the rest of the world. To read in-depth about the study of microbes in the archaeological record, go to “Worlds Within Us.”

Shipment of 16th-Century Chinese Porcelain Unearthed in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—Xinhua reports that thousands of fragments of a 400-year-old of shipment of Chinese porcelain have been discovered by Mexican archaeologists in the Old Quarter of Acapulco. The white and blue rice bowls, cups, plates, and platters are decorated with images from nature, including birds, beetles, swans, ducks, and deer, and date to the reign of the Ming Dynasty emperor Wanli, who ruled from 1572 to 1620. Archaeologist Roberto Junco of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said that the pottery was made in southern China, in the city of Zhangzhou, and in the city of Jingdezhen, known as the “Porcelain Capital.” The luxury goods were probably carried to Mexico by Spanish ships that traveled between the port of Acapulco and Manilla in the Philippines. The cargo may have been destroyed by pirates. For more, go to “Under Mexico City.”

Previously Unknown Compounds Identified in Frankincense

NICE, FRANCE—Live Science reports that researchers led by Nicolas Baldovini of the Institute de Chimie de Nice have identified two molecules responsible for the unique scent of frankincense, often recognized today as “old church” smell. Frankincense comes from the resin of gum trees from the Boswellia genus, and was a key element in perfumes from Mesopotamia and Egypt dating back to the fourth millennium B.C. The chemical structures of the two new compounds, named olibanic acids, are mirror images of each other, and are found in extremely low levels in the essential oil of frankincense. The team was also able to synthesize synthetic versions of the molecules. “We patented the use of these compounds for fragrance formulation,” Baldovini said. For more on the relationship between archaeology and chemistry, go to “Mr. Jefferson’s Laboratory.”

Looking Beneath the Surface of Greek Pottery

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA—The Daily Mail reports that a team of researchers from the Cantor Arts Center’s Art + Science Learning Lab and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory examined a 2,500-year-old Athenian oil flask with a technique called synchrotron X-ray fluorescence. The results of the test produced a chemical map of the paint on the vase, which suggests that an extra step was required to apply a calcium-based additive for the color white. “Under what they thought was a single coat, they found other instances of painting that the naked eye could not see,” said Jody Maxmin of Stanford University. In addition, it had been previously thought that zinc was added to produce black figures during the heating process on Greek vases, but the chemical map failed to show any zinc in the black regions of the pot. For more on Greece, go to “A New View of the Birthplace of the Olympics.”

Ancient Footprints Studied in Tanzania

ENGARE SERO, TANZANIA—The Washington Post reports that Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce of Appalachian State University led a team of researchers in the study of some 400 ancient Homo sapiens footprints that were discovered in northern Tanzania, near the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, about 10 years ago. The footprints are thought to have been made by men, women, and children in flood deposits that dried and then were covered with another layer of mud. Minerals in the footprint layers were dated to between 19,000 and 10,000 years ago with the argon-argon dating technique. Once the excavation team exposed the footprints, each one was photographed, 3-D scanned, and mapped. The researchers have found evidence of at least 24 individuals who crossed the mud in two directions. Some of the travelers were walking, and some may have been jogging. A subgroup of the researchers continues to investigate the size and composition of the group that left the footprints. “For people who work in prehistory, it’s incredibly rare to get that kind of snapshot in time,” said paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner of the National Museum of Natural History. For more on ancient footprints, go to “Proof in the Prints.”

Australia’s Early Astronomers

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—ABC News Australia reports that the Wurdi Youang stone arrangement in southeast Australia may have been used to track the movements of the sun some 11,000 years ago by early farmers, who, according to Duane Hamacher of Monash University, had a complex understanding of astronomy and the motions of the sun, moon, planets, and stars throughout the year. Traces of villages and evidence of farming terraces and eel traps have been found near the stone circle and a water source. “If you’re going to have a stone arrangement where you mark off the seasons throughout the year with the solstices and equinoxes, it kind of makes sense if you’re at least most of the year in one specific location to do that,” said custodian Reg Abrahams. He added that people may have navigated by the stars and traveled at night to avoid the heat of the day. Plans are being made for archaeological investigation and dating of the site. For more on ancient astronomy, go to “An Eye on Venus.”

Cache of 8,000-Year-Old Animal Bones Found in Mexico

NUEVO LEÓN, MEXICO—Prensa Latina reports that archaeologist Araceli Rivera of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has found animal remains that may have been used in rituals some 8,000 years ago. The remains include the teeth, long bones, skulls, ribs, and vertebrae of mammoths, camels, horses, llamas, and prehistoric bison. The bones had been placed in a rock shelter and covered with a rectangular stone that researchers have dubbed La Boveda, or The Vault. The researchers think The Vault may have been illuminated during the winter solstice, at a time when food may have been scarce. For more, go to “Under Mexico City.

Possible Evidence of Roman Attack Found in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL—The Guardian reports that Rina Avner and Kfir Arbib of the Israel Antiquities Authority have found evidence of a 2,000-year-old watchtower and a wall that protected a “new” area of Jerusalem that had developed outside of the city’s two existing defensive walls. The Jewish historian Josephus described Titus’s breach of such a third wall in A.D. 70, when Roman legions invaded, sacked the city, and destroyed the Second Temple. Large stones that the Romans may have fired from catapults at the sentries in the tower have also been uncovered. It is thought that Roman forces used battering rams on the wall while the catapults provided cover. To read about another discovery in Jerusalem, go to “Rubaiyat Pot.”

Engraved Stone May Have Been a Neolithic Map

BORNHOLM, DENMARK—The Copenhagen Post reports that an engraved stone fragment discovered at the Neolithic site of Vasagård on the island of Bornhom could be a map. Archaeologist Flemming Kaul of the National Museum of Denmark said that other stones inscribed with lines and rectangles have been found at the site, and it had been thought that the markings depicted the sun and its rays. This partial stone is now thought to show the details of an area of the island as it appeared between 2700 and 2900 B.C. Some of the markings may even represent ears of corn or plants with leaves. “These are not accidental scratches,” he said. “We see the stones as types of maps showing different kinds of fields.” To read about another discovery in Denmark, go to “Bronze Age Bride.”

Mastodon Found in Michigan May Have Been Butchered

MAYVILLE, MICHIGAN—The Detroit News reports that a team from the University of Michigan, assisted by teachers from Tuscola County, has recovered about 60 to 70 percent of the remains of a 30-year-old male mastodon thought to have been processed by human hunters or scavengers between 11,000 and 13,000 years ago. The long limb bones, both shoulder blades, the pelvis, the skull, many vertebrae, and most of the ribs were found. Some sections of the carcass had been separated from other sections. The tusks, lower jaw, and most of the foot bones were missing from the site. Daniel Fisher, director of the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, estimates the likelihood that humans were involved in processing the carcass at 80 percent. He thinks that humans may have stored the sections of mastodon meat in cold, low-oxygen pond sediments to help preserve them. The team will now radiocarbon date the remains and examine them for signs of butchery. The animal’s wisdom teeth will also be analyzed to try to determine in which season it died. To read about another discovery in Michigan, go to “Leftover Mammoth.”

Mud-Brick Study Illuminates Fire at Tel Megiddo

REHOVOT, ISRAEL—According to a report in Live Science, Ruth Shahack-Gross and Mathilde Forget suggest that it may have only taken two to three hours for fire to have destroyed the entire city of Tel Megiddo some 3,000 years ago. A previous study found that mud bricks at the site had reached 1,112 degrees Fahrenheit. While working at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Shahack-Gross and Forget made new mud bricks, and then tried to determine how quickly the bricks would catch on fire by placing them in a hot oven and timing how long it took the bricks’ cores to reach 1,112 degrees. The scientists found that the larger bricks took longer to heat than smaller bricks, and that wood beams, furniture, mats, stored food and oil, and bedding probably helped the fire at Tel Megiddo to spread. Critics point out that in an actual fire, a home’s bricks would probably have been heated only on one side. “We are totally aware of the fact that the experiment, [which was done] in controlled conditions in the lab, does not mimic what happened in the past,” responded Shahack-Gross. For more on archaeology in Israel, go to “Sun and Moon.”

Word Puzzle Found on Agora Walls in Smyrna

IZMIR, TURKEY—The Daily Sabah reports that excavators led by Akin Ersoy of Dokuz Eylül University found Greek words and names carved in a wall of the basilica in the marketplace of ancient Smyrna. The positions of the words and names resemble a modern acrostic. “The same words are written both from top to bottom and left to right in five columns,” he said. “The word ‘logos,’ which is located in the center, is on the third column.” Some scholars have suggested that early Christians communicated in such puzzles, but Ersoy says that this one was carved in an area where there were market stalls and is unlikely to have conveyed a secret message. He thinks it is more likely that the salespeople working in the agora’s booths carved the words to entertain themselves during slow periods. Ersoy added that love poems have also been found written on the walls of the agora. To read about a massive inscription discovered in Turkey, go to “In Search of a Philosopher’s Stone.


Pat Robertson

According to a column in The Week, conservative Christian leader Pat Robertson “needs to step down.”

The column notes that Robertson was a leader of the conservative Christian movement and the Moral Majority in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, but he has since resorted to making unsubstantiated claims and promoting conspiracy theories.

He can now be viewed as “Christianity’s crazy uncle,” according to the column.

In addition to being a leader of the Moral Majority, Robertson founded the Christian Broadcasting Network and its featured show, The 700 Club.

However, in recent years, Robertson has used the “show to spout extreme rhetoric, peddle bizarre prophecies, and fling insensitive comments. He has tarnished his reputation, diminished his influence, and embarrassed his fellow Christians.”

If perfection were the requirement for any employment position, no one would be able to work. Let’s stop calling for the most severe penalty and get back to real justice and make the punishment fit the crime. While we agree with the sentiment that he does say crazy things, forced out of one’s job is not the only answer nor should it be the first one.  We do not like it when the secular world opts for the extreme punishment for supposed offenses, we certainly do not like it when the Christian world follows suit.

We are not defending Pat Robertson but feel he deserves the right treatment not the prejudicial one that puts PC ahead of true justice.


What Mature Christians Need To Do

We will start with 2 quotes from the book Hearts Afire and there are more than 2 quotes that could be used to illustrate what we will talk about:

Her only troubles came from a few church members who refused to believe Tara was the pastor’s niece  and who were jealous of her growing ministry alongside the church leadership (pg. 178)

But two church members who were jealous of the attention Tara received from the pastor’s family decided to take matters into their own hands. They called the CID… (pg. 180)

Probably one of the greatest injustices that believers do to their fellow Christians is warn new believers of those people in the church who have not conquered their sins and do sinful things to other unsuspecting believers. Those people’s actions d o more than simply confuse new believers they sometimes destroy the new-found faith and make it harder for the church to reach others for Christ.

Mature believers should make sure that all their fellow Christians are properly instructed and prepare them for what these immature people do. We do not just need to protect them from unbelievers and their deceptive ideologies but from those believers evil can still use to ruin God’s people.


What Is A Childhood?

We ask this question because over the years we have encountered people who declare they want their daughter or son to have a childhood. The simple answer is that the idea of childhood is a subjective human concept that allows a few people to force their views upon others and allows them to interfere with people’s parental rights.  There is no objective standard to determine if a child is receiving a childhood and there is certainly no biblical teaching on the concept of children enjoying a childhood.

God already knew that when he gave parents their freedom to raise their children, there would be as many different concepts of what a childhood would or should be.  He also knew that every parent would not be financially capable or even possibly alive to provide one standard for what constitutes a real childhood. He did provide good instructions on how to raise one’s children which are superior to earthly concepts like the very subjective childhood ideology. Parents are to be fair, just, honest, teaching their children God’s laws correctly and so on (you can search the Bible for more of God’s ways to add to that list)

Those people who use their own or the western ideal as the standard only over-step their boundaries and cause more problems than they cure. Believers are not to please people but they do need to please God and follow his ways in raising their children. This may mean not providing their children with everything the neighbor or secular world wants a believer to do but then since when did the blind deceived world know better than God?

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