Monthly Archives: April 2017

Two Kayakers at Cave Point

Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 11.17.18 PMToday I witnessed a tragic event.

It is almost too much to describe. After my morning concert in Sister Bay, WI, I decided to stop by Cave Point Park. I arrived at 11:43 – just thirteen minutes after the unthinkable had happened.

When I arrived, the first responders were on scene with yet another arriving right behind me. I began praying right away. I walked to the cliffs over the water where a few people were standing, as the police officer made and responded to calls on his walkie-talkie.

I wondered what was going on. I overheard them talking and pointing to two kayaks that were floating upside down at least a hundred yards or so off shore. I overheard that they weren’t wearing life jackets.

I prayed harder and scanned the water again for any sign of life.

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The story I was told was that two kayakers had capsized in the water. One had flipped and, while the other one was trying to help him, he too capsized. The waters of Lake Michigan were only 43 degrees. It was windy and wavy and a fairly cold day to begin with. A woman who had accompanied them walked up the path sobbing. I prayed for her.

The Coast Guard was called in and arrived before noon. Other smaller boats had already been launched before then. The boats circled around once looking for the bodies, then once spotted near the cliffs, two divers jumped in and recovered the bodies. I watched and prayed as they hauled two unresponsive men into the boat and immediately started giving CPR.

I prayed for a resurrection. As familiar as I was with Near Death Experiences and who my God is, I knew that anything was possible.

I prayed,

“Loving Heavenly Papa, Give those boys a warm hug and your breath of life.”

I watched as they moved them to the larger Coast Guard boat and given more CPR.

More prayers.

If they were not coming back, I prayed for their sins be forgiven. I prayed for their souls to be welcomed and ministered to by angels. I prayed for grace as they entered the next phase of their souls growth and journey.

What would you pray?

“Papa, lovingly receive these boys that you created for yourself. They are included in what Christ accomplished on the cross and resurrection as much of any of us. I pray they receive your gift of eternal life.”

Please pray for the families and friends of these two men! One was a 21-year-old from Clintonville and the other a 29-year-old from Sturgeon Bay.

Another Eye Witness Account: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/door-co/news/2017/04/28/two-men-pulled-cave-point-waters/101033374/

Another News Story: http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Two-kayakers-die-off-shore-of-Door-County-420764804.html

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To Know You More, New Worship Song

To Know You More

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I sing for joy, in the shadow of your wings
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I cling to you, your love is unfailing
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For you hold me in your arms secure
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Faithful your friendship will endure

You are the source of love we’re desperate for
You are the force, that awakens us to more
You gave your blood, our sin you overcame
In your love we remain

CHORUS:

F#m You are all that we,
D Could ever hope and we,
A Give our all that we,
E Could know you more ….. To know you more

And when I think of what a friend I’ve been to you
It is astounding that you’ve remained so true
But I am thankful, You’ve never given up
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On me, O let me be, faithful to you

Daniel Lovett 2016

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Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe

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My wife and I just watched some of the 2016 film Vaxxed. The connection has been made between the steadily increasing rate of autism and its direct link to some vaccines:

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe Official Trailer from Cinema Libre Studio on Vimeo.

Needless to say, this brings my wife to tears. To think that this could happen to any child is unthinkable. How many have been affected by this? How many more will needlessly become autistic because CDC (Center For Disease Control) has knowingly lied to the American public? I mean, when a CDC scientist comes forward as a whistleblower and says, “We are committing fraud in here!” You would think that the media would jump on a story like that… that is, until you realize that the pharmaceutical companies own the media?

It’s shocking what Del Bigtree reveals in the following interview:

What Del isn’t saying is that he is against “safe” vaccines. He says this movie is not an anti-vaccine film. (Personally, I’d have to do some thorough research into even the validity of vaccines from sources I trust who aren’t owned by big Pharma to suggest to you that I even believe in such a thing as a “safe” vaccine). He says these vaccine companies are given a free pass and they need to be held accountable. Based on the facts, the CDC is unable to police itself and fraud was, and is, being committed.

The film also addresses how our military have been subjected to mandatory vaccinations which led to what was dubbed the “Gulf War Syndrome”. What else have vaccinations caused?

Here is a video from a first hand witness during the Gulf War:

I love her quote:

“We are done being lab rats”.

I don’t have all the answers. I am like many of you who are hearing about this for the first time. I naturally tend to think that God never intended for us to shoot manufactured bits of the worst diseases known to man straight into our bloodstream. Proper research will probably show there is a better way. Perhaps the natural way that allows the immune system to function as God intended? Which of course would include good sanitation and health practices which those in history who suffered and died from these diseases did not have?

I tend to think that a hundred or more years from now the people will be shocked to learn about this practice of vaccinations.

I would propose that the correlation to any so-called “better health” of the modern age is NOT linked to vaccines, but that in fact vaccines are a major contributor to the problem of declining health. Along with a host of other common medical practices (mercury fillings, and fluoride in water). The billion (plus) dollar pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want the truth out. Can you even trust your doctor these days? There have been many doctors who agreed with the findings of this film but wouldn’t admit so on camera lest they be ousted and lose their practice. They are given bonuses (kickbacks) when they reach their quotas for vaccinations.

This along with many other evils in this world remind me of Jesus words:

“The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil”.

So what do you think?

Further reading/research:

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God is Love (Theology Behind the Shack)

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How appropriate that on the 500th (10 Jubilee years) anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation when Luther nailed his theses to the Wittenberg door, the movie The Shack blesses the world with a picture of who God really is. (The Genius of the Shack)

God is Love

“But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” – 1 John 4:8

John goes on to say:

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.” – 1 John 4:16-19

The “Shack” represents our Great Sadness… the hidden brokenness in all of us. It’s about God’s furious, unfailing, and unconditional love coming into the middle of our deepest darkness and loving the “hell” out of us.

I was praying today:

“Jesus, you are the Great Physician. I invite you into my most broken places to do what you do best… to heal. I trust you completely and commit my whole self – body, soul, and spirit – into your care. You have said, “it’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick”. I’m one of the sick God. I have wounds and hurts and it is the wounded and hurt ones who end up wounding and hurting others. That is the last thing that I want! Come Holy Spirit. Infect every ounce of me with your healing joy and peace and righteousness! Kingdom of heaven invade! I offer myself as a portal for the kingdom of God to break into this world which rightfully belongs to you. receive your reward for your sacrifice. Expand the Kingdom of Love through me as I begin to fully experience your perfect love.”

I have to tell you, reading the book, The Shack, about eight years ago or so was life changing. Watching the movie was again life transforming. It has helped to lift the wrong paradigms I had/have about the nature of God.

I was reflecting today on this most important Scripture where we are informed of the true nature of God by the I AM. This is from Exodus 34:

Then the LORD came down in a cloud and stood there with him; and he called out his own name, I AM. The LORD (I AM) passed in front of Moses, calling out,

“I AM! I AM!
The Elohim (Mighty ONES) of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations.
I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
But I do not excuse the guilty.
I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren;
the entire family is affected—
even children in the third and fourth generations.”

I have a sincere belief that this modern day parable presented in The Shack by Wm Paul Young reveals the true heart of Papa, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. God is the One who promoted this because he wants the whole world to know him. I can hear God say, “I am SO proud of my boy Paul Young, just look at what he made that reveals heart so well!”

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God in the Hands of Angry Sinners?

We are all familiar with the facts of the Gospel (Good News):

Jesus died on a cross and rose again on the third day.

This is by far the most important thing anyone can possibly know. But what does the cross mean?

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:19

I love telling people they are already reconciled by the finished work of Jesus Christ. I love sharing that God is love (1 John 4) and love holds no records of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13).

I love sharing that we can now rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God as his dear friend… thank you Jesus!

“So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:11 NLT

I am reading right now a writing by C. Baxter Kruger called God in the Hands of Angry Sinners.

In this article Baxter tackles the long held theory of penal substitution.

Here is an excerpt from page one:

The theory contends that, as the Father placed
the sin of the world upon Jesus, he then poured out his wrath
upon Jesus instead of upon us who deserved it, hiding his face
from Jesus, abandoning his own Son in utter rejection.

The doctrine of penal substitution states that God gave himself
in the person of his Son to suffer instead of us the death,
punishment and curse due to fallen humanity as the penalty of
sin… That the Lord Jesus Christ died for us — a shameful
death, bearing our curse, enduring our pain, suffering the wrath
of his own Father in our place — has been the wellspring of the
hope of countless Christians throughout the ages.

Well, that sounds like what most of us believe, right?

He then quotes George MacDonald:

“Good souls many will one day be horrified at the things they now believe of God.”

What?!?

He is saying I should be horrified by believing this? I have to admit, as I am researching the Atonement, I am coming across several theologians and Bible teachers who do abhor the view of penal substitution. I am nervous about where this conversation is going but want to investigate and compare whatever the alternative is with the Holy Scriptures. (Because, as Einstein once said, “Condemnation without Investigation is the height of ignorance”.)

After reading several pages of the article, I came upon this following quote:

“Yet how is Jesus to make contact with us in our fallen
humanity? How is he to bring his union with us in his humanity
into our alienation? How is he to unite sinners with the Holy
Spirit, and lost sons and daughters with his Father? How does
Jesus Christ reach us, and deliver us from evil? Not by suffering
the wrath of his Father, but by…” (Read the article here)

Aren’t you curious where he is going with this? Do the ideas have biblical merit? I’ll let you read it straight from the source on your own and find out for yourself.

So what are we to believe about the Atonement?

Could it possibly be something more like this?

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I have already examined the evidence for the Trinity being on the cross together in my post Papa With Scars. Please read it and cross examine it. Please correct me if I’m wrong!

I love to think of the atonement as our “At-One-Ment” with God, because this is exactly what was at the heart of what Jesus was pulling off at the cross. As I noted in a recent post Mystical Union With God I have come to see the point of the cross as to bring us into union with Himself (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit):

“When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” John 14:20

At the cross is where Jesus removed every barrier between us and God. He was the last Adam, and even more our representative before God than Adam himself was. He gives righteousness to all. See Romans 5-6

It seems we have a great deal of faith in what Adam pulled off but far less faith in what Jesus pulled off? Do we not believe him when he said, “It is finished”?

Well the Trinity knew we would not believe him. Check this out:

“Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” Isaiah 53:1 

And by the way, the arm refers to Jesus. I just learned that in a Bible study.

And here is the following quote from page 8 Baxter highlights the greatest lie of Satan of all:

“Jesus loved us. Jesus found us, embraced us, accepted us as
we had become in the dastardly schemes of evil. How did Jesus
Christ reach us? How did he penetrate the terror of our souls?
How did the Son of the highest unite himself with us at our
lowest? How did the one who was rich become poor (2Cor 8:9),
and he who knew no sin become sin on our behalf? (2Cor 5:21).
Here, we can agree with the penal theory that that key was
Jesus’ submission to the will of his Father. Yet we refuse to
accept the perverse notion that…” (Read it here)

Am I getting annoying yet? The whole article is a journey of thought through Scripture, so you just gotta read it for yourself!

It reminds me of one of my breakthrough moments of my life I had an open vision on Easter Sunday years ago of punching Jesus on the cross, over and over and over. He was just taking it and loving me all the while. I wept and then went to my friends house and played worship songs for a couple hours with a group of amazing brothers and sisters.

The Great Exchange!

I love the illustration from the Bible (and I share it often) about how the Israelite worshippers would bring a lamb every year to the temple. The lamb was an object lesson and a tangible tool and expression of faith so that worshippers could actually believe in their right relationship with God (by faith).

The worshiper would place their hands on the lamb and symbolically their sins would pass to the lamb. The lambs innocence would pass to the worshiper. The lamb would then be killed as the just penalty for those sins. The worshiper walks away innocent. An exchange was made. Sins for innocence.

The book of Hebrews explains in detail how Jesus is the once for all Passover lamb, just as John (whose name means Grace) introduces Jesus: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

When Jesus died, all of humanity was placing our hands on Jesus. All our sin passed to him, all of his innocence and right relationship with the Father (righteousness) is passed to us. Your belief activates the blessing and joyful experience of this forgiveness and your already reconciled relationship with God who is love.

“He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

I heard a recent definition of sin that I really liked from someone who examined the Greek word for sin and said something like this: sin is everything that we focus on or cling to or adopt into our lives or that the enemy puts there and we allow that are not into alignment with our true core self which is love.

I actually believe this and here is why: We are created in the image of God who is love. We are made in the very likeness and image of Love itself. Every sin you can possibly imagine is anti-love in some way and the entire law is summed up in love, Jesus says.

“This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10

That same chapter tells us that we love (God redeems our core which is love) because he first loved us. We love God and others because he loved the “sin” out of us on the cross. That’s what the cross means to me.

But, we must submit to his love. We must receive his love. We must believe his love. Or his love will become our torment. God, who is love, is a consuming fire! I think if we search the matter out we will find that his wrath is the fiery extension of his love! That it is his very Presence that becomes a tormenting fire for the unbeliever. (I first noticed this in Bible college 20 some years ago).

This is why we are commanded to Repent (start thinking rightly) and Believe (come to trust in his love)! I am reminded of this Scripture from Romans 2:

“Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2 And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things. 3 But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who will render to each person according to his deeds: 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8 but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.”

So, what do you think? Where has your journey in searching out the meaning of the cross led you? Any insights? Corrections? Comments?

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