God Creates Still…What will you notice in 2013?

Yes, it is true…many don’t believe in God, many more don’t believe in Jesus Christ. They work to condemn those that DO believe; what is in it for them to do so? Do their attacks on Christianity make the world a better place? No! Why not keep quiet and let those of us “who falsely believe” (their words not mine) just keep going in the wrong direction? Is there something about Jesus Lord and Savior that scares them? Yes, I think so! If God is dead, they should not be afraid, but those “anti-God, anti-Jesus” zealots ARE indeed afraid of something! The heavens and earth cry out the good news of the Great Creator God, you only need eyes to see (Ps. 19:1 and Romans 1:18-20). God, the Great I Am, is active in the world today…will you notice His activity in 2013? You must believe that you are loved (John 3:16-18)! The Holy Spirit will make your burdens light, just believe in Jesus; a firm belief in this promise will change your 2013, why not start today on this first day of the new year? Change your direction, open your eyes and your heart, and let The Creator into your life today!

For unto us a Savior is born!

Do you think there are more mass shootings than ever before? Not true…they are the decline. But this means nothing to those 26 families who lost loved ones in Newtown! We celebrate Christmas tomorrow; have you thought once of those 20 families that already had presents under Christmas trees for their children who were gunned down by an evil-driven man? I have cried since the tragedy happened, and I believe Jesus has cried also, as He did at the grave of His friend Lazarous. Jesus Christ is the light of the world, all other is darkness. For unto to us a Savior is born, for “at one time we [sinners] were darkness, but now we [Christians] are light in the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8). The world hated Jesus and killed Him. Conversly, Jesus loved the world and died for it. The question for each of us is this: to whom will we come? To Jesus as our personal Savior? or, to the world ruled by the evil one? Though loved by Jesus, the majority will turn away and hate Him and His followers. America, once a Christian nation, is sliding away at break-neck speed; every Christmas reveals the many attacks on the Christ child…attacks every bit as deadly as the awful deaths of those 20 children in Newtown, who now are in the loving hands of Jesus. Will our nation wake up? What is in it for the God haters to breakdown our celebration of the birth of the Savior of all mankind? What is in it for them? Do they gain anything meaningful? No! So, they won’t stop me! I say to all, Merry Christmas! …for unto us a Savior is born and His name is Jesus who is the Christ!

Guns are not the problem, it is the heart that is!

What have we learned from Newtown’s tragedy? …and from the many other attacks such as the recent attacks on volunteer firemen and police officers that put their lives on the line for us? Many have learned nothing! NOTHING!! We currently have the diversional debate of gun control which will only bring much more death! The national media doesn’t have a clue or they simply chose to ignore the facts. Most of all the school shootings have been in gun free zones while so-called assault rifles were banned. In 2011, rifles accounted for less deaths than hands & feet! Worldwide and in the USA, the facts are that murders actually rise when guns are removed from law abiding citzens; the proof is available, look beyond emotions for truth. Don’t you fall for the trap of gun control; it is NOT about guns but about control over the people. The whole mess is a diversion over the real problem; it is a problem of the heart. Why would all these evil people (yes, I said evil people) why would they take innocent lives and then kill themselves? Why not just go kill themselves if they hate this world so much? They don’t kill themselves over their remorse for killing the innocent…they have no remorse! Their hearts are hardened. Satan drives hate and creates evil; it is the evil within that kills the innocent. These killers have only hate and their easiest mark is upon the innocent. It is a darkness over the land. Hitler took out the churches, removed the guns, and then took over the people in mindless hate. I fear we are on the same path! We are busy to bring down the Christian, to remove our only Savior Jesus Christ, to remove the law-abiding guns to protect us from evil man and government, and then to teach all to hate various societial groups in a stew of class-envy. It is all sinful and very ugly! We will be doomed if we don’t turn back to Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, the Life and the Light of the world! At Christmas time we should be about welcoming the Chist child who came into the world as Savior to show us the way back to God; He, a sinless man, who took our sins and made them His own that we might become righteaous to come back to God. Any deviation from this very path is THE REAL PROBLEM.

Newtown, Connecticut’s Bad Tree

The book, “A Different Kind of Tree”, is about growth, where you find nourishment, and what kind of fruit you bear. The destroyer of Newtown, Connecticut’s innocent was “a tree” with roots deep into rocky desert ground. Ground that will generally only form dry twisted dead trees. No one can kill 20  six to seven year old children without being completely dead inside. All the so-called experts will be giving us all the societal reasons for this mental illness, but I contend an evil “tree” as this boy, was grown. Grown in a land that has rejected Jesus Christ, a land that is selfish and unloving, a land of relativity where no absolutes exist…no right and no wrong. We have created a dry “land”, devoid of the nourishment of civility, of humility, of decency, of sensitivity, and of consideration of others. We now experience the most ugly vile words normalized in our everyday speech. Ugly words, ugly dress, ugly music, ugly video games, ugly thought…they all add up to ugly actions. It all adds up to a haze of disbelief of what life is, and an awful “reverse arrogance”…the evil in Newtown probably thought that no one loved him, no one understood him, nobody cared for him, and that the whole world was against him. We have seen these tragic events before. There is only one way out…better nourishment can be found…instead of kicking Jesus Christ out of our culture, we need to turn back toward Him. Then and only then will we learn how to properly love others again.

Newtown, Connecticut's Bad Tree

The book, “A Different Kind of Tree”, is about growth, where you find nourishment, and what kind of fruit you bear. The destroyer of Newtown, Connecticut’s innocent was “a tree” with roots deep into rocky desert ground. Ground that will generally only form dry twisted dead trees. No one can kill 20  six to seven year old children without being completely dead inside. All the so-called experts will be giving us all the societal reasons for this mental illness, but I contend an evil “tree” as this boy, was grown. Grown in a land that has rejected Jesus Christ, a land that is selfish and unloving, a land of relativity where no absolutes exist…no right and no wrong. We have created a dry “land”, devoid of the nourishment of civility, of humility, of decency, of sensitivity, and of consideration of others. We now experience the most ugly vile words normalized in our everyday speech. Ugly words, ugly dress, ugly music, ugly video games, ugly thought…they all add up to ugly actions. It all adds up to a haze of disbelief of what life is, and an awful “reverse arrogance”…the evil in Newtown probably thought that no one loved him, no one understood him, nobody cared for him, and that the whole world was against him. We have seen these tragic events before. There is only one way out…better nourishment can be found…instead of kicking Jesus Christ out of our culture, we need to turn back toward Him. Then and only then will we learn how to properly love others again.

What is this "Different Kind of Tree"?

“A Different Kind of Tree” is a book about life. It is a book about how and where you get nourishment; a book about where you have planted your roots and what fruit you bear. Everybody bears fruit; the only question is: Is your fruit good or bad? Is what you do of a positive impact on others or is it of negative impact? This book is about growing in the LORD, if you love the world and it’s evil, you are not in the LORD (1 John 2:15-17); it is about the decisions you make in life. Each Chapter starts out with a portion of my true life story because this book is also about “the journey”, my journey through the bad, the ugly and the good. It is about my journey out of darkness toward Christianity and becoming a true Child of God.

What is this “Different Kind of Tree”?

“A Different Kind of Tree” is a book about life. It is a book about how and where you get nourishment; a book about where you have planted your roots and what fruit you bear. Everybody bears fruit; the only question is: Is your fruit good or bad? Is what you do of a positive impact on others or is it of negative impact? This book is about growing in the LORD, if you love the world and it’s evil, you are not in the LORD (1 John 2:15-17); it is about the decisions you make in life. Each Chapter starts out with a portion of my true life story because this book is also about “the journey”, my journey through the bad, the ugly and the good. It is about my journey out of darkness toward Christianity and becoming a true Child of God.

We are Counter-Culture!

By now, everyone has heard of and probably taken a position on the Chick-fil-A v. gay marriage issue. Have you noticed that the attacks seem to be coming from only one side. Mr. Cathy is a private person and his business is a private business. As long as he follows the laws of the land, no one should be able to tell him what to do. Government should not be able to tell him when to be open for business and when to be closed. If you don’t like his personal opinion on a matter, don’t go to his establishment. Mr. Cathy simply spoke what his personal feelings were…something we have a right to do in this country…so far. Those demanding tolerance instantly became the most intolerant people on the planet.

Read Romans 12 again…to be a Christian is to be “counter-culture”! To be a Christian is to do and be what is pleasing to God, not to do what makes your neighbor happy! We are to love our persecutors and not wish them ill. The fact is simply this (like it or not) marriage is God-ordained and God-created, both physically and emotionally, to be between a man and a woman. The Bible tells us, “The two shall become one flesh.” As the Christian is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, he is to also pray for those who persecute him, as I am sure Mr. Cathy does. Those non-Christians wanting love seem to be the most hateful. I pray for you, as I also pray for the Christians going against the flow, against destructive raging current of a mighty out-of-control cultural river. 

Where do you stand?

Jesus tells us the “Parable of the Sower” in the Synoptic Gospels:

“Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away (Mark 4:5-6 ESV).

Fire is coming from those haters of Christianity, seeds not in the good soil of the Bible will be scorched and perish. Where are you? Are you standing on rocky ground? If the answer is yes, then turn toward Jesus, the Great Creator God.

Celebrate Uncertainty? You’re Crazy!

Today’s culture celebrates uncertainty; it’s true. If you are firm in your belief, you are condemned to be short-sighted or closed-minded, a person NOT open to new ideas. You are not an intellect…why should we even listen to you?

Syncretism is killing our culture, our families, our churches, our souls! We are a world of lost souls wandering aimlessly through the desert of life, always searching, and passing right over life-giving water by eyes that don’t see! We need to bring Jesus Christ back into our lives, our work, our families, our relationships, our government, and yes, even back into our churches! It is unsustainable for everyone to wander about aimlessly searching for “their own way, their own meaning in lfe, what their idea of truth”. It is the turf of Satan! The breeding ground for invention. The more you divert and invent, the farther you will be away from Jesus! Get back to Bible study; it is your only foundation. It is ONLY by Jesus Christ who is our way, our truth, and our life, that we can be saved! It is ONLY Jesus that sustains us, for He is the Bread of Life and brings us “life-giving water”. I beg you, turn away from the crowds on that wide road to destruction and set your eyes upon Jesus and look upon His wonderful face; only here will you find peace, meaning, love and truth! Amen! 

Celebrate Uncertainty? You're Crazy!

Today’s culture celebrates uncertainty; it’s true. If you are firm in your belief, you are condemned to be short-sighted or closed-minded, a person NOT open to new ideas. You are not an intellect…why should we even listen to you?

Syncretism is killing our culture, our families, our churches, our souls! We are a world of lost souls wandering aimlessly through the desert of life, always searching, and passing right over life-giving water by eyes that don’t see! We need to bring Jesus Christ back into our lives, our work, our families, our relationships, our government, and yes, even back into our churches! It is unsustainable for everyone to wander about aimlessly searching for “their own way, their own meaning in lfe, what their idea of truth”. It is the turf of Satan! The breeding ground for invention. The more you divert and invent, the farther you will be away from Jesus! Get back to Bible study; it is your only foundation. It is ONLY by Jesus Christ who is our way, our truth, and our life, that we can be saved! It is ONLY Jesus that sustains us, for He is the Bread of Life and brings us “life-giving water”. I beg you, turn away from the crowds on that wide road to destruction and set your eyes upon Jesus and look upon His wonderful face; only here will you find peace, meaning, love and truth! Amen! 

Be like Joseph!

Joseph of the Bible’s Genesis stories had an interesting life; his brothers hated him and tried to kill him. He was sold into slavery. But over and over again the story tells us that God was with him; many might question, where is God in this? Joseph kept going, succeeding at every level; but problems still followed him. Falsely accussed of attempted rape by a jilted high-powered woman, he was wrongly thrown into prison. Prison, where he now had more chances to succeed, which he did. Forgotten by an exiting jailmate, he remained in prison where he continued to do the Lord’s work, not sitting around in self-pity. Joseph got out of prison by following the Lord’s Spirit and succeeded even greater, always keeping his eye on God and doing the right thing regardless of the possibile negitive outcomes when dealing with “the world”.

So what’s in this story for us? We would ALL do well to keep our eye upon Jesus Christ, do His will (not our own), and not worry about what the world thinks of us Christians. Put the Lord first and everything else (be it good or bad) will fall into proper alignment. Just because you follow Christ doesn’t mena your life will be easy; Jesus told us the world would hate us for what we believe (John 17), so don’t worry! Be of good cheer! If you are a Christian, you are a child of God…it doesn’t get any better than that! Blessings to you!

What we need is a new way of seeing our world!

Have you becomed bored in the “Grand Debate”, generation after generation, between Creation and Evolution? Are you tired of hearing about all “this and that”…the whole thing becoming so very muddy…that you just don’t know which side is right? I don’t blame you, however, if you have become tired of the whole thing, then you are like an Ostrich with your head in the sand, and that can hurt you. I believe that both sides have fueled the apathy in the matter and that adds to your fall. Your fall, yes your fall, into “relativism” where our world has gone. It can be an eternal fall, but there is hope to avoid this.

This “Grand Debate” war has been raging for so long, that each side in the debate has been able to retreat, regroup, and invent new terminology several times; so in turn to drop the next bomb on the other side. The result of this nonsense is to completely muddy the water, build defensive walls so people stop listening, and keep the un-intellectual, unable to learn and or understand, completely in the dark. Unloving activity in turn sponds apathy, unbelief, and a complete diversion from actually “seeing” who God really is.

The book “I Am, the Great Creator God” breaks through the dense fog on both sides of the arguement and teachs you how to see and understand who God really is. Scholarly researched, written in “normal everyday” language, orthodox and soldily supported, the book will cut through all the retoric and present a clear solid position you can stand on. Why not at least check it out by looking at the free downloadable brochure, Table of Contents and Introduction found at Muskrat Books…just a little Google away. Blessings, hold your head up for God loves you!

Minority objectors always win…why?

A recent news story told of a man in New Jersey who attached a cross to HIS tree to celebrate Lent. Police told him to take it down after a neighbor complained. In a Christian nation, as the USA surely is, one man’s feelings get hurt and so a member of the majority has to lose HIS rights? Schools teach about Islam and give out condoms to minors and no one says anything, but a silent expression of a cross on a man’s own property gets police attention! I like that old hymn, “stand up, stand up for Jesus, we soldiers of the cross…” Please be loving, but please stop with the apathy! Jesus acted as He turned over the tables of the money-changers in the Temple.

Don’t Use Calvin to Separate Christians

It seems that I have been encountering a number of places that are using John Calvin’s ideas of predestination to divide Christians into “Calvinists” and Non-Calvinists”. Any division of Christians on the basis of the human understandings of predestination or election is of the devil in my opinion. I will explain such a direct response shortly.

While it is true that some of us believe in predestination and some of us don’t, I will show you that both groups are right and there is no need for division at all. Divisions of Christians on any basis only dilutes the forces for Jesus and His commission for us to spread the Good News of the Gospel to all peoples. When Christians fight and divide, only Satan wins.

It is true that John Calvin believed that God’s sovereign will held all things together. Calvin, along with Luther and the other reformers, held tight to Biblical roots. They wanted to get the Church back on track to Biblical basics. John Calvin believed in one God, one people of God, one gospel of grace, and one story the Bible, the Logos. All Christians should be on board at this point. Now, the age-old argument sticks up its ugly head…were we predestined, elected to be in God’s House before time began or not? Before I give you the answer, let me ask one question. If everything is set ahead of time…who is in and who is out…then why did Jesus tell us to go out into the world and spread the Good News of the Messiah, our Lord and Savior?

“Time” is a dimension created for our earthly use. God exists where there is no time…everything is “now”. If everything is “now”, then there is no passage of time, and the beginning and the end are the same moment. That means that God can experience time as you do; as the song goes: “He walks with me and He talks with me, and tells me I am His own.” And as with Adam walking in the Garden together; but the Bible also tells us that we were known by God before the foundation of the world. God knows what we are going to do before we do it, because to God there is no movement of time. But wait, we are not God’s puppets controlled by heavenly strings; God’s love brings with it the risk of freedom to chose which way we will go, toward God or away. There is more on this subject of “time” in the book, “I Am, the Great Creator God“, but for this blog, I’m keeping my comments short. The point is that the argument of whether or not there is predestination or election should be reduced to the category of a “non-issue” for both are right based on the “time” perspective.

Friends, there is no real understanding of this; we have no frame of reference on what an existence without “time” would be like. This requires an open mind and faith. Besides, we don’t have to understand it anyway. Jesus said we should come “as these little children”. Not childish, but open, trusting, and believing as a child. One thing for sure, we should not be dividing our brothers and sisters in Christ into groups of separation over such concepts as these that we have no way of comprehending…until we come into His Kingdom. Amen.

Don't Use Calvin to Separate Christians

It seems that I have been encountering a number of places that are using John Calvin’s ideas of predestination to divide Christians into “Calvinists” and Non-Calvinists”. Any division of Christians on the basis of the human understandings of predestination or election is of the devil in my opinion. I will explain such a direct response shortly.

While it is true that some of us believe in predestination and some of us don’t, I will show you that both groups are right and there is no need for division at all. Divisions of Christians on any basis only dilutes the forces for Jesus and His commission for us to spread the Good News of the Gospel to all peoples. When Christians fight and divide, only Satan wins.

It is true that John Calvin believed that God’s sovereign will held all things together. Calvin, along with Luther and the other reformers, held tight to Biblical roots. They wanted to get the Church back on track to Biblical basics. John Calvin believed in one God, one people of God, one gospel of grace, and one story the Bible, the Logos. All Christians should be on board at this point. Now, the age-old argument sticks up its ugly head…were we predestined, elected to be in God’s House before time began or not? Before I give you the answer, let me ask one question. If everything is set ahead of time…who is in and who is out…then why did Jesus tell us to go out into the world and spread the Good News of the Messiah, our Lord and Savior?

“Time” is a dimension created for our earthly use. God exists where there is no time…everything is “now”. If everything is “now”, then there is no passage of time, and the beginning and the end are the same moment. That means that God can experience time as you do; as the song goes: “He walks with me and He talks with me, and tells me I am His own.” And as with Adam walking in the Garden together; but the Bible also tells us that we were known by God before the foundation of the world. God knows what we are going to do before we do it, because to God there is no movement of time. But wait, we are not God’s puppets controlled by heavenly strings; God’s love brings with it the risk of freedom to chose which way we will go, toward God or away. There is more on this subject of “time” in the book, “I Am, the Great Creator God“, but for this blog, I’m keeping my comments short. The point is that the argument of whether or not there is predestination or election should be reduced to the category of a “non-issue” for both are right based on the “time” perspective.

Friends, there is no real understanding of this; we have no frame of reference on what an existence without “time” would be like. This requires an open mind and faith. Besides, we don’t have to understand it anyway. Jesus said we should come “as these little children”. Not childish, but open, trusting, and believing as a child. One thing for sure, we should not be dividing our brothers and sisters in Christ into groups of separation over such concepts as these that we have no way of comprehending…until we come into His Kingdom. Amen.

The Relationship between Creator and Creation

It is a God given wish of all humans to create, yes, I mean each and every one of us. Why? Because it is a reflection of you; we all wish to leave a mark, part of you ends inside that creation.

There is an inner spirit in each of us, yes each of us, created by God and in His image and character. Besides the Holy Spirit, this other inner spirit is the creative “juice” that will move to do creative things. I like to call it “juice” because it (whatever “it” is) this creative essence in each of us, “flows”. You can feel it when it is moving and you know when it dries up. Haven’t you heard an artist say things like, “I don’t have it anymore” or “nothing was coming to me”? Every artist has a dry period; a period when the “juice” is not flowing. The juice hasn’t dried up forever, gone and never to be experienced again. No, the juice is still within you; it has only ceased to flow at that given time. It is best to just get up and do something else for a time. When the juice is flowing, you can do amazing things. Michelangelo’s statue of David can be carved out of a rough block of marble. Frank Lloyd Wright’s house, called “Fallingwater” in Bear Run, Pennsylvania can be designed. Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th Century painting of the “Mona Lisa” and Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” can all be created out of nothing, ex nihilo baby!

Every time you read a novel, a poem, a sonnet, a play, any literary work, you have revealed something of whom the writer is and about their life. You can see that Michelangelo understands human anatomy when you view his drawings, such as the portion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling called the “Creation of Man”. Most architects display “their style” to the point that a person can view a set of buildings and place the architect’s name beside each one. In the created object, there is indeed part of the creator.

When we view God’s creation, we see part of God. Our Creator, the Lord God Almighty, will move His creation toward higher order through relationship. This is why He created us. He loves us! He wants to see us grow toward completeness, just as we delight in seeing our own children grow toward completeness, and become fine adults. How many parents have looked out from the audience at the school awards ceremony, to see a child receiving an award, and think “I had something to do with that…I sure am proud!”

A sense of completeness and relationship, we each seek this “reward of living”, much more important than money. So it is with God, and this is why He created you and I. He seeks out relationship with us; God desires to look at us and say “well done my good and faithful child, I am proud of you and I love you so very much”.

Some would say that God has no need of us. I think just the opposite. Why? As an architect, I know about the feelings between a creator and his creation. I know there is a “relationship” with the created object; after all, as discussed earlier, the created object is actually a part of the creator. God delights in creating; we are all created in His image. You don’t create and then destroy a masterpiece. Oh, you may experiment, realize it isn’t working, and then start over, drawing on your newly acquired knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. But you don’t destroy your final masterpiece; you work to save it.  God is reaching out to you now; salvation can be yours.

[For more discussion on Creating, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

Why this book is different:

“Looking” is a matter of perspective; to grow you have to open your eyes to a different way of viewing the facts. “Growth” is like a staircase; to get to the top, you must simply take one step after another. At each step, you will have the ability to see things at a higher level, a higher perspective…differently. Today many of the “arguments of the ages” have become tired and boring to people because they are at the base of the stairs and only hear the same arguments repeated. Is that going to be the end of our growth? People dig-in to defend “their turf”, without any vision, in the serious arguments of: does God exist, the creation of mankind, the Big Bang, evolution, nature, the Doctrine of Election, predestination, miracles, and time. They don’t have a clue that they are starting at the base of the staircase, and there is so much available that will enrich their lives. What then is to be OUR next step? This book is not just “the next step”; oh no, it is a quantum leap forward!

A quantum leap forward maybe a bold statement, but it is honest. The reason this book is different from the others that search for truth, or deal with theology & cosmology, is that it shows a person how to look differently at the world and universe around you. The answers to their questions, the questions of wars, and the questions of the ages are right in front of you.

New Book on the Scene

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Muskrat Books would like to announce the publication of a new book for those seekers of life’s great questions and their meaning. Do you wonder about who God really is? Are you seeking real answers to the creation of the universe? This book is a must read for those wishing to really understand the whole Biblical creation and evolution argument; and wishing to see revealed the God-Designed and God-Created Universe.

Steeped in 2000 years of solid Christian Orthodoxy, this book is not “New Age” or some other cultic mish-mash. The purpose of this book is to present a different way of viewing the world and the universe, and to encounter this wonderful loving gracious God of the universe, the I Am, the Great Creator God.

The reason this book is different from the others that search for truth, or deal with theology & cosmology, is that I Am, the Great Creator God shows you how to look differently at the world and universe around you. The answers to your questions, the questions that tear apart religious denominations, and the questions of the ages are truly right in front of you.

Have you ever expressed any of the following questions: How did the universe start? How will the universe end? What existed before the stars? Does your life have any meaning? Does God know me and care for me? What was God’s first gift to the world? Is God still involved with both Mankind and Creation? Can you believe in the Big Bang and still be a Christian? Find answers in the book, I Am, the Great Creator God.