“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44
The parable above is one in a string of parables where Jesus is describing what the kingdom of heaven is like. In this verse, He tells us that kingdom of heaven is like a field with hidden treasure buried in it that a man finds and desires. So he sells everything he has to buy it. You might be familiar with this verse, and chances are you’ve heard the interpretation and seeming application many times as well. You might have been told that we are the man who has stumbled upon this field and must forsake everything to have this treasure. Continue reading What Have YOU Given Up For God?
I’m going to keep this short. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of Westboro Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas is on his death bed. He is at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas on the verge of death. In case you aren’t familiar with Westboro Baptist Church, they are the guys who picket soldiers’ funerals, celebrity funerals, and various events. Their choice of words is horribly unkind, with posters saying things like, “God Hates Fags” or “Fag Nation” or “Fag Troops” or “Priests Rape Boys” or “Dike Liberty.” They are most known for being the “God Hates Fags church.” Their defense of the use of the word “fag” comes from the Old Testament. They claim that the term “fag” is an “elegant” term for sinners in general, and that the term denotes a pile of sticks that fuel a fire – the way that the wicked kindle God’s wrath. Only, the term “fag” isn’t used this way in our culture, and when you show up with signs saying that God hate fags, it comes off as meaning something totally different. Anyhow, I’ve been following these guys for years, listening to messages or interviews and watching documentaries. I’ve learned much about them. Continue reading Fred Phelps Sr. of Westboro Baptist Church is Near Death