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April Fools? Lying is No Joke!

posted by Linda Mintle

He was having an affair. The boss looked him in the eyes and said, “Pretend like this is God sitting and talking to you. Are you having an affair with a co-worker?”

He looked her in the eyes and said, “No, I am not.” The problem was it was not April Fools. He was having an affair and he flat lied to his boss. The man calls himself a Christian.

It’s no joke when someone lies to you. And God made a major point about lying when Ananias and Sapphira told a lie about selling property in the book of Acts. God had them fall over dead from those lies.

But today, lying seems to be in style and even encouraged at times. And while God may not strike dead a person for lying, we should not forget the consequences of sin. Lying is a sin. It is deception and impacts your relationships.

Sometimes people justify lying to a partner because he or she thinks the person can’t handle the truth. Yet the truth is usually revealed at some point and the lie makes the betrayal even worse.

Sometimes people lie because they think others can’t handle the truth. The truth may be difficult to hear, causing tremendous emotional upheaval, but is still better than being lied to.

Sometimes people live with people who lie because they want their lifestyle to continue. I treated a number of clients who chose to live with a lie in order to maintain their prestige and lifestyle. Yet the lie always resulted in pain.

Sometimes people lie to make themselves look better than they are. Little “white lies” are harmless, right? Wrong, God makes no distinction in lies. A lie is a lie.

Whatever the reason for lying, it doesn’t work out in the end. The saying, ‘The truth will find you out” is usually the case. Tell the truth up front. While it might be hard to do, the end result is usually better than betraying someone or lying and breaking their trust.

April Fools? Only today for fun! The rest of the year, be honest!

The GOOD in Good Friday

posted by Linda Mintle

After hearing the story of Easter in Sunday School for the first time, a middle school teen sat still and stared at the floor. She had listened intently and was saddened by the way Jesus was treated on “Good Friday.” The teacher noticed her puzzlement and asked what was wrong.

The teen looked up, “I am really trying to understand what was good about Good Friday.

Wasn’t that the day Jesus was crucified and died?

Crucifixion was the cruelest form of punishment reserved for murders and other heinous crimes that He didn’t do.

Didn’t Jesus’ family and friends cry and wonder what happened?

Didn’t Jesus cry out to God and ask why He was abandoned?

Didn’t the soldiers beat him?

Didn’t one of the thieves next to him on the cross mock him?

Didn’t Jesus’ own people and religious leaders reject him?

Didn’t the Earth become dark and the ground and rocks spilt?

Wasn’t it scary when people came out of their graves?

And then Jesus dies.

Yes, He was resurrected on Easter, I get that, but why don’t we call Good Friday, Black or Dark or Terrible Friday. Seems like a better name. “

The Sunday School teacher paused. The teen had a point. What happened to Jesus on Good Friday did not sound very good. She realized she had more to explain.

“The reason Good Friday was good was because Jesus willingly (He could have called His angels to rescue Him, remember?) sacrificed and suffered for us. There was a purpose in all that suffering. He knew that purpose and was obedient, even unto death. He took our sin to that cross so that we could be saved. Without His sacrifice, we could not be justified to God.

On that day, it looked like evil won, but Easter reminds us that this is not true. Jesus triumphed over the grave. Death could not keep Him and He rose again!

Good Friday was the day wrath met mercy. Jesus poured out His great love for us and died so we may live. He did what no one else could ever -He who had no sin, became sin for us so that we could become the righteousness of God. That is the good in Good Friday.”

The Meaning of Maundy Thursday

posted by Linda Mintle

Tonight, I will attend a Maundy Thursday service. It is part of  Holy Week leading to Easter Sunday.

The word, “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word mandatum,  meaning commandment . If refers to the commandments Jesus gave His disciples at the Last Supper, the night He was betrayed. He told them to love with humility by serving one another and to remember His sacrifice through the breaking of bread and wine that was about to be received. It was the Passover meal. Jesus took bread and wine and blessed it. With the bread, He said this represented His body given for us and that we are to break this bread and eat in remembrance of Him. He then took the cup of wine, blessed it and told His disciples it represented His blood, poured out for us. Do this also in remembrance  of  Him. This is why tonight, at my church, we will have a Communion Service, remembering the Last Supper and Jesus’ commands.

For me, it is a night set aside to be reflective and commemorate the life of Christ, His crucifixion and glorious resurrection–to remember the incredible sacrifice of our Savior did for us and be thankful. Tomorrow is always a solemn day as we remember Good Friday, but then Easter, the best day of the year, follows!

So my friends, remember what Christ did for you this Maundy Thursday. Give thanks, love with humility and serve one another.

The Shocking Side of Yale and Other Elite Universities: Get Ready to Be Outraged

posted by Linda Mintle

I watched an interview on the 700 Club with Nathan Harden, a 2009 graduate of Yale University. What he shared broke my heart and it will yours too!

I advise you to watch it. It will open your eyes!

Harden, author of Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad, presented what I would call a wake-up call for all parents who have young adults at elite colleges or are planning to send them to those institutions.

Shocking to most of us, is SEX WEEK at Yale. Officially run by students, sponsored by the porn industry and sanctioned  by the University as “sex education,” sex week include activities  held on campus and in classrooms.

During Sex Week, porn stars provide graphic demonstrations on oral sex, violent sado-masochism acts, and other sexual practices. Sex industry CEOs are invited on campus for a marathon of sex-relatd film screenings, seminars and product demonstrations. Other elite schools like Harvard, Brown, Duke and Northwestern have also followed suit.

So imagine parents, your tuition dollars are funding classes that teach your daughter how to be a prostitute and give oral sex to strange men. At Yale, your son can watch a live demonstration by a topless porn star on all kinds of deviant sexual acts. And women, you are the target of violent sex and sadistic pleasure and are supposed to think of this as sexually liberating. Objectifiying or devaluing you as a person, well, it’s only entertainment. I feel violated just saying this.

I am personally outraged, offended and shocked that ANY higher education would allow such degrading, objectifying, and morally corrupt behavior to even be present on its campus.

Would Yale also like to fund the millions that will be spent on sexual addiction problems, broken marriages  and ruined lives that will result from believing the lies that are being presented as acceptable behavior. The fall out from hypersexualizing people has been well-documented. Sex addicts and sexually violent offenders continue to be on the rise, resulting in the loss of lives, epidemic diseases, legal costs and disturbed people who need mental health treatment. Reducing people to sexual urges, encouraging sexual pleasure at any cost, is hardly the character development we want our kids to experience.

Every alumni should protest and stop sending money.

Every parent should storm the once sacred halls and demand an end to such offensive activities.

Every parent should seriously consider NOT sending their students to these type of schools. What kind of education are you paying for–you deserve to know since you fund this.

Every Christian should intercede for the students, faculty and administrators of these institutions.

This is pathetic, disgusting and one of the reasons I sent my Salutatorian to a Christian College. Higher education is supposed to be a place of learning with academic standards. Instead we have the loss of moral leadership, women devalued and both genders led to believe that hypersexualism is normal and desired.

Sadly, Yale has lost its way.

 

“Hats off to Nathan Harden for exposing the shameful truth about how some of our nation’s finest universities have allowed themselves to become cesspools of perversion. Instead of teaching young people moral values and principles, “progressive” faculty and administrators actively promote moral degeneracy and perversion among the leaders of tomorrow.”
—Carol Swain, PhD, Professor of Political Science & Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University

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