Michael Furlonger Tips For Today: Love

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Michael Furlonger’s Tip For Today is Love. People think “Love” is just this passive thing. Now-a-days, to “love” is just to accept people. I don’t want to get into a big debate, but I want to encourage people, especially Christians, to turn their passive “love” into an active one.

James 2:14-17 reads,

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

In the same way that James is saying add “deeds” to your faith. I’m saying add actions to your “love“.

As Christians, we love to cut through scripture and say, “I just want to love people.” Which is fine. I think we need this desire to love people. And we can talk about teaching and other neglected roles in the church another time.

But, if you’re going to “love” people, how are you doing it? Are you reaching out a helping hand? Calling a lonely neighbour? Connecting with that person at church? Going out for coffee with that friend you haven’t spoken to in a long time?

Or, as I mentioned before, is your idea of “love” more of a “I’m going to ignore you and let you be” kind of love?

“I’m Just Checking In”

I received a text message from an old church group leader once. It said, “I’m just checking in.” Seriously? Not “How are you?”. No “We should go out for coffee.” Not even a “Did you catch the game last night?”

Nope. “I’m just checking in.” You know… It’s as if he works at a hospital. Just doing the rounds. Making sure you’re not dead yet.

How passive is that? Forgive me, but I replied, “Noted.”

Here Are Michael Furlonger’s Tips On How To Love:

  1. Reach Out: It’s great when you’re at a drive thru and you want to pay for the person behind you. You can’t overly make a connection there. But stop treating your church family like the person at the drive thru. If you can help them financially, great. But, at the very least, connect.
    • Repeat after me: How are you? How’s the wife? How’s the kids? Did you catch the game? Have you read any good books lately? Is there anything I can pray for?
  2. Go Out: Make time and go out. Leonard Ravenhill says, “There’s 24 hours in the day. Ideally you sleep 8, you work 8, what do you do with the other 8?” Of course, he is encouraging spending that time in prayer, but I don’t know anyone who locks himself in a room to pray for 8 hours. But on topic of showing people love, you have 8 hours. Ask these people you “love” out. It doesn’t mean a romantic dinner, just a walk around the block. Or a coffee, although COVID restrictions might make that difficult.
    • One time, two of the men in my small church group went out for a run. At first, I was upset that I didn’t get invited. But then I remembered, “I don’t run.” I laughed it off thinking of the scripture that says, “Only the wicked run when no one is chasing them.” But, truth, I was saddened that I’ve been locked up for months due to COVID lockdown and I didn’t get invited to spend time with friends.
  3. Connect: Let’s be real for a minute. The world is online. People are on social media, they’re working from home, we don’t go to the movies anymore, we watch Netflix, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime (Try Amazon Prime Free For 30 Days through the links at ChristianWritersBookstore).
    • My point is that we are in a completely different world today. Let’s try to connect. Due to Facebook’s silly algorithm, I randomly lose touch with friends, so I can’t just scroll through and click “Like”, I have to make an active decision to connect with people. So, try tagging a person in a post, maybe an old picture, just to let them know you’re thinking about them. Comment on their posts, as opposed to the passive “Like”.
    • If, like me, they have an online business or even a blog, share it. Let them know that even though we are separated, you still add value to my life.

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Elect Michael Furlonger For President

Michael Furlonger For President

Elect Michael Furlonger For President

You heard that correct people. I, Michael Furlonger, am running for the presidency of….

Ok. All seriousness now. We all know that I photoshopped (a big word for copy & paste) my face over top of Donald Trump’s face. We know this by the hair and hand gestures.

I Could Be King

(I actually have a whole video topic on sin and redemption found in Jesus Christ under this title, but I’ll save it for later.)

“When (Israel elders) said, ‘Give us a king to lead us,’ this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.  And the Lord told him: ‘Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.'” (1 Samuel 8:6-7)

A little bit of a back story of what’s going on in the verses above:

God has rescued the Israel people out of the land of slavery in Egypt. Bringing the false gods of Egypt and the other nations to shame. God leads the people into a new land and He overthrows these people who live in the land and calls it the Land of Israel.

Israel, at this time, has no king or formal government. You read about this in the book of Judges: After Israel takes land, they serve pagan gods and end up enslaved to these people. They cry out to Yahweh, the God who rescued them and brought them to the land, and God sends a “judge”. Again and again this is happening. You can almost set your watches to it.

So they go through all of these judges who ruled over them for a time. Once the judge died, they’d serve the gods of the Canaanites, then “Spit hits the fan”, they call to God, God lifts up another judge to overtake the Canaanites, and then rules for a time. Again and again.

“In Those Days Israel Had No King” (Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25)

“Everyone Did As They Saw Fit” (Judges 17:6; 21:25)

There’s a lot of reading that you, especially as Christians, should be reading in this text. Conservative, Republican, Liberal, Democrat- I don’t care.

The only reason I picked Donald Trump was because his hair and hand gesture is recognized. Joe Biden’s head doesn’t have as much of a recognizable characteristics.

Anyway… Let’s continue.

At this time of the Judges, they didn’t have a formal ruler, a king. Everyone did as they saw fit. In Judges 17, you’re reading about Micah and his idols. In Judges 19, you’re reading about a woman who was raped to death and this led to a war which is the conclusion of Judges 21.

Next to Judges in the Bible is Ruth, which happened during the time of Judges, and then 1 Samuel. This brings us full circle back to the beginning of this blog: The people are calling out, “Give us a king” and God saying, “I’m the one they’ve rejected.”

And The Lord Said…

“Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.” (1 Samuel 8:9)

Samuel gives the people a long list of things that will happen to them under another’s leadership. Read 1 Samuel 8:11-17 for further details regarding the taxation, enslavement and taking of good from the people.

“When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” (1 Samuel 8:18-20)

The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” (1 Samuel 8:22)

I encourage you all to read your Bibles. We are going through a very similar state as the Israelites even though it’s 2021. We are doing “as we see fit” then calling out for new leadership. And that will be great until the novelty wears off and we go to the election polls in four years. Just like in the book of Judges, we keep getting “rescued” but then we turn away from that to serve our own ways.

So God answers the Israelites call for leadership and gives them King Saul. Saul is good for a while until he turns away (just like the people in Judges), then God lifts up David. Then, because of David’s sin, and the actions of his son, Solomon, Israel is split.

And we see this again. Whether 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, we are splitting at the seams. I start the count in 2008 because of social media and everyone having a thought on everything.

And don’t think this is an attack from either side of the political aisle.

“The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart”

“The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” (1 Samuel 13:14)

Regardless of who our “king” (democratically appointed leader) is, God is looking for a man or woman after his own heart.

Please, don’t be deceived in thinking, “Because I go to church, I am after God’s heart.” The devil doesn’t waste time at strip clubs and bars, he’s coming for the church.

Don’t seek after the popularity of the church. The popularity of men (and women). Seek after the popularity of God. With His popularity in view, let’s stop filling our social media with hate. Let’s love our neighbour’s, let’s read the Bible to hear what God calls on us to do even when it hurts.

Let us call on the Holy Spirit, truly, and weep over our sins.

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Lockdown With Michael Furlonger

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Hey everyone. I hope that your day is going well. In Canada (and perhaps still all around the world), we are still in a Covid-19 Lockdown. So I wanted to start sharing some of my hobbies, workout routines, and what I have been doing to pass the time.

I shared this picture with my sister and she asked me if it was hard to build. So this blog post is dedicated to her. Introducing…

Lockdown With Michael Furlonger

As you can see, I have begun getting a little bored of watching TV. So while looking for some computer gadgets (still trying to create my own R2D2), I came across 3D puzzles. While I was hesitant, my nephew sent me a picture of a 3D lego hut he made, so I thought I’d give it a try.

The clock was actually a lot of fun to make. I was concerned that it would be too much frustration and I would end up throwing it against the wall. But as I watched TV with my wife, I thought, “Let me get a cup of coffee and put together this puzzle.” (It had been in the box for about a week at this point).

In the picture, I’m holding the cylinder that the clock technically goes in. I would say that that was probably the hardest part of the job, making sure the printed side is showing.

It really was a fun hobby to start. No tools were required and took about 2 hours to put together. It was a good way to end a Sunday afternoon.

If you notice the metronome in the clock appears fuzzy, that is because it actually works. It is now placed on top of my bookshelf.

What To Try Next?

Feel free to leave a comment below and tell me what you think I should try next. But let me show you some that I thought were really cool.

  1. 3D Projector

As mentioned, I’m looking into making an R2D2 model. And this 3D wooden projector popped up. It’s a hand cranked projector that comes with a film.

2. Black Gum Gramophone

I saw this and I thought that it looked awesome. It comes with 3 songs and plays 7 and 10 inch records. No batteries required.

3. Music Robots

This comes also as a bunny, a seymour, a space vehicle and a submarine. Each one comes with a different song.

I hope you enjoyed this first of “Lockdown With Michael Furlonger” offering some great ideas on stuff to do. Other things to create are cars, marble run, a carousal, a solar powered car, and so much more.

I hope that you enjoyed this first blog post of random hobbies by Michael Furlonger.

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Paul Washer And Harry Potter

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I don’t know if you know who Paul Washer is. When I first saw this sermon pop up on my computer, I thought that it was going to be this conservative preacher talking about Harry Potter and the evils of witchcraft. But instead it was a man recognizing the fall of Christianity.

Paul Washer discussed the courage of these children in the movie, willing to live and die for their cause. In contrast, when the people who watch that movie go to church there is no courage, no willingness to fight or die for their Savior.

The Battlefield

As I watched the video, I realized that I’m not out in the “battlefield”. I’m not taking the message to any third-world nation dying of famine and disease. Near the end of the video, Paul Washer shares that we may not all be going out into the mission field. Some of us will be salt and light in our local communities.

I was thinking about this as I was making a cup of coffee. So many teenagers and young adults want the adventure of the missionary, but they don’t want the message. I say this boldly, because I do have Facebook.

Yes, laugh at the silliness, but consider this: We live in the West, we have a home with Internet from which we can reach millions of people with the Gospel. Instead, the people I know from church are too busy sharing “Dad Joke” memes, cat videos, and politics.

I laugh thinking of someone arguing, “Well, Michael, we can’t preach if we don’t have the relationship with people. Without the relationship, Christianity is off putting.” I laugh thinking, “Sure. And politics has never ruined a relationship.”

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Deuteronomy 22:11- Wool and Linen

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Do you ever read the Old Testament Law and wonder, “What? Why?”? One of the things that comes to mind is the clothing laws.

Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together. (Deut. 22:11)

Now, I’m not huge on watching TikTok videos because by what I have seen is about wives laughing at their husband or the other way around. But my wife loses hours watching videos and she shared this one on an Old Testament law that made me want to look deeper into it.

From LifeGivingLinen.com/Linen-Study, we can read more about what this woman on TikTok shares. From the website:

“According to this study, the human body has a signature frequency of 100, and organic cotton is the same – 100.  The study showed that if the number is lower than 100, it puts a strain on the body.  A diseased, nearly dead person has a frequency of about 15, and that is where polyester, rayon, and silk register. Nonorganic cotton registers a signature frequency of about 70. However, if the fabric has a higher frequency, it gives energy to the body.  This is where linen comes in as a super-fabric. Its frequency is 5,000. Wool is also 5,000, but when mixed together with linen, the frequencies cancel each other out and fall to zero. Even wearing a wool sweater on top of a linen outfit in a study collapsed the electrical field. The reason for this could be that the energy field of wool flows from left to right, while that of linen flows in the opposite direction, from right to left. “

What’s a Hz (Hertz)?

I know very little when it comes to this science topic. As I listened to the video and the woman talks about hertz, I have to look that up. Fortunately, the link above shares on this topic.

A man named Dr. Rife did studied “specific vibrational ‘kill’ frequencies” of organisms in the 1920s (not specifying in clothing). He believed that if “disease-causing microorganisms” were better understood, they could be “eliminated by an opposing rate of vibration.”

Rife believed that the ideal frequency of a human being is between 62 and 72 Hz. Anything lower than that could compromise a person’s immune system.

Dr. Callahan

Back to Dr. Yellen’s study, she shares about a physician and researcher named Dr. Phillip Callahan. Dr. Callahan “discovered that flax cloth, as suggested in the Books of Moses …, acts as an antenna for the energy. He found that when the pure flax cloth was put over a wound or local pain, it greatly accelerated the healing process.”

Modern Christianity

I don’t want to get in a discussion on Apostle Paul quotes on the Law. Thanks be to God who sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to bring us back to Himself. We are not eternally saved because we wear certain clothing or avoid eating certain foods. But isn’t this fascinating?

Let’s not abandon the Old Testament law for the sake of the New. Remember that Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” Let’s be fascinated and amazed at the greatness of our God.

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Jesus Christ Was An Utter Failure

Please let me explain before you stone me.

Brothers Of The Faith Meeting

I was having a conversation with some of my “brothers of the faith” about church. One of these brothers has been doing a deep study of the book of Revelation. He brought up the seven angels of the seven churches in Revelation 2 & 3. If you’re unfamiliar, Jesus sends these angels with a warning against the churches some are rumoured to be ‘alive’ in faith, but are dead.

This is what was brought up against me in our discussion:

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. (Rev. 2:4-6)

This was the angel sent to the church in Ephesus. The church in Ephesus was supposedly very focused on God with a very ‘holier than though’ attitude. As we read, they hated the practices of the Nicolaitans.

So, I asked this brother, “What are you saying? I love God and I try to take care of those in need. But I cannot compromise the Gospel message of repentance to make the masses feel better.”

The Doctor

I explained it this way:

“A person goes to the doctor. The doctor says, ‘I’ve seen your blood work and your charts. Your cholesterol is high. If you don’t stop eating salts and red meat, you’re going to die.”

The brother commented that if we are truly born of the Spirit, we shouldn’t speak in parables. But that’s another topic to discuss later.

My point, however, was that the patient has essentially two option:

  1. The patient can say, “Well, Doc. I don’t believe in your medicine and your analysis. I’m going to eat what I want, when I want. And if I die, so be it.”
    OR
  2. The patient can say, “Thank you, doctor, for taking the time to examine me and tell me what’s wrong. I will do the best I can to limit my salts and red meat.”

What that patient CANNOT say is, “This doctor is a hateful, red meat-a-phobe, salt-a-phobe, biggot.”

The brother concluded that this same example can be used that if the doctor is rude and straightforward, the patient will never return.

So, let us conclude with:

Jesus Christ Was An Utter Failure

In John 6:1-15, Jesus feeds the hungry people following him. Verse 10 says that there was about 5,000 men (not including women and children).

The next day, the crowd found him on the other side of the lake (John 6:25). While they came for food (John 6:26), Jesus began to teach them and many left (John 6:66). Finally, Jesus’s crowd was left to 12:

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. (John 6:67)

That is a horrible number. From 5000 to 12 is a loss of 4,988 people. I can hear the church group now, “Hey Jesus. Lighten up. You’ve offended the audience.”

Example:

Imagine if Joel Osteen invited you to preach in his mega church, easily holding 5,000 people. After preaching the Word of God, the auditorium is empty aside from 12 people. You would never be asked to speak again.

Note that I don’t encourage listening or reading Joel Osteen’s books. In fact, as I said, if he or anyone genuinely preaches the Word of God for truth, you will likely lose most of your audience by next Sunday.

Concluding Thoughts

I conclude with saying that I worship God for who He is. I was a man lost in sin and the Word of God gave me direction. And while the Word of God also condemned, the Works of Christ gave me hope that His death on the cross brought me back to the Father.

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3)

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Author Michael Furlonger Interview

Author Michael Furlonger God: The Master of Sin and Satan The Beautiful

Author Michael Furlonger has been working on this project for a few months now. While he has been keeping it under wraps to the public, he is getting ready to share. Before he opens up the floodgates of all these amazing Christian authors and bloggers, he wanted to share a bit about himself. In the identical format that he would use with others.

Author Michael Furlonger has published two book, God: The Master of Sin and Satan the Beautiful and Assurance of Salvation: How To Find The Assurance Of Your Eternity. In today’s interview, Michael Furlonger shares on his faith, books, and his website.

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Exodus/Slavery/Abortion

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Exodus, Slavery, And Modern Day Abortion

I know that this topic of The Exodus, Slavery and Abortion is going to get some backlash, but I want to spitfire some thoughts on the matter. Feel free to share your thoughts, but please be respectful

For the past year I have been taking online Christian college courses. Unfortunately, I cannot share the full videos, but I will share small written portions.

I’ve been wanting to share on this for some time, but haven’t been able to. So I’m taking some time to share what I’ve learned and discovered. And some thoughts of my own that I’ve been considering.

The Backstory

The “Exodus” story should be understood at the origins of Genesis 37 of Joseph being sold as a slave into Egypt. As you read Genesis 37, 39, 40 and 41, you read the story of God being with Joseph as a slave, a prisoner, and a dreamer. In Genesis 41, Joseph is lifted out of captivity by Pharaoh himself and raised to lead Egypt through the upcoming years of famine.

In Genesis 42-46, we read of Joseph’s brothers, the ones that sold him into slavery, going to Egypt to get food and grain in the years of famine. Unknowingly, the man who was giving them the food they need, was their brother, Joseph. Once Joseph makes himself known, the brothers go back to get their families and their father, Jacob, to come back to Egypt to live.

“I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” (Gen. 45:4-7)

When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan, and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’…” (Gen. 45:16-18)

Israel In Bondage, God Heard Their Cry: Video

-But someone might say, “Well, yeah. That’s true. But four and a half months a year, the Nile floods and all these fields would have been, at that time at least, under water. So what then?”

Location

-We’re on a hillside here in the Western Desert of Egypt. But it’s not an ordinary hillside. We’re in one of the key places of the Middle and New kingdom of Egyptian history. In front of us, the Nile River Valley, and just across, the modern city of Luxor – or Thebes as the Greeks called it. That was more or less the religious center of Egypt at the time of the Exodus. On this side is where the pharaohs and the queens chose to be buried after the period of those pyramids, which was the kingdom before. 

Now, not everybody got to be a tomb carver and a temple builder. Some had to make bricks. “But come work for me. There’s a lot of work when you’re a pharaoh. So come work for me during those four and a half months.” And that was the Egyptian system. 

So you would say, “Well, where would I live?”

And Pharaoh would say, “Do you want this apartment? It’s got three rooms.” 

To you, it’s fairly small, but by their standards, that’s pretty nice. “Really? What do I get paid?”

Payment

Pay was an upper middle-class amount. Some in currency probably – gold or silver. But mostly in food and other necessities. They were paid in oil and grain and wine and that Egyptian specialty, beer. It was, honestly, by their own description– and nobody ever thinks they’re overpaid obviously– by their own description, it’s a pretty good salary. 

But how much do we have to work? I’ll bet this is long hours.”

“Well,” Pharaoh said, “I’ll tell you what.” 

Honestly, this is the record. “We have a ten-day week here in Egypt. I’ll let you work a ten-day week. You can have a two-day weekend.” At one point in Ramesses III, a three-day weekend. “Eight hours a day will be enough.” 

The Exodus

Above, we see that life was pretty good.

Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” (Ex. 1:6-10)

I shared this time line that I want us to fully understand. Because of Joseph, his family, the Israelites, were welcomed into the land of Egypt. Not only were they welcomed, but they were given the best of the land.

As time goes by, a new king takes the thrown (maybe it was the son of the former Pharaoh, maybe not). The king decides to put slave masters over them (Ex. 1:11) making their lives hard making brinks, mortar and work in the field (Ex. 1:14). He goes on to say to the Hebrew midwives,

“When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. (Ex. 1:16- 17)

And we all know the story of Moses (Ex. 2): He is spared, put in a basket and pushed down the river, picked up by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised as an Egyptian.

Slavery

I believe that we can all agree that slavery is wrong. As much as people only like to focus on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, slavery has been going on for millennia’s, and even today (2020 AD), it’s still going on. Note that if you look at pornography, you’re endorsing a slavery empire.

The point that I want to bring up is that the time of the slavery of the Jews were oddly good. While in the desert, free from captivity, they wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!”…  “Why did we ever leave Egypt?” (Numbers 11:18a,20b). Before you think that they were captive to Moses, they weren’t. Many did leave.

Back to the Exodus story and Moses:

…she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him, Moses… (Ex. 2:10)

One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. (Ex. 2:11-12)

When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian… (Ex. 2: 15)

So, I’m setting the stage of what is going on here: Israelites have been in Egypt as slaves for 400 years (Gen. 15:13; Acts 7:6). After 320 years of slavery, Moses was born: 40 years in Egypt+ 40 years in Midian (Acts 7:23, 30).

People may also say that God encouraged slavery. While a case can be made that God allowed slavery, He spoke against slave trading (Ex. 21:20; 1 Tim.1:10) and continuously reminds the Hebrews that they too were slaves in Egypt.

Frank Turek’s Slavery And The Bible for additional details.

Plagues

For 320 years, there has been this slavery going on in Egypt. But the outcry didn’t come until the slave masters were placed over them and were told to throw every Hebrew boy into the Nile (Ex. 1:22).

Moses, a Hebrew boy, is put in a basket and brought out of the Nile by the Pharaoh’s daughter and is raised as an Egyptian. In Acts 7, we are told that he learned all the wisdom of Egypt. And at the age of 40, he kills an Egyptian slave master and flees to Midian. After 40 years in Midian, where he marries and has 2 sons, he speaks with God through the Burning Bush (Ex. 3), Moses returns to Egypt to bring the Israelites out of slavery (Ex. 4).

And what does God do? He brings plagues.

“I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord…” (Ex. 12:12b)

You see, the Israelites had lived there for over 400 years, working the fields and building bricks for the temple. And you can only imagine that if all you hear about are these other gods, you’ll start believing in them and praying to them.

So every plague that is brought on the Egyptians is to counter their Egyptian gods.

Perhaps, like me, you are wondering, why not just give the Hebrews the land of Egypt? After all, they worked it, it was a good land.

“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices…” (Lev. 18:2-3) 

Child Sacrifice

When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. (Deut. 18:9-11)

Frank Turek’s On Child Sacrifice among other topics

I bring up these verses to gain a much better scope and understanding of Egypt and the slavery that occurred.

Modern Day Abortion

I shared a lot of details about the slavery of the Hebrews and about the sacrifices because a lot of what was going on in Egypt is still going on today.

Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) popularly became the founder of Planned Parenthood. While there is nothing wrong with having a clinic focused on the health and welfare of patients, you want to be cautious when they’re concerned:

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Christians And The BLM

Quote From The BLM Website

We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).

https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/

The BLM Patriarchal Confusion

What does- We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts”- mean? Patriarch is the male head of the family and matriarch is the female head of the family.

A man should work. The first thing God did with Man (Adam) was put him to work.

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it
and take care of it.” (Gen. 2:15)

Don’t get me wrong. When a woman wants to work, what should stop her? And if a man wants to stay home and take care of the kids, what should stop him? But a man should not “require mothers to work ‘double shifts'” if you are able to work.

The BLM Nuclear Family Confusion

What does- We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure- mean? The “Western-prescribed nuclear family” is a father, a mother and children.

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife,
and they become one flesh.”
Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.
(Gen. 2:24, 4:1)

Actually, with this verse, we see that it’s not a “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure”, it’s a Biblical, Middle-Eastern prescribed nuclear family.

“the tight grip of heteronormative thinking”

I know that this thought might get a lot of flack as it addresses the view of homosexuality, but men are valuable. Black, white, whatever your skin tone, you are valuable to the family unit.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church… husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” (Eph. 5:25, 28)

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:4)

The Spiritual Side

In this video, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement shares the spiritual side of the movement:

How Should Christians Respond?

With Love. Allow me to explain: A whole race of people are being fed news that they are being hunted down. In much that we are all told to be terrified of the Covid-19 (despite a small fraction of deaths), people are told to be frightened that they are going to be killed (despite a small fraction of 259/38,800,000 in 2019).

This doesn’t mean that the 259 lives are unimportant, or invaluable. Jesus Christ died for all of us, and a lost soul is a lost soul. Let people know that their lives do matter.

There will be arguments to be made. I know. I’ve simply shared with you where the Bible disagrees with the foundation of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Please, be informed.

And, Christians, please recognize that there is a lot more going on in the spiritual realm and we can only fight it with love.

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Michael & The Devil Part 6 (Homosexuality)

In Part 6 of Michael & The Devil, Michael addresses how to handle the hard button issue of homosexuality. Providing personal stories and the importance of showing love and grace to people, but not contradicting scripture.

In this video, author Michael Furlonger shares that, as Christians, we have to stand on biblical truths. In this video, he shares his response to a friend on Facebook on the topic of homosexuality. Furthermore, he shares on the importance of holding God’s Word as sovereign.

Part 6 is the last video on the “Michael And The Devil” series. In the next series, Michael will be raising scripture against scripture.

Verses Provided:

Matthew 19:4-6, 11-12 reads, “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
“Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” (Matt. 19:4-6, 11-12)

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:26-27)

We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine… (1 Tim. 1:9-10)

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men. (1 Cor. 6:9)

Compassion

In the video, Michael shares on the importance of showing love without compromising the Word of God. He shared an example of a young boy coming up to him concerned of his salvation and God’s love because of his sexual desire. This is a perfect example of being loving and gentle, but holding to the Truth.

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