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The Christmas Trade

December 14, 2013

I was sitting in my front room earlier and I fell asleep. When I woke up, the channel on my TV was set on the Seasonal Favorites music channel. The song that was playing was “Have a holly, jolly Christmas.” And my feeling was how disgustingly blasphemous this song was to the real meaning of Christmas. I had tolerated this channel because it had a number of sacred carols too.

But then it hit me. Of course people aren’t going to give up the sacred beauty of Christmas unless an enticing alternative is given to them by satan’s world – happy, non-religious songs, presents, sports and santa.

And this enticement starts with children – presents, santa and candy.

And really, Easter was stolen in the same way – by a bunny and candy.

And we could continue on with how other religious holidays (holy days) were traded in for secular fiction, traditions and “goodies” (which really turn out to be physiological “badies”) – Halloween and Valentine’s Day.

What this boils down to is: the culture has increasingly traded in love for sensationalism.

So that all inspired me to write a poem that spelled out some of the worse trades ever.

They traded Christmas for happy songs and presents
They traded Easter for a bunny and candy
They traded sex with love for porn
They traded marriage for “the grass is greener”
They traded eternity for impulse
They traded peace for hyperness
They traded real life for fiction
They traded health for junk food
They traded personal achievement for sports
They traded God for self-sovereignty and intimidation by others
… and the Bible says, <em>“They traded God’s truth for a lie, and they worshipped and served the creation instead of the creator”</em> Romans 1:25.

Too bad that many don’t realize that when we abandon the smoke screens and do it God’s way, He rewards us with peace, love, confidence, security, joy, clarity and a great eternity. Against these things “the world’s” ways can’t compete 🙂

Byline: Dennis Marcellino’s books, music and DVDs can be seen at <a href=”http://www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com&#8221; title=”www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com”>www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com</a>

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A conflict between a mainstream myth and a musical/philosophical expression by a cultural icon

May 8, 2013

A conflict between a mainstream myth and a musical/philosophical expression by a cultural icon

On the TV show “The Voice” a singer was going to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine”. He said that he was a huge fan of John Lennon. His coach, Shakira, said, “Well I’m sure that he’s proudly looking down on you now.” Then the singer started singing “Imagine” with the opening line “Imagine there’s no heaven.” So then where was John Lennon looking down on him from?

It takes more to get into Heaven than the mainstream myth realizes. See my 2 minute YouTube video about that at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXMzJZ-0zOs

Why do young people look up to cultural icons with reverence instead of the only perfect role model – Jesus? Especially since those icons are usually leading dysfunctional, destructive lifestyles. Have you heard of “The 27 Club”? Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, and many more, all died at the age of 27 … and mainly from overdoses.

I think that the reason why young people look up to them is because they appear to be free in that they can express themselves without intimidation from the world. But they are confusing musical talent with true freedom. And their freedom is often found in a bottle or with drugs.

I too looked up to them when I was young, and to the point of leaving my career in engineering to become a member of some very famous bands (Sly & The Family Stone, The Elvin Bishop Group, Rubicon, and The Tokens – famous for The Lion Sleeps Tonight). But the freedom wasn’t there, like I thought it would be. Hence I ended up trying 20 different approaches to truth and lifestyle before finally finding it 30 years ago in Christianity.

I now try to spread that insight through a presentation which can be seen at http://www.SpreadingGod.com/evangelism.html. (You can be a part of helping to spread that by showing that web page to your pastor or school. For example, how many people realize that science is on the side of God and the Bible and not modern science theories, many of which are science fiction?)

I think that young people go through a period of rejecting the status quo in search of freedom and self-gratification. But in the process of running from, do they ever find a place to run to … or do they get caught up in addiction because they didn’t find the place to run to? (I have a cure for that too: http://www.AddictionFreeForever.com) The paradox here is that the most free that a person can be is in submitting themselves to God’s holy rules, which He then in turn responds by filling our hearts with peace, love and harmony with our being.

The problem now though is that the spirit of rebellion of the ‘60s has become mainstream. And now kids are looked at as “different” if they don’t go along with the immorality of today. Whereas the opposite was the case when I was growing up in the ‘50s if kids were immoral or atheistic.

Byline: Dennis Marcellino’s books and music can be seen at http://www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com

The State Of Churches

January 2, 2013

I read in Forgotten God (pp. 181-183) how an ex gang member who became a Christian went to the writer’s local church to see what church was like. After attending for a while he stopped going there. When asked why, he said that he had actually found more of a “family” in gangs.

In fact, that’s what I’ve also encountered in my history of going to churches. I mean, they’ve all had expensive global outreaches, but there was no sense of family at the churches. There was just a pharisetical hierarchy … and then the masses. Yet here I was with a ministry … even a world-class, badly needed ministry … but I could get no interest from the hierarchy. And yet I badly needed support (financial and workers) to spread it, but could get none.

An interesting thing about these churches is that there was a regular migration out of them. Was it because people weren’t finding “family” in them? That was the case for many of the small community groups I was in, and it was the case for me too. Some of these churches had good Bible-centered preaching, but no real human connection. Just a bunch of individuals with their outside family but not a church family. Yet Jesus said this about family. “Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came. They stood outside and sent a person in to tell Jesus to come out. Many people were sitting around Jesus. They said to him, “Your mother and brothers are waiting for you outside.” Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then Jesus looked at those people sitting around him. He said, “These people are my mother and my brothers! My true brother and sister and mother are those people that do the things God wants.” Mark 3:31-35.

This dilemma is especially concerning for me as an evangelist. That is, my job is to get people interested in, and even excited about, Christianity. But then I need to pass them on to good churches, where they can grow as Christians and have a full Christian experience. And it is helpful to do that in a Christian community that is more advanced in Christianity than they are. But my experience says that you are on your own with God (which still is good, but can be better with other believers and in a church as described in the Bible).

So, how is the church that you go to in this regard? Is this just my experience, or are there good “family” churches out there? And are there any churches according to the ones that the Bible defines in Acts 2:42-47?

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