Why Art Thou Cast Down?

If the Bible is a source of wisdom and knowledge which covers all life situations, then where does it talk about depression?

We have found three ways in which the Bible describes depression:

  1. A spirit of heaviness ( Isaiah 61:3 )
  2. Discouragement ( Isaiah 42:4 )
  3. Cast Down ( Psalms 42:5-6, 11; 43:5 )

The Watchman

I’m not here to judge you or anyone else, I don’t know what is in your heart: only God does.

My concern is that death is not the sweet nothingness that modern science wants you to believe it is: the karmic return of our molecules and energy into the environment. Death is a physical end of the body, but our soul has to continue for ever.

If we knew Jesus Christ during our lifetime then we are purified, placed into a new body and we go on into eternity in the presence of almighty God. Those that rejected Christ will pass through death and awake to the horror of torment in hell. It’s not a pretty picture. There are times when I feel like apologizing for even writing the words. However the burden has been placed on me to want to reach out and deliver this message. If I know the truth and I have the ability to warn people but don’t do it: their blood will be on my hands. If I warn people and they reject me then I am not responsible for their outcome.

  1. Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
  2. Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
  3. If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
  4. Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
  5. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
  6. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.
  7. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
  8. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
  9. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. (Ezekiel 33:1-9)

It’s bleak, but you would be well served by reading in the Bible the last two chapters: Revelation 21 & 22. The glory that awaits us is beyond anything we can imagine 😃

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Weaving the Cultural Fabric of Our Time

I’m years behind the curve of understanding the impact that self publishing has had in the publishing business.  I’m last one off the blocks in learning the ins and outs of social media.  When it comes to technology and consumer electronics I like mine 5+ years old.  I’m not in a rush here folks, so why do I feel so much pressure?

Pinning one’s hopes on becoming the next Jeffery Archer or Stephen King has probably slimmer odds than winning the lottery.  Self publishing an ebook on Amazon means that the work in question has to be finished and polished.  Such dilemmas.  Looking at the offerings for advice on preparing a manuscript runs the gamut from: ask a friend who is an English teacher to read it, to: hire a team of editors, illustrators, marketers and publicists.

What if I choose none of the above?  From my vantage point every strategy I have seen to date has really just one goal: selling books.  Which is another way of saying: making money.  What if I were to take that out of the equation?  If making money has no bearing at all on my motivation, then why am I motivated?

With the ultra-connected internet of everything breathing down our necks let’s take a moment to think about cultural longevity.  When kids were asked which would they prefer, a long-lasting stable career or to produce a viral video?  Most of them chose the viral video.  It would be pretty neat wouldn’t it?  to have 1 billion views of a video of me tipping over a barbed wire fence and having my pants ripped off.  Hilarious.  Painful, but hey, it got 1 billion views.

The quest to go viral has become viral.

Given this backdrop, of multiple multimedia platforms able to reach about 1.6 billion people around the world, let’s think about this: would it be possible to have our ideas, characters and story, woven into the cultural fabric of our time?  It is theoretically possible to have the entire collective consciousness of internet users be familiar with our product.  It should even be possible to do this without either spending or making any money.

If it is possible to do this it would represent a breakage of the link between wealth and influence.  Traditionally wealth would be necessary to have influence, and a great example of this is the Donald Trump Presidential campaign.  Love him or hate him, the power he has to attract media coverage is because of the influence of his wealth.

Poor people have had great influence, to be sure.  Jesus Christ for example.  He feeds a deep spiritual need and give hopes to millions of people.  Could that avenue be tapped?  Could we find the spiritual truth that people today don’t even know that they need, and use it to become universally known?  Would it be wrong?

These are interesting times to be sure.  let’s not miss something blindingly obvious because we are trying to make money.

So we come back to the thing that has been bothering me. Jesus Christ gave to the church a great commission,

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the World. (Matthew 28:19,20)

Given the power of social media to reach out to people all around the world, it would seem that there is a moral imperative to use it to reach as many people as possible. Let’s face it, all this technology and the power of the internet surely has more value than to simply promote pornography, right? Plus, if our endeavor is within the will of God then His divine power and influence will be brought to bear. Imagine that, we can do like an experiment, a testable hypothesis indeed:

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:7)

Consider this my way of telling the world that I am beginning an evangelistic mission, preaching salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. On the internet, for free.

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Who Wants to Attack Hell With Me?

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

(Matthew 16:17-19) KJV

We (that’s me and the Holy Spirit) have a question for you. Specifically for any Christians out there: Who wants to attack hell with us? We have a responsibility to do this you know.

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