Monthly Archives: December 2015

Paul Harvey lost his father at age 3 ( a policeman killed in the line of duty )( one of Billy’s best posts ) 

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conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly better be careful in calling Trump last hope for America 

Donald Trump 2Longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly has not endorsed Donald Trump for president, she told a radio show this week.
Schafly told the “Focal Point” program that she had not endorsed the billionaire businessman despite an interview in which she agreed he could be the “last hope” for America.

( Billy’s thoughts – Schafly and every leader on the right better be careful in backing Trump. His record is not one from the right. He might be good on some issues but on the social issues I am not so sure he will be good. Besides the last hope for America is not Trump or any man but the King of kings. Read the rest of the above story here. )

There’s a Burglar… Sic’ em, Jesus!

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Christian who believes in abortion needs to read God’s word and submit herself to his Lordship 

Payne grew up in a good Christian home with loving parents and opportunities to make the most of her life.
Instead, she decided to become an abortion doctor.
Payne, an Ob/Gyn resident (pictured above), wrote a shockingly bold column for the women’s website XO Jane about how her faith and upbringing influenced her to abort unborn babies for a living. Through her experiences, Payne flaunted her career goal and what she perceived as the importance of training programs for abortion doctors in the U.S.
“I love providing abortion care to women, and I am proud to do so,” Payne wrote, adding that she and many of her colleagues are “not afraid, embarrassed or ashamed to say so.”
Payne explained:
Who wants to be an abortion provider?
I do. And I don’t have a nose-ring or a tattoo. I’m a 5’ blonde from Ohio and my last boyfriend was a pastor. In fact my Midwest, Christian upbringing is largely responsible for my belief that providing abortion services is one of the most meaningful ways I feel I can contribute to making the world a more fair and equal place for women.

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The gifts are packed away; the kitchen’s finally cleaned up. Maybe you’re relieved Christmas is over. But is it?

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The gifts are packed away; the kitchen’s finally cleaned up. Maybe you’re relieved Christmas is over. But is it?

We Americans really outdo ourselves celebrating Christmas, often starting the day after Thanksgiving and sometimes before. We not only “out do,” we often overdo, glutting ourselves to the point where getting past Christmas becomes a relief.
With all the hubbub and celebrating, one aspect of this holiday that often gets lost is the season of Christmas, which begins (not ends) on Christmas Day and runs for twelve days until January 5. This season is usually only observed among liturgical churches, but it contains some powerful spiritual reminders that the rest of us might want to recover.
One of these is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, traditionally celebrated on December 28. Starting in the fifth century, the church set aside this day to remember the babes of Bethlehem slaughtered by King Herod.
As you recall, Herod was jealous of the newborn King and asked the traveling Magi to report back when they found him. When he finally realized that the Wise Men were not returning, Herod flew into a rage and had all the boys two years and under in Bethlehem killed, fulfilling the prophecy of Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
Loud weeping and lamentation over the murder of innocent children doesn’t exactly fit the “peace on earth, goodwill toward men” narrative we prefer to highlight. But like it or not, it’s as much a part of Christmas as singing angels, wondering shepherds and a rough manger filled with hay.
Perhaps we can be forgiven, given what’s going on in our own world today. Haven’t we had enough of this lately, with students being gunned down in Sandy Hook and children beheaded by ISIS terrorists? We also struggle with the knowledge that millions of young souls are trafficked for sex and labor each year, and we must face the fact that more than 50 million babies have been killed in the womb in America since 1973.
daily_commentary_12_28_15Yet these tragedies are precisely why it’s worth remembering those martyred children in Bethlehem so long ago. The message of Christmas rings true each year precisely because of all the sin, death and darkness we see around us. Christ came into a world beset by sin and enslaved to death. On the cross, he became intimately sensitized to each bloody, brutal sin we ever committed and will commit. The innocent blood shed at Christmas prefigured Jesus’ innocent blood shed on the cross as the fulfillment of His rescue mission on earth.
There’s another reason for us to remember the Holy Innocents. In a beautiful collection of devotions entitled God With Us, Emilie Griffin reminds us that Herod’s violent action was motivated by his fear of losing control, a fear we all know well.
Griffin writes, “In our weakness and fragility we are tempted to believe that we can be in control of our lives. But Christ disrupts our lives by coming into the world, challenging our sense of self-reliance. Can any of us say that there isn’t a faint shadow of Herod within us, fearful of this threat to our ego?”
This may explain why so much of the world prefers to celebrate snowmen, reindeer and Santa Claus rather than the Word of God who dwelt among us.
But Santa can never offer lasting hope for the “weeping and loud lamentation” heard all over the earth today. As we remember the Holy Innocents this Christmas season, may we all draw closer to Him who will wipe away every tear, Jesus the Christ.
(This commentary originally aired on December 26, 2014.)

culture trumps politics

relationship of elections to culture? Many Christians argue that elections are downstream from where real change is taking place. Often politicians and judges are making decisions to “catch-up” with the culture. Mark Steyn understands this.
He writes about this in his book, The Undocumented Mark Steyn. He explains this in his New York Post article, The real battle for America is over culture, not elections. His argument is simple. Culture trumps politics. In many ways politics is merely the reflection of cultural change.
He acknowledges: “You can’t have conservative government in a liberal culture, and that’s the position the Republican Party is in.” He goes on to explain: “Liberals expend tremendous effort changing the culture. Conservatives expend tremendous effort changing elected officials every other November — and then are surprised that it doesn’t make much difference.”

( Billy’s thoughts – Those who are followers of Jesus and submitted to the Lordship of God’s word must get back to making disciples which is what the great commission teaches. Read the rest of the above commentary here or listen to the audio. )

Bone marrow recipient meets donor who saved his life

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Christmas story is a story of..

Christmas story is a story of..
( Below is a Christmas sermon I posted last year around this time 

  . May it bless you and may God use it to draw you closer to the savior. )
Matthew 1:18-24

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
The true Christmas story is a story of…
A. Obedience to God: Joseph and Mary both obeyed God.Every act of obeying God is an act of worship. When we hear something taught at church or by a spiritual leader all we can do is check to see if it is in the word of God and if it is obey it regardless of the cost.

Joseph: Wanted to do what was right but he also did not want to shame Mary. A young Jewish girl who had a baby who was not married would become an outcast but one of the above verses says he did not want to expose her to public disgrace. However when an angel spoke to Joseph telling him what was conceived in her was the Savior and that he should not be afraid to take Mary home as his wife he obeyed the Lord.

Worship means to knowledge who God is and what he has done.
B. The God of the impossible:

The thing that was so amazing about how Jesus came into this world was not his birth. He was born like other babies. Think about it. The thing that was so amazing is how he was conceived. If Mary was not a virgin when Jesus was born you can forget the Bible and burn it. Because then the whole Christian message is a lie. Jesus mission was to revel to us God the father. Some try to live the Christian life without Jesus. The Christian life is not hard apart from Jesus it is impossible without Jesus. Impossible odds are God’s kind of odds. Luke 18:27 says nothing is impossible with God. The key is having Jesus.

So what are the things God has done that are impossible apart from him but he has made possible.
1. Creation: Genesis 1:1-31 ESV /

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

This world was not created by any person it was made by the creator of this world God himself.
2. Human life: Genesis 1:27

English Standard Version (ESV)

27 So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

Your life is no accident, you were created by a loving God. Is it any wonder we have kids having babies, or doing horrible crimes like murdering others. We keep telling them in the government schools that they came from apes. If you tell people a lie long enough there will come a time when they will embrace it.
3. Know God: John 1:12

English Standard Version (ESV)

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

There is a lie that is taught in our world and sadly even some churches preach it. That is that everyone in this world is a child of God. No they are not.Every soul is a creation of God but not a child of God now every soul can become a child of God by trusting Jesus to be their Savior.

Christians have been rooted because work of God.
C. Christmas is a story of a faithful God: Just like God was faithful to send his son that first Christmas to save us who were lost, he is faithful today to come into and remain in the souls of all those who call on him as their Lord Jesus.

You can not do some kind of good work to get salvation or to keep salvation.
How do we know God is faithful?
1. God is Faithful in Mercy.

“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” Lam 3:22-23

Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations in despair. He was in anguish over the destruction of Jerusalem. In the early part of this chapter, Jeremiah is grieved that God seems to have ignored his prayers.

“Even when I cry out and plead for help, He rejects my prayer.” Lam 3:8

Yet his hope was in the character of God. He knew God’s mercy would come in the morning.
2. God is Faithful to His Plans
“Yes, I have spoken; so I will also bring it about. I have planned it; I will also do it.” Isa 46:11
The words of God are not like the words of men. We lose focus, grow tired, change our mind, rethink a plan based on new information. God is quite the opposite. He’s not susceptible to weakness.
God is the very definition of wisdom. There is nothing in His eternal perspective that would catch Him by surprise. It’s impossible for Him to have new information, because He knows all things.
God’s words are firm. His eternal promises are set and will not change.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” Matt 24:35
3. God is Faithful in Love
“‘Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not be removed from you and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,’ says your compassionate Lord.” Isa 54:10
Love is an essential part of God’s character (1 Jn 4:8). Through whatever we may do to provoke God, He is faithful to love and preserve His people, because He cannot deny Himself (2 Tim 2:13).
The love of God is stronger than the firmest foundations of earth. Even if everything that we hold dear to on earth is removed, God’s love is faithful forever.
Whoever God has shown love to, He will always preserve. His love has no end.

Romans 8:32-39

32 He who did not spare his own Son but rgave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? sIt is God who justifies. 34 tWho is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—uwho is at the right hand of God, vwho indeed is interceding for us.10 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

w“For your sake xwe are being killed all the day long;

we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than yconquerors through zhim who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Those who think you can lose your salvation must think there comes a time when God will stop loving his children. God will discipline his children but he doesn’t punish his children. Punishment is for the non believer.
4. God is Faithful to Forgive
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 Jn 1:9
In comparison to God, our weakness is obvious. There is no perfection within us, no righteous that can bear with any measure to God’s perfect holiness. We all make mistakes. We all are disobedient to the ways of God. We all sin.
To justify their actions, people often compare themselves to others: “I’m not like that guy.” But God’s standard are much higher than our own.
We think with a temporary mindset. God makes His judgments within eternity. Given an eternal amount of time, the supposed “small” marks of sin in my life will certainly make me a forever wretch.
The desperate need of humanity is eternal forgiveness from sin. This is only available through the sacred price paid by the Son of God on the cross.
For those who have put their faith in Jesus and confessed their sins to God, we have become His children. God will not change His mind. We are cleansed in Christ. God is faithful to forgive.
In conclusion let me ask you a question that gets to the heart of the matter is Christmas just another day to you or is it about God sending his son Jesus down to earth to be born, and to die, then to rise again from the dead so that we who are dead spirituality can be born again by his spirit and made alive.

The only way to do that is to receive Jesus. You can not do anything to earn his love or salvation but like a gift under your tree you must receive him.

It is not Christmas until it happens in your heart so take Jesus today and then it will really be Christmas for you.

If you are ready to do that pray a simple prayer like this.

Dead Lord:

I admit I am a sinner. Thank you for dying in my place, taking my punishment. Today I welcome you into my soul and life. Take control of my life. I receive you as savior and Lord of my life. Thank you for coming into my life. Make me into the person you want me to be.

In Jesus name amen.
( The part of the above sermon on the faithfulness of God was taken from this website http://jasonneilsoto.com/2013/10/16/4-ways-god-is-faithful/.
Billy David Dickson All Rights Reserved, 2013

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No Santa in their home 

On December 24, so the old story goes, Santa Claus and his magical reindeer fly down from the North Pole with a toy-filled sleigh to leave gifts beneath the Christmas trees of good little children.
Except, of course, he doesn’t come to every house — even houses with perfectly charming children who love Christmas.
In an age of sharing red-faced, sobbing Santa photos on social media and an Elf on the Shelf overload, some parents simply put the kibosh on the jolly bearded fellow.
They’re not fun-hating, elf-slaying Christmas contrarians, they said. They celebrate. They just don’t tell their kids that Santa Claus is watching, that he’ll tiptoe into their homes on Christmas Eve or that he’ll reward them with gifts.
Their reasons vary: They don’t want to lie, they don’t want to give Santa credit for gifts or they don’t support the North Pole behavior police. Some said they don’t want to set their kids up for a hard fall when they learn the truth. Others said they don’t want to confuse religious celebrations with a marketable myth.
“I never uttered, ‘Santa isn’t real,'” said Myndee Corkern, a mother of three whose family doesn’t “do Santa.” “We just leave it out. It’s just pretend.”
But the parents who decide on a Santa-free celebration say their choice often doesn’t sit well with others.
Drawing a line in the snow
Kevin Cuthbertson has seen the eye rolls.
He and his wife have occasionally been accused of “robbing the joy of Christmas.” Other Santa-free parents he knows have heard even worse. He’s the pastor of a small Southern Baptist church outside Atlanta, and although he loved receiving gifts from Santa as a kid, he struggled with the idea of sharing that story as he teaches about Jesus.
“We didn’t want to ride that line to where this thing they can’t see and can’t touch is true and this one is not true. ‘Are the other things they told us not true?’ ” said Cuthbertson, a father of six. “Let’s just play it safe and not do that.”

( Billy’s thoughts – Here is a thought from me, I think too much focus at Christmas has been on Santa. There was a man who name was Saint Nick who gave gifts in the name of Christ. Parents how about putting the focus on him. Also here is another thought the Santa of Christmas time will come to the home of good kids but nothing has been said about Santa forgiving bad kids and making them good kids. However the Bible tells us Jesus will forgive bad kids and change them. Focus on him at Christmas and everyday. Read the above story here.)

It is Christmas time but don’t forget the cross 

Listen to a radio commentary   here   by Bible teacher and Pastor John MacArthur.