Don’t get me wrong. I love America. But America is not the Kingdom of God. It is one of the kingdoms of the world. I happen to believe that America is the best of the kingdoms of the world but… a kingdom of the world, nonetheless. To be sure, these kingdoms are very necessary in a fallen world.
Governments run the kingdoms of the world which rule by power over. According to Romans 13, in so much as the kingdoms and governments of the world help to keep law and order and decency… they are a good thing and a necessary thing… But not necessarily a Christian thing.
But in this fallen world, some people will never do the right thing for the right reason. It’s up to the government to make sure that people do the right thing for the wrong reason. You don’t really care why someone doesn’t kill you. If the threat of going to prison or some other punishment keeps them from killing you, it is a good thing.
If someone is murdering innocent people and is then killed by a law enforcement officer… that is a good “kingdom of the world thing”… but it’s not a Christian thing. The problem is that some would have us fuse the good “kingdom of the world” thing as being a Christian thing. Something can only be truly Christian if it looks like Jesus. If something doesn’t look like Jesus, it can’t be truly Christian. It might be a good thing to kill someone in the name of the law, but it is never a good thing to kill someone in the name of Jesus.
America is not a Christian nation
We like to think of America as a “Christian nation”. The problem with that is that when America does things that aren’t really Christian, the rest of the world looks at us and says, “Hey look what those Christians do”. They’ve bought the lie that America is a Christian nation. There is no such thing as a “Christian nation”. Their very nature of ruling people with “power over”, threats and fear of punishment exempts any nation from being truly Christian.
In Luke 4, Satan offered Jesus the power to rule over all the kingdoms of the world. “5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.” Jesus didn’t dispute Satan’s claim. Jesus, on the other hand, defeated Satan by using the powers of the Kingdom of God… that is by using “power under” instead of “power over”… By loving to the point of dying on the cross. Something is only Christian as much as it looks like Jesus dying on the cross. If it looks like anything else… it’s not Christian. And so, in conclusion, America is not the Kingdom of God.
Hello and thank you for visiting my “Do Dogs Go To Heaven?” website. If you’ve been here before, you know that I Pictures of Dogs That Go To Heaven for people who have lost their beloved pets.
I don’t just do dogs, I do pets of all kinds but dogs are by far the most requested service I have encountered over the years. I’ve been creating memorial pictures since 1999.
Actually, I started out creating memorial pictures for people who had lost loved ones. My first picture was of my dad, who passed away in 1998. I was very comforted by that first picture, not so much that it was a real picture of my father in Heaven, but more of what it symbolized and what I believed to be true. The actuality of our loved ones with Jesus in Heaven is not something we will ever be able to render in this world.
Some of my family and friends liked the picture of my dad with Jesus and I started receiving requests for memorial pictures. It became a hobby of sorts and I made a little extra money to boot. Years later, after being laid off from my job, I decided to actually pursue making some more money with my memorial pictures. I quickly found that a lot more pet owners (especially dog owners) were interested in my pictures than people grieving there human loved ones were.
So I started Heavenly Images, a little online business. Unfortunately, it has only been very mildly successful. But more than the monetary value I receive from my pictures, the real reward comes from the gratitude of my customers. You see, I really do fill a need for many people who have lost their best friends and are heart-broken. Seeing pictures of dogs that go to Heaven can be very therapeutic and really helps many to get through the grieving process.
I have to confess that my favorite Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer is not a Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer at all. It is actually a Fisher-Price Baby Rocker. Why would you want a rocker instead of the bouncer? Good question.
Actually, I would prefer to have both… and I do. But if I could only have one, I really think I would rather own the Fisher-Price Baby Rocker than the Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer.
The reason is simple. This chair has so many more options than the standard Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer. It is even an upgrade from the Snugabunny Baby Bouncer. It has a higher weight limit so your baby won’t outgrow it in a few months.
The construction is sturdier so when your child starts getting more rambunctious, this chair will hold up to the challenge. It also has adjustable reclining levels and switches to a Toddler Rocker too.
Now I need to tell you about the price. If you go to my “number one go to” Walmart and can find this model in stock… you will be Golden. You can find it for less than 40 bucks. But if Walmart doesn’t have it in stock at your local store, just go to walmart.com and use their “Free 2 day shipping” option. And remember, you can check to see if your local Walmart has any item in stock just by searching for it on walmart.com.
If for some reason you don’t like the Walmart option and want to go to my “number 2 go to” option, Amazon, just be sure and keep searching till you find the Fisher-Price Baby Rocker for less than 40 bucks and offers free shipping (your might have to be an “Amazon Prime” member to get the free shipping option). I explain about all the advantages of being an “Amazon Prime” member in my previous post.
Thanks again for visiting and God bless,
Every good dog goes to Heaven is a saying I grew up with… or was it “Every Good Boy Deserves Favor”? Actually, it was both and I believe they are both true sayings. No, not really. The one that says,”every good dog goes to Heaven” is not exactly true. Not just good dogs go to Heaven. All dogs go to heaven.
Hey, that sounds like a great name for a movie. OH no, you mean someone already did that? How about “All Animals Go To Heaven”. That’s more like it. That’s what I’m going to name my movie.
You see, I believe that all animals will go to Heaven. But that’s not exactly correct either. I don’t really believe anyone is going to Heaven…not you, not me… No, not every good dog goes to Heaven, nobody is going to Heaven at all… Heaven is coming to us.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray,”Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven”. Heaven was originally on Earth. We refer to it now as “The Garden of Eden”. That was God’s original creation… the way he intended it to be. He created the Earth and all the animals and “It was good.” And he created man in his image and put him in charge of all the animals.
The animals could talk to us then. Did you ever notice in Genesis, when the serpent starts talking to Eve, she wasn’t at all surprised. Did she say, “OMG the animals can talk!”. No… she wasn’t surprised at all. She was obviously used to talking to the animals.
But unfortunately, Adam and Eve didn’t trust that God could provide everything that they needed and desired to see what they could do for themselves chose to disobey God. We’ve been living in the Kingdom of the world since that time. But eventually God decided to come back to Earth as Jesus and begin restoring the Earth to it’s original creation. He died for us to show us how to live for him. Eventually, when we all learn to love and serve others as Jesus loved and served us. Heaven will be restored on Earth… as it is in Heaven. And we will live here in the “Garden” once again with all our animals. And it will be “good”.
As I said in my second post, titled “What Is The Kingdom Of God“, the Kingdom of God first existed in the Garden of Eden. Since the fall of mankind, we have been living in the Kingdom of the World. We have been stuck in this world ever since.
It’s all most of us know. From the moment we left the bliss of the Kingdom of God we been fighting with each other to gain control of our destiny. Violence upon violence. War after war. Great empires have risen and fallen over and over again.
But something really amazing happened during the Roman Empire era. A poor Jewish peasant boy was born and somehow changed the world forever. However you feel about the historicity or the validity of the Bible, you cannot deny that the life of this one person, Jesus impacted the world like no one ever has before or since.
The Really Good News About Jesus
Even though there is much controversy among scholars because of the discrepancies found in the four Gospels (the first 4 books in the New Testament, also referred to as the “Good News”), no one can dispute the fact that Jesus performed numerous miracles and that he rose from the dead. He was seen by hundreds of people after being publicly executed.
I’m not going to go into all the evidence in this post but I will do that eventually. For now please click here for more information on the truth about Jesus.
Anyway, something really amazing happened when Jesus died on the cross and then rose again from the dead. This is the real “Good News”. By defeating death, Jesus defeat Satan. Satan was the one who got us kicked out of the Kingdom of God to begin with. By defeating Satan, Jesus began restoring the Kingdom of God on earth again.
Jesus is the example that we have to go by if we really want to “seek ye first the Kingdom of God.” The Kingdom of the World is still trying to conquer by using power over with wars and force and violence. But Jesus conquered by using power under… by serving and loving others even to the point of dying for others. Anywhere you find this kind of love… the love of Jesus… you will find the Kingdom of God.
To begin with, let’s continue with the first 4 verses of Luke as the Bible Verse of the Day. I feel I must state why I believe this Bible Verse of the Day. Why should we believe that Luke is giving us an accurate account of the Jesus story.
Actually, that brings up the question, “Why believe in anything in the Bible?” Well, first of all, I will tell you that I do believe it… now. I didn’t always believe this story however. I know many people who grew up with the story of Jesus and just accepted it. That was what their family believe and that is what they were taught in church. I kind of envy these people who can just take “a leap of faith” and just know that it is true. That’s just not the way I’m wired.
As a child, I went to church and was taught the Bible from a young age. When I got old enough to quit going to church… I quit. It wasn’t until I started going to church again in my 40s did I really hear the part about Jesus being God. It came as a real shock to me. This got my attention.
Is the Bible a Fantasy?
In addition, I had always thought of the Bible as sort of fantasy book along the lines of Greek mythology, except not quite as exciting. This conception came mostly from the stories in the Old Testament. You know the ones… Adam and Eve, Jonah and the whale, and the Tower of Babel, just to name a few.
But, after my revelation that Jesus was God, I decided to find out how much evidence there was that this was true. I was amazed to find out that the New Testament is one of the most documented historical manuscripts in existence. Historians have certain requirements that have to be adhered to in order to pass their rigorous testing for authenticity.
And not only that… even though historian scholars disagree on many areas of the “Jesus” story… none of them can deny the fact that Jesus performed miracles and that he rose from the dead.
I started thinking…”Hey, if Jesus rose from the dead and was seen by hundreds of verifiable eye-witnesses… maybe I should listen to everything he had to say. In conclusion, that is why I believe this Bible verse of the day.
How can I seek The Kingdom of God From the Inside Out
First of all, do you know how to show people the Kingdom of God from the inside out? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just escape this World and live exclusively in the Kingdom of God? That is exactly what many people attempt to accomplish once they have found some peace in their search for the Kingdom of God.
But you can’t really do that and still be an effective Christian influence on the Kingdom of the world. We must not lose our saltiness. We must not bury our heads in the sand in an effort to be unaffected by all the chaos going on around us.
On the other hand, as followers of Jesus were are not called to fix the people around us. We are called to love and serve them. Basically, it’s all about Jesus. It’s all about being more like him. Jesus never tried to “fix” people. Jesus was all about meeting people where they were at and loving them just as they were.
How did Jesus do the Kingdom?
Jesus saw a need and met that need. Jesus healed someone if they were sick. If people were hungry, Jesus fed them. If someone was out of wine at a wedding… Jesus made wine out of water! But Jesus never said, “Hey you have to stop your bad habits before I am going to help you.”
Jesus changed people from the inside out. And that is still the way he operates. All you have to do is invite him into your life… just the way you are. You don’t have to quit smoking or drinking or cussing or whatever first.
But when you feel the love of Jesus inside you something happens. Sometimes it happens immediately and other times it takes years, but it will happen… and it will happen from the inside out. Who else does that?
In conclusion, The “normal” way of attempting to “fix” someone is to start with the outside. This unfortunately includes most “Christians” that I know of in most churches. They think that you need to tell people how to fix their lives on the outside. If they can just get you to look like a Christian on the outside then you will be a Christian on the inside. But too many times, what you end up with is a church full of people who look good on the outside but are full of crap on the inside. They need to seek the Kingdom of God from the inside out.
The Snugabunny Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer is definitely a luxurious step up from the less expensive Geo-Meadow Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer. However, it can be confusing when you actually go to purchase one. If you look at Walmart, my number one go to place for everything, (please read my post “Where To Buy A Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer” for more information) you will have to pay over $20 more than the Prime (free shipping) option available at Amazon.
The Walmart Snugabunny is $57.99 while one of the Amazon options is only $43.99. Shopping on Amazon can be really confusing although it is my number two go to place to buy anything and everything. You could pay as much as $87 on Amazon if you buy it from another seller. I explained in my previous post, “Where Else To Buy Your Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer“, if you start shopping at Amazon very much at all, you will find that it is well worth it to become an “Amazon Prime” member. It’s a hundred dollars a year but it doesn’t take long to recoup that hundred dollars when you start taking advantage of Amazon’s free 2 day shipping option for most items. The Fisher-Price Snugabunny Baby Bouncer is a great example of this value.
But, what if your child doesn’t like this Bouncer? Not very likely. I read all the reviews on Walmart and Amazon and this scenario didn’t happen very often but it is a possibility.
Always Read the Reviews
The main complaints I found on both sites were concerning the battery powered sound/music/vibration device. Apparently the batteries don’t last, are hard to replace and sometimes the device just fails. If your child (or grandchild) just doesn’t like this model, you are going to want to exchange it for a different model. If the sound/music/vibration device malfunctions, you will want to be able to take it back and get another one that works.
I believe that, in the case of changing batteries, some people are just more mechanically inclined and know that name brand high quality batteries last much longer than the cheaper ones. In any case, it may be advantageous to buy your Baby Bouncer from your local Walmart.
Amazon also offers free returns for most of there items but it is definitely much more of a pain to to ship something back to Amazon than it is to take it back to Walmart… but is it worth $20? But in conclusion, after reading so many positive reviews on the Snugabunny Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer, I think I would take a chance that my child or grandchild would be very happy with it and that it would prove to be a great investment for the six months or so that your loved one will be using it.
Hello and thanks for visiting my “Labor of Love” site “Do Dogs Go To Heaven?”. If this is your first visit to “Do Dogs Go To Heaven?”, I must warn you that this site is quite eclectic. You never know what you might happen upon here. This post will feature my pet memorial picture called, “Two Dogs Go To Heaven”. I started this site in the hopes of reaching out to people who might be suffering from the heartache of pet-loss. Unfortunately, this is a subject that I am all too familiar with, having lost my beloved friend Sammy just this last September. I miss him very much. We were close friends for 15 years. But I’m not worried about Sammy. I worry about me more than Sammy. You see, he’s the lucky one. I wrote a song about it. Goes like this:
I know you’re the lucky one.
You’re up in Heaven having all kinds of fun.
While I’m down here feeling lonely and glum.
I know you’re the lucky one.
Well, that’s how the chorus goes anyway. I’ll put it on this site in it’s entirety when I get it recorded someday. By the way, I did record an album back in 2007. It’s called “Only With Love” and it’s available on Amazon. Just search “Barry Barnes Only With Love” Or you can just click here.
I also have a book on Amazon that I wrote to help people to get through the grieving process after losing a loved one. The book is called, “My Pet Letter from Heaven”. Here is a link.
Now I would like to show you some of my listings from eBay of “Two Dogs Go To Heaven”
Why should we seek first the Kingdom of God?
Why should we even care?
What is it all about?
Well… it’s all about Jesus.
“Oh no”, you say… not another Christian!
I hear you… I know what you mean. I love Jesus… but Christians? … not so much.
Actually Christians and the so called “Church” at large are probably the greatest objections for most people considering following Jesus.
But Jesus never intended to start a religion. Especially a religious machine such as the Christian religion became in such a short time. The “Church” was supposed to be the example of what it was to be like Jesus… and it was… at least it was for the first few hundred years. “They will know you are Christian by your love.”
The first Christians were all about loving others and imitating Jesus to the point of dying for their beliefs. What made them do that. I believe it was all about the “Good News”. Not the so called “Good News” we hear about today.
Today we here that if we do this and obey that law or rule and don’t sin… and so on and so on… then we can have ticket to Heaven and free “get out of Hell” card.
The Real Good News
That is not what Jesus was about. He never tried to “fix” anyone from the outside in. He fixed people from the inside out by coming under them and just loving them the way they were.
Take for instance, the Samaritan woman that Jesus met at the well. She told Jesus about her sins and he told her he already knew all about them but he didn’t tell her she had to go fix her life and then he would help her. No, he said that he had the water of life and freely offered it to her to drink. “Just drink of this water and you will never thirst again”.
But the typical Christian today wants to point to your sins and tell you that you need to change or you are going to Hell. What kind of love is that?
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God… and the Kingdom of God looks like Jesus.