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GLMX #241: Are You Building Your Little ‘EMPIRE’?



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“Empire” is one of the hottest shows on television this year. It tells the story of Lucious Lyon — the owner of a massive music conglomerate called Empire Records. He grew up on the streets and sold drugs to survive as a young man, but eventually bankrolled his rap skills into music industry gold. Seventeen years after he got his start, Lucious is diagnosed with ALS and is given approximately three years to live. So, he turns his attention to securing his company’s position at the top of the music world and grooming one of his three boys to be his successor. A ruthless king seeking to ensure his legacy, Lucious is building his empire and won’t let anyone stand in his way.

Many of us can identify with Lucious’ desire for success, fame, fortune, and glory. Deep inside of each of us is a yearning to do something great with our lives and have something to show for it long after we are gone. Yet, earthly riches and success can be elusive. Millions of people chase after success, fame, and fortune, even though they know they will leave it all behind when they die. King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said, ‘There is a man who labors with wisdom, knowledge, and equity; yet to a man that has not labored shall he leave it all. This is vanity and a great evil.’ In fact, this king, who was also one of the wealthiest people of his day, said, ‘I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.’

When you think about it, it is really a waste of time to spend your life trying to build an empire on earth. First, you may never reach your goals; and, second, you will have to leave it all behind anyway. Continue Reading…

GLMX #240: The Theory of Everything and a Love that Encompasses the Universe

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

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What if there were a theory that explained everything — the universe, human life, where we come from, and where we are going?

Stephen Hawking, the famous English physicist and cosmologist, dedicated many years of his life to the answer to that question. He believes that there is such a theory — that an equation in physics can explain everything about the universe. The film, The Theory of Everything, depicts some of Hawking’s quest to discover such an equation. Hawking went on to develop the Big Bang theory about the creation of the universe as well as theories that explained the beginning of time. He also went on to write the best selling book, A Brief History of Time.

However, the film also depicts something that is not as easily definable, but that is far more important — his relationship with his wife, Jane, and her unyielding commitment to him and her amazing love for him even though a disease called ALS was ravaging his body, causing it to fold in on itself, and rendering him unable to do anything beyond speak and think. While most of us probably could not grasp complex theories of how the universe and time came to be, we can understand — although we may not be able to define — how love works. Their love for each other is what kept Stephen and Jane together for many years despite the hurdles they had to overcome.

Virgil said, “Love conquers all.” Robert Browning said, “Without love, our earth is a tomb.” Mahatma Gandhi said, “Nothing is impossible for pure love.” The Bible says, more importantly, “God is love.”

Sadly and unfortunately, Stephen Hawking says he does not believe in God, and therefore he does not believe in God’s love even though he has experienced it through his wife Jane who is a Christian. “God is love.” “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Continue Reading…

GLMX #239: The Death of Leonard Nimoy and the Stellar Salvation of God


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This past week, actor Leonard Nimoy passed away. He is best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek television series as well as several movie spin-offs. He was beloved by multitudes of fans for portraying the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer of the starship Enterprise. As a Vulcan, Spock dedicated himself to living by perfect logic with no emotions or feelings affecting his decisions or actions. In many of the Star Trek shows and films, Spock is often in conflict with Captain James T. Kirk and other members of the Enterprise crew because of how he looks at situations in a purely logical way while others are influenced by their emotions and passions.

Considering that logical thinking is indeed a powerful way to determine the best course of action when critical decisions have to be made, I would like to apply this principle to a matter of critical importance to you and every other human on planet Earth. That matter is the issue of where you will spend eternity after you die.

If you would like to go to Heaven, here is a logical explanation of how you can get there. You might think that it is complicated and confusing, but I will show you that it is quite simple and logical. Continue Reading…

GLMX #238: The Hope of the Christian Martyrs Can be Your Hope

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This past week, the world witnessed yet another horror at the hands of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS. Twenty-one Christians from Egypt were kidnapped in Libya, taken to a beach, and then cruelly beheaded. Based on the message ISIS sent along with the beheadings, those 21 men were killed for nothing else except for the fact that they were Christians.

In the video, it has been noted that the last words of some of those killed were “Lord Jesus Christ.” The brother of one of these brave martyrs thanked ISIS for not editing out the men’s declaration of belief in Christ because he said this had strengthened his own faith. He added that the families of the martyrs are “congratulating one another” and not in despair: He said, “We are proud to have this number of people from our village who have become martyrs… Since the Roman era, Christians have been martyred and have learned to handle everything that comes our way. This only makes us stronger in our faith…”

It is normal for people to grow fearful and anxious over the thought or threat of death. So, how is it that 21 men, hundreds of miles from their homes and families, can go calmly to their deaths? What did they have inside of them that stabilized them during an hour of great darkness. They had a promise from God — a promise shared by all believers in Jesus Christ — that is found in Romans 8. It reads like this: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Do you grasp what that means? Despite the knives at their necks, despite the inhumane slaughter that they faced, they were never separated from the love of God which they had experienced and known in and through Jesus Christ. They knew that they were loved by God and that they could face and conquer all things through Him. Psalm 116:45 says, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” These men knew that beyond death’s door lay a glorious paradise and the presence of the God who loved them. This is the hope of those martyrs and of every Christian martyr down through the centuries. Nothing — not even a cruel, violent death — could separate them from the love of God that they had experienced in and through Jesus Christ.

Have you experienced that kind of love and relationship? Continue Reading…

GLMX #237: A Love That Exceeds All Others

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Valentine’s Day is perhaps the time of year when people most turn their thoughts to love. Stores fill with heart-shaped balloons, red roses, chocolate, and greeting cards expressing ideas of devotion and love. Husbands and wives, those engaged to be married, boyfriends and girlfriends take the time to show their feelings for each other in different ways.

But, yet, for all the love that seems to be in the air, many people find Valentine’s Day to be a day of sadness or regret. Many people are reminded of how their heart was broken by someone they thought really loved them. Others are reminded of broken relationships and broken marriages. February 14th is sometimes referred to as Singles Awareness Day (or S.A.D.) for all the people who wish and hope for love and romance but have not found it yet.

Despite the emphasis placed on love and relationships by entertainment and the media in our culture, the latter group of people whom I have just mentioned know that love is really like a rose — it is a beautiful flower that has dangerous thorns. C.S. Lewis said, “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.”

However, there is one demonstration of love that exceeds all others. The Bible tells us about this love when it says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” It is a brave and selfless thing for someone to take a gunshot or a knife stroke meant for someone else. You might never imagine that someone would do such a thing for you. And, indeed, with the selfishness that is common in human nature, you would be hard pressed to find someone willing to do such a thing. But there is someone who has already done that for you. Continue Reading…

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