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GLMX #268: All Lives Matter to God

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This past week has been one of the most distressing weeks in America’s recent history. Again, three young black men — Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Delrawn Small — were shot dead by police under circumstances that many believe did not have to end in a fatality.

And then, on Friday, five white police officers in Dallas, TX — Lorne Ahrens, Michael Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Brent Thompson — were gunned down by a black man as they were overseeing a peaceful demonstration in the city.

Once again, the nation is confronted by crucial questions as many engage in soul-searching regarding how we got to this place in America. Once again, slogans have been thrown about — “black lives matter”, “all lives matter”, “blue lives matter,” etc. Racial conflict, and its sometimes deadly consequences, has unfortunately led to increased division in our country. This is evident even in the belief of some that one of the aforementioned slogans should be used to the exclusion of all others.

Whatever position you take on issues of race, police brutality, and injustice in this country, I can tell you without a doubt that all lives matter to God. You may not feel like your life or the lives of a certain group of people matter to the government or to society at large, but I can say without hesitation that every life matters to God. In God’s eyes, every person is deserving of being treated with respect, honor, fairness, and dignity because every human being is made in God’s image. Most importantly, every life counts to God because every life represents a soul worth saving from sin and the punishment of sin.

GLMX #267: Be Ready at All Times Because You Never Know…

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The world continues to reel from a succession of increasingly deadly terror attacks. It seems as though before the modern news cycle can even provide conclusive details on one attack, another one has occurred.

Perhaps the most startling thing about these attacks is that they occur not on battlefields far from population centers, but right in the midst of places where ordinary citizens, people looking forward to the next day, congregate and live life. Some were preparing to board a plane or pick up loved ones arriving at the airport in Istanbul. Some were shopping at markets in Baghdad. Some were eating at a restaurant in Bangladesh. Some were partying at a nightclub in Orlando. Some were vacationing in Somalia.

None thought that they would die in the way they did or at the time they did. They were caught unawares. Continue Reading…

GLMX #266: After Christmas

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Another Christmas celebration has come and gone. While many were reminded of the birth of Christ through the numerous displays of nativity scenes throughout this season, we sometimes forget that Jesus’ birth is just the beginning of a much larger story. So, as millions of people try to squeeze in some last minute shopping to take advantage of holiday season deals, and others make plans for the New Year, let’s pause to explore what happened after Christmas.

The child born on the first Christmas hundreds of years ago was Jesus. He is God’s Son who was sent to Earth in order to save the human race from sin and the punishment of sin. From his infancy, to his teenage years, and on into adulthood, Jesus never sinned. He grew up around sin and among sinful people like us, yet he never sinned. This was important because of what he was born to do.

Jesus was born to die for the sins of the human race. He was a sacrifice, and his Father, God, required that the sacrifice be perfect. If Jesus didn’t die and suffer in our place, each and every one of us would have to die and suffer in hell for eternity. Continue Reading…

GLMX #265: “Star Wars” and How You Can be Delivered from the Dark Side

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Unless you really live in a galaxy far, far away, you already know that the seventh movie in the epic Star Wars franchise was released this weekend. Ten years after the last Star Wars film was released, The Force Awakens has tapped into the tremendous popularity of the original series. According to Forbes Magazine, Star Wars is Hollywood’s “biggest and most enduring franchise” and has been ‘consistently popular for nearly 40 years.’ Continue Reading…

GLMX #264: Necessary Sacrifice and the Greatest Story Ever Told

The monks of the Order of Dumas want Bruce Wayne to die for the sins of his family. (Credit: Nicole Rivelli / FOX)

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One of the most enduring storylines in all of history is that of a hero who is willing to be sacrificed (either by dying or by losing something very valuable) in order to save others. This scenario has played out in many works of literature, film, and TV. You might recall the sacrifices of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities, George Kirk in Star Trek, the lion Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia, the Jedi in Star Wars, Batman in The Dark Knight, or Steve Rogers in Captain America: the First Avenger. The list could go on.

One of the most vivid depictions of this familiar tale was portrayed in this year’s midseason finale of Fox’s Batman prequel show, Gotham. In the episode, a group of monks kidnap a young Bruce Wayne and tell him that he is “the anointed redeemer” of his family. The leader of the monks tells the future-Batman that ‘the sins of the Wayne family will be washed away in his blood.’ He believes that the sacrifice of the last surviving member of the Wayne family will wash away ‘seven generations of vice and corruption.’ Of course, in the end, Bruce Wayne is saved from certain death, but the idea that one person’s sacrifice can absolve the sins of many others is very powerful.

Why are we drawn to such stories and compelled to tell them over and over again? C.S. Lewis, who was also a well-educated anthropologist (a person who studies humanity), believed the vast multitude of stories regarding a hero who is sacrificed for the benefit of others which have come down to us throughout history are a reflection of a single, ultimate truth: that there really is a Hero who sacrificed Himself for the good of all humanity. He believed this truth was found in the story of Jesus Christ. Continue Reading…

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