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Mike’s World View

Coffee with Mike airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on KREJ and KSNS at 8:30 AM and re-airs on KREJ at 5 PM. Station manager Mike Henry shares Scripture, community birthdays, announcements, trivia, and station news, and discusses current events. He regularly writes a column “Mike’s World View” for The Gyp Hill Premiere; these are the most recent articles. Comments are welcome; please email us using our contact us form.

4-29-19 Notre Dame

I was sad to see the 800-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral gutted by fire, but I was even sadder to hear the commentary afterward. It was apparent to me that these people worshiped a building and its artifacts more than they worship the Lord Jesus Christ, which is a problem not limited to post-Christian Europe.

Don’t get me wrong; I love great architecture. In fact, I studied to be an architect in my early years, but decided that sitting at a drafting table for 8 hours a day wasn’t my thing. When I came to Medicine Lodge years ago to pastor First Baptist Church, the building looked like a boy scout house. One of the first things I did was to have a welder in the church (Keith Fishgrab) build 3 crosses and a steeple which we installed on the building.

Some believe the more extravagant the building the more it glorifies God, but I wouldn’t go that far. I think the church building should be attractive, functional, symbolic, and fit community standards. That would look different for a poor village in Africa than a wealthy city in America.

The disciples in Matt. 24:1-2 were marveling at Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem, but Jesus wasn’t impressed. He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” He also said in John 2:19-21, “ ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’ … But He was speaking of the temple of His body.”

Far more glorious than any earthly building or artifact is the Holy person and work of the risen Christ whom we now worship in spirit and in truth until that glorious day when our faith becomes sight.

4-22-19 End of the World

The Green New Deal is a cult. How do I know? Because the prophetess Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is setting dates for the end of the world. As I recall, Al Gore made some dire predictions years ago that didn’t come true. No matter, like all good date setters, they will simply recalculate.

We recently flew to Boston for our granddaughter’s wedding. I couldn’t help but notice how densely populated the whole area was. We drove 40 minutes to Worcester without seeing so much as an open field. I could see how these people would be concerned about overpopulation and the environment. Most liberals live in densely populated areas. They need to get out of the city and see that the vast majority of the country is sparsely populated with plenty of wide open spaces and resources. Oh, but they might experience the smell of cow farts and Trump supporters.

I have learned to dismiss all date setters for the end of the world. Since they are not God, they don’t know. I love what Jesus said to his disciples in Acts 1:7-8 just before his ascension, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me …”

Let’s do what the Word commands us and leave the end of the world to the One who is the Alpha and the Omega. I think He has probably thought to provide enough resources on the earth for as long as He has ordained its purpose.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be good stewards of what God has given us; we should, but the Green New Deal is way outside the bounds of reason, not to mention a Christian world view. The earth was made for man, not man for the earth. The left rarely gets it right.

4-15-19 Transgender

Of all the letters in the LGBTQ acrostic the T - Transgender may be the most dangerous, and here’s why.

Historically this behavior was considered a mental disorder, where people were counseled to accept their biological sex. The Christian worldview is that gender confusion is simply one of those “divers temptations” from the world, the flesh, and the Devil, with the cure being the grace and truth of Jesus Christ applied to the heart. That is all rejected today by modern progressives who push for sex change, even for minors.

Parental rights are in danger here. Parents who do not comply with this new approach to transgender run the risk of having their children taken away by an out-of-control state.

Jobs can be lost over the issue. I heard about a teacher who lost his job for failing to use the right pronoun with a sexually confused student. Professionals can also be targeted if they fail to affirm the new orthodoxy on transgenderism.

Female sports could experience a major disruption if enough male-to-female trans-athletes enter the game. Thankfully, the numbers are small. Men’s sports don’t have much to worry about, although I did hear about a wrestler who forfeited rather than wrestle a girl.

Worst of all is an opening for pedophilia. If a minor can make decisions concerning sexual orientation, then why not sexual behavior? Don’t think that fact is lost to those who advocate for the acceptance of pedophilia.

98% of gender confusion in minors resolves itself in time. Never mind morality; common sense would tell you to wait and not do anything drastic. A majority of those who opt for sex change later regret it and admit that it didn’t solve the problem.

We find true love, joy, and peace only in accepting God’s design for our lives.

4-8-19 Unity

Someone has well said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there will be a difference of opinion,” which is precisely why there are so many Christian denominations. The trick is to properly distinguish between the essentials and non-essentials of the faith. If not, we’ll end up like the old Quaker who said, “The only ones true to the Lord, brother, are me and thee, and sometimes I have my doubts about thee.”

I grew up in a separatist church that believed all other churches were tainted with unbelief. As I had opportunity to meet believers from other churches I discovered that wasn’t so. They knew and loved the Lord as much as we, if not more. I was later asked to leave my home church for believing that the pre-tribulational rapture was only a theory and not a cardinal doctrine, which is a great example of what we’re talking about: a failure to distinguish between the essentials and non-essentials of the faith, then worse, making it a test of fellowship.

St. Augustine nailed it centuries ago when he said, “In the essentials unity, in the non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity.” The essentials would include Biblical truths concerning the Holy Person and work of Jesus Christ, His Deity, virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension, and future return. Plus, salvation by grace through faith (alone) in the finished work of Christ. The non-essentials are pretty much everything else.

I love the story about George Whitfield and John Wesley, two great preachers from 18th century America. They had heated debates over certain doctrinal issues. A friend asked Whitfield if he expected to see Wesley in heaven one day. Whitfield said, “No.” “You don’t believe Wesley to be a saved man?” came the follow-up question. Whitfield said, “No, I believe Wesley to be a saved man, but I don’t think that I will see him in heaven because he will be so close to the throne and I will be so far back.”

We may have differences on some doctrinal issues, but we should never question our brother’s love and commitment to the Savior. It may exceed our own. There might have to be some apologies in heaven.

4-1-19 Collusion

Why did the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling and Trump collusion take so long? Well, for one thing, they were busy prosecuting Trump associates for unrelated crimes, which is a major problem with the Special Counsel. I dare say that you could raid the office of most any lawyer or politician, find something amiss, haul them in for questioning about it and then charge them with lying.

Another reason for the delay is that the Mueller team (packed with Trump-hating liberals) knows as soon as they finish, the tables may very well turn and they will be investigated for misconduct. The new Attorney General William Barr will not be as easily bamboozled as Jeff Sessions. We now know that the insurance policy referenced by FBI agents/lovers Strzok and Page was the Special Counsel investigation of Trump and associates based on bogus opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign.

I suspect the only thing they really have on Trump was his public call during the campaign for Russia to release those 30K emails that Hillary had deleted from her private server. That’s hardly clandestine. Trump people claim that he was only joking, but a joke is only funny if there’s some truth to it. I believe he was both joking and serious about it, and rightly so. It’s a sad day when our own FBI is so corrupt (allowing Clinton lawyers to destroy evidence before they investigate) that we have to rely on foreign intelligence or WikiLeaks to get the truth.

All these deep state characters should go to jail for their blatant political bias in the discharge of their office. The real collusion was between the Clinton campaign, DOJ, and FBI to undermine a duly elected president.

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