7 Embarrasingly Failed Predictions of the Global Warming Movement.

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Just for fun, I thought I would share some of my favorite Global- Warming   Climate Change, Global Climate Disruption predictions by some of the best and brightest! To be fair, I don’t blame them for being so inconveniently wrong. I’m pretty sure God is just messing with them!
Let’s jump right in with this gem from the very first Earth day in 1970.

1) “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” Paul Elrich, famous Population freak out guy.

Spoiler alert: that didn’t happen.

Phew!

Moving on, let’s jump from the 70’s to the 80’s. Who doesn’t like the 80’s?
In 1988 James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for three dec­ades and one of the best “climatologists” in the world, gave us this doozy:

2) BY 2008  “The West Side Highway [which runs along the Hudson River] will be under water. And there will be tape across the windows across the street because of high winds. And the same birds won’t be there. The trees in the median strip will change…. There will be more police cars … [since] you know what happens to crime when the heat goes up.”

Having just visited NYC recently I would like to assure you that the West Side is not underwater. And the windows are tape free! Hooray!

3) Princeton professor and lead UN IPCC author Michael Oppenheimer,“chief scientist” for the Environmental Defense Fund proclaimed that by 1995 the “greenhouse effect” would be “desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots.” By 1996, he added, the Platte River of Nebraska “would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers.”

His ending prediction is my favorite.

Drum-roll please……..

Things for us Americans would get soooooo bad (in 1996) that………

“Mexican police will round up illegal American migrants surging into Mexico seeking work as field hands.”

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Of course he never owned up to his ridiculous predictions. In fact, he gave this hilariously false explanation:

“On the whole I would stand by these predictions — not predictions, sorry, scenarios — as having at least in a general way actually come true.”
For sure…..except opposite.

Now, lest I am accused of being outdated, I will jump to more current predictions.

4) In March 2000 “senior research scientist” David Viner, working at the time for the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia, told the U.K. Independent that within “a few years,” snowfall would become “a very rare and exciting event” in Britain.

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,”

he was quoted as claiming in the article, headlined “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.”

So obviously the very next year, snowfall across the United Kingdom increased by more than 50 percent. Because God is so funny, right?

5) In 2001, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) predicted that the planet would see “warmer winters and fewer cold spells, because of climate change.

See Boston? It’s totally fine!! I’m sure this winter will be the one when the snow doesn’t reach your roof tops.

And of course, who can talk about failed climate change predictions without mentioning the “Goracle.”

6) In 2008, Al Gore claimed this:“the entire North Polarized [sic] cap will disappear in five years.” “Five years, is the period of time during which it is now expected to disappear.”

Then in 2009, at a summit in Copenhagen, he said there was a “75% chance” they would be gone in 5-7 years.
So what actually happened?
The Arctic ice volume as of summer of 2013 had actually expanded more than 50 percent over 2012 levels.

In fact, during October 2013, sea-ice levels grew at the fastest pace since records began in 1979. Many experts now predict the ongoing expansion of Arctic ice to continue in the years to come.

So there’s that.

Ok, I could go on and on and on. But let’s draw to a close here.

On December 12, 2007, the British government-funded BBC ran this now-embarrassing article

7) “Arctic summers ice-free ‘by 2013’.”

In this piece, (which is still online!!!!)  the BBC highlighted “modeling studies” that “indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers within just 5-6 years.” Because their “experts” and “super computers” that they always use said so!

And once again…..

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In fact the sea-ice area in the south is now at the highest point since records began.

Here’s my question:

How many times do they get to be embarrassingly wrong before its considered socially acceptable to… maybe… have a few doubts about their predictions??
The bottom line is this: As Christians we are supposed to be good stewards of the earth. That was God’s idea. The reality is, however, that the green agenda has very little to do with actually doing just that. The good news is that there is so much real information and truth out there to be found.

For real solutions instead of a political agenda, check out:

http://www.cornwallalliance.org/category/blog/

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9 facebook friends we all have!

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I want to tell you about some of my facebook “friends” although I am pretty sure you already know them. They are likely in that “Mutual friends” box. See if you recognize them…..

1. The Vaccine Vixen- Ok I have 2 of these. One is adamantly for, and the other is adamantly against! But they are passionately seeking the truth, which makes me so glad.  I have “researched,” (whatever that means) and prayed and made choices, but I rest assured that if there is new information out there she will find it, she will post it on facebook, send out a group email, and fight against big pharma (or not). I am exhausted just thinking about all that!

2. The Organic Organizer- She knows all about organic food, raw milk and free roaming chickens. She buys beef by the cow, and posts recipes with ingredients I can’t pronounce. It used to intimidate me. I can’t afford that stuff right now. Maybe never. Or maybe I don’t have time or won’t make time, but this girl is getting the word out, and we are actually seeing positive food changes!

3. The Missionary Mentor-  She is fighting hard for the least of these, and for those that haven’t heard the gospel, and I am so proud of her. Her status updates make my complaints seem very small, which is kind of perfect.  I need that perspective more often than not.

4. The Political  Provoker- He fights against the political lunacy that surrounds us every day. His words are harsh at times, but the Bible does actually say that we should answer a fool according to his folly. It’s actually a type of math proof. Reductio Ad Absurdum. To prove something is true, you prove the opposite is false. Sometimes perceived as sarcasm.

5. The Culture Warrior- This “friend” is on the radio every day fighting the culture war. I am so glad she is taking up these battles for me. Her voice reaches a lot farther than mine. I imagine that she has lost some friends because of the public stand she has taken, and I am incredibly grateful for her sacrifice.

6. The Essential Oil Educator- Girlfriend is in love with oils. She has used them to cure just about everything and no longer has any over the counter products. I wish I had about 20 less laundry loads to do a week so I could learn more about the benefits of oils. But she has always been so generous to share with me what she has learned, even though I don’t go to her meetings.

7. The Workout Announcer- This friend posted her workouts for 60 days in a row. She is working hard to accomplish her goal, and ya know what? It inspired me, and I started posting my workouts too, and realized how motivating posting your accomplishments is!

8. The Devo Diva- When I saw that picture of her coffee cup and Bible, I realized I hadn’t done that yet. And it looked so good. I needed that. I needed the reminder of how good it is to sit for a moment at the feet of Jesus.

9. The Baby Biographer- The older generation always says to treasure every moment. And my friend does this well. Soak it in and remember. Babies are precious. Children are a gift. And sadly undervalued. Please fill my feed with sweet baby pictures every chance you get and remind me how fast it goes!

As different as all these friends are, they have one thing in common. They have chosen to follow Jesus. They defend His words. And they are each reaching different people groups.

I confess that I used to roll my eyes at some of these friends. Enough with the vaccines, food worship, political rantings, culture war fights, oil sales, working out and devo pics!

But here’s the thing. God has given us all different passions. And typically we can’t help but share them with everyone we know.

I am grateful for those fighting the battles that I am not fighting because somebody has to do it! Can you imagine one person taking up all of those causes?
It wouldn’t work.
Ya know what else doesn’t work? Belittling the passions of another.
Case and point. I remember reading one poverty focused blogger waxing wise about how a legal minded blogger needed to focus more time on the poor instead of our religious rights. She somehow missed the reality that the  legal blogger is actually fighting for the poverty bloggers right to keep fighting poverty…in Jesus name. So there’s that little bit of irony.

If I go on the politically passionate friends page, I will read people warning him that his fervor is turning people away from Christ. But I didn’t see Jesus worrying about that when He walked the earth. In fact it almost seemed like he tried to turn people away.

“Follow me” Jesus said.
“But I have to go bury my father”
“Let the dead bury their dead”

Yikes.

“What must I do to be saved?” someone asked.
“Give away every single one of your possessions.” Jesus answered.

Sounds reasonable.

See? Jesus was offensive and radical, and yet He didn’t seemed bothered that they walked away.

Here’s my point.
We, in the body of Christ need each other.

This passage of scripture in 1 Corinthians 12 brings it home. You may have read this a thousand times. But yet it seems like no remembers the truth expressed.

 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
All too often in family settings when trouble hits, we turn against each other instead of turning to each other. Now is not the time for that. Now is the time to pray for each other, stand beside each other, support each other, in Christ, for His name’s sake, humbling serving the body of Christ.
I pray that we as Christians, followers of Christ, would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (Philippians 2:3) Because they will know we are Christians by our love for one another.

Amen!

Why My Church is Better Than Your Church……Or is it?

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A year ago today I couldn’t stop shaking my head. It felt like a bad dream. Our church, which had been the same for years and years, give or take 10 thousand people, was different overnight. And this was kind of a big deal for our family. You see our church is our family. It’s not just a building. We loved our pastor because he taught us the Bible well for over two decades, not just because he was funny. So this moment affected us deeply. However, today I don’t want to concentrate on the sadness or madness of that day. Instead, I want to concentrate on some changes that followed and some changes that didn’t.

So I crack open the Bible to see what God has to show me in my chronological Bible study, and once again I marvel at the timeliness of God’s word. The next chapter to read was 2 Samuel 2. Here is the breakdown.
Saul is dead, and it is finally time for David to take the throne. But now instead of being the king over the entire nation of Israel, the kingdom is divided. There is fighting and disagreement. Yes, instead of fighting their enemies they are fighting each other.

What a travesty.

While I know that God is sovereign, I can’t help but wonder how differently things could have turned out for Israel and how different their status would be even today, if they had stayed united. What could have happened if they had simply done what was just, loved mercy, and walked humbly with their God instead of pridefully insisting upon their own desires.

It seems like we are walking dangerously close to this divisive narrative in the church today. There is almost a “My church is better than your church” vibe because, well, ‘my church’ is…

bigger
smaller
newer
older
more world missions focused
more involved in the local neighborhood
has a choir
doesn’t have a choir
has more singers
keeps it simple
meets in a warehouse
meets in a small house

and on and on ad nauseum.

Being a blogger, and information junkie, and speed reader I have read a lot blogs,even some containing misinformation and just flat out lies about my church from the blogosphere. I have then read people discuss those lies or misunderstandings for hundreds of comments on end. Just crazy. I’m sure anyone in leadership at a church is nodding their head right now, because it isn’t just my church. It is happening in churches everywhere.

Church critiquing and church hopping.
This sad phenomenon is so prevalent that when your church grows, it’s likely because a different one shrank.
Would you believe that this has been happening for decades and decades? C.S. Lewis was kind of over it too. He wrote a powerful book called “Screwtape Letters” in which he chronicles the letters of a head demon to his apprentice demon citing techniques and tricks to destroy a young convert to Christianity. In the following excerpt the “patient” is the new Christian, and the “enemy” is God.

My dear Wormwood,
…. You mentioned casually in your last letter that the patient has continued to attend one church, and one only, since he was converted, and that he is not wholly pleased with it
  May I ask what you are about? Why have I no report on the causes of his fidelity to the parish church? Do you realise that unless it is due to indifference it is a very bad thing? Surely you know that if a man can’t be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighbourhood looking for the church that ‘suits’ him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches…. the search for a ‘suitable’ church makes the man a critic where the Enemy wants him to be a pupil….

Your affectionate uncle,
SCREWTAPE

Screwtape is fine with the believer going to the same church over and over again as long as he is indifferent. Translation: a consumer. Along for the ride. Or as our pastors have said “Looking for a cruise ship instead of a battleship.”

But ideally, get that guy going to a plethora of different churches. Make him a critic, not a pupil of the word.

One of the things that I hoped would change at our church was that people would stop rating sermons and teachers and services. If you love the word, and someone reads it, and teaches it, and it’s not heresy, that should be awesome. The power of a sermon is in the Word of God, not the words of the preacher. The power of singing songs of worship, is the God we are worshiping,not the genre of the worship song.

Here’s a shocking confession: I don’t agree with all the decisions that the leaders at my church make. Truth be told, I also don’t agree with all the decisions the leader of my house makes.  I don’t even agree with all the decisions I make!

C.S. Lewis warns of this condition that has plagued our church for years. If you have found yourself being the criticizer, rather than the “Word applier” this is an opportunity to change. How about instead of saying “How was church?” ask, “what did you learn?” or “How will you apply today’s sermon?” or “How did what you heard today line up with what God has been showing you in your own personal study?” or “How are you investing in your local body of believers?”

The problem with church hopping, is that wherever you hop to, there will be humans there also, and they will disappoint you, just like the last church did. Unless you start your own church, and then you get to be the one disappointing others.

Please don’t hear me say there is never a reason to leave a church. That would be ridiculous. Just like I wouldn’t say there is never a reason for divorce. But in both instances, the sad truth is that the most common reason for leaving is “irreconcilable differences.”

Here’s my concern. We, as the bride of Christ, are about to walk through some seriously tumultuous times.
Bottom line:We need each other, desperately.

This is exactly why the devil works tirelessly to separate us.

On the other hand, here’s some good news!

Throughout the course of this year I have also seen a huge effort from the leadership at our church to join with other neighboring Bible teaching churches to make a difference in our communities and our world. I pray that we would follow their lead, and join together in love and humility, esteeming each one higher than ourselves. Get involved at your local church with countless opportunities to show the love of Christ. Don’t let “busy-ness” get in the way. Bloom where you are planted, as they say, and watch your church change right before your eyes! And most importantly pray with Jesus in John 17 that we would be one! Amen!

Repentance and the Resurrection: How regrets are redeemed.

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*** edited 6/25/15 This blog I wrote back on Easter popped up in my “viewed” column out of nowhere yesterday which was a little unusual. So since it was one of my favorite and yet hardest blogs to write, I decided to take a minute to read it. The timing shocked me when I remembered  what it was about . You see the lesson I learned and  expressed in this blog  was largely influenced by a teacher I had recently started listening to. I didn’t understand his popularity. He talked too slow and whenever I listened to him it seemed like he always preached the same sermon. Grace and gospel. I get it. Move on. But curiosity got the best of me. And I decided I would listen to his sermons while I ran. And what I found surprised me. I was learning something. I didn’t agree with everything, but one major change was that I began to see the accounts in the Bible revealing Christ  in his rightful position as the hero. Not me. I am grateful for that. I really needed that. I pray for him and his family and the church as all weather this storm.****


I have never understood why people say, “I have no regrets.”

While I am thankful for every lesson I have learned through every wrong choice, and I am aware that God “blessed the broken road,” the hard truth is that I regret causing others pain. In fact, if you were to ask me my biggest regret, I could easily tell you the time and place.

I was in my early twenties, at the funeral of someone I loved deeply, feeling like she had been stolen from me. Traditional etiquette required that I express my condolences to the family, but I would not. I could not. After all, I deeply felt like their adversarial relationship with the deceased had worn away at her will to live. In the end, cancer was the accused, but in my mind, she could have easily survived if her heart wasn’t already broken. In my mind, they should have been offering their condolences to me. In my opinion, saying nothing was actually the gracious thing to do. At least I am not saying bad things, I rationalized. Isn’t that how the saying goes? If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all? In fact, watching my mother, with such genuine compassion, speak words like, “I’m so sorry for your loss,” confounded me. It almost seemed weak.

It wasn’t till many years and several children later, in a conversation with a neutral party, that I could see the situation with more clarity.

“You really don’t know the other side of the story,” she said

It was so obvious. Yet my pain had blinded me from even the most elementary observation.

Several years later I humbled myself, and apologized for my prideful actions and in most recent years miraculous healing has taken place. Mistakenly, I had put myself in the judges seat, thinking I needed to punish them with my response, or lack thereof. 

I was wrong. And I regret that. I regret that at a persons most vulnerable moment, I turned my head, and missed the greatest opportunity to show Christ’s love.

Recently I was faced with another crossroad of grace and judgment that brought me back to that fateful day. I needed to revisit my past response. What could I have done differently? I did not want to have this same regret again. Yet being insincere is not a viable option either. It is almost painful for me to pay a fake complement, or give undo accolades. I want my words to mean something.

It was in that moment, deciding how to display grace in my present situation, that I received clarity about that day, so many years ago. I finally understood that what I needed wasn’t different words, what I needed was a different heart. I needed to see their loss as genuine, and their pain as real. I should have mourned for their broken relationship, now without hope for true restoration. I should have realized that I was no better than them. In fact, in a million ways, I was them.

Maybe you are facing an awkward holiday celebration this weekend with some anxiety. Maybe there is someone that will be there who you would rather not see. How will you respond?

Have you ever thought about the first “Resurrection Day” celebration? Talk about awk-ward!

Jesus enters the scene to a group of his friends, the friends that left his side when he needed them most, the friends who jockeyed for position when he would speak vulnerably about His death, the friends that fell asleep while he was sweating drops of blood,  the friends that were embarrassed to know him as he bled and suffocated to death on the cross for their sins. Those friends.

So what were Christ’s first words to them? A lecture? A sermon? A guilt trip? No. He spoke three words. And those words were not:

“Told you so.”

They were this:

Peace to you.

Peace.

They didn’t deserve His gracious greeting. They didn’t deserve his patient peace. Matthew Henry says this:

The comfort Christ spoke to them: Peace be unto you. This intimates in general that it was a kind visit which Christ now paid them, a visit of love and friendship. Though they had very unkindly deserted him in his sufferings, yet he takes the first opportunity of seeing them together; for he deals not with us as we deserve.

In Luke 24, the magnificent story continues:

40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while THEY STILL DID NOT BELIEVE for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.43 And He took it and ate in their presence.

They saw him with their very eyes and still didn’t quite believe that He had literally and physically risen from the dead. Did he stop right there and rebuke their unbelief? No, he just said, pass the matzah!

This would be an ideal spot for the application part of this lesson where I say, “See? Jesus was kind to people that didn’t deserve it, so you should be kind to people that don’t deserve it too.” But that would be missing the entire point.

The reality is that if we are going to relate with someone in this story it would not be with Jesus, but with the disciples.

We are the ones that have been faithless, we have chosen safety over supporting the weak, we have walked away when things got difficult, we have doubted the truths that Jesus has clearly expressed. We are the undeserving party guest.

When we identify with Jesus, we have to try hard to be gracious like he was. We have to muster up love and patience to the sinful offender. We put ourselves in a place above them, instead of understanding like Paul did that the only list he topped was the list of sinners. The difference is this:

When we realize that we are actually the sinful offender, instead of the righteous offended, grace and love is the only natural response.

Remember that while we sinned, Christ loved. Remember that he who has been forgiven much, loves much. Rejoice in your forgiveness. Understand that we love because we were loved. Repent once again, and pass the matzah!