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  1. Paige says:

    Thank you, again, for giving me hope. Jesus is my Star.

  2. Em again says:

    another good ponder – “all glory to Jesus…”
    coming to the place where you realize that you just can’t hope to stand before a holy God and present your good and bad deeds to be weighed for your justification is the first step, eh?

  3. JoelG says:

    Thank you for reminding us of the hope we have in Jesus.

  4. Josh the Baptist says:


    It’s amazing the gift God has given you.

    When I saw that video last night, my only though was “Who smokes weed through a gas mask?!?!”

    Your thoughts are much more edifying.

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I didn’t watch the draft – the wife and I were binge watching 3 episodes of The Good Wife.
    We need a law in this country that forbids holding against people what they did in college — what happens in college should stay in college.
    That’s how you grow up.

  6. Jean says:

    We’re becoming a nation addicted to drugs (the legal and illegal type) and anger. Nothing satisfies. What a pity!

    The peace of Christ, which surpasses all understanding, guard all our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, who is for us (and for the world – even if it doesn’t know Him) the Good Shepherd, Bread of Life, and Prince of Peace.

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I don’t know that we are becoming anything new in regards to addictions or bad behavior. Look, in the past drinking was so bad we banned it at one time – watch the movie, from what was it the 30 Reefer Madness.
    90% of the college students grow out of in and live productive lives … my kids did.

  8. Kevin H says:

    Carson Wentz better turn out to be a star, or else the Eagles’ Judgment Day a couple years from now will be pretty ugly!

    Oh yeah, and good post today. 🙂

  9. Xenia says:

    I used to have a Top Secret security clearance. When my past was investigated and they talked to all my old college friends, it appears that they chose to ignore all my hippie indiscretions, including my membership in a protest organization. MLD is right, what happens in college should stay in college because it’s when we learn to grow up.

  10. Josh the Baptist says:

    Both of the first two picks are horrendous. Each team will be set back for years.

  11. Erunner says:

    Didn’t hear about this until today. It’s sad when these young men who work so hard knowing their efforts will financially change their lives forever seem to so often do things that can bring it all crashing down.

    In the last few years we’ve seen kids who were risky to begin with implode when they got their money.

    That’s why the NFL (which is no island of virtue) does extensive background checks to make sure their investment in these college players doesn’t blow up in their face.

    Then there’s the more important point Michael makes here. How would I like my worst moments in my mind or acted out to be on display for everyone to see? That is a scary proposition.

    Trying to wrap my mind around the love God has for me will be something I will live my life out trying to comprehend.

    It’s always good to remember where we came from and the nature to do evil that entices us constantly lest we boast and find ourselves flat on our faces. Thanks Michael.

  12. Cash says:

    Thanks Michael for another reason to rejoice. I once heard a teaching that the judgement seat of Christ will be like an awards ceremony and not a sin judgement. That would be cool. I guess that’s why we will be casting our crowns to His feet.

  13. Dan from Georgia says:

    Past Vikings first round draft pick/headcase: Dimitrius Underwood

    Sorry to bring that up Michael.

  14. Dan from Georgia says:

    BTW, great post Michael, very encouraging and uplifting!

  15. Jean says:

    I don’t know that we are becoming anything new in regards to addictions or bad behavior. Look, in the past drinking was so bad we banned it at one time – watch the movie, from what was it the 30 Reefer Madness.”

    MLD, regarding Prohibition, I don’t know if drinking was worse back then or whether it was just the strength of the Temperance Movement, which brought in Prohibition. Regarding marijuana, my understanding is that the weed cultivated today is way stronger than the stuff some of us fiddled with in the 60s and 70s.

  16. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I don’t know – if you watch Reefer Madness it says MJ causes irreversible insanity 🙂

  17. Michael says:

    Thank you all for the kind words…hope it was encouraging.

  18. Mr Jesperson says:

    I personally do not watch football, but the Bema seat is of particular interest to me. Many Christians fear it and not a few pastors avoid talking about it because it is viewed as being a “negative thing.” Many believe things that are not biblical about that day. So what do the scriptures have to say about it? 2 Cor. 5:10, Matt 7:2, 16:26-27, Jer. 32:19, Eze 18:20, John 12:47-48, Luke 12:45-48, 1 Cor 3:10-18, 1 John 4:17, 1 Chron 16:33. There are many more but what about 1 Cor 3:15? Does this verse contradict some of what is said in this article? How about Eze 18:24-26, James 3:1, Luke 12:47-48, Heb 10:24-31, Matt 12:36-37, Luke 20:45-47, Rev. 20:11-15.
    I also stumbled upon 2 Pet 2:20-22 which are interesting verses in this regard.

  19. Cash says:

    Mr. J,

    Those verses indicate that the Bema Seat will be a judgment of our good works…I believe this is a completely different judgment than what is known as The Great White Throne Judgement, which will be a judgement for refusing to beleive God’s gracious gift.

  20. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    There is only one judgment in the Bible as seen in Matt 25:31-46 and it is described a couple of ways by the writers… but only one.

  21. Cash says:


    You could very well be right but to me, it seems to indicate there are one judgment for unbelievers and one for believers.

  22. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    We see in the sheep and the goats that Jesus divides them and will have a judgment for each. (call it 2 judgments if you want but it is one during a one time event.)

    1st judgment = “34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ”

    2nd judgment = “41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

    Dispensationalist make 2 judgment events (Bema & GWT) out of the one event and have I don’t remember how many years between them – but the grind it up to fit the system.

  23. Cash says:


    So you are saying the 1st judgement is the bema seat?

  24. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    No – I am saying that it is also known as the Day of the Lord, the Bema Seat, the Great White Throne of Judgement – all one event called by several names.

    Above I was showing how you could see 2 judgements with Jesus 1st turning to his right and then turning to his left.

  25. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    It can also be called the last day and / or The End or as Porky Pig used to say “that’s all folks. 😉

  26. Cash says:


    Thanks for the explanation. You’ve given me something to chew on for awhile. 🙂

  27. Em again says:

    #25- so totally agree with MLD… his ending IS proclaimed with a stutter 🙂

  28. Em again says:
  29. Em again says:

    the above was a jest, not a derogatory comment on MLD’s theology even tho we differ – sorry, it was just too easy to resist this afternoon

  30. Babylon's Dread says:

    #29 was completely unnecessary … MLD should be graffitied early and often

  31. DavidM says:

    Michael, this is one of your best.

  32. Michael says:

    Thank you, DavidM…

  33. brian says:

    I like what you wrote Michael. It was always pointed out that God will judge every single thought, impulse, hesitations, wrong motive even if it is unconscious, bad / sinful dream, wrong word, crying as a child for the wrong reasons, saying no wrongly, potential self-pity, Showing grief the wrong way, having emotions that might be sinful, being depressed, and I could type maybe thirty pages of this. What was clear is that God will remember every single one of them, and all it takes is one, even if you don’t cross any of those lines there is Adams sin and that to will and should totally condemn you.

    The other thing that was made fairly clear is that if anyone found out that you did anything wrong in the faith community it would and should be used against you, not to repent but to retaliate. I admit I have sinned and need a savior desperately and daily which is also sort of a “sin” from some of my experience in the past. Again I appreciate what you wrote Michael.

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