Exaltation and Deification — Becoming like our Heavenly Father

"Sunday Sermon" "Doctrinal Commentary" One of the many distinctive doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that man can become like God.  As sons and daughter of our Heavenly Father, we can become His heirs, and joint heirs with Christ. As his children, we can inherit and share His divine nature. … Continue reading Exaltation and Deification — Becoming like our Heavenly Father

Defendant: “I am a God! You are a mere mortal!”

"Court Case Friday" One afternoon I had a large group of prisoners in the “cage” in my courtroom. I started advising them of their constitutional rights. One of the women suddenly interrupted me and screamed, “I don’t recognize you.” I thought to myself, “I don’t’ recognize you either.” She continued: Defendant: “I am a God! I don’t … Continue reading Defendant: “I am a God! You are a mere mortal!”

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #7 (Last Commentary): Beyond Mere Physical Reality – Love, Self-Awareness, Free Will, Conscience, Morality

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" For atheists, everything is physical. Nothing else exists beyond the physical universe. This materialist belief places on atheists the burden of explaining non-physical reality, like, the existence of: love, self-awareness, empathy, compassion, sacrifice, free will, morality, good and evil. How can physical matter create consciousness and self-awareness?  How can the random accidental … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #7 (Last Commentary): Beyond Mere Physical Reality – Love, Self-Awareness, Free Will, Conscience, Morality

My Top 5 Complaints and Suggestions for God

"Commentary" & "Fun Facts" At the risk of being struck by lightning, I have a list of complaints and suggestions for God on how He could improve things. I'm sure He won’t mind. After all, “nobody’s perfect.” Number 1. Dogs Dogs don’t live long enough. This is my number one complaint.  It wounds my heart … Continue reading My Top 5 Complaints and Suggestions for God

“A Tale of Two Gods” — Old and New Testaments

Superficial readers of the Bible sometime conclude that the God of the Old Testament is very different from the God of the New Testament.  The Old Testament has a "God of wrath." The New Testament has a "God of love." God of Wrath Mark Twain described the Gods of the Old and New Testament as … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Gods” — Old and New Testaments

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #3: Prophetic Revelation, Scripture, Prophecy

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" Prophetic Revelation A prophet is God’s messenger.  He is called by, and speaks for, God. A prophet receives commandments, prophecies, and revelations from the Lord.   The Lord operates through His prophets.  That is His M.O. “That’s how He rolls.” “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #3: Prophetic Revelation, Scripture, Prophecy

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #2: Divine Miracles and Heavenly Blessings

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" God is a God of Miracles Believers live in a world teeming with wonderous miracles.  Because of their faith they witness the innumerable miracles of nature and creation that surround them.  Because of their faith they receive countless miracles of healing, protection, preservation, and providence.  After all, "God is a God of … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #2: Divine Miracles and Heavenly Blessings

The Most Important Old Testament Verse: Hosea 6:6

"Sunday Sermon" Rabbi Jacob Milgrom, Dean of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, concluded that Hosea 6:6 was the most important verse in “the Prophets” in the Old Testament. (See: “Jacob Milgrom,” Wikipedia.)    I was surprised, because I had no clue about Hosea 6:6. But he may have been right. Hosea 6:6: “For I … Continue reading The Most Important Old Testament Verse: Hosea 6:6

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism Among LDS: #1 Introduction and Overview

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" The Rise of Atheism Among Latter-day Saints Proselyting atheists have recently become celebrities by attacking religion and the belief in God.  They have appeared on television, radio, social media, and college campuses.  They have written popular articles and best-selling books.   They are articulate and persuasive.  Scores of LDS youths and young adults, … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism Among LDS: #1 Introduction and Overview

God’s First, and Most Important Questions, to Mankind

"Sunday Sermon"  Genesis Account: "Where art Thou?" In the Genesis account, after Adam and Eve transgressed by partaking of the forbidden fruit, God asked them the all-important question. “Where art thou?” (Gen. 3:9) In other words, “Where are you?”  God was not asking Adam and Eve where they were located physically.  He already knew that. They … Continue reading God’s First, and Most Important Questions, to Mankind