The reality of Christian authenticity

by Mike Ratliff

34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38 NASB)

Jesus is coming back. Are you ready? Are you trusting in man-made or self-made religion to be what God will recognize as sufficient so that Christ will be your Advocate before the Father when you are judged? Without Christ as your Advocate, you will have no defense. How does Christ become our Advocate? How do we know if He is our Advocate? Let us examine Christ’s own words about this. Continue reading

American Sniper

by Mike Ratliff

I had planned on reading Chris Kyle’s book Amercian Sniper from the moment I became aware that Clint Eastwood was working on a project to make it into a movie. I had seen Chris Kyle on various television shows prior to his murder and I, being a U.S. Navy veteran from the Vietnam era, really appreciated him and how he poured himself into his work of helping other returning veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan “wars” who suffered from both physical and mental issues. PTSD is something I have dealt with myself on a much smaller scale after the Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995. I can only imagine what combat veterans go through. Continue reading