Welcome to the Hangout of the Reality City Reverend. I'm Glad You're Here.

   I do not know about you, but I am tired of living in the fantasy world of perpetual children of all ages who have refused to grow up, leave their self-imposed "safe spaces" and immature decision to "cancel" what they do not like instead of learning about varied viewpoints other than their own. Self-pleasure, self-fulfillment, self-esteem, and self-love have thrown the concept of compassion and concern for others out the window, with common sense as well as reverence for God as well. For those of you who desire a reprieve from the external and internal rot that our nation has embraced, I want to welcome you to this site where Jesus Christ is LORD and the reality of His mercy, grace, salvation, forgiveness and inevitable return is presented without apology or compromise. 

  I would like to tell you something about myself and my service for the glory of the LORD over these many decades. First off, I am at the "senior adult" stage of life. How old am I? Here's a hint. Elvis was still alive and touring when I was in High School, but had passed away the day before we were to take our senior portraits (August 16, 1977). Bummer. (LaGrange HIgh School, Lake Charles, LA, Class of 1978).

   I was born and reared in south Louisiana in the heart of "Cajun Country", a wonderful heritage from my Mom's family of which I am proud of and gladly confess. The swamps were a part of my life as well as the food, culture, and music. I also have an English heritage, with my Dad's kin arriving in the New World probably from the area of Hampshire around the early 1700's. Both sets of my grandparents lived and worked during the time of the Great Depression and World War II and were part of "The Greatest Generation", the likes of which I do not believe we will ever see again. My Mom and Dad were hard and honest workers, but there were times after the bills were paid, all we had in the house to eat were a couple of cans of soup. I had the noodles and they drank the broth. Do not give me any junk about "white privilege", thank you. I started working when I was 16 at a local grocery store for $2.10 per hour in 1976 and never knew a time when I did not work until I became disabled a few years ago.

   I am a graduate of Louisiana College (B.A., History Education, 1984); New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Education, 1994); and Andersonville Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry in Bible Studies, 2000). This was all accomplished without a dime of student loans. I did something unusual, and that was to pay for college myself and earn a high grade point average in order to be given scholarships and grants. I owed nothing when I walked the stages to obtain my degrees, and I am thankful for that blessing and motivation to better myself. I've pastored churches in Louisiana and Oklahoma, worked as a teacher in both public and private high schools as well as a Bible college in the suburbs of New Orleans, and served as a local Hospital Chaplain until  August of 2019, when I decided to retire from public ministry (at least for now).

   I have been married to the love of my life for nearly forty years, and have been blessed with three children; a daughter and son who are now adults, and a baby girl waiting for us in heaven. We called New Orleans home for nearly fifteen years (1991-2005) until the 28th of August, when we fled from the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina and the horrendous damage it did not just to the city but to the souls of its citizens. To this day I cannot look at any films, photographs or videos of the storm and its damage. Anyone who has been through a horrid natural disaster will understand and that is all I will say about the matter. We ended up moving to Oklahoma in September of 2005 and have lived here ever since. 

  As the day for the LORD'S return get closer, I now serve Him in the harvest field of internet evangelism. I write Bible studies and articles for Christian websites and ministries, with an emphasis on Bible prophecy. My style of writing is like my preaching - no nonsense and to the point, especially when it comes to the matter of where you will be when you take your last breath - heaven or hell? Time is running out and the day to surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is NOW (Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10, 6:2; Philippians 2:9-11). Nobody is exempt or without excuse (Romans 1:18-20). That includes you, friend.

   If your church, Bible study group, or Christ-based conference would be interested in having me as a guest preacher, teacher, or speaker, I am always available, preferably online via Zoom or another outlet as per the COVID situation and my own health related issues. Contact me at the Email address or phone number listed on this site. I will be more than happy to send you all the necessary information and talk with you Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-4:00PM Central Standard Time (U.S.A)

  

Go Ahead...Ask the Question

Jesus Christ is both the most beloved and most hated figure in history. Why? Watch and find out.

You Can't Defend What You Don't Know

    Christians are commanded in Scripture to always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks them about their faith and why it matters (Mark 5:19-20; Acts 1:8, 4:12; Ephesians 5:9; 2Timothy 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15). It does no good, however, to try and defend your faith in front of a skeptic if you do not know the basics of the Gospel or any doctrines yourself and especially if you do not know whether you are a genuine believer in Christ or have merely given Him lip service and you're just another false convert (Matthew 7:21-23). With that in mind, I want to recommend some excellent resources and ideas starting with the video entitled, "Are You a Good Person?" by Ray Comfort of Living Waters Ministries found on their website or YouTube. I would also strongly advise that you spend time in prayer asking the LORD to give you the words to say to someone who may want to hear more about the Gospel. The Holy Spirit will guide you, just as Jesus taught to His disciples (Luke 21: 12-15; John 16:5-15; Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15). The Word of God never returns void.

Here are a list of outstanding books that are worth your money, time and attention as you study how to present and defend your faith:

"I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" by Drs. Frank Turek and Norman Geisler 

"Cold Case Christianity" by J. Warner Wallace

"Jesus on Trial" and "The Emmaus Code" by David Limbaugh

"Why Believe the Bible?" by John MacArthur

"The End" by Dr. Mark Hitchcock (excellent book on Bible prophecy)                     

Authentic Christianity has a mix of devotions, difficulties and the promise of rewards. The Bible teaches that we are to live by faith in God and to trust Him to guide, direct, and advise us by reading and studying His Word (Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16 Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21). Be assured that the Lord Jesus will always be with you and will never let you go (John 10:28-30; Hebrews 13:5). I speak from a lifetime of service, faith, struggle, heartache, and joy from serving the Lord Jesus. When we see Him (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), it will be worth everything we have had to endure here so far. Stay faithful and look up, be watchful, for our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28).

 

The Next Event on God's Prophetic Calendar

Websites that Are Worth Your Time To Explore

 

http://www.compellingtruth.org

The place to go to have almost all your questions about the Bible, Christianity, current events, and other issues answered.

https://www.lamarzulli.net

Author, Bible scholar, explorer. He is one of the most interesting people I have ever heard.

https://www.sermoncentral.com

I have contributed several messages to this site. Type my name in the "search" column and look them over. 

https://www.getalifemedia.com

Messages on subects such as world religions, cults, UFO's, and the end times by Pastor Billy Crone of Sunrise Bible Church, Las Vegas, NV.

https://www.jdfarag.org

Bible prophecy scholar and teacher from Hawaii. Excellent messages and teachings.

https://www.prophecywatchers.com

The website of Gary Stearman, dedicated to issues focused on the last days and the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

https://www.coldcasechristianity.com

The website of Christian apologist and homicide detective J. Warner Wallace, who defends the faith as if it were a crime scene.

https://www.video-tracts.com

Short, to-the point Gospel video presentations to share with others or to help you know more about Jesus.

https://biblearchaeology.org

The best place to go for sound, scientific, Christ-centered, God-honoring Biblical archaeology research and information from top scholars.

 

Are You Ready? He's On His Way!

This is from gotquestions.org, a great site for learning the basics of Scripture, and an excellent description of what will be the greatest event in history.

It Is Coming, and You Cannot Hide From It

Peace, Safety...and Something Else: A Lesson from Modern History

"But concerning the times and seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselfs know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when the say, "Peace and safety!", then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains from a pregznant woman. And they shall not escape."

                                                                      - 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 (NKJV)

 

   The letters to the church at Thessalonica were Paul's contribution not just to pastoral care of a troubled flock that was undergoing a terrible period of persecution, but was also a letter explaining to them the sequence of events that will occur prior to and after the event of the Rapture, which he had described earlier in his first letter. He was reasurring his brethren that they were not in the time of the Tribulation, which had been taught by Jesus in His discourse of things to come (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21).

   Paul wrote that the Day of the Lord, or the time of judgment upon the wickedness of humanity, will come unexpectedly and at a time where people will believe that will be well and that they can look forward to a time of "peace and safety" until the destruction does arrive as prophesied. I was thinking about the terms "peace and safety" and saw that a particular trait was missing, that of freedom. Without freedom, any mention of peace and safety is no more than a method of government control and capitulation on its terms.

   It is a shame that the teaching of history has ended up as a series of revisionist incidents of atrocities allegedly committed by a bunch of old white oppressors who did nothing but ruin the utopia that was the American continent or another place in the world. The noted men and women of the past are now considered racist bigot colonialists and responsible for world wide oppression. Marxist professors fill the minds of gullible students with socialist dreams and communist ideals and deliberately neglect telling them of the horrid price people paid for crying out "Peace and safety!" to the "liberators" of nations only to find themselves trapped, impovershed, oppressed, and the target of government plans for ridding the country of anyone who does not "toe the party line". The facts and the truth of history are never mentioned or taught, and that is a danger for the upcoming generations. Failure to learn the past only gives way to failure in the future.

  It happened to the French after their revolution in 1789, toppling a king and ending with the bloody Reign of Terror and the guillotine. It happened to the Russians in 1917 when the Bolsheviks got rid of the Czar and Lenin promied "Peace, land, and bread" to the masses who ended up in wars, poverty, and starved to death at the whim of men like Stalin and other Communist leaders. 

   It happened to post Word War I Germany, broke, impovershed, and was made the global villian deserving of strict punishment. Years of ridicule and desperation helped to bring Adolf Hitler and the Nazis to power in 1933, where he promised that German citizens would never go hungry again and never bow to the rest of the world. It ended with World War II and the Holocaust. China's revolution in 1949 saw the establishment of Mao Tse Tung's "People's Republic", along with years of mismanagment and famine that killed an estimated 40 to 80 million Chinese citizens, and things are not much better now over there.

   The same pattern of national chaos and an absence of leadership is in effect today, and people are crying out for direction and peace. It will come shortly after the event of the Rapture and the chaos that it ensues. Frightened nations will cry out for someone to guide them out of the mess, and this will usher in the ultimate provider of "Peace and safety" in the world's eyes, the man known as the Antichrist. He will deliver this promise, but will leave out what was missing from the previous revolutions, and that is the promise of personal freedom. He will put the world back into the order that the people want, but on his terms - either obey, take his mark, or die.

   Only when Jesus Christ returns to this world and remakes it into the Eden of Genesis, with the removal of the devil and his minions, will we have real peace, safety, and the gift of freedom from sin. He offers that peace to us today in order to be with Him in the promised paradise He will establish according to the book of Revelation. In Jesus Christ we have real freedom. It is available to you today if you will just ask Him.

When the Late Night Sermon Pixies Come Calling: A Manic Minister's Story

    In my library I have a collection of cartoons dealing with church life, faith, missionary activity, youth camp, and preaching the Word. The book is entiled "It Came From Beneath the Pew" by Rob Suggs. It became a part of my library in late 1989, and seemed to be the one highlight in a long, weary, and absymal year. We had lost our baby daughter that summer at the moment of her birth and, needless to say, it brought a great deal of tears, sorrow, and anxiety upon myself and my wife. The remainder of the year was a complete blur overrun with grief. I do not really recall how the book of cartoons came into my possession, but it was a great blessing in an otherwise horrid time. It got us to smile and laugh at some of the crazy things that go on in the lives and work of ministers, churches, families, and assorted scenes that helped to dry our tears and get us back on the road to some sense of normality.

   One particualar cartoon stuck with me these past few decades. It shows a minister sitting up in bed with his pillow over his head, eyes wide open, and obviously nervous. Next to his side of the bed are pixies, the mythical creatures one might find in the land of Narnia or as a companion to a wandering Hobbit. One is whispering in the minister's ear, "And here's another great story..", "Oh, use this as an illustration!", "Here are some verses to use in your next point..". The other pixie has in his hands a notebook and pen (this was before any laptops or tablets, kids..) telling the minister, "Here you go, Pastor. Now write these down or you'll forget them in the morning!" The caption at the bottom of the drawing reads, "Another visit from the Late Night Sermon Pixies".

   Okay, why does that along with a mix of Bible verses, stories, ideas, and what my oldest daughter refers to as "an encyclopedia of timely and trivial knowledge" stay within my mind ? It probably began when my Mom took me for my checkup when I had turned 2 years old. After examining and testing me, the pediatrician informed my parents that I would end up being an abstract thinker with multiple interests going on all at once in my mind. My behavior and methods of coping with it would be challenging and often much different than what most children would encounter in their developing years.

   Dr. Morin's diagnosis was a nice way of breaking the news to my parents that I had what would be later defined as bipolar disorder, or manic depression. As time passed, my mood swings went from rapid  thinking and activities one minute to wishing I could crawl under a rock and be forgotten the next. I went from estatic to moody in a second on numerous occasions. It started to get more frequent in my high school years and went untreated. I still managed to graduate from high school, college, seminary, and complete my post-graduate studies. I did my level best to have a loving relationship with my wife and children but was not always easy. My moods bordered on everything from bliss to rage. I never brought any physical harm to anyone, thank God, but my family came close to leaving me because of the depression and its variances.

  When we moved to New Orleans in 1991, we began exploring the necessity of getting professional counseling along with a regimen of medications to keep me stable, and it has been successful for over a decade. If you're reading this and have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you know that getting the proper balance of medications is basically a pharmecutical crap-shoot until you get everything under some sense of control and establish a routine that gets you on the path to improvement and recovery. 

   My wife has asked me when I spin out a hundred different ideas for sermons, expositions of Scripture, or other ideas for ministry, with my mind going a hundred miles a second what the whole venture is like to me. The best explanation I have been able to give her and others is that it is like trying to look at numerous television screens and having to describe the details of every program at the same time. I believe this is a suitable definition of mania that I have lived with over the years. Mania can also be defined as a series of "racing thoughts" where your mind is filled with mutliple topics that come out of the blue with countless possibilities and ideas.

   Now, here is where the cartoon connects with my frequent bouts of mania. I tend to get numerous varities of ideas, topics, and series that could be developed into a series of sermons I could write and then post on the websites to which I contribute. I will then let my wife know that the "Sermon Pixies" stopped by for a visit and a brief time of consultation. That goofy collection of cartoons was heaven-sent to us and has been our comedic "running gag" reresenting the times where I have quickly got out of bed in the middle of the night to write down ideas, outlines, or entire messages I know are not the products of imagination, but come from the Spirit of God, along with much study, research, and prayer,  and a dependence on the Lord Jesus to help me communicate the truth of the Gospel through the internet and social media.

   Our gracious and mericiful God created us as unique and original individuals. We are not automotons without free will or a desire for creativity. He has blessed some people with gifts and characteristics that may not be described as "normal" as we tend to define it. Men of God throughout the centuries have have gone through everything from physical ailments to periods of deep depression. No minister or any servant of Jesus Christ is "practically perfect in every way", as if they were a real world version of Mary Poppins.

  Paul explained to the churches about the gifts and talents given to us by the LORD for the edification of the body of Christ (Romans 14; 1 Corinthians 12). The Bible is full of stories about patriarchs, prophets, kings, and commoners who thought that their quirks and traits could not be used by God. Surprise! His saving grace was on them as well as on you, my friend. You are not alone in this world.

   The "Pixies" and their menagerie are old friends and have helped me be a better minister, a more thoughtful Christian, empathetic person, and has been used to help me understand the concept Jesus spoke of when He asked His followers to help those He called "the least of these". Weird is wonderful, especially when you are in the will of our gracious God and I'm living proof. I just thought I'd share this with you and I pray it blesses all who stop by and check this site out. I need to wind this up now. The Pixies need to get on the road and head out to California. It seems that John MacArthur is due a visit. Just kidding.