Podcast is up!

Yes!  The podcast is up and active. The first episode, to be honest, sounds like a first episode, but we’re going. I’m so excited. This is so different than anything I’ve ever done.  If you’re not interested in the Paranormal, or Supernatural, just give it a miss, but tell your friends who are.

I hope you enjoy this. I will probably put it on YouTube in a couple days. If so, I’ll let you know. Just go to YT and like the post. Even if you listen on the anchor site or at Spotify. It probably won’t be active on Spotify until Friday, or Saturday.

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Podcast Launch Coming Soon!

Events With Benefits® Podcast | Travel headphones, Smartphone, Motivational  giftsI am getting excited. My new podcast is inching closer to launch. I still don’t have an exact date, but maybe by the end of the week. I’m going into the studio today to record the first episode. After that it will all be about editing and getting it published. I’m just not sure how long that will take me. I’m a bit out of practice.

I’m calling the program, Mysteries, Magic, and the Supernatural, or MM&S. My plan is to look at popular weird topics, like, UFO and Crytpid sightings, Poltergeist activity, and other Paranormal events, and to look at them from a Biblical perspective. What? Yes, I believe they are real. And I believe the Bible has a lot to say about weird stuff like that. I’m going to use some of my own paranormal experiences to get the ball rolling.

I’m also going to show you some of the weird stuff that’s in the Bible. Christians have kind of hidden from these topics for way too long, or tried to ‘Spiritualize’ them in some way. But I believe if we look at this stuff honestly, it will all make sense.

Frankly, I’m taking a huge risk with this project. Many Christians will automatically think I’ve become a heretic, and will not hear me out. Many Unbelievers in either the Bible or the Supernatural will think I’m a religious nut, and not listen. But this subject matter  was the basis for my doctorate, and I’m quite passionate about it.  It will take several episodes for the pieces to begin to fit together, so I wonder whether listeners will stay with me long enough to make sense. I don’t know. But life is all about risks. If we live our lives in bubble wrap, we’ll never experience anything.

I can promise you this. Every story I tell, will be true. Whether it happened to me, or to someone else. Every Bible story I tell, will be accurate. The world we live in is mysterious, magical, and supernatural. And God is trying to tell  you something by it all.

I will use this site  as a place to announce new episodes. I’m going to use my personal Facebook Page for discussions. As the program grows, I’ll likely make a new FB page dedicated to it. I’m thinking very seriously about putting the episodes on YouTube. I’ve cleared out everything I had on one of my channels for this. I just don’t know whether it’s a good place to put podcasts anymore. YT is going crazy with adverts. It has become really annoying. Ads are one of the reasons I hate television. So I’m still trying to decide on that one. Do me a favor, email me and let me know whether or not you’d listen to a podcast on YouTube. I will be making it available pretty much everywhere else, including Stitcher, and I hope, Spotify.

Spoiler Alert:  In the first episode, I will tell the story of my UFO encounter. In the next few episodes I will talk about personal interactions with demons, and shadow people. I will also talk about the Loch Ness Monster in the first 5 episodes. After all, I live less than 60 miles east of the Loch. So, if you have any stories or question related to those subjects, email me or write them in the comments.

Hey, if nothing else, maybe MM&S will give you something to do during lockdown. And you don’t even have to wear a mask. Have a great week, y’all.

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Some Changes To My Life and Coming to this Blog

Why people delay software updates, despite the risksHey, y’all. It’s been a while since I updated this. Shame on me. This lock down is driving me crazy. I just wanted to give you a quick update to activate this page again, and to let you in on some of the things you can expect.

  1. We’ve gotten back on track with our weight loss program, but with some changes. Primarily, we are now focusing more on the South Beach Diet, than the Keto Diet. Both are low carb, but frankly, living here in the U.K. we feel like the South Beach Diet offers us more variety than the Keto Diet does. The only tough change has been, South Beach limits fats more than Keto does. But we are allowed some things like whole wheat pasta or brown rice. I’ll write a special post about the changes and why, but wanted to be upfront about it. Mostly, its a cost thing. Keto was getting too expensive for us. Stay tuned for more.
  2. One of the reasons I haven’t been doing stuff is I’ve been focusing on finishing my Doctorate program. Well, I’ve  got that submitted now, so I’ve got some more time. I’m on pins and needles waiting on my final results.
  3. I’m getting ready to relaunch my podcast. I’m planning on kind of expanding it. It will still have Bible and Christian episodes, but I’m looking to expand to cover all the things I’m interested in. Having episodes on dieting, Bible and Faith, dogs, paranormal activity, farming and gardening, and maybe even writing. I want it to become kind of a cup of tea and a chat more than the strict teaching I’ve been doing. Watch for announcements. Give it a listen. And offer suggestions. Again, more later.
  4. Speaking of writing. It’s time to get back at it. I’m going to finish my book, Life Lessons From a Lead Dog. I’ve got the first 4 or 5 chapters done. Well, the first draft. This is a book I’ve wanted to write for at least 20 years. Now it’s time. Watch for updates.
  5. I’m trying to save a few bucks by bringing all my websites under this umbrella. I don’t know how well that will work, but we’ll see.
  6.  I now have a YouTube station for my sermons. It’s just Sam Burton. I’ll probably change the title, but that’s it for now. It’s not complete yet, but will be soon. I don’t plan to really advertise it. At least not yet.
  7. I’m wanting to make a YouTube station for my new podcast, but not sure yet. I don’t want to have to worry about the camera being a distraction. I’m not Joe Rogan.

Ok, I think that should do it. You’re pretty well up to date. Thanks for your patience. Remember, I always appreciate questions and suggestions.  I’m out.

Bring Down The Statues of White Jesus?

10 Most Famous Jesus Statues In The World | Jesus statue, Statue ...I have to get involved now. I’m trying to stay as silent as possible as regards the aggression and violence being perpetuated in America and the UK right now. As it stands, for the most part, all I can do is make matters worse. Oh, and who am I, that anyone should listen to me. I’m not an athlete, a celebrity, or a politician, so my words can’t have much influence other than to irritate an already open wound.

My FB feed is is packed with stories concerning the headline and article about BLM calling people to tear down the statues of a white Jesus. It’s literally all over my feed. So I’m going to speak. I am talking to Christians mostly.

Relax. Don’t take the bait. All this is, is an attempt to get you hot under the collar and to try and annoy you into saying or doing something stupid. DON’T FALL FOR IT!

These articles are all based on the tweets of a single individual. I won’t even mention his name. I don’t want to give Black Christ of Portobelo – Portobelo, Panama - Atlas Obscurahim any more attention than he deserves. This individual was famous for 15 minutes and he’s trying to grab some attention again. He used to be big in the BLM movement, but was kind of written off. He used to be a Pastor in Atlanta, but now he’s an unbeliever. He has a vendetta against the Church. I’m not entirely sure why. I know that many of the most outspoken people against Christianity are people who were formerly very involved with the Faith.

Anyway, his thoughts are his thoughts. He’s entitled to them. The constitution gives him the right to spout them. If they make you angry, that is his intent. If they cause you to do something silly, that’s his intent. Breathe deep and let it go.

The Bible has very little to say regarding race. Seriously. Take a colored pencil. Whatever color you want, and mark every passage about race. I’m going to do it again with my next read through. You will find very few. I can think of a tiny handful. You will find the Bible to be silent, not because it’s a white man’s book. It wasn’t written by Europeans. It’s silent, because God doesn’t look on our skin. As far at the Gospel is concerned, our sin issues were critical, our skin issues could be taken care of as a result of solving our sin problem.

I don’t care what color you think of Jesus in. All that discussion gives me a headache. I don’t want to debate it. I don’t want to hear anything about it. To even bring it up is just an invitation to fight. And Jesus doesn’t want that.

Statues are just statues. That’s it. They are works of art, and works of remembrance. If someone wants to tear them down, so be it. What the vandals have already done is showing their hand at trying just to inspire dissension. They’ve already torn down and defaced statues of both racists and those who fought against racism. Mobs don’t take time to look into history. They just do what mobs do.

I am a servant of Jesus of Nazareth. He lived. He died. He rose again. He ascended into Heaven. He is coming back. These are the things I drive, like a flag, into the ground. As to his color, or statues, or paintings, or books (excluding the Bible), I have no attachment. I will not be drawn into an ugly fray over them. And I urge you to have a glass of iced tea, rock in your chair, and don’t let headlines, articles, or fiery comments on Social Media, mess with your reason.

Here I stand.

Podcast Rant – At Least It’s A Short One

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Image result for Rant public domain imagesWell, Hello out there. How in the world are you? I hope you are faring well so far in 2020. I know that many parts of the world have no idea what time of year it is. The weather is absolutely crazy. It’s quite normal here in Northern Scotland. And for that I say, yay.

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? As I understand it, this is the time of year, most people have given up. Yep, it’s after the 21st. The majority of weight loss, fitness, financial, and even spiritual resolutions are now officially banished.

How sad is that. We’re only 3 weeks in. I guess that’s one reason, years ago, I stopped new years resolutions. I spend time in November and early December setting and writing down goals for the new year. I don’t make too many, and I try and make them challenging. But after only 3 weeks into the new year, I haven’t had enough time to even assess most of them, much less abandon them.

One of my goals for 2020 is related to the book of 1 Corinthians, that I’ve started preaching from on Sundays. Please let me explain. In the first chapter of the letter, Paul asks the Corinthians to be united. He reminds them that unity is the plan for God’s Church. When we fight, fuss, and divide, it goes public and ends up giving the Church a bad name.

Paul tells them he’s heard how some of them say, I follow Paul. Others say, I follow Peter, still others, I follow Apollos, and still others, I only follow Christ. What the heck is this? Is Christ divided into Camps.

This is the first Century version of I’m a Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Holiness, Catholic, Protestant, Spirit Filled, or Evangelical. What the heck does any of that mean to people who don’t know squat about the Gospel. For that matter, what does it mean to those of us who do?

The body of Christ has become so splintered that we’ve lost much of our substance as witnesses, and the rest of the world just tunes us out. We have nothing to say that even interests them.

And to make matters worse, we fight about stuff publicly. It’s ugly. Just do a quick search on You Tube. We see Christians calling each other all kinds of names. We see all kinds of body slams, and kicks to the throat. Punches and clinches. We have turned the Gospel of Christ into the UFC. We are unkind and uncool. And what’s even more true, we are embarrassing Jesus.

Many of the things we’re fighting about on YouTube, should not be there. Those are family issues that should be dealt with in private. When we are publicly shaming other people who claim Christ, we look totally petty to those who don’t know anything about Him or His gospel.

I would agree that when someone denies the fundamentals of the Gospel, we need to address that. But you see, all denominations: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and every Protestant group, believes that Jesus Christ came as a man, he died for sin, he was buried, he rose from the dead, and he will return again, to finish our salvation (bring Heaven), and to judge the world. Yes, there are those who deny some of these facts. Those people are not a part of us. But if we preach the truth of those things, the false teachers will lose influence and drift away. But much of the stuff we fight about publicly, is not regarding those fundamentals. They are things like, Calvinists and Arminians fighting nuances to the death. On YouTube. While the Non Christian goes, What the Heck? Or fighting over the details of Jesus return. Will there be a secret rapture? Will there be a literal 1000 year reign on the earth? Instead we should shout our agreement, Jesus is coming. Will He find Faith on the Earth?

Before any of us hits send on another video, we need to ask ourselves, what will this do for the Gospel. What about non Christians, or New Christians who see it, Will it bring them towards Him, or will it just turn them off and make them think Christians can’t get their act together, so why should I listen to them.

There are things we need to address. But privately. In our Churches. In our small groups. In our conferences, that are not appropriate for places like YouTube. That goes for our political opinions. I have loads of non Christian friends and family who have totally different political view that I have. Things related to crime and punishment, Gun control, who would make a good president. In all of history, I don’t believe a single person has ever been pursuaded to change his or her mind be cause of a facebook post. But plenty of friendships have been lost, or relationships ruined, by it.

I’m not suggesting to avoid all controversy, but I am saying, stop calling people names. It’s kind of like in 1 Corintians 6, when Paul has to get on to the Church for suing each other in public court. All that does is make the whole church look bad. He says it’s better to just lose something, rather that drag our dirty laundry through the streets. We might win our case, but lose the public.

Ok, that’s my rant over. What do you think of all the Christian infighting on Social Media and YouTube. Hmm. I gues YouTube is a part of Social Media, but you get my point. Write me and let me know what you think. But be respectful if you disagree. Send me an email, samburtonpresents@gmail.com, or just use the comments section of the show notes, samburtonpresents.com.

We’ll talk more soon. And we’ll probably talk longer next time. You have an awesome week. For now, I’m out.

Was The Baby Jesus REALLY ever a refugee?

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(Re)Discovering The Bible Vol. 2: The Gospels And ActsHappy New Year, y’all. How in the world are you? You are listening to the “ReDiscovering the Bible” online radio show. My name is Sam Burton, I’m your host. Thanks so much for tuning in to this very brief Holiday episode. Stay tuned to the end, because I have a special announcement concerning volumes 1 & 2 of the Rediscovering the Bible series of ebooks.

One of the crazy WOKE Church ideas I keep hearing, and it drives me nuts, is that the Baby Jesus, and his family were refugees. I’ve seen it all over the internet. I mean, yes, it’s been going around a while, but this year, it seems to be epidemic. Ok, let’s make it technologically accurate, it’s been Viral.

And it sounds so good, especially to the Woke world. It sounds like Jesus cares for refugees, because he was one. He understands. It appeals to Christians, to stand up for those suffering political or financial persecution.

By the way, we should. There are millions upon millions of people who are living in camps, or right near our homes, who have had to risk much to get here. We should be sympathetic, or at least empathetic, to their needs. We need to offer shelter, food, clothing, and whatever help we can offer them. Because every single person on planet earth was made in the image of God. And God loves us ALL, regardless of our language, race, political leaning, education, or social standing. Jesus came for every person on planet earth, past, present, and future.

But the idea that Jesus was a refugee, is historical nonsense. And to support that view makes us look totally ignorant to anyone who understands history. In the first place, Jesus was not born a refugee. He was born in a stable, yes, because there were no vacancies in the hotels in Bethlehem when he was born. No one was trying to be cruel to Joseph and Mary. There just wasn’t room. The town was overcrowded due to the Roman Census being carried out at the time.

Joseph and Mary weren’t on the run, hiding from anyone. There is no evidence they were poverty stricken, either. Shocking? Look it up. Find it in Scripture. Yes, if history had worked out differently, Joseph would have been King of the Israelis. But it doesn’t mean he was some bankrupt, political exile. In fact, withing just a few days, of Jesus birth, they moved into a house. Matthew tells us about it. By the time the Wise Men arrived, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were living in a house. The weren’t in cages.

Shortly afterward, because of Herod’s Jealousy, they left, to hide out in Egypt. But you see, they weren’t traveling only in the dark, or in a caravan of other refugees, they were just moving away from Herod and his threats. People moved regularly between Egypt and Judea. And had done for 600 years. Read the book of Jeremiah.

They weren’t running from somewhere in Asia or South America to hide out. It was like moving from Kentucky to Arizona. See both Judea and Egypt were part of the Roman Empire. They were under the same political system. They didn’t even have to learn another language. Everyone in both countries spoke greek.

One more thing. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were flush with cash. The wise men had just unloaded loads of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. It wasn’t like they dumped twenty bucks and a couple bottles of perfume. These men would have brought gifts worthy of a King. Read about the gifts people brought Kings in the Old Testament.

I don’t say any of these things to upset anyone, I just want us to understand that people come up with all kinds of rubbish when they try and talk about Jesus. All this does is muddy the water, create division amongst Christians, and confuse the daylights out of people seeking Jesus

and the truth. Jesus cares about refugees. And so should we. Jesus healed them, he fed them. He taught them, and He died for them. He rose again, and he is going to return for them. For each one of us.

Don’t fall for the propaganda. Just because something looks cool on Instagram, doesn’t make it correct. If we’re going to change the world, we have to tell the Truth.

Please let me know your thoughts. Use the comments section, or send an email to samburtonpresent@gmail.com. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And thanks for sticking around. I want people to love God’s word. I want you to read it, and understand it. I also know a lot of people start the new year with a goal to read the Bible. I want to help you with that. I am announcing that from today, until January 31, 2020 I’m offering a special price for both volumes of ReDiscovering the Bible. During this time, you can get each volume for only $.99. 99 pence for those of you in the U.K. Just go to amazon.com or amazon.co.uk and search ReDiscovering the Bible. In it you will also get my Bible reading plan to help you read the Bible in the best order for understanding it. Write me if you have any questions. They are currently available onle as Kindle ebooks.

That’s all I’ve got. Y’all have a very great week. And have a Happy New Year.

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Who Wants To Go Debt Free in 2020?

I know. I know. That headline sounds awfully click baity. But it’s not. I promise.

It’s time for many of us to set our 2020 goals, and make our New Year’s Resolutions. One of them for loads of people is to get out of debt. Or at least to reduce IOU NO MORE: A Quick Start Guide For Becoming Debt Free And Living Debt Free Forever by [Sam Burton]debt and get money working for them, rather than the other way around.

One of the best known sources of help out there is Dave Ramsey. I’ve listened to Dave for years. He offers some great advice. Check out his information at www.daveramsey.com. And for what it’s worth, I don’t get any financial kickbacks from Dave at all. None. Zero. Nada.

I also know that creating a budget, and a financial plan that will work, can be a nightmare. I know it, because I’ve been there. My wife and I were on the fast track to oblivion, and we overcame it. After we had created out plan and were working it, I discovered Dave Ramsey. I was amazed at how similar our plans were. Way back in 2006 I published a book called, IOU NO MORE, a quick start guide to becoming debt free, and living debt free forever. It was available as a paperback. Last year, I felt like some of the illustrations were getting a bit old, so I stopped publishing the paperback and made it available only as an eBook.

The information is still really good. The stories are still true. The plan still works. In fact, I believe with all my heart that it’s the simplest money management plan out there.

From December 26,2019 – January 31, 2020, I’m reducing the price to $.99. I want to help you change your life. The forms alone, are worth more that the price you pay for the book. And, if you email me, or send my your email via the comments section, I will send you the ‘basic’ budget form, for people who are in debt. I will send it absolutely free. No gimmicks. I’m not going to sell your email address. I wouldn’t dream of doing something that sleazy. I know how much I hate it when someone does that to me.

I want to help you help yourself. I want to see men and women set free from the stress of money worries. Also, just in the spirit of full disclosure, every one of you who buys the book and writes to me for the budget form, will immediately go on my prayer list through January 2020.

That’s it. Just a quick announcement about this deal. I believe in you. 2020 is your emancipation date.

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