Boston Marathon Bombing

I would like to see all the churches coming together at this time for the people rather than the repeated viewing of the explosion from the major networks. It is at a moment like this, no matter who did the bombing, that we show the world our unity through our faith in God to heal, restore and bless those that come through this horror.

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It’s been a long time since my last post

I have been through a lot, good and bad. I can’t say that I am sorry for not posting, because I’m not. If I am to get serious about writing for God and reaching others, then this is one of the places where I need to start.

This site will continue to be a testamony to what God is doing in my life. It will be through my writing of poetry and fiction writing, and yes, about my life through writing and living for God.  This will be a place to hopefully teach and entertain you.

I did not know for sure what I wanted to do with this site at first, but now I know. For me it will be a place to help me grow in the Lord. After all, if I am going to be doing any Christian writing, I will have to go back to His Word, and make sure I am delivering His message and not that of my flesh. I have gotten into a routine in my daily devotional. I don’t know if I will actually post those, but I may use those as a jumping off place for poetry and writing in general.

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Why I need Jesus

When I was still young I thought that I could do anything. I couldn’t wait to get out from my parents and to do my own thing. It is like a beacon, a milestone to be out on your own, to make your own mistakes and be considered an adult. My first thing to do was to open the door and all the windows at my apartment and turn on the air condition and leave all the lights on at night. Yes it is silly but, I was on my own now and could do what I wanted.

Going Out Into The World

I worked a couple of jobs and saved up money, I got my own stuff and paid my bills but, this was what was expected of a man. This was what life was and still today for many, what life is about. What ones purpose is. Yet I could hear the beating on an apartment door across from me of a dealer wanting his money and my neighbor’s kids blaring music all night to the middle of the day and I worked all the time and got little rest. During this time I sought a girlfriend to have thinking that having this other person in my life will make me whole or at least fill in some of the emptiness that was in me at the time.

Going Into Christ

I met some of my friends from high school when I was drinking and smoking and looking to start a fight or two. I was hurting inside and I wanted people around me to hurt more than me because for a little while it made me feel better. What my friends showed me first was the book of Revelations because it is what interested me and anybody who has any passing interest in the Bible likes Revelations for all the symbolisms and destruction and the promise to the end of this life. As my friends went on though, they showed me also that God had something better for me through His son Jesus. That all I had to do was to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior verbally and in my heart and that I was saved at once seemed too easy and awkward and the same time. Did I really have to say that? Out loud? What if other people heard me or found out that I was “Christian”? My parents weren’t and I didn’t live around any. There comes a time after searching other faiths and methods of enlightenment when you need to just stop and take inventory of yourself and what the world has giving you and what Christ is offering you and you need to make a decision. I chose Christ and maybe somebody out there will read this and do that also. Let it be to the Glory of God.

Links

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And He…

 

Jesus in Gethsemane

         32      They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.”
         33      And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled.
         34      And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.”
         35      And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by.
         36      And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”
         37      And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?
         38      “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
         39      Again He went away and prayed, saying the same words.
         40      And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him.
         41      And He came the third time, and *said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
         42      “Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”

New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Mk 14:32–42). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

 

When we fail to see the connections.

The scripture above can be seen that we need to pray during our greatest tribulations yet we tend to be like the disciples and fall asleep instead during our difficult times. I do not know about you but, as I keep a prayer journal and a written diary which I guess this is now my diary, I can see the small connections today that turned into big changes later on. We may not be conscious of these answers or in my case even forget that we prayed something specific for someone but is answered six months to a year down the road.

There are few of us who are called to preach or minister to the people. I think that anyone who has been in church for a while and decided to visit a few of the other denominations or just a tent revival will find that they come in all flavors as well. I can tell you that when you go to a friends funeral and the preacher of that church that you attended for years does not go through the trouble of learning the names of your family members before service, that is wife and children, it does not impress me at all. When I go to tent revivals and the evangelist is hooting and hollering but, not using Gods’ Word that does not impress me. When people of other ‘Christian’ faith show up and say that what you learned in the Bible is wrong and you need to get their other Bible to get the ‘whole’ story, that does not impress me. When a young man believes he hears God telling him to go preach the Word and he goes and studies the Word and studies under a pastor who has gone to school and gone out preached for twenty years and after doing this for eleven years finally finds the open door to go back to West Virginia and preach at a church in his old home town for half what he is making here in NC working at a manufacturing plant and he is hoping he gets it…well that impresses me.

 

How to make those connections.

We make those connections by praying and reading the Word and looking around us for insight. One is like the above paragraph, we need to know if the man or woman who we listen and depend on to dispense the Word to us actually is a man or woman of God. Do they actually care about you and your family? Do they know what they are talking about when it comes to the Bible? Do they need you to look at another book to show you they are right? Are they puffed up? Self righteous? What needs to be done for anyone seeking truth is to fast and pray until you get the answers you seek. For those of you who may have some hard questions or situations ahead of you I ask that you do not leave God out of the equation. I ask that God keeps you on His path of righteousness and puts a hedge around you to keep you safe and to experience freedom the way God intended you to.

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My great weekend.

38 “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I tell you, don’t resist b an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt,  let him have your coat e as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and don’t turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

The Holy Bible : Holman Christian standard version. 2009 (Mt 5:38–42). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.

 

Community Outreach

 

On May 19 my church did a community cookout for Pageland Apartments in South Carolina. We had food and games and preaching over there and we all had a great time. My pastor and I went door to door the Monday before with flyers to let them know about the cookout and I got soaked! I wanted to be done with it and go home. My pastor did not want the papers to get wet and wanted the opportunity to talk to the people who answered the door. Come Saturday we were at it again to get them to come out. Many were senior citizens and I think did not feel like coming out. The children and their parents came out though through out the day and we got receive the word and witness a little.  The message was about hope for a better life through Christ and what shocked my wife is that some of the children thought a better life was a larger apartment when God is offering so much more. When that is all you know though what can you expect? Many of the families that we saw Saturday we saw again on Sunday.

 

Sunday Service

 

The message Sunday was about forgiving your enemies and forgetting what was done.  I hate to say it but, I had this exact conversation with Sarah and she said that as Christians we are suppose to forgive and forget. I retaliated that the bible does not say that, that it said to forgive but, nothing about forgetting it! Ouch. I misled my own child in what I thought without even praying on it that I was right about it or not. How many have tried to pray to God to forgive your enemies and to BLESS them. I will tell you now that I have done this but, it was not without  anger, tears and even screaming and telling God that I do not want to do this I would struggle with just trying to say their name and my mouth would lock up.. Even now after all this time I feel the tears well up in my eyes. If you have not done this or been through this  then ask yourself how sincere are you in your walk with Christ?

I tell you now that when I finally got through to praying for my enemies who are not really my enemies but the spirit behind them that influences them then you have a tremendous release and the tears come again but not from anger but overwhelming joy. Now I need to take that next step and forget what was done in the past. My issue is in the world you are expected not to forget so it does not happen again but, I am not a man of the world anymore, I am of Christ so now I go forth to reach souls with love and compassion and now I have a better understanding about turning the other cheek.

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Life

12 The one who has the Son has life.  The one who doesn’t have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name  of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

The Holy Bible : Holman Christian standard version. 2009 (1 Jn 5:12–13). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.

 

20 And we know that the Son of God has come  and has given us understanding so that we may know the true One. bWe are in the true One—that is, in His Son Jesus Christ.  He is the true God and eternal life.
21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

The Holy Bible : Holman Christian standard version. 2009 (1 Jn 5:20–21). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.

 

As I go to pick up my children from school I can’t help but wonder if there is something more I need to be doing. They hang out with friends at school that are , the majority of them, atheist. They read things on the internet and I see them getting information mixed up and school teaches them things that are not science fact but, they don’t understand that.

In the process they end up, in a way, worshiping these idols like the internet or philosophies without doing any real research. “It sounds good and I think I can follow that easy enough I will believe that!” . I try to address these things as best as I can and one reason I blog now is to help me in my studies with the Word and as to why I believe the way I do.

Despite all these things it is so simple to change ones life to live for God. All you have to do is confess your sins and accept that Christ died for your sins and accept Him into your life.

Does this make life easier ? In some ways yes and others no. You can pray to God and He will guide you through His Word. On the other hand you will be under a microscope as you learn how to live a Christian life and you will be judged by everything you say and do. Don’t think so? I know Christians aren’t the only faith out there with the ten commandments. Jewish and Muslim faith also have things like “ do not lie” and “ don’t kill” and the infamous “ a man shall not sleep with another man” yet I do not hear these other religious faiths getting put under the gun.

I am sure I have a narrow view. This is not about me being right and you wrong or vice versa. It’s about me trying to live for God and you getting a peak at how I try do deal with things on a day to day basis. If you have links to show where other faiths are being dragged out in front of the media for their beliefs then feel free to post links so I can check them out. With three teenagers I will admit that I do not take the time, unless they stick it in front of my face, to look at different religious faiths from around the world. Maybe when they move out and I have a little more free time…

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Let us not take Grace for granted

25 Make sure that you do not reject the One who speaks. For if they did not escape when they rejected Him who warned them on earth, even less will we if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven.  26 His voice shook the earth at that time, but now He has promised, Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven.  27 This expression, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what can be shaken —that is, created things—so that what is not shaken might remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace.  By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe,  29 for our God is a consuming fire.

The Holy Bible : Holman Christian standard version. 2009 (Heb 12:25–29). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.

 

I cannot help but think about how I am no better than the person who has never heard of Christ or some of my children who are still looking and turn to mystical practices for their answers. Even to the point to justify atheism in one case. Why do I say that? Because only through the blood of Christ and then by the Grace of God am I saved, and here I must remind myself that I must step back from my children and give them to God until a time that I have the words from God to give them to place in their heart with love and compassion that Jesus gave me through His words and actions. With that said I think you should know that I got soaked yesterday in the rain handing out flyers for my church’s neighborhood cookout. Smile Nothing to do with todays topic! Just a little fun side note.

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Are we really joint heirs to Christ?

16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit  that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs l—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—seeing that  we suffer with Him  so that we may also be glorified with Him. The Holy Bible : Holman Christian standard version. 2009 (Ro 8:16–17). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.

 

I read this and feel it continues my lesson from yesterday in that we are not to beat the Bible over the head of people, as much as that may be what we want to do, we are to humble ourselves and be patient with people so that we can let God do His will and maybe make an opening for us to plant a seed or water one when the time comes.

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My middle child Sarah was baptized today!

I cannot tell you how happy I am that my step daughter was baptized today. It has been a struggle with my children as they are hit with information from their friends, the internet and people they meet. I tried to be aggressive in my tactics in trying to get them to change but, only made them put up a wall and resist my attempts to turn them to God.

It was only when we started praying for them and giving them up to God that we have started seeing changes. I still find a need to try to make changes but, I see the Lord’s work now and I am trying to listen more than tell them what they need to believe. I thank God for helping me to grow through my children for the Glory of God.

Psalm 23 is what I am reading today and in Sarah’s church the scripture was Acts 7: 1-53 about witnessing to people. A valuable lesson to me today.

May God bless all who read this today.

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