Through the Ages.


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      All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

I absolutely love this, and Paul wasn’t joking one bit when he said “All Scripture,” and the key word is “ALL.” What does this mean? All of it, the bible is God-breathed and is useful even to this day. The other day I was reading about someone who was trying to say the bible didn’t apply to today’s society.   Really, if there was ever a time that this world and culture of ours needs scripture, needs God, the time is now.

The bible has been tested through the ages and time and time again its been proven correct. People have tried to prove it wrong, but in the end the bible always wins out. It has been falsely accused and banned in some country’s and still its the most sought out book in history. It always prevails and it always trumps anything humanity could come up with on the way we are supposed to live.

I have found that people don’t want to accept the truths of scripture because they don’t want to admit they need help. They don’t want to admit that the way their living is wrong and then scream the bible and the church are wrong. I see it all the time, people need the hand of God in their lives, but refuse anything He has to offer, because they “know better.” I was talking to a guy the other day and he was trying to tell me that living an adulterers life was OK, that “everyone does it.” Really? Well I’m here to tell yo that not everyone does it that’s for sure.

Scripture was given to us by God so we can learn about His awesomeness and His love for us. It teaches us how to get along with God, and with other people. It is the foundation for life and the undisputed word of God. The biggest problem with society today is “Political Correctness,” saying things that make people feel good. Well I’m not a politician so I refuse to be political correct. Last night I  was having coffee with a friend whose a teacher for second and third graders, and she was telling me that they can’t tell the students they got an “F” because it hurts the students feelings! This is why young people don’t stand a chance these days because their feelings get hurt if they get a bad grade.

When I was growing up we had to work for our grades, and if we didn’t work for our grades then we failed, end of story. This society we live in is so worried about hurting people’s feelings that just saying “Hi” to someone could get us locked up. Let me fill you in on a little secret, if your feelings get hurt by something I said, good!! Take it up with God because that’s were the problem lye’s, not being right with Him, and the majority of society isn’t right with Him, so there little feelings will get hurt.

Scripture is the only thing, the only way to truly know God. Its meant for loving us and teaching us and rebuking us, and this is exactly what this society of ours needs today.

Thanks for reading!! be blessed!!!!

 

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Judge, I need a break.


Man in the water, "I wanna be alone..."

Man in the water, “I wanna be alone…” (Photo credit: Adib Roy)

The other day I read an article on-line about a “man” who had 30 kids by 11 woman and was asking the courts for a break on child support. Really? Yup, clear as day this guy was asking for a break in his responsibilities. As far as I’m concerned he stopped being a man after 1 child. No one in there right mind would have 30 kids with 11 woman but unfortunately this happens more and more every day.

I know I talk a lot about this subject and its because    I have a deep concern for men these days because their not really men. Actually I just want to enlighten men on their actions with hopes of them becoming better Godly men, that’s all. Ya see I am a firm believer in Biblical principles and if all men lived by them, the stuff we see on the streets these days would not be happening. To many men want to eat the cake and have it to and it just doesn’t work that way. I mean I see woman putting up with more than they should by their husbands or boyfriends and it saddens me.

True men don’t skate around on their wife’s and the old saying  “things happen,” just doesn’t cut it.  Of course that’s what this pathetic society we live in says anyways because they put the value on marriage right there with donkey flop. No one respects the covenant of marriage they took before God. It’s no wonder there’s so many broken homes because they have no idea what a biblical marriage or a biblical man looks like, because the churches aren’t teaching it anymore.

How is a Christian man supposed to learn how to be a man from a homo-sexual pastor? They can’t because the pastor and the church has lost their Lamp Stand by going against everything God says. I f we are to learn how to be a man, we need to learn from a man, bottom line.  I understand people may take offense to this and that’s O.K because this suffering that I endure for Christ will be rewarded one day.

These are things I have thought about the past few days and just wanted to share. I’m no expert, nor am I perfect, I just pray for men these days to stand up and take courage and stake their claim in the royal family of God. Christ teaches us to be men, and how to love the woman in our lives, so if you don’t know Him, I challenge you to find out how much He loves you. Your life will never be the same.

Thanks for reading!!!!! Be Blessed!!!!!!

Obedient Mind.


Cover of "CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK"

Cover of CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK

                 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  Colossians 3:1-3

The other morning as I was reading I came across this verse and its been pounding in my head ever since. I love it when the Holy Spirit moves scripture across my heart because there’s usually something God wants me to do. By reading this scripture several times, I have come to the conclusion that I need to set my mind more on Godly things rather than worldly things. I know this is something we all struggle with, but its imperative to growth.

When we come to Christ, we are to put all things that we used to do down, and start living a holy and blameless life. So, how do we change our thinking, or let God change our thinking? I know in my own life I had to stop hanging out with unsavory people and ask God to bring quality, Godly people into my life. I used to hang out with some rough, negative, and unpleasant people and when I came to the Lord, I knew that had to change. Especially when I first sobered up, my mind was fried and I had no idea what was going on, all I knew was I need to stay sober. Hanging out with people that still drank every night, and did the detestable things that I did, wouldn’t help me at all.

I started hanging out with quality people, sober people that were on fire for the Lord, and my way of thinking began to change. I’m a firm believer that God puts the right people in our lives, but we have to decide whether or not we will form a relationship with them. I new I had to because I didn’t want to go back to the life I lived, the bottom of hell, or Satan‘s hatchet man were not things I wanted anymore. So I set out on a journey and what I have found is some of the most phenomenal people I have ever met.

I also had to get into the word. Easier said than done, but when you don’t understand what the Bible is or about, you get lost. So I had to ask questions, many questions to understand scripture, but most importantly I had to ask God to open my mind to understand His word. Every time I get into scripture I pray for guidance and understanding of what God wants me to do. He does just this and more when were sincere about it.

The bible isn’t just some outdated book that has no meaning or reference to today’s culture, it’s exactly what this culture needs. With babies having babies, kids joining gangs to feel like they belong, homosexuality and same-sex marriage considered to be a normal lifestyle,(which it isn’t), but with all these things, the bible don’t apply anymore? Sad. I heard a guy the other day say “He was going to live the way he wanted to live,” and this philosophy is no different from what the “Hollywood Culture” says today, live your life for yourself. Let me know how that works out for you.

If you want to change the way think, if your mind is bombarded by earthly things, turn it to Christ and see what happens. He will “change the way YOU think” because its not about us, it’s about Him and what He did for us. Has anyone else ever died on a cross for you?

Thanks for reading!!! Be Blessed!

 

Just DO it.


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Air Jordan 1, Blue & Black these are NOT nike Air Force Ones. Air Jordan 1 was not based on the Nike DUNK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. -John 1:22 

    Nike shoes coined this phrase years ago, “just do it,” and when you put these three little words into perspective, it’s what John was talking about in scripture. Hear the word, listen to the word, drink it in, and then go do it, simple right? I fight tooth and nail with what God wants me to do all the time because I don’t feel worthy to tackle the tasks He has called me to do. The good thing is I’m not alone, but the bad thing is there is a lot of Christians that do the same thing I do.

     Sometimes when he calls me to do something I sit back and say “Me Lord?” and when I do that, I’ve missed an opportunity to serve in a greater capacity and I’m left empty-handed. When i miss an opportunity to serve it really bother me because that means God wanted me to say something to someone, or do something to further the Kingdom, but in my own selfishness and arrogance I knew better than God. To think, I knew better than God, how sad.

    A few years ago I passed a church and on the sign out front it said “When God speaks, you better listen.” Wow, what a concept, if we as Christians actually did everything God called us to do what kind of place would this be? But we as humans have this great of thinking we know whats best for us and we miss the boat all together. And so it goes another chance and another missed opportunity, only once in a while we get it right and do what He wants us to do and not our own selfish desires.

     Now I’m not saying this is all Christians, I know a few that a right on Que with what God wants them to do, and I strive to be like them, that’s why I hang out with them because it seems like every time they pray, God is right there answering them, these are the people I need in my life because I’m still learning how to live, the way He wants me too.

    Through all the pain and hurt, I have learned one thing; God knows best, I don’t, so today I’ll let Him. This is the way and the only way it s to be, for if I cannot live by the way faith, hope and love, than whats the point? This is what its all about and nothing more:

JUST DO IT!

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So, You Think Your a Man, Huh?


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I’ve heard it said before by kids, “Well I’m a grown man and I can do what I want.” Really? Nothing gets me more irritated than hearing this. Kids these days think because they reach that great age of 18, the full-grown adults. Well, let me be the bearer of bad news, you’re not, so get over it. A kid i worked with a few years ago kept on saying this, that he had a kid, but didn’t have custody, smoked weed all the time and got drunk every night, that he was a grown man.

Out of irritation I laid into him one night, I said, “Bro, what makes you think your grown? Just because you are 22 does not make you a man.” I continued by telling him, “If you were a man like you claim to be, you wouldn’t be out getting high and drunk every night, working part-time so you can live off of the state.” This didn’t set to well with him but I really wasn’t concerned because he needed to hear it.

I think more and more “men” need to hear this as well because there’s a lot of so-called “men” out there, that have no clue how to be one. We just finished up a 4 week bible study at church, it was the Courageous bible study based off of the movie. (Must see movie by the way!) This bible study is a call to all men to stand up, shut up, pull your pants up, and man up. I can’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to ruin it for others, but here’s a hint, You don’t become a man until you let Christ into your heart, and let Him show you how to be a man.

If there’s one thing I have learned is Christ makes us men, period. I no, I no, its strong language and that s fine, because I’m not here to be popular, I’m here to be honest and speak the truth. When i was on the streets, living the way I wanted to, do things no man in there right mind should have done, I thought I was being a man. Ha! the joke was on me, because bar hoping and chasing woman is not being a man, far from it, its being a coward.

I know to many  so-called “men” out there that keep doing the same thing I was doing and all their doing is digging a pit they cannot get out of alone. They can try, but will fail. Believe me when I tell you I tried every trick in the book and failed. It was only when I came to understand Jesus, opened my heart to Him, and let Him show me how to be a man, when I finally started to act like a man. I’m a fairly responsible adult now and I love it! It’s only because of Christ that I am able too.

So, where are all the real “men” out there? Oh yea, your watching porn in the other room while your wife cooks your sorry but dinner. Oh, almost forgot, your out hanging with the “boys” when you should be taking care of your kids. Sorry missed another one, your having an affair with the “girl who understands.” These are the real men out there, yes sir, every woman’s prince charming; slaps in the face, adultery, jobless and living off of the state. This is what America is made of today. Sad.

MEN, WAKE UP!!!!!!!! We are called by God to lead our families, not the follower. We are called to be courageous, not wimps without a back bone. Men of God were are you?????

Thanks for reading!!!!

Be Blessed!!!!

Professionals built the Titanic, Amateurs built the Ark…


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Can you guess which one sunk? Yup, you guessed right, the mighty unsinkable ship built by thousands of men and a lot of money, hit the ice burg and split in half like a walnut. The Arc, built by Noah, with blueprints from God, loaded with every animal and all of Noah’s family, sailed the flood and made it safe. Noah restarted civilization as we know it guided by God; The Titanic, well it still lays at rest at the bottom of the sea with movies and songs being made about it.

This world we live in today is as fake as a three dollar bill. Everyone rushes around for no clear reason  trying to be something there not. I once applied to be a Kitchen Manager of a restaurant a few years back and they told me because I don’t have a degree, they couldn’t hire me. Even though my credentials speak for themselves and I know the restaurant business like the back of my hand, I didn’t have a piece of paper to prove I was smart, so I was denied. I’m not worried though because the college I work for now is such a great place, they seen my credentials and hired me. Not because of anything I did, but by the grace of God.

I’m going to college now, but not for the reasons a lot of people do. I have a great job, and when I do graduate, it’s not saying that I’m getting another job, its been a personal goal of mine since I was a child to get my bachelors degree. Plus it does look good on a résumé if I ever decide to look elsewhere for a career. God uses everyday, broke down, self-destructive, and on occasion temperamental people like me, to carry out His plan. I don’t argue, I just do it because in the end, I no it will be a success because it was ordained by God.

To many people in this world, even Christians get big-headed about life in general and they sink like the Titanic. People try to push Christianity down people’s throat claiming one thing and doing another. This is the world today and sad to say that theirs more hypocrisy in the church, than any other place on the planet. If you’re not part of the “it crowd” even in church, you get overlooked. Sometimes its like an adult high school.

      I try to live the best way I know how for Christ, and quite frankly, it has worked, because I have to do the foot work. I sank like the Titanic before, and I don’t want to do it again. I have to stay humble about every situation that is put before me and realize its a gift from God. I don’t prance around waiving the Jesus card in people faces only to do the exact opposite that some people do. Christ called us to love one another as He loved us, and if He called us to do this, why are their Christians that are cold and   without love? Probably because they really don’t have a relationship with Jesus would be my first guess.

    You can know Jesus, but not have a relationship with Him and this is the first of the Commandments. I used to be the one that new Jesus, but didn’t have a relationship with Him. Today, I can honestly say I have a relationship with Christ. Its deep, true, and pure and I absolutely love it. It’s  better than any relationship I have ever had, and that’s why its important to me to write this blog. Jesus loves us right were we are. I’m not going to find Him in the “it crowd” at church or the rituals a lot of people believe in today. I find Him in my heart and in the very book that was wrote about Him, the Bible. I go to church to hear God and listen to Him  and the fellowship with other believers is a blessing.

Today, I don’t want to sink like the Titanic, I want to be strong like the Ark. How about you my friend? Has life and the people in life beat you down with all the hypocrisy? Cast your care on Jesus and let Him give you strength.

Thanks for reading!! Be Blessed!!!!!

“There is no fear of God before their eyes”– Romans 3:18

Educated by a Carpenter.


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Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened; one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. —C. S. Lewis.

This author needs no introduction, one of the most renowned Christians sums it up best, Christianity is an education itself. Here, I believe a lot of people stumble because they don’t think of Christianity as an education as well as a relationship, just a Religion. I to thought these very same things, but of course that was when i was doing things they way the world does them. I was and still can be a fool, if I don’t hand the reigns over to Christ, and let Him teach me.

When i first sobered up everything I had learned about living life had to thrown out the window. Everything I new, was dead wrong. This bit of information scared me just for the fact i had to learn something knew and most importantly, I was wrong, and i didn’t like being wrong. But who was i to question anything seeing how if i didn’t sober up, I was looking at a long time in the prison system, which, was not very appealing. So I set on this journey to learn from the master Himself, and after years of unprecedented proof , Christ is the best teacher.

It all starts with our thought process. Dr. Silkworth, one of the leading researchers and doctor to alcoholics in the early 1900’s put it this way: “Without a complete psychic change, the same man will drink again”. And this is so true, i believe about life as well. We need to overhaul our thinking, by this i mean asking God to put right people in our life to kick that “stinking thinking”. Because if we hang out with the same people who think the way we did, then we will inevitably continue to do the same things. Thats why I had to surround myself with some very awesome Christians to help with the thought process. Of course, spending many hours in the Bible has worked better than anything.

 I have told a lot of people over the years that the biggest thing to staying sober is stop hanging with your friends that spend all day drinking. Most of the time they look at me crazy, all the while to come back two weeks later and wonder why they got drunk! Jesus gives us a different perspective on who are true friends are, and I’ll be the first to tell you there not the ones sitting on a bar stool. My true friends today teach me everyday how to be Christian and how to love Christ with everything I have. These are the people I love being around, not because their rich, or pretty, or the cool kids, but because they teach me how to be a Christian Man in a world full of God-haters and morally unsound people. Those are the people I used to hang out with, and they only brought me pain and misery.

Today, I am going to college, by the grace of God, and don’t get me wrong there are some great teachers and professors. The professors i have had have been very good and i have learned a ton. But there has been no greater teacher than Christ Himself. Christ has taught me how to love and forgive. He has taught me how to be a man and to have respect for woman. He’s also shown me that He is what life is all about.

So let me ask you my friend, who is your teacher today?

Thanks for reading!! Be Blessed!!!

If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, i warn you, you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all.—– C. S. Lewis.