Spiritual Leaders we Need, Not Boys.


Screenshot of John Wayne from the trailer for ...

Screenshot of John Wayne from the trailer for the film Wake of the Red Witch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello all!!! Its been a while since I have posted, I’ve had some much need Godtime, ya know, spending time with Him, and how awesome it is that He loves us!! Just a little update, I am finally working on my résumé and getting it out to some hopeful employers next week. When I was laid off in May I decided to take a couple of months off to just be still and listen to God, and boy has He been speaking. That’s always a wonderful thing when God speaks and we can actually hear Him, but the trick is to do what He says. I have followed the news lately, different news outlets and blogs and I have realized this important truth: This world of ours needs Jesus more than ever. The one thing I am passionate about as some of you may know is  learning how to be a Godly man, a courageous man and put those two together and hopefully a Godly, courageous husband and father.

We just finished up our 8 week courageous bible study and here’s a quote I want to share from the book The Resolution for Men: When you break it all down and track it all back, the key to any man’s success–as a husband, a father, and everything else—-is his own personal walk with God. 

This pathetic society tells us to work hard, go to school, get good grades and you will be a success. Those are all fine and dandy but the one truth that everyone needs to know and understand, if it’s not done for the glory of God, its worth nothing, period. Schools give us an education and training for a career, but who trains us to be a real man and a real father? Who teaches us to stand up for whats right and good and who shows us how to really treat a woman? In my opinion, only the one who created the heavens and the earth. I really get fired up about this topic because I see so many men, who thin their men, but in actuality their only a child still sucking their thumb. How in the hell can you lead your family if your on the couch playing video games all day? You can’t!

When the so-called men in this country, who are actually boys in a mans body decide to take a stand for Christ, and become the men they were called to be and develop their own walk with God, then and only then will we see change. A walk built on Christ, one that shouts out to all the world by your actions alone that you’re a Christian and you settle for nothing less than the best, that’s when we see change. The old “John Wayne” days are over, you cannot pull yourself up by your boot straps because you’re the only one pulling. We have to let Christ live in us and develop a strong walk with Him, then and only then do we go from pathetic sperm donors sitting on the couch playing video games to true “MEN OF HONOR.”

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

Running to Your Arms.


The Transfiguration Lodovico Carracci 1594

The Transfiguration Lodovico Carracci 1594 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Running to the arms of the King and not looking back. You are good, when there is nothing ever good in me, and I’m running to your arms holding nothing back, my heart will sing your name oh Jesus. This is my theme for the summer, running to the arms of the one who created it all, from the heavens to the earth and the stars in the sky, I will run to His arms.

My whole life consisted of meaningless chasing of the wind; Bottles and babes, booze and needles, pain and darkness all consumed me like a burning fire from the pits of hell. I lived and loved, died and came back again, and through it all I have never experienced a love like that of Christs. He breathed the breath of life into me and gave me a direction to go, and go I will in the direction He wants. This summer I am going back to the beginning when I started this journey to gain a new perspective of life and what God wants me to do next.

         Refine me Oh Lord, melt me, and mold me into the man you want me to be Oh Lord. Give me strength to proceed and to believe and to do your will–Amen.

If there’s one thing I have learned, is we have to run to His arms daily. This means when life is great, we run to His arms. When life is not so great, we run to His arms. His arms are the only safe place to be, so this summer I am running like a cheetah into the arms of Him who is greater than the world.

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

Love Lavished.


Father of Mine

Father of Mine (Photo credit: Just Us 3)

       See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1

Lavished— Characterized buy or produced with extravagance and profusion, or Immoderate in giving or bestowing; unstinting, or in layman’s terms generous. We came across this scripture at our mens bible  study last night, and I have to tell you we were all a little overwhelmed with that one. Just think about it for a moment; God, in is infinite wisdom, sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, and to bring us into repentance and holiness with Him. Do you no anyone else that would sacrifice their child for you??

I struggled with this for a long time, trying to wrap my head around how much He loves me, the creator of all things, the TRUE master of the universe loves me that much He wants a relationship with me. When my father passed as a young man I blamed everyone for his death, including God. I felt abandoned, alone and confused and frankly it left me asking this question; Am I a man?  Just because we reach a certain age or do certain things does not make us a man until we have truly learned from the one man, Christ.

For years I endured strongholds in my mind-set by the devil telling me that I was nothing more than the garbage on the street, and the sad thing is I believed it. Many years wasted feeling sorry for myself and crying myself to sleep  because of the emptiness I felt. Even after I came to the Lord, I still had these feeling and thoughts, and I’m not saying life would have been different if dad would have been alive longer, but it could have. I think back though, and as it stands, I wouldn’t have changed it for the world, because the life I lived once makes a great testimony and it made me the man I am today.

I believe today that their was a reason God took my father at young age, and that’s to realize how much He loves me. Lavished is used in this scripture because it never ends, He pours out His love, non-stop, every day and to me that’s amazing! Through the years of chasing the platinum beauty’s of the night only to be left holding an empty pillow the next morning, through the bottles and blood, I never found a love that’s lavished on me like our heavenly fathers! Thats the one thing I was always searching for, striving for in everything I did, but never found it. Love lavished only comes from the father through His son Jesus Christ, and today I have finally found it.

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

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!!!!!!

Continue, continue, continue………….


A photo of a stalemate in chess, based off the...

A photo of a stalemate in chess, based off the image in said article on Wikipedia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scripture tells us that when we confess our sins we are free indeed, but that’s not a one time thing. A lot of people believe that when we accept Christ, confess our sins and everything’s fine and dandy right? Don’t get me wrong when we accept Christ into our hearts we are a new people, no question, but we have to continue. What do I mean by continue, well its the steps we take as a Christian to grow more Christ-like in everything we do and say. We have to have continue, or be subject to a stalemate.

Stalemate im sure you’ve heard before but let me give a different definition; Staying the same and doing nothing to grow as a Christian or a human. Sounds pretty harsh but isn’t it true? Think about it, every time we choose to go our own way and do things our way, it’s not only direct disobedience to God, but we also start slipping little by little back into that old life and old way of thinking. When we let the pleasures of the flesh  win out, we become stalemate.

I’ve had this happen several times since I have been a Christian and as I look back I’m saddened that I missed opportunities to serve our Lord in some capacity. When I think I know better and when I think I can handle it (which I can’t) I fall back into that old way of thinking and soon I can be doing things I don’t want to do. That’s why today I have to stay vigilant in my studies of the word and service because I don’t want to go back to that life again.

Ya see, that life I used to live is how the world lives today. It’s not how God wants us to live so today I choose to live for God because His ways are way better than anything I could come up with. Unfortunately there are a lot of Christian that still live in the world. Oh yea, they come to church and sing some songs and say a few Amen‘s,  but that’s the extent of the relationship with the Lord. For some Christians it’s all about popularity and being seen and not worshiping Christ and what He’s done for us.

Let me fill you in on a little secret; If you’re coming to church and proclaiming to be a Christian for social status and praise from men, your missing the boat! Church is who we are, not were we go. Church is everyday, 24/7/365 days of the year, the relationships that we form at church are just a bonus. The relationships we have with other Christians are God-ordained and meant for encouragement and prayers, not a popularity contest or a queen contest, stop being fake.

Thats another way we become stalemate is when were worried about what others think of us. I struggled with this for years when I realized that God loved me right were I was, so what difference did it matter what other thought? None. All I want to do is grow closer to my heavenly father today, and I cannot do that if I’m concerned about “what others think.”

Continue, continue, continue is how I want to live today. Continue in the faith, continue growing and becoming more Christ-like and becoming more of the man God wants me to be. How about you???

Thanks for reading!!!!!

Be Blessed!!!!!!!

 

Honor begins at Home.


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father son (Photo credit: alandberning)

I’ve heard it said before that “Honor begins at Home,” which is great, but who do you learn this from? In most families it starts with the father, he is the provider and protector of the family. The spiritual leader in the home and the one the kids go to when mom says no. Now my question is this; Who do the kids go to if there is no father around? Ouch, hard question but one that’s necessary in today’s society. I was raised without a father not because he jumped ship on my mother, but because he passed away when I was only 11.

I was mad at him for years and by my way of thinking he did “jump ship,” because he left me all alone with no answers. My mother God bless her, did the best she could raising me, but I was by no means any help as I was in a rage and the beginning stages of alcoholism. These are things I still wonder about sometimes; what would my life be like now if dad would have been alive even for just a few more years? I have forgiven him and know that he sits with Christ in heaven, and I do understand I had to go through what I had to, to get to the place I am today. But sometimes that thought does cross my mind.

Now let’s get down to more pressing issues like the dads that leave, or the ones that have a one night stand only to find out 9 months later the have a child and pretend it never happened.  Society wonders why there are so many stressed out moms these days, it’s because the dead beat dads are no were to be found. Even if they are around, a lot of them don’t have that intimate relationship with their child that the child is craving. If more fathers were involved with there children, led them in the way of scripture and ministering to there needs, there would probably be less violence and gangs. Am I wrong, maybe but studies have shown that children with a father that nurtures them and loves them are more likely to succeed than those without.

There is good news though and his name is Jesus Christ. When I came to Christ I realized that though I do miss my earthly father, my heavenly father will never let me down. He takes care of my every need and loves me more than I could ever dream. So if your out there struggling without a father, someone to pitch the baseball to you or go camping with, lift your head high, because God has great things planned for you!

Rejection of a different kind.


Rejection

Rejection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

                     Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you His Holy Spirit. 1Thessalonians 4:8

Rejection comes in many forms; getting turned down for college, a loan, credit cards, people, and many more ways, but has rejecting God ever been a thought? I know when I was younger I dealt with rejection a lot, from people mostly, actually it was the fear of being rejected, so I never tried anything because I was going to get rejected anyways so why bother? I still to this day, have a struggle with rejection at times, but then I remember who I serve and He got rejected also, so I stand firmly on the belief that I have to try.

But what about rejecting God? I came across this scripture this morning during my studies and it really brought to my attention that we reject God on so many levels. Every time we sin, we reject God. Every time we don’t do what God is telling us to do, we reject God. Just the other day He was nudging me to do something and I didn’t, that’s rejection. I don’t even think about it half the time of the many ways we reject God. I mean think about it, when were not being kind, or being envious or lustful, all forms of rejection.

I know growing up I was rejected a lot, by many people because I wasn’t the cool kid in the class room, because there was a time when I didn’t drink and drug and did good in school, but still got rejected. So I figured if I stopped doing good in school and joined the “cool” kids I would be accepted and that’s exactly what I did, except as you all know I took it further than anticipated.

As a Christian I have learned that rejection comes with the territory because Christ was rejected, mocked, tortured and died on the cross for my sins, so me getting rejected today has a different meaning. I get rejected for my beliefs and morals and to me that’s exciting because I know I’m doing my job. But when I reject God, I feel like a little child that has just stolen the cookie from the cookie jar and got busted. The more I grow in Christ, the more I learn how vulnerable I am to sin and temptation and how important it is to stay in prayer and in the word.

Rejection by humans can be hurtful and heartbreaking. It can make you feel the lowest in life and depressed but there is good news! Jesus accepts everyone just the way we are. He takes us and molds us into something beautiful, much more beautiful than the world could offer, so I ask this question this morning; Who are you being rejected for?

I had to go to that place, to get to this place.


Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery

Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With eye’s full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed–an accursed brood! 2 Peter 2:14

        While reading this morning this scripture came to me like a thief in the night. It reminds of the times before Christ when I was running the streets and being a whore.( Yes, men can be whore’s too.) It reminded me of all the times I spent chasing after things that never really mattered anyways and in all honestly, could careless about. I chose to live that life because that’s what I felt comfortable doing, I felt safe and wanted in a room full of people who didn’t want me.

         I had eyes full of adultery and I never stopped sinning because it’s what I wanted to do. Deep down, I really wanted to do good, but never knew how until I came to the Lord. The part that really strikes me is “an accursed brood!” and Peter used an exclamation point here for a reason to show the seriousness of it. How many people are out there now that are “an accursed brood?” Something to think about isn’t it?

       The society we live in today is full of ego’s clashing and false humility; false God‘s, unwed pregnancies and homosexuality, heck even the president is a crook. So how are we to live in a society full of greed and hate and such disrespect for one another? Well the answer is to be taken out of this world, not physically, but spiritually. When we come to Christ, we are no longer apart of the world nor do we chase what the world has to offer. Nope, Christ has better things for us. He has treasures in heaven for us and what a privilege it is to be called a “child of God.”

       I can hear the footsteps of my King, I can hear His heart beating and see the things He see’s for he has given me new life, and that my friends cannot be bought.

    Thanks for reading!! be Blessed!!!!!

Royal Priesthood.


But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10.

     Take a close look at this scripture, do you see it? Royal priesthood, God’s special possession, me? Yup, this is the truth and why He has such love for me is beyond conception, but I’ll take it. ya see its nothing I ever did, or have done that makes me special, it’s what He has done that makes me royalty and how awesome it is to have a stake in the most majestic family on the planet.

     When Peter says in this verse “that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” brings me to tears and fills my heart with joy because he brought from the darkness, and His light is wonderful. His light goes beyond all the flames of hell and there isn’t and angel in Satan’s army that can put it out.

      To think, that I at one time sent hearts afire and did what I wanted to do because that’s all I knew how to do. I didn’t have a care in the world because I didn’t no how to care. I didn’t understand life and life didn’t understand me. I was crying out from the inside, all the while putting on my mask and saying everything will be OK. The darkness was on my side and the light was the enemy. Anything good and moral I turned and went the other way, while deep inside my soul I wanted to be in the light, but was afraid of the light because all our sins are found in the light, and I didn’t want that.

      This bit of scripture hit me this morning because how often do we forget that we are royalty, that we are God’s special possession’s. Why do we as Christians, the holiest of people forget, or should I say, disregard this truth? The truth that we are royalty, and we do have a purpose, yet so many Christians are defeated. Remember who we serve, the King of all Kings, the majestic Jesus Christ has already won the battle. We are no longer defeated but free indeed!! how awesome!

     The Anthem written by Jake Hamilton is a great song and I hope that it shakes your world by telling you are “ROYALTY!”

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

The Passion.


This is by far my favorite time of the year, its Passion week!! This is the week our Lord made his triumphal entry and handed everything over to be crucified for us. having to carry his own cross, getting mocked and beaten, then hoisted to the cross to die an agonizing death  for the human race. This was His purpose, this was His passion; us. How often do we forget this one important thing, through all the playing church, putting on the Sunday masks and theological debates we forget that Jesus passion was us.

Through all the miracles Jesus performed, all the teachings, they were for us, to learn and then to share the words Jesus shared with us, to other people. Pretty simple huh? I mean think about it, we come to our bottom, ask Jesus into our hearts, confess our sins, go to church and bible studies, get involved with all sorts of other activities, and then we wonder why were flailing around after a few months, taken back by the “old self.”

Our Lord did the unthinkable by human standards, he died for us.

            He has also Risen!! How exciting is that, to know our God, sent His one and only son, to die for us, that tells me that God takes great joy in us, and loves us unconditionally. So why do we go on in our lives forgetting this one important truth? Why do we let Satan and His army attack us and drive us into temptation? Because we forget that no matter what we have done, nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ.

I know when I sin, I flounder around in self-pity for days, weeping and crying. I pray and it feels like an empty tomb and I read Gods word only to get more confused. Then I come to my senses like the prodigal son that I am, realize that self-pity is the Devils trap, confess my sins, and then I’m refreshed again. Sound familiar?

So during Passion week, don’t let the devil tear you down. Don’t let self-pity ruin your passion.

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