We Are the Fruit Bearers

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The other night, I was driving home from work and I was listening to a pastor on the Sirius/XM Family Talk station. He started his teaching on the book of John. I don’t remember how he got on the topic but he started speaking about bearing fruit. He said that when we come to Christ as believers, we are given a gift. Do we bear fruit with that gift or do we bury it?

When he said the phrase ‘bury it’, I immediately thought about the parable Jesus taught in Matthew 25:14-30. I won’t type it all out here because it’s quite lengthy but I’ll give a summary of it.

Jesus likened the kingdom of heaven to a man who was traveling abroad. He gathered his servants and onto one of them, he gave five talents, to another he gave two talent and to a third he gave one talent; each according to their abilities.

The servant who received the five talents went and made five talents more. Likewise, the servant who received two talents when and made two more talents. But the servant who received the one talent went and buried it in the ground.

The lord of those servants returned from his journey and reckoned with them. The servants who doubled what they were given were praised and given many things to rule over. The one who buried the talent had it taken away and he lord was angry with him for not doing more with the talent he was given.

The two servants who doubled what they were given bore fruit for their lord; the third servant did not.

As Christians, are we doubling what we have been given or are we taking the gospel message and burying it rather than going out and preaching it to all who will hear? Are we bearing fruit or burying it?

If you are among those who bury your gifts rather than use them to bear fruit, you aren’t alone. I can count myself among you as well. I sometimes feel like I’m not doing enough for the kingdom. Should I be on a street corner preaching? Should I be going up to people everywhere asking them if they know about Jesus?

One day I was praying about this very thing, asking God what I can do to help get the gospel message out there. As I sat there, the word ‘write’ popped into my head. At first I wasn’t sure if that was me who thought of the word or if it was the Holy Spirit. Now I’m pretty sure it was the Holy Spirit. That’s part of where I’m trying to go with my blog posts.

I may not have a lot of people reading them or a lot of followers but I do know that this is one way that I know of to get the message out there to anyone who will read them. God uses people in different ways and I think writing is His way of using me. And as long as I can, I will continue doing it.

Thank you for reading and God Bless.

Their Playbook.

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Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3 KJV)

The above video is from Pastor Mike Tyler from Michigan (please keep in mind that the title is misleading and should, in no way, be off-putting). It’s amazing how God works. This video came to my attention when my wife sent the link to me. I had just posted a blog about how both the body of believers and the churches themselves are straying from the core teachings and opting more for a ‘seeker friendly’ type of church experience.

We are living in an age where good is evil and evil is good. Where it is okay for men to use the lady’s room; where we no longer have two genders but ninety-six (or more); where sex and violence are more and more prevalent in our television shows and movies; where Planned Parenthood’s number one goal is to perform as many abortions as possible.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

We are living in an age where transhumanism is going to be all the rage. People who want to become immortal will be clamoring for the technology that will get them there. They’ll upload their consciousness into synthetic bodies as a way to gain immortality. But is it the same immortality that will be given to us by Jesus?

No, not by a long shot. Eventually, a synthetic body will wear out. Parts will need to be replaced. What happens when the batteries die? Does the whole thing stop working? Where does the person’s consciousness go when that happens? Is it backed up to a ‘hard drive’ of some kind? It’s all pretty spooky and weird and evil at the same time.

In all of this, they forget the one thing that will get them where they want to be: Jesus Christ.

Their faith in Him will give them the immortality that they desire. As Pastor Russ Dizdar says: “an indestructible irreversible immortality.” The only ‘price’ they may pay is the repentance of their sins and their continued effort to follow in the ways and teachings of Jesus.

That’s too much for them. They want the carnality of life. They don’t want to be accountable for anything they’ve done in their lives and they don’t want to stop doing those things now.

It’s sad to see how far we have fallen but for those of us in Christ, we know that one day soon, the Messiah will come back for those who believe. It’s not too late to make a change in your life for the better. Repent of your sins and come to Jesus and ask for His forgiveness and to follow in His ways. It’s a change in your life you won’t regret.

God Bless!

The Apostasy of the Church is Here.

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I was recently reading through a website called Charisma News. I saw the following article:

Historic Calvary Baptist Church Hires Lesbian Couple as Pastors — Charisma News

I wasnt’ quite sure how to write about this. Or if I even should have written about this. But, in the end, I decided that it would be best to address the apostasy we are now seeing in the church.

The word apostasy comes from the Greek word ‘apostasia.’ It means a change in beliefs from one type to another. It is oftentimes coupled with a complete rejection of the beliefs you previously held in favor of the new beliefs. Converting to Islam from Christianity would be an example of this.

The apostles warned that the day will come when false teachers and false prophets will begin to infiltrate the church:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn away from the truth, and be turn aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

By making the decision to hire a lesbian couple as pastors, the Calvary Baptist Church has now, in my opinion, become an apostate church. They are going against the teachings of the moral laws (see Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:26-27).

I believe this to be part of a larger problem with the church. And by that, I mean, both the body of believers and the buildings themselves. For me, personally, it’s something that’s been keeping me from attending church.

I was attending a church for a bit but as I became more ‘awake’, I (and my wife) noticed that they weren’t doing a lot of Bible teaching or anything like that. There wasn’t much in the way of prayer or spiritual warfare; there was a lot of worship music (nothing wrong with worship music) but not a lot of time spent teaching the body about the things that are going on in the world and what  we can do about. I categorize this as being ‘seeker-friendly.’ They only want to portray what is good and leave the bad stuff out. It’s not about equipping the body…it’s about filling the seats.

The body of Christ needs to get out of its slumber and realize that the end of days is upon us and we need to be ready. The infiltration of the church is under way and we better wake up before it’s too late.

His Plans for Us.

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Windows 10 has this nice little feature called Sticky Notes. It’s like Post-It notes for your monitor. It keeps my brain from getting more cluttered than it already is.

Other than notes about things I need to do at work, I have two Bible verses: one is Philippians 4:13 and the other is Jeremiah 29:11. I have seen both pop up in random places over the last year or so. Both have powerful messages of strength and hope but I’m going to focus on Jeremiah 29:11 Here is the verse:

For I know the thoughts I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

At this point in history, the Israelites had been carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. Hananiah the prophet (a false prophet, at that) has broken the yoke from Jeremiah. The people then believed the words of Hananiah. Because of this, the Lord spoke and told Hananiah that he would die within six month and the people would be led into captivity in Babylon because the believe the words of a prophet the Lord did not send.

Jeremiah had written a letter to the remaining elders concerning their captivity. God has instructed Jeremiah in what to write in the letter. The letter states that the Lord has caused this captivity but to not be afraid. In seventy years He will come and free them from their captivity and return them to Jerusalem.

Even though the Israelites were being held captive in Jerusalem, God had a plan for them and the plan for them was good and not evil. I believe the same can be said for us today.

God has a plan for each of us. Our biggest challenge is stopping long enough in this ever-moving world to listen to what He has to tell us about where He wants us to be. Trust me, I know how hard it can be (been there, done that).

Even in the toughest times, we can be assured that God will be there to pull us through. He knows the plans He has for us. Suffering may be part of those plans (as the Israelites saw under Nebuchadnezzar) but this suffering will allow us to see that we need God to help us get through each and every day. With that relationship established, we will see that He truly does have thoughts of peace and not of evil.

If you are reading this and are going through life trying to figure out where you need to be or what you are doing, I invite you to consider reaching out to our Lord and Savior. Repent of your pass transgressions and ask for forgiveness. Pick up a Bible and start to read it. It may be a bit daunting at first but don’t be discouraged. A whole world will open up to you and you will find yourself charting a more complete and rewarding course.

God bless!

The Best Christmas Gift Ever

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For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11 KJV)

When the Christmas season makes its approach, our thoughts go to trimming the tree, decorating the house, and getting together with family. And don’t forget about the gifts.

They come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes we get what’s on our Amazon Wish List and sometimes we’re surprised with something we never even asked for. They are wrapped in the finest silver and gold paper with decorative bows and ribbons encircling each of them.

But the one gift some of us might not think too much about is the gift God gave us; the real reason we celebrate Christmas. It’s not about gifts and Santa; it’s about a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes; a child born in a manger given to us by a loving God.

So during this Christmas season, as we celebrate with family and friends, don’t forget to thank God for His amazing gift to us of salvation and eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas, everyone, and God Bless!

The Faith of Caleb (Numbers 13:30)

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Not too long ago I was listening to a radio show from a pastor in California. The topic was faith and how we can be challenged with our faith and that we aren’t as bold as we should be. We aren’t as bold as Caleb but we should be.

Caleb was one of twelve men (one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel) who went to spy out the land of Caanan promised to them by the Lord. When the men returned from their journey, they gave their report to Moses. They all reported that the land was flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord had promised. They also reported that the Amalakites were there, strong, and the cities were fortified. The believed they had no chance to take this land from the inhabitants of the land.

Except for Caleb and Joshua.

Caleb knew that the land that was promised to them by God would be theirs.

“Let js go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30 KJV).

Caleb knew that if God could hit the Egyptians with ten plagues, lead them out of Egypt and through a parted Red Sea, and help the Israelites defeat their enemies in battle then he could lead them into Canaan and defeat those that dwelt in the land.

Caleb was bold enough to try to rally the people and tell them that if God can take them through everything they’ve been through, then He can take them into the land that He promised them. The Israelites, however, forgot that aspect. They also forgot that their God was an awesome and powerful God. They also forgot that He never breaks a promise.

Do you, at times, find your faith wavering? Do you find it difficult to profess your faith to others and witness to them the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ? I know I do. But sometimes we need to have the faith and determination of Caleb and remember that God is always with us and will help us through those difficult times. If you don’t know what to say to people when you are witnessing to them, the Holy Spirit will be there to give you the words that you may lack.

And if you haven’t found your faith and salvation in Christ, I invite you to do so now. Repent of your sins and turn towards Christ and follow in His ways. And if you need to talk to someone, don’t hesitate to reach out to me in the comments section and I will get back with you as soon as I can.

Thank you for reading and God bless!

Why the Electoral College is Needed.

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The following paragraphs are something I posted to Facebook first but thought I would post it here as well. It’s definitely worth it to look into what the Electoral College system is all about. When all is said and done, one candidate lost and one candidate won. Unfortunately, some of the people who supported the losing candidate have decided it would be best to show their disdain for the president-elect by destroying parts of America, the very thing they are saying Donald Trump will do in the future. Kind of hypocritical, isn’t it? Okay, maybe not kind of; it IS hypocritical. What I find even more amusing is that some of the protesters who were arrested in Portland didn’t turn in a ballot or didn’t vote at all. So what say do they have in all of this? Okay, none, zero, zilch, nada. So maybe they should go home and change their diapers and use their new safety pin emblem to tightly fasten the clean one to themselves.

Okay, that’s it for my preamble rant. Here is the original post in it’s entirety:

I’ve seen a number of postings online about the Electoral College and how it’s a bunch of BS and it needs to go. To those who feel that way, I understand your point of view but here is my take on it.

The Electoral College is there as a type of check and balance. It was put in place as a way to keep heavily populated states from deciding the outcome of an election.Whether your a Republican or Democrat, how would you feel if the election was decided by the same heavily populated states and those states were not your party? I’m pretty sure that neither side would think it fair if the other party won every presidential election each and every time. You could have decades of government gridlock should the House and Senate be controlled by party opposite the president-elect.

That’s where the Electoral College comes in.

The Founding Fathers saw two different ways to elect a president: one by popular vote and the other by the House of Representatives. The first option had its drawbacks (as noted above) and the second could result in someone being elected because those voting had political aspirations or a political agenda. The Electoral College was a compromise between the two methods.

If you want to abolish the Electoral College, then do it the right way by getting a Constitutional amendment passed.

Burning down buildings and cars and destroying property really doesn’t get your point across. It just makes you look like a sore loser.

We Must Vote No Matter What

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I will make this short and sweet.

Today is Election Day 2016. This will be one of the most pivotal elections in my lifetime. Pivotal because whoever wins will shape the future of this country and her citizens. This will either make us or break us.

That’s why I am encouraging all of you to get out and vote (and just once, please!). As Christians, we must vote for the person who most closely holds the values which each of us hold. One of the most important issues for me, as a Christian, is abortion. One candidate’s position isn’t as clear as I would like it to be; the other’s, however, is quite clear. She is for abortion in any way, shape, or form and at nearly any point of pregnancy.

I know that I’m showing for whom I’m not voting but you need to make the decision for yourself. Get familiar with each candidate (if you aren’t already) and learn about the issues and where they stand on each of them.

Remember that how you vote will determine the future direction of this country. It could also determine the very survival of these United States of America.

Only God can Fix the Mess We’re In.

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I was completely undecided as to whether or not I would write this blog.

I try to stay away from anything political because it can cause a firestorm of controversy and unwanted comments. I would normally write about things Christian or things that God has put on my heart to write about. That being said, I went ahead and decided to do a combination of politics and faith. My position (and that of others I’ve seen) is that we need the latter to get out of the mess that was caused by the former.

On Tuesday, November 8, we all have a decision to make about which candidate for which we will pull the lever (or electronic do-hickey). Barring a fluke in voting, one of the two major party candidates will win. Given the animosity and mistrust between the two, there is a very good chance that the final results will be contested by one of them. And this could drag on for weeks, if not months. Wouldn’t that be grand? With all of the accusations of voter fraud, etc., this is a real possibility.

One thing I continue to hear is that supports of both of these candidates continually declare that their candidate can fix the mess we are in and not the other. One candidate knows how to get things done and work with Congress towards that goal. The other, a political outsider, can do better because of their negotiating skills.

Out of all of these arguments for each of the candidate’s skills to get the job done, the one person that is always left out is God. He is the only one who can fix the mess that we’re in; a mess we created when we systematically removed Him from the public square.

When Israel turned their backs on God and began worshipping other gods, they no longer enjoyed the favor of the one true God. They began to lose one battle after another against their enemies. The people and the land began to suffer. When they turned back to God, their land was healed and they began to prosper and win their battles against their enemies. 

We need to be praying to God against Hillary. She is connected to things that are beyond evil. If you have been paying attention to Wikileaks at all, you will know what I mean. 

We need to be praying to God to heal our land. We need to work to get Him back into the public square. When we turn back to the Lord, we will experience healing and our land will prosper again. 

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 KJV

Halloween – Just Another Harmless Holiday?

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October is here and in full swing. The air is beginning to get colder and crisper and the trees are beginning to display their fall foliage. In just about a week and a half it will be All Hallow’s Eve, otherwise known as Halloween.

It’s a time of year when kids go from door to door and collect candy from both neighbors and strangers; businesses will decorate for Halloween and some may even have a Halloween party for the children of the employees (mine is one of them). Some schools partake in the festivities by having a the kids parade around the school grounds in their costume of choice.

There are many stories which explain the origin of Halloween. Most of them seem to have a common theme among them.

Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic pagan tradition known as Samhain (pronounced ‘sow en’). This day is considered to be the highest holy day for pagans. For them, this is the day where the barrier separating the living from the dead is the thinnest and both the living and the dead can cross over into the other’s world. It’s thought that ghosts, goblins, witches, and demons of all kinds come out to play along with the spirits of the dearly departed.

Halloween Costumes

The origins of the Halloween costume are numerous and varied but I will narrow it down to the three most common ones I have found:

1) The costume was worn so that it would disguise the wearer from identification during their participation in the Samhain festival.

2) The costume was designed to attract the evil spirits to the wearer in an effort to commune with that spirit and have that spirit (or demon) become part of the wearer.

3) The costume would cause the wearer to take on the personality of the costume they are wearing.

The Jack O’ Lantern

There are a few different origin stories for the illuminated pumpkin but the one told by Irish folklorists is that of a man named Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree and picking an apple for him. While the devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the trunk of the tree. Thee cross prevented the devil from coming down out of the tree. Jack made the devil swear that he would not try to steal Jack’s soul. The devil reluctantly made the promise.

When Jack died, he went to Heaven but God didn’t accept him because of the drunk and stingy lifestyle he led. The devil didn’t accept him either because of his promise to Jack. As Jack was leaving Hell, munching on a turnip, the devil threw a red hot coal at Jack. Jack caught it and put it inside the turnip as a way to light his way while he wandered the earth looking for a home. We now use the pumpkin as a substitute for the turnip as it’s a lot easier to carve.

Trick-Or-Treating

Today, kids can be seen roaming the streets going from door to door asking for candy. If no candy is provided, then they must perform a trick on the homeowner as a way of getting back at them for their confectionery oversight.

It is generally believed that this started as part of Celtic tradition. Many believed that not all of the spirits roaming the earth were necessarily good ones. They left treats out to appease the evil ones from doing harm to them.

Halloween has changed from its original Celtic pagan roots into something more palatable, having gained some of these changes from Roman Catholic influences. Some churches have even gotten into this more modern approach to Halloween by having activities such as ‘Trunk-or-Treat.’

As a child, I used to dress up and go out and collect candy from all the neighbors. At that age and time, I didn’t know any better. Now that I’ve been saved and my eyes have been opened, I realize that we are participating in the celebration of the occult.

Each family needs to make their own choices and decide if they want to participate in this. For me, however, the Bible is pretty clear on this:

” There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  ” Deuteronomy 18:10-12

To me, it’s pretty clear where God stands on this. My family has chosen not to participate in this tradition. As Christians, I think we should all strive to do the same.