Mr. Positivity

I have an acquaintance who had sent a video link to my phone. The short five-minute sketch was performed by a well-known comedian. The guy was answering the door for trick-or-treaters, saying, as well as doing very raunchy things. The humor was something that I would have thoroughly enjoyed in past years, but I watched about two minutes of it and completely lost interest. It … Continue reading Mr. Positivity

The Heart Of The Matter

I tend to get to the underlying root of what I consider to be the major problems that I face within life, but that has not always been the case. I remember a specific time, and this time is burned into my memory because of the people and events that were involved leading up to it. This time was in the winter of 2000. I’d … Continue reading The Heart Of The Matter

Decluttering

As I was cleaning up this morning; placing the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, cleaning up the kitchen, doing laundry and hanging a few pictures from my father’s home, I was going through many things within. Accompanied by the soothing music in my headphones and the emotions that ensued from the joy of the instrumentals, I surrendered to the calming. The calming: a peace of … Continue reading Decluttering

Despondent

“Nihilism is often discussed in terms of extreme skepticism and relativism; for most of the 20th century it has been associated with the belief that life is meaningless. Existential nihilism begins with the notion that the world is without meaning or purpose. Given this circumstance, existence itself–all action, suffering, and feeling–is ultimately senseless and empty.” “Life is meaningless because scientific evidence shows that God does … Continue reading Despondent

“Listen, Devil…”

My wife and I should have chosen our careers somewhere within criminal justice. We are both very interested in the forensics, psychology of the criminal mind and legal action, just to name a few aspects. We are very adamant and supportive of our judicial system, even though we both agree its representatives can be very corrupt. We support the rightful penalties of criminal actions, as … Continue reading “Listen, Devil…”

What Is Love, Father?

Some people have a hard time showing, giving and receiving love. Myself and my late father being two of them. My childhood mainly consisted of many of the ugly things in life. Insecurities. Anxiety. Uncertainty. Fear. Many negatives. It was truly through those times of my youth that shaped me into the man I would end up being. It was through those experiences I became … Continue reading What Is Love, Father?

Unity?

Divisions in the Church 10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What … Continue reading Unity?

It All Depends

A new day brings new life to each one of us. We have a new opportunity to develop, or bring another a bit of peace through our actions and deeds. We have an opportunity to find the good in the bad. In the world of some, a new day brings nothing but dread and dreary routine. Just another day of lifeless regret and despair. It … Continue reading It All Depends

Complicating The Simple Message

The following is a writing from the Minister of Chinchilla Church Of Christ. I watched a video recently where a person got up to give a testimony about Jesus, when suddenly they were taken by something. They couldn’t speak, and rather than share the Gospel of Jesus Christ they suddenly began laughing uncontrollably, others around them made animal noises and moans and groans. I have … Continue reading Complicating The Simple Message

Learning From Our Consequences

My wife and I were having a brief discussion about the consequences of actions as I was preparing to leave for work this morning. The topic was about the mistakes we had made by choosing to run into past intimate relationships and marriages without first getting to know the person. You see, both my wife and I did not practice what we, me more so … Continue reading Learning From Our Consequences

The Heart of Our New Creation In Christ

The Holman Bible Dictionary gives a thorough explanation concerning the definition of the English word “heart,” when it states: The heart is the center of the physical, mental, and spiritual life of humans. This contrasts to the normal use of kardia (“heart”) in Greek literature outside the Scriptures. The New Testament follows the Old Testament usage when referring to the human heart in that it … Continue reading The Heart of Our New Creation In Christ

Limited

At times, I sit and wonder what this life is truly all about. As I sit under the dark skies of the evening, observing the thousands of visible stars, I wonder just what we are. Knowing that what is visible is less than a small fraction of the infinite universe is so incredibly mysterious. We have such a limited understanding of all of this infinite … Continue reading Limited

Do You See What I See?

We have a lot to observe when we look at ourselves in the mirror. The physical appearance is the first thing we see, and we all have our ways of decorating the surface. We also have an inward appearance that we see. How do we ourselves inwardly? First impressions seem to be important to most. We all put on our attire, fix ourselves as we … Continue reading Do You See What I See?

Simplicity

It sometimes amazes me to the point of laughter listening to people come up with explanation to where we came from. The wild ideas that people have. The perfect beliefs that keep them motivated. The pride that secretes from their every pore and orifice. Don’t get me wrong, I have my own ideas and wonder, but to say for sure where we came from, to … Continue reading Simplicity

The Gift Of Time

Sometimes I imagine myself in the middle of space, far from the planet. Of course, I wouldn’t survive as I would here, but I simply imagine observing the vastness of space. All of the never before seen wonder that it would behold. As I imagine this place I will never physically experience, I think about how I would have no sense of time. No clock, … Continue reading The Gift Of Time

Squeezing Righteousness From A Deceitful Heart

Jeremiah 17:9 reads… The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?  – (NLT) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  – (KJV) Crooked is the heart above all things, And it is incurable — who doth know it?  – (YLT) Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, (Jeremiah 17:5-11) … Continue reading Squeezing Righteousness From A Deceitful Heart

How Does God Validate Us?

The following is a compilation of writing from Mark Carpenter To validate something is to “give official sanction, confirmation, or approval to it.” What makes you feel like you have value and worth? We are designed to want validation, the feeling of significance. The problem is that we try to get validation from what we think we can control or mange. We avoid mystery and … Continue reading How Does God Validate Us?

People Change When They Are Ready

Myself, and numerous people that I am acquainted with have gone through many changes. I ran into a guy the other day at a family get-together. We have known each other for quite some time, and we have known about each other’s substance abuse habits. Former, and current. It was a sad day to see and hear the guy drink too much and talk about … Continue reading People Change When They Are Ready

Emphasizing The Necessity of Christ

Pinned to my taskbar was a link to the following article. It must have had an importance somewhere along the way for me to pin it within sight for later reference. The message is so incredibly prevalent within each day. The holiday my family and I will celebrate today is absolutely unprofitable, for me, unless I genuinely embrace the Lord in His fullness of spiritual … Continue reading Emphasizing The Necessity of Christ

The Beautiful Spirit

Sometimes it is an amazing thought, an unfathomable thought, to know that He dwells in me. His Spirit. What does that mean? John the Baptist Prepares the Way 3 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the … Continue reading The Beautiful Spirit

If The Pews Faced Each Other

Attending the building we know as, “church,” we are face to, well, not face to face. We are face to back of head. We are at a performance. Much like a theatre. The director, also known as a Pastor, is at the stage. There may be a band on the stage, or a choir, or both. At many of these places, the director instructs the … Continue reading If The Pews Faced Each Other

The Mean and Abusive Christian

For the past few days I have been hung up on the abusive words of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Before I am judged as a hypocrite, I would like to explain how and why I have been feeling this way. So often I read the words of others. There are categories and topics that I follow on WordPress that I will not … Continue reading The Mean and Abusive Christian

Real Faith

Thomas, like many, doubted that Jesus was resurrected. This morning in John 20:26-29 (KJV), I read, “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace be unto you.’ Then saith he to Thomas, ‘Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, … Continue reading Real Faith

With No Desire To Change

“How’s that working for ya?” Doctor Phillip McGraw, an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, has used this quote within his program many times throughout its debut in 2002. Although I have only watched the program a few times, the phrase has stuck with me. This program usually has families that have faced some sort of turmoil … Continue reading With No Desire To Change

The Undertow

On the surface, the water flows a certain direction. Below the surface, the water pulls in the opposite direction. This metaphorical view is how I am recognizing many people in my personal world this morning. The personal experience of being caught up within an undertow while swimming, as well as my line while fishing, had me thinking about just how others will relentlessly pull one … Continue reading The Undertow

Life Is One Big Party

There was a man whose conversation became known within the stillness of the room. He was talking to another guy, but the conversation was easily heard within the silence. He was speaking to a man about partying the entire weekend after an Eagles concert. The Eagles are an American rock band formed in the seventies. They have some really good songs in my opinion. Talented … Continue reading Life Is One Big Party

The Power Of Meditation

Just to clarify, I’m not talking about sitting on the floor, legs crossed with index fingers and thumbs together. I’m speaking of meditating on His Word. Today, I would like to talk about my personal experience with meditation. There was a very painful time in my life that involved my wife and children leaving our home. Several years ago, my mind was comparable to a … Continue reading The Power Of Meditation

Abiding In HIM, Not Others

I am honestly enthralled by the Gospel of John! When I first began reading the Bible several years ago, John’s account was very captivating. In his personal and up-close view into Christ’s identity, he shows us that Jesus, though fully God, came in the flesh to distinctly and accurately reveal God, and that Christ is the source of eternal life to all who believe in … Continue reading Abiding In HIM, Not Others

The Opposing Self

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy … Continue reading The Opposing Self

Alive And Well

My wife had asked me this past week to put up the Christmas tree and decorations over the weekend. It was nice spending a little time by myself reminiscing as I went through some of the decorations and memories. I found an ornament my grandmother had made. A gift ornament from 1985, several ornaments our kids had made throughout the last several years and strings … Continue reading Alive And Well

The Baby–God’s Son

A POWERFUL message from Billy Graham in 1965. Emmanuel is the reason. https://billygraham.org/audio/the-baby-gods-son/?utm_source=radio+newsletter+11.24.2018&utm_medium=bgemail&utm_campaign=bgemailnewsletter&utm_content=BR180YRNE&SOURCE=BR180YRNE&spMailingID=57835829&spUserID=MTg4NzYzMjQ1ODUxS0&spJobID=1522736471&spReportId=MTUyMjczNjQ3MQS2 Continue reading The Baby–God’s Son

Disarray

The man or woman with a smile that can light up a room, instantly putting a smile on everyone who is within sight of it. That person who always has a witty joke to share. The guy who goes into the soup kitchen on Saturday to help feed the homeless. A woman whose life revolves around making sure her children have everything they need in … Continue reading Disarray

What We Feed Ourselves

Our selfishness is our demise. This morning I was on the deteriorating social networking site called Facebook. In my experience, the world is becoming more and more consumed by the opposite of selflessness, and the occasional scrolls through the feed on the site are often a reminder. Sure, there are many good things about the site. We can keep up with distant family, share in … Continue reading What We Feed Ourselves

His Waters Never Cease

Many years back, my family and I had taken a vacation to Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. We indulged in many attractions throughout those states. If I recall correctly, we began our vacation in the Pigeon Forge, TN area. There is a large strip that runs through the middle of the town full of tourist attractions. Gift shops, restaurants, amusement rides, a go-kart track, … Continue reading His Waters Never Cease

A Place of Peace

Today I woke up. Praise God for another day. It is no surprise to me that I have been going through difficult times lately. I don’t mean in the material world. My life is very blessed with the things that I need. I work hard for what I have. What I mean by difficult times is what is going on within me. I have been … Continue reading A Place of Peace