Morning Minding

I know that God is real. Anyone who doesn’t see it must be completely blind. Have you ever looked at the ground and observed the ants crafting their excavated hills — constantly doing their work in order to take care of the queen located somewhere within the ground beneath? Have you? Or, have you seen the microscopic bacteria magnified, observing just how alive they truly … Continue reading Morning Minding

Teach Me, O’ Lord

Benevolence — the true reason of His. Loving from our core because we understand this. Not a sappy love or the emotion we know. Not a sexual love or the feelings that grow. It’s selfless and sacrificial. What we tend not to be It’s Agape love and with Him, we see. We notice our heart and its controlling ways. We look past all our hurts … Continue reading Teach Me, O’ Lord

Behind The Heart

Just be what you would like to see in others. The moment one begins to act as if they are above someone else, it quickly sets them in a position that people tend to avoid. What do you see within yourself? Beyond the flesh and bone that surrounds the true, inner self, what do you see? The thought that I had this morning as I … Continue reading Behind The Heart

Growing Within The Power Within Yourself

Oh no! A Christian writing about “self”! He must be a fake?! We’re supposed to deny ourselves (Matt. 16:24)!! HA! Okay, so the title of my post this morning may look a little self-centered and deceiving. Allow me a few minutes to explain? First and foremost, this is my personal experience. I am not here to preach, argue or correct, and I won’t discuss apologetics. … Continue reading Growing Within The Power Within Yourself

Falling Away

What is it that you find when you observe what you have today? Are the things that you’ve created in the past the pillars of the answer you will convey?   Do you hold onto the past mistakes that hinder what you could be? Are those pillars of self-worth and confidence crumbling slowly into the sea?   Are the pillars made of discontent that you’ve … Continue reading Falling Away

Faithful To The Fire

You place yourself higher than others, by explaining it all. The man with the answers. How great thou art… without any flaw. It must be the best life to know you are best. To walk among the sheep, and to quickly attest that Christianity is ignorance and faith is a delusion. Should we abandon our God and assume your godly conclusion? Please explain this life, … Continue reading Faithful To The Fire

When We Long For Idols

The Way of the Cross ( Matt. 8: 34-38, NIV) 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save … Continue reading When We Long For Idols

A Wise Man Once Said…

The wisest of men have no time to look at themselves, to see what they’d find. They are the best at all that they do. Much better than the simpletons, like me and you. Talk over us, they will. Our words are just noise. We are not worthy of these great despots of poise. Lean into their wisdom– you may miss what they say as … Continue reading A Wise Man Once Said…

Mental Suicide

Those thoughts which bring us down; the things that we tend to dwell on that leave us in a state of devastation. These types of thoughts are so incredibly familiar to me. Throughout my life, I’ve had so much negative influence, so many different pulls and pushes that have left me curled up into a ball, balling like a baby, a ton of self-induced affliction … Continue reading Mental Suicide

Staring Into Existence

What are these things that we call, “space and time”? We never truly understand it, no matter what theory comes along. No matter how proud we become of the hypothesis. What is this space that we live in? We divide it up, the infinite, into little compartments. Walls. Fences. Divisions. We claim and fill our spaces, within, outside, with the collections, trying hard to satisfy … Continue reading Staring Into Existence

One Of Two Ways

How often others are so incredibly determined to seek and destroy, simply because they themselves are already destroyed in some way. From here on out, there will be a small group of atheists peeking at my posts and seeking an opportunity to cut me down. It’s been a tough last few days going back and forth with these people who desire to pull anyone and … Continue reading One Of Two Ways

No Prayers Answered

Yesterday, I had made the mistake of saying something to a blogger that sent he and several others into a defensive rebuttal. I suppose I should have expected it. I had told him that his constant blasphemy (his ongoing blog directed towards how one is wasting their time seeking God, based on his own personal experience) would someday come back to haunt him. I was … Continue reading No Prayers Answered

Integrity Is Relative

The do-gooders; those who are morally upright. There are so many different perceptions one may have when taking a look at them. I often wonder what drives, or why one is driven, to be a stand up citizen. Outside looking in, we observe the front that is put on by others. Over time, we may get to see the true nature of those whom we … Continue reading Integrity Is Relative

The Damaging Truth

It took quite a few years to accept the truth about a few aspects of myself. Bitterness is something that I am more familiar with than many. It is truly a part of me. Since, unfortunately, I have carried this unwanted trait around for so long, it has become a battle of which I constantly have to manage. For many, many years, I did not … Continue reading The Damaging Truth

A Clean-Shaven Life

I have a confession to make: I’m lazy when it comes to shaving my face. I am not the guy who will rise and make shaving a part of the daily morning routine. It’s not uncommon for me to go a week or two with a short beard before finally growing tired of seeing it in the mirror. I have another confession: My Christian life … Continue reading A Clean-Shaven Life

Results Of Our Disgust

There is a fine line many walk after the choice is made to take up a cross. That new way of life sometimes has a terrible way attached to it. As we learn more about the ways of our Lord, and see that our ways are usually in contrast to His Spirit, we begin to edge closer to that fine line. That line, where judgment … Continue reading Results Of Our Disgust

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

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…”

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?

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

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

The Spirit Of Grace

A writing from James Smith, 1864 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” Zechariah 12:10 Grace … Continue reading The Spirit Of Grace

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 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

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

Taming This Fallen Flesh

It really is a challenge at times to bridle this tongue of mine. I purposely place my writings within sight of those who have no belief in God. I do this in order to possibly ‘plant or water a seed’ (1 Corin. 3:6-8). I am called to proclaim the victory and Truth of Jesus Christ to the world, and one of the ways I do … Continue reading Taming This Fallen Flesh

He Has Given Me Life

As I am just waking, blessed with a new day, I lie and wonder why some insist on rejecting Jesus? Why do they do everything they possibly can to disprove or stray from His teachings? Why do they accept that there are “many ways to God,” but reject the words of Jesus when He said, “I AM THE WAY.” Is their way somehow a better … Continue reading He Has Given Me Life

“I’m Not So Sure…”

My company hired a man as an outside sales representative a few years ago. He was a friendly man. He always seemed to have a smile on his face, and a kind word to say. As I got to know this man, I learned a few things about him. He had a terrible temper. The fits that he would throw at certain times were pretty … Continue reading “I’m Not So Sure…”

A Walking Dead Man

You may know the story of why Jesus was crucified, but have you experienced that crucifixion? Crucifixion, according to Wikipedia, is “a method of capital punishment in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden beam and left to hang for several days until eventual death from exhaustion and asphyxiation.” Not long ago, hope was just a word. It had no value, … Continue reading A Walking Dead Man