Volatility

People bumping off of people never real time for themselves Thoughts consumed with what the other thinks defined by someone else     Competition in their nature a little more than the rest A thought to decide for themselves shot down by the next They go on believing they’ve won the race to find another mile around the bend Running ahead of the next to … Continue reading Volatility

Ethic

Willingness to adhere to one’s own “norm” can sometimes lead to big trouble. I must say, the last few years have been a challenge within my personal life. In many aspects, I have learned to change. These aren’t subtle changes, as they had been a huge part of who I was as a person. As I share, keep in mind that these specific changes have … Continue reading Ethic

A Little Insight…

There has been a running focal point of frustration within the writings that I choose to post, and I thought I would take the opportunity to explain why this morning. I’ve been upset with the “church” experience, many times over. Yes, one can tell me the usual, “No one is perfect.”, or the standard, “You must go to church. God commands it!” Although I agree … Continue reading A Little Insight…

No Addition

If we realized that we are forgiven through the Christ who did die for all, we would begin to see our need for Him… Are we still condemned since “the fall“? I have a problem with those who say we must obey in order to be redeemed; in order to be able to say that we are HOLY in the eye of God. As if … Continue reading No Addition

How Can We Be Pleasing to God? — Done with Religion

By Jim Gordon / Done with Religion Blog What would you tell someone who asked you what a christian must do to be pleasing to God? A lot of people would start out by saying we must go to church, we must tithe and we must obey the ten commandments. They would probably say we have to witness to others and give our money to … Continue reading How Can We Be Pleasing to God? — Done with Religion

Decadence

God knows the heart of all, unlike the men who look down from the platform and quickly judge them.   Not many should be leaders in the churches of the day, for not many speak the truth… Do you watch what they say? They place themselves higher with their knowledge and wins, while never acknowledging that we all have our sins.   Why should we … Continue reading Decadence

Dilapidated

I sometimes wonder why I am still standing. There is a word I had written on a familiar wall many years ago. The word, “Why” was running through my mind as I stood in a stairwell, staring into the void of my heart. In between a break-up with a woman I had been engaged to and a girl I had nothing in common with, I … Continue reading Dilapidated

Surpassed Understanding

Yesterday morning, I read the following: The peace of God: This is the peace spoken of in Philippians 4:7. It is beyond “all mind”; that is, beyond our power of thinking. “What is God’s peace? The unruffled serenity of the infinitely-happy God, the eternal composure of the absolutely well-contented God.” (Spurgeon) Which surpasses all understanding: It isn’t that it is senseless and therefore impossible to … Continue reading Surpassed Understanding

A Talking Love

It’s very difficult for me to really trust someone to the point of being able to fully share my heartaches. There are things that I am consumed with that only a select few and the Lord know about. Yesterday, I was able to give away some of those things that have been weighing on my heart. My beloved wife and I had a few minutes … Continue reading A Talking Love

My Faith Made Me Crazy

There was much to repent of. A time, not long ago, which laid the truth of my life out before me, exposing the very real and very factual ways of who I was, had me on my knees and begging for forgiveness. It had me killing myself. Each morning, I would wake up to another day of inadequacies. Another day of feeling like I was … Continue reading My Faith Made Me Crazy

For The Love Of Lust

“For the love of God, I am doing what I should do. I am reading His Word, listening to His Spirit, going to church on Sundays, and when Wednesdays come, I’ll be there. I’m doing it right.” Is that so? What about the constant lusts? Looking at all of those women on the porn site while your wife is away. The gambling habit that leaves … Continue reading For The Love Of Lust

Just Another Day

Today, I am turning another year older. Yay, me…I guess? My family has made arrangements for they and I to go to a local restaurant and celebrate my birthday tonight. They have preplanned, prepared and invited family and friends to come together and lift me up on this calendar day; the day I came into the world. Yet, I feel like it is just like … Continue reading Just Another Day

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

Entertain Me, O Lord

Friday nights were filled with popcorn, a beverage and a series of television programs on a national broadcasting station, titled, “TGIF.” When I was a kid, my friends and family would huddle around the few sitcoms that were broadcasted during the Friday night lineup. We would enjoy the innocent laughs as we watched and listened to the antics of the actors and actresses. We all … Continue reading Entertain Me, O Lord

Fear Not (Part 3)

As I viewed myself and came to the conclusion of never being able to stop sinning, all the while knowing that it is impossible to stop, the uneasiness lifted. The lashes I was left scarred with from the whipping I had encountered within religion were just reminders of a once, very unhealthy relationship. The reasoning I was deciphering God with shifted within me. A very … Continue reading Fear Not (Part 3)

Fear Not (Part 2)

This time alone taught me many things. It was the first time I had fully trusted in the Lord’s plan for my life. I had nothing left to lose and nothing but so much to gain through His wisdom. Wisdom: that which began with that healthy fear that I was speaking of. So what did I now begin to see within that new definition of … Continue reading Fear Not (Part 2)

Fear Not (Part 1)

I have been thinking so much about fear lately. So many professing Christians seem to be consumed with it. Specifically, the fear that ensues when one’s pride stands in the way of the Lord’s peace. But honestly, I can see why so many live within a constant fear. Here is my personal testimony of why I once had. When I began to view the very … Continue reading Fear Not (Part 1)

“My Guilt Trip, Filled With Fear And Shame, Will Get You To Heaven.”

A shaming guilt once reached into the depths of my conscience as I was trying so hard to please the Lord. A new-found faith in the God I had known very little about was the beginning of a shaming, self-reproaching, wounding and grievous series of events. God of love was not a good description for Him. Control over an existence, one that He had created, … Continue reading “My Guilt Trip, Filled With Fear And Shame, Will Get You To Heaven.”

Finding Our Reasons Not To Love

The tendency to be selfish is easier for some than it is for others. I had a friend who began working at the same place I had. We didn’t really have anything in common, but we did share the faith in Christ. I suppose that was the beginning of our short time of friendship and fellowship. It was also a great opportunity to share Christ … Continue reading Finding Our Reasons Not To Love

Our Private Hell

It’s easy for me to serve the Lord knowing there is nothing I can do within this flesh that will make Him look at me any differently than I am. But, for many years, I did not believe that. The world has a way of promoting fear, and it is evident within the television programs, blogs, games that our children play and the news that … Continue reading Our Private Hell

Do We Listen? To Whom Do We Listen?

There is one thing that continuously bothers me, probably more than anything within my walk as a Christ follower, and it is those who think they know everything there is to know about God. The Biblical scholars, theologians and prophets. The ones who relentlessly debate, throw their man-made doctrine around, argue versions of which Bible one should be reading, and how one is, or isn’t, … Continue reading Do We Listen? To Whom Do We Listen?

‘Now That I Am Beaten To A Pulp, …’

I can see why some would not want to be a Christian, and I totally understand what Gandhi meant when he said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” I believe Gandhi had a good point, and I am choosing to focus on it lately. Unfortunately, I tend to focus on the negative when I … Continue reading ‘Now That I Am Beaten To A Pulp, …’

For The Good Of Those Who Love Him

I had a really bad experience this morning that brought me to a great blessing. It inspired me to share this. God will sometimes allow a trial in order for a blessing to unfold. Written by Chris Russell One of the most encouraging verses in the entire Bible is found in Paul’s letter to the Christians living in extreme persecution in the city of ancient … Continue reading For The Good Of Those Who Love Him

The Tired Truths

God knows your heart. He knows your hurts. He knows your weakness. He knows the sins that you are trying hard to let go of. He knows your sadness. He knows your feelings of inferiority when you stand next to the esteemed. He knows your best. He knows your worst. He knows the people who judge you. He knows the ones who take their own … Continue reading The Tired Truths