To Know What’s Not Needed

Constantly confessing to others that you are Christian, and that everything you do is of the Christian way, is a sure way to make you look less Christian. But honestly, what is the Christian way? One man I know will always manage to slide the fact that he goes to church regularly into any conversation, that he reads his Bible, that he listens to sermons, … Continue reading To Know What’s Not Needed

So Little Known

I ran across this song in February of 2019. It was just a few days after my father had passed. The song had so much emotion, as I also had, that was expressed through Thom’s unbelievably unique talent. My father was a mystery to me, but what little I did get to experience while knowing him was a mix of how this song makes me … Continue reading So Little Known

Rise Above

It’s been a relief as I have recently been able to let a toxic person go. Today marks the triumphant first day of letting someone go–a someone whom became an obvious fake over the course of a few months. A man I’ve been conversing with here at the Press had (and I say had with a sigh of relief) been watching my blog from a … Continue reading Rise Above

Patient Being

As soon as the blessings come, the evil begins. That devil and his kind delight in your sins. After the prayer, at the heels of your feet, the darkness takes its deluding seat. Do you follow God, or, are you deceived, by the glorious light the devil retrieved? A persnickety one — that angel of light; the one you battle often, often losing the fight. … Continue reading Patient Being

Replay

Running back to yesterdays Different times and different ways Choosing to relive another time Picking up what we left behind Maybe reliving will be better now Perhaps how we were then will be pleasing somehow We think this but then we find those things were better left behind Trying again is such a waste We had left the old familiar space because the life no … Continue reading Replay

The Derelict, They Say

Unless you’ve lived the hurt, you may not know how it is to walk in the melancholy, in a world such as his. The pull of the persuasive; those things of degrees not seen by the onlooker who boldly agrees the inward matches the outward, as they peer at the skin of the withering man wrapped up in that sin. Mistaken, they are, as they … Continue reading The Derelict, They Say

Cleaning House

Why do some strive to fix others when they can’t even fix themselves? They’d rather avoid their own mess and tidy up someone else. They kick and scream about the failures of men, pushing aside their own mirror image of sin. It must be pleasing to avoid such decay — no focus on the inner, just how others will pay. Way up high, looking down … Continue reading Cleaning House

Kill The Messenger

I’m tapping out! You win! Go ahead, freely lie to the world! Carry on with your sin! It’s okay, I guess? No longer a problem here. Just remember who told you when consequence draws near. Tell others they’re safe from the game men have conducted while your life falls to pieces due to fools you’ve entrusted. Do you need security? A safety net? A social … Continue reading Kill The Messenger

Daft

The toxic grip of others; the hold they have upon the man or woman who is simply trying. Do they find pleasure in control? Do they look to find faults within another, with the hope that their own faults will soon flee them? What a miserable lie to tell one’s self. The damning shame we carry. Our peace is broken apart by the daily pick … Continue reading Daft

Semblance

A little crazed flirting with the images created and then some A little proud presenting to the world a beautiful image that is ugly A little too human for the righteous to consume No thank you given and no extended thoughts of empathy A little love but not much A little validation that which keeps number one number one A godly man of his own … Continue reading Semblance

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

Waves

Is it all that we are: A grain of sand in an infinite sea of the unknown? A molecular anomaly that emerged from its depths? We use the limited to assume the factual, and we are correct. Until the next correction… We sense the world through a personal percept, –twisting and turning– leaving our vulnerability exposed to only ourselves, questioning our own existence. Create a … Continue reading Waves

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

The Accused

A fear that is always constant as they read the pages of old. The God of wrath and anger. The believer loves to scold.   They see how God destroyed and despised the child He’d made as they carried on rebelling– following the course the serpent laid.   They tell others to obey, not seeing how they fall short in the exact same manner as … Continue reading The Accused

A Name in Vain

All the good children are throwing their stones as they’re tearing the flesh and breaking the bones Telling the broken how they are so wrong and how their faith is not really and truly that strong Flock in the fancy and glorified temple no longer of humbleness or love that is simple Give your whole life to a small circle of cult Keep out the … Continue reading A Name in Vain

We Are Stardust

I think it is just fascinating that we are made up of the things the cosmos contain. It’s intriguing to observe the true contents of our flesh and bone structure. Almost 99% of our bodies, according to the Wikipedia website, are constructed of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorous – the same elements found throughout the entire universe. Awesome! What’s even more intriguing, even … Continue reading We Are Stardust

It’s Just A Move Away

I have vivid memories of my grandmother and I playing checkers. It is probably one of the first board games I had learned to play. The fairly simple game, introduced by my grandma, quickly became a favorite. You probably know its simplicity. This illustration: a simple move that can overcome the opposing obstacle, shows the opportunity all of us are capable of. If we learn … Continue reading It’s Just A Move Away

Not Really Yours To Claim

Let’s get down to brass tacks… You’re sometimes not as faithful as you claim, and you are probably afraid to admit it. Yes, it’s true. There is so much left undone within every single person’s walk with the Lord. There are things that you have not done correctly in the eyes of our perfect Father. Each and everyday, you screw something up. So, you aren’t … Continue reading Not Really Yours To Claim

From Little Love

At the age of four, something happened between my parents that left me with a life-changing, unbeknown obstacle, which would forever alter the future of my personal life. Although I had no idea how the event would cause me to think differently about my life as I would grow older, it didn’t take long to feel its effects. The divorce of my parents was not … Continue reading From Little Love

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

Rationalizing

It’s funny, how I try to justify, make sense of and conclude. It’s a never ending cycle. The many different things that I go over within my personal life; the very things that make me who I am. Those things are viewed through a, sometimes, very broken and smudged lens, while other times it is as clear as a summer morning without a cloud in … Continue reading Rationalizing

So Incredibly Flawed

Why would anyone truly claim to live a, “Christian life?” Are any of us really doing a good job? You’ve committed sin. You’ve broken the Commandments. You were born with sin, live in sin and will die with sin. You’ll sin today, tomorrow and, most likely, everyday from this day forward. So, how can you, how can any of us, call ourselves Christians, living the … Continue reading So Incredibly Flawed

Our Thorns

Some have no comprehension of a truly troubled life. Sure, everyone has troubles, but some are so overwhelmed by those little things that cut, that nothing is found to be a remedy. Sometimes, even one’s faith is not enough. Let’s be honest. There are things in everyone’s life, and specifically, within the Christian life, that are continuously tearing away at the individual. A, “thorn in … Continue reading Our Thorns

AM I RUNNING FROM THE LORD? — Kirk’s Journal

PSALMS 32:1-2: “How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How joyful is a person whom the Lord does not charge with iniquity and in whose spirit is no deceit!” CSB OBSERVATION: Am I walking in the blessing of forgiveness? Is my life marked by joy and freedom? Or, am […] via AM I RUNNING FROM THE LORD? — Kirk’s Journal Continue reading AM I RUNNING FROM THE LORD? — Kirk’s Journal

Grieving Sucks

Funerals have an unfortunate way of pulling families together. Many times the extended family attends the viewing, paying their respects and offering condolences. My late father’s death brought a few faces out of hiding. My dad’s cousin, which would be my second cousin, was a face I had not seen in over twenty years. He and I were once palling around on a fairly regular … Continue reading Grieving Sucks

Deep, Abiding, Ineffable, Love — His Eye Is On The Sparrow

If “God is love,” well ok, then! But it must be a love we as human beings can barely comprehend. We have nothing in experience to compare it to. It must certainly be a deeper, wider, higher, sacrificial, stubborn, consistent, unconditional, unwavering, and committed love than anything we have experienced or known. We are not […] via Deep, Abiding, Ineffable, Love — His Eye Is On … Continue reading Deep, Abiding, Ineffable, Love — His Eye Is On The Sparrow

A Dreamlike State

Acceptance of things that are not real. A nonsensical, delusional way of viewing the world. I woke this morning to an alarm which sounded at 4:20 A.M. My wife had been up for a few minutes prior and quickly cracked a joke, saying, “Is it time for you to smoke a joint?” It took me a minute to realize what she had meant, but the … Continue reading A Dreamlike State

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

Greater Is He

I’ve never been able to gracefully accept praise. Within the less than year’s time I have spent on WordPress, I have received a few informal awards for my writings. I believe I have responded to only one of several, and it was truly with great reluctance. I appreciate the recognition, but my glory goes to God, and I praise Him for whatever brings another to … Continue reading Greater Is He

What Are We Truly Hearing?

There are so many directions one can choose to follow within the world. As I read blogs written within the “God” category on WordPress, I see so many different belief systems. Not only do I see denominations, or divisions within the Christian faith, I see heresies of many kinds. I observe things that are written nowhere within Scripture, and also things that are false according … Continue reading What Are We Truly Hearing?

Blindly Trapped Within Ourselves

Some of the most judgmental people I know are the religious people who call themselves, “Christian.” What is it with the people who claim to be, “right with God?” They may be washed in the blood, but are they allowing that sacrifice to continually purify? Are they not really being honest with themselves, or Him? Do they use their religion as an excuse to point … Continue reading Blindly Trapped Within Ourselves

Seriously?

Why can’t we just read the Bible, do our study, encourage one another in Spirit, truth and love, and leave the ‘I’m right and you’re wrong’ debate out? Can we not assess and come up with our decision? I have been on WordPress today reading many posts. Some are plain silly. The way Christians argue is like listening to two small kids fight over a … Continue reading Seriously?

Our Filthy Performance

By Marilyn Adamson If you are like many Christians, you want to please God with your life. At the same time, in all honesty, sometimes you get tired trying to live the Christian life. Sometimes it just feels like it’s way too much pressure. When I was an atheist, sin was never an issue to me. I wasn’t particularly aware of it. I didn’t really … Continue reading Our Filthy Performance

What Does His Holy Spirit Teach You?

  My blog is not an argument or debate ground. I place my view within sight for others to read. My views are solely my own. If you disagree with what I choose to write or post, that is fine. I will not respond to debate. Everyone is entitled to their individual walk with the Lord. We have that choice. But what we choose to … Continue reading What Does His Holy Spirit Teach You?

Man’s Inability To Keep The Moral Law

Not one man or woman keeps, has kept or will ever keep all 613 Commandments. Not one of us. The only One who could, and did, was our Lord Jesus. The following is a writing from Thomas Watson. Praise God for His way, truth and life through Christ Jesus. May our hearts and minds endlessly serve our Savior. Is any man able perfectly to keep … Continue reading Man’s Inability To Keep The Moral Law

The Lies We Tell

Sometimes I sit and wonder if I am okay with the lies that I tell myself. Am I okay with being unhealthy after my doctor tells me that my diet is destroying me? Am I okay with the little sin that I continue to give in to? Am I seriously okay with the people who continue to hurt me? Am I okay with the complacency? … Continue reading The Lies We Tell

I’m Tired…

You sure can’t fix others. There has been an ongoing struggle between myself and a loved one that I have been writing about lately. Once again, we are at a standstill. Joe and I, not the real name of the person but what I will call them, have been fighting a serious battle. Long story short, Joe and I have a hard time letting things … Continue reading I’m Tired…