Over the years, there have been many dreams that have left their mysterious messages embedded within my memories. I had a dream about my friend who’d passed away twelve years ago this coming September. In the dream, Metallica was coming to our city. Metallica is a heavy metal band, and back when my friend and I were at our closest, we both liked their music. … Continue reading An Unexpected Friend
It has been a very long week. My body is tired. My mind is lazy. I am looking forward to this day of rest. I am fortunate to have a very physical and demanding position at my place of work. It is something that I greatly appreciate and enjoy. I am constantly on my feet, moving at a steady pace. I do a lot of … Continue reading I Rest Assured
Question: “What does it mean to worship the Lord in spirit and truth?” Answer: The idea of worshipping the Lord “in spirit and truth” comes from Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well in John 4:6-30. In the conversation, the woman was discussing places of worship with Jesus, saying that the Jews worshipped at Jerusalem, while the Samaritans worshipped at Mount Gerizim. Jesus had … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Worship The Lord In Spirit And Truth?
Many things enter my mind that I not only make a mental note of, but also enter into the memo app on my phone. They are things of importance that I know will be forgotten within a short amount of time. Periodically, I go into my memo and take a look at my short thoughts from the past. I’ve read one of my notes today … Continue reading A Spiritual Shelter of Refuge
The appreciation for each morning has really evolved over that past few years. I lost a good friend in 2006, and it was a very trying time for me. My buddy, who actually was one of my enemies for years prior, became one of the most trusted confidants I have ever known. We would have the deepest conversations, and he was one of the reasons … Continue reading A New Way To Begin
Sometimes my walk with the Lord is a very real emotional rollercoaster. Yesterday started off very nice. It was a peaceful morning, and I had planned on meeting a friend of mine who needed a helping hand later within the day. The weather outside was nice. Bright, and calm. I had accomplished some things around the outside of the house that needed to be done. … Continue reading The Devil Laughs As I Go
Why is it that I cannot find a church that speaks His truth? Only some truths, with a man-made spin? Why is it that the Shepherds are paid? Why is it that Jesus never stood in front of a podium, told people to give ten percent, never had His members… wait, “members?” Where did He say to become a member of a group? Did we … Continue reading Questions From A Searching Saved Soul
An article by John Piper and Justin Taylor https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-god-requires-christ-provides Continue reading Our Sins Were Imputed To Christ, And His Righteousness Is Imputed To Us
There is a non-fiction series that I have been watching off and on about a man who is awaiting his date of execution. It tells the story of his life as he was growing up, and it explains the progressive life of crime that led him to his current location on death row. It explains the situations that led him to make the poor decisions … Continue reading Breaking Through The Confines Of A Hardened Heart
There is definitely a reason why kids are running our streets at night. My young teen years were absolutely great. I was always running from here to there. I had a motorized scooter that I would ride all over town. I had a great amount of freedom. Way too much. I also had every opportunity to visit many harmful environments. If I needed drugs and … Continue reading Because We Can!
Throughout the past several months, I have been running the gauntlet of emotional turmoil. There is a battle that has been brewing between myself and my parent. We have not been able to communicate, have become very distant because of events that have taken place, and we are about to meet with a therapist to begin the healing process. Unfortunately, I am not ready to … Continue reading Another Path To Clear
There are days where I am so deep in thought. It seems to be a thing I’ve carried as I walk along the roads of my journey. In past times, I would periodically sit in the woods for hours, just thinking. Thinking about the life I was living, and how empty it really was. I would think about all of the ugliness within it. I … Continue reading The Mysterious Trail Of Thoughts
There are some things that are not very good for us. For instance, it is not wise to eat fried foods all of the time. Although it may be delicious, it has numerous ways of harming our health. We may choose to smoke heavily, and that also has its consequences. If we were to drive over flooded roads during heavy rains, we would run the … Continue reading Reaping What We Have Sown
There is a part of the westside of my city that has a large population of homeless people. Several times a week, I drive past these men and women who are on the street corners. With a cardboard sign in their hand, along with a dejected expression upon their faces, they wait for a handout. The signs read, “God bless,” or “Anything helps.” Some appear … Continue reading Driving Past A Man Like Me
My father and I have had a rocky relationship, to say the least. As I was growing up, he was not really a person who I could look at as a constant. I always felt as if I was borrowing his time. There are many things that I would love to remove from the compartments of my heart that involve the man I would … Continue reading The Context May Be Misconstrued
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. When I was growing up, my grandfather and I would go fishing at times. We would load some fishing gear in the back of his pick-up and head out to a little pond … Continue reading Teaching His Children To Fish For Joy
Throughout the past week, my family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time together. We had made a plan to visit a destination along the Gulf of Mexico many months back. It was a goal that my wife and I had that involved many hours of labor, planning and preparation. We are here, enjoying the executed plan, and spending our time away from the home … Continue reading The Gifts That We Take For Granted
The memories of my grandfather and his work shed. There was an addition off to the side of a one car garage that was made into his work area. The small space was a place where he frequently spent his time. As a young boy, I would venture out to watch my grandpa work on little projects. A grinding wheel mounted on an old green … Continue reading Collected Fragments Of My Time
Writing by D. Zuleger Do you believe that God can author pain or suffering in your life for your good? Could affliction, from a larger, longer perspective, be a carefully, lovingly chosen method for blessing? Some say absolutely not. If our heavenly Father brings pain, he would be an abusive parent. And so they are offended by statements like this: Suffering is one of the … Continue reading Can A Good God Bring Pain?
Wow. For the last few hours, I have been going through some of the blog posts on WP about religion/ God / Jesus / Apologetics / Calvinism / denominations, et cetera, and I must say that there are a lot of people who must be, “God Himself.” Yes, I am being blatantly sarcastic, and the basis is built upon the findings of so many claiming … Continue reading Choosing Our “Childlike Faith”
Why do churches promote fear? I have been passing a lot of churches that have very rude messages on the kiosks. “Go to church, or the Devil will get you!” Another read, “God doesn’t have room for excuses!” These ‘messages’ of fear are getting ridiculous. Before I had accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I had a few run-ins with ministers who would also … Continue reading …OR ELSE!!
The beach; a place of peace. A picturesque collection of white sands, turquoise waters and crashing waves. A wonderful getaway that will bring peace and relaxation to my tired body, and soul. Warm water, sunshine and the company of my family. A time to make memories, and to breathe in all of the nice experiences we will have within the coming week. Ahhhh…very nice. Do … Continue reading A Crashing Wave Of Patience
As things in my life are being dismantled, the destructive things, the things that I no longer find beneficial, I often put those things down and leave them alone. For a long time, maybe a year or so, I had a terrible habit that I truly hated. I would deliberately not purchase this habit, or engage in it. Many times over though, I would give … Continue reading Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind