What Isn’t?

What Isn’t

Stop focusing so much on the bad, talking about what isn’t, what one didn’t do, what you don’t have, and on and on; but rather the good of what IS, the acknowledgement of the good one DID do, the gratefulness of what you DO have, and on and on.

We’re becoming a culture that has legitimized selfishness, self-centerdness and egoistic entitlement. We fool ourselves, talking about ourselves all day long on social media and complaining about the negative all day long. It’s like a slow drip to the desensitization of the absurdity of it all. The youth, especially, have a shorter bowl to fill with these drips, and it’s becoming more and more apparent each and every day – watch them – listen to them.

For us all, keep an eye on how you interact day to day with people outside of Social-Media-Land; have you been infected? Keep an eye on how criticism comes to mind so easily from day to day when away from that beloved News-Media-Empire you sit and watch or read every morning and night.

Do we find ourselves sitting in a room of friends, thinking about ourselves, wanting to talk about ourselves more than we care what they have to say? What about while we’re at home?
Do we feel the right to have our opinions made, loud? Do we demand those opinions be accepted?
I’m sure you can think of other examples… and rest assured, at this very moment, you quite possible just thought about negative examples of someone else.  If so, go back to the beginning, and read again.

So many things in life now infect us, negatively, and we’ve ended up riding that wave, which started out as that slow no-big-deal drip, and now so many of us wake up each day with that one question, that one mind-set… “What isn’t?”

Who Writes My Days

A question was raised to me the other day…

“Will someone explain to me how this fits into the whole “free will” argument….. if all my days have already been written before one of them came to be, how, exactly, am I suppose to write them myself?”

Psalm 139: 15, 16 (New International Version)
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

I thought I would share my response, and see what everyone else thought… Continue reading

This I’ve Learned…

I dug this up from one of my old postings on another blog; thought I’d share it here.

Wow. I wake up and all of a sudden it’s a couple weeks later! I suppose I could sit here and ramble on and on about what all I did, but, I won’t. Instead, I figure I’d rather share a few things about my past couple weeks. No doubt the past few weeks have been educational, tiring, straining, busy, humbling, funny, and there were the few fun times as well. This is a compilation of conversations I’ve had with others, and my own experiences. Maybe everything isn’t new news per se, but, if it wasn’t, it was reiterated in my mind or heart…

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the Battles Within

The battles between good and evil – sin and no sin – is indeed a twisted and ruthless battle. There are no rules.  It is a game, it seems, sometimes.  Like Chess.  Who is going to overtake who with each move.  Your choice.  Have you thought out the Opponents next move in conjunction to your up and coming move – the decisions you are about to make, what are the ramifications?

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Urgent: Pending Execution of Iranian Pastor

 

“Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying in Iran, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and execution sentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.” <Read the full story here>

Youcef Nadarkhani

Yesterday, a close personal friend of Pastor Youcef, the Christian pastor in Iran sentenced to death for his faith – a sentence that could be carried out as early as tomorrow – appeared on the Jordan Sekulow Show, to provide an update on Pastor Youcef’s situation. Listen below and please consider praying and fasting for this brother and his family in these critical hours… Listen here: Pastor Firouz Interview

TAKE ACTION NOW!
Help stop the execution of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani. Use the form in the link below to email the Iranian embassy, urging them not to go ahead with the execution following the trial. It takes two minutes of your time, for a man who hasn’t much time left…
http://www.e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=88&ea.campaign.id=12209

 

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Where Is Your Heart

Recently, there was a bad car accident out on one of the local highways.  It wasn’t the typical busy big city main highway, but certainly busy compared to some.  The vehicle had swerved off the side of the road, over-corrected, swerved back to the opposite side of the road, hitting the guardrail causing it to flip over on its roof.

Lots of cars slowed down, and moved out of the way.  The cars were certainly diligent in cooperating together to uniformly move out of the way, forming a single file line in the opposite lane to get safely by.  Every single driver curiously looked at the accident as they passed by.  Most shook their head in disbelief, and pity.  Many shook their head in sadness for whoever was in the car.  Some drove by with simple curiosity.  One person driving by even sent up a prayer to God.

After what seemed like dozens of minutes having passed, all the cars were gone and the roadway was quiet once again except for the sound of a hissing radiator and one of the tires still rattling in a spin.

 

People went home, ate dinner, played with the kids, folded laundry, and told their spouses and friends about the sad accident they had seen earlier on the way home.  Everyone was curious what the outcome was; what the cause was…  Everyone was concerned for whoever might have been in the vehicle. Continue reading

To Be Like Father

 
When I was about 5 years old, I remember standing in my room one morning as my father was rushing around the house getting ready for work.  He walked in to my room, with his undershirt still to be put on and said something to me, which I don’t remember.  As he turned around, he flung his t-shirt over his head and walked out the bedroom door and on down the hallway.
 
“Wow,” I remember thinking.  “My father is sooo cool.  He just put his shirt on while he was walking!  And to top it off… he did it at the same time he was walking through a doorway!  That must take some skill.  I want to be like that!  He’ll really proud of me too!”
 
So, the next morning, I set out to do just like my father had done before me.  I carefully thought the whole thing through, plotted my course, and selected the shirt I would attempt to put on while walking through the doorway of my bedroom.
 
“Okay, here goes!”  I took my first couple of steps toward the doorway.
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How Far Will You Go

 

“Good bye mom, I love you!” seventeen year old Cassie told her mother as she walked out the front door and hurried off to school.  It was a day like any other, running late, homework to finish before afternoon classes, and normal teenage life in the high school to deal with.

While at school that morning, she handed her friend, Amanda, a note.

“It’s so frustrating to be patient and wait for God’s perfect timing.  It’s so hard to remember that his timing is not our timing.  That he knows best. I need to learn to trust, be faithful and trusting…and choose his will… P.S. Honestly, I want to live completely for God.  It’s hard and scary, but totally worth it.”

Little did either one of them know that would be Cassie’s last day here on earth.

 

On April 20th, 1999, Cassie and others heard the gun shots down the hall and hid underneath a lunchroom table as the two boys entered and began shooting.  One of the boys walked up to the table Cassie was hiding underneath, slapped the tabletop twice with his hand, and bent over to see her. Continue reading

The Christians Myth

The Christians Myth

 

There are a lot of different things I hear from people, and I once believed most of these things myself.  They are all well intended statements, yet misunderstood so many times.

I recently read an article, too, that talked about this and thought I would go ahead and write about it.

 

Now, some might argue that most of these things are simply harmless misunderstandings of the Bible and what it says, because, in theory, it’s still well intended, and it’s probably ‘close enough.’  However, I think many of these misunderstandings can misconstrue one’s belief in God, their theology, and potentially end up on the wrong track, making wrong choices, because they started with the wrong premise to begin with.

 

For example, some have taken to the extreme the statement, “Love of money is the root of all evil.” Well, that’s not in the Bible.  Continue reading

We Can Know, The End is Near, Maybe

 

I was recently driving around town one day and drove past a huge billboard that caught my attention.  I glanced at it as I drove by, and I thought I misread what I saw.  I slammed on the breaks and put it in reverse (which, thankfully, I was on a back road), and read the sign…

 

Sure enough, it read, “Judgment Day, May 21st, The Bible Guarantees It,” followed by a website address.

‘Oh boy,’ I thought to myself, ‘this should be good.’  So, I went to the website later on that day to take a look.  At first glance (ignoring all the images, banners, scrolling text, and advertisements, of course), I thought it didn’t sound so bad… Parts of it read, “…While just about every church has a different idea as to what the Bible teaches concerning the end, they all seem to agree on one thing; no man can know the day or the hour of Christ’s return because the scriptures say that He is coming as a thief in the night…”  And then it was downhill from here.

The website goes on to say, “…But are they correct? Can We Know?… WE CAN KNOW from the Bible alone that the date of the rapture of believers will take place on May 21, 2011 and that God will destroy this world on October 21, 2011… Study the proofs that God has so graciously given in His Word showing us that these dates are 100% accurate and beyond dispute.”[1] Continue reading