Two are better than one…

You and your significant other of the opposite sex. Although not before long, either one of you will do something that will nearly shake your the foundations of your nee found marriage. It happens in most every case, yet your commitment to stay together only grows stronger if both of you choose to stay together.

More importantly, consider your relationship with you and God. However, it is because of our bad habbits that we, including myself, that we say, “God wouldn’t put me through this if He didn’t think we could handle it.” Really? Who are we fooling!

In fact, Mattew 11:29-30 says this, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle & lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” .

The yoke is used for cattle. Typically a wooden bar by which two animals (such as oxen) are joined at the heads or necks for working together.

Hmm… Jesus says, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” A yoke is meant for two cattle or oxen, but did Jesus use this for two people? “Huh, keep going,” you say.

Earlier in the Holy Bible, in Ecclesiastes 4:9-11, King Solomon says,

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will liftup his fellow. But woe to him who is left alone when he falls & has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?”

“Hmm…” In the ark, the animals came two by two. God created Adam & Eve. “Hmm..” Mark 6:7-13, Jesus sends out the twelve apostles two by two. There is something about the number 2.

The apostle Paul always had a companion. Paul and Barnabas. Paul and Silas. Paul and Timothy. Paul and Titus. Wait a second. Two are better than one? In fact, Ecclesiastes 4:12 states,

“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him-a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

“Who is that 3rd person?” Glad you asked. JESUS CHRIST!!! If you two base your relationship on Him, whether it be as a married couple or just friends like David & Jonathan, Peter & John, it will be a hard time for satan to get in between you two. Or should I say 3?

“Broken Together”-Casting Crowns

It Really Does Exist…

This was a pic taken from my phone. Fantastic, huh! No? It’s alright, you might be saying. Well, how about this one…

It’s a nice pic! But, then again, it is only a pic. No evidence that my mother & I were there. I could show you the hotel we stayed at & the receipts in Flagstaff, AZ, just a hop, skip & a jump to the Grand Canyon National Park. Still not convinced?

“You could have uploaded a couple of pics from whose nowhere,” you say. And, unfortunately, I would have to say that is true. Given my admittance, there is no way you are going to believe me, until I show you proof positive that my mother & me were there, or at least me because my mother has this incredible fear of heights. So look…

“Ok, maybe you went, but then again, you could have photo shopped yourself into the pic. I won’t believe it till you actually go with me to the Grand Canyon National Park,” you sternly respond. What is it going to take for you to believe?

Sadly, this is what Christians face all the time, trying to convince the world that because of sin Jesus Christ came, died, rose again, then was here after He rose from the dead 50 days, & went up to heaven to prepare a place for us believers in Christ. That is God the Father’s plan, & Jesus Christ is the only one who could pay it for us.
That is just the way it is. We cannot do anything, I mean anything, that can warrant us to go to heaven. Please, put down your pride, ego, or whatever is holding you back from making the descion to live for Christ, taking up your cross to follow Him (Luke 9:23). In the later portion of the New Testament, it says in 1 Peter 2:21, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His footsteps.”

So, it seems pretty evident that those that call Jesus Christ their Lord & Saviour, then you must be willing to live & die like Christ (not that you are helping Christ, but your honor).

Are you willing to accept this honor traveling down the road of life?

“Along the Road of Life”

A chip in the key to the car, a chip in the key to God…

As I waited for an extra key to the car, I was thinking on how I could blog about this. Then, the Holy Spirit gently nudged me in what little brain I have compared to unsurprising wisdom & knowledge of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit put it this way to me: you have a chip in the key to the car which allows you to start the car & a whole bunch of other things too, without the chip you are just limited to opening & closing the car or trunk. Pretty limiting w/o the chip. But, once you have the chip, it opens up a new world of possibilities with your car, including driving it.

The same way with God. Salvation from sin through Jesus Christ is the key to open the “car.” And that is absolutely necessary. If you don’t have the key you can’t get into the car, then you’re up the creek. However, the “chip” that goes in the key to the car opens up a whole new world of possibilities with the “car.”

Many supposed Christians are just happy with the non-chipped key. They don’t want to pursue the further things of God. That is a tragic mistake. We are commanded to mature spiritually as evidenced in the Apostle Paul’s writings.
Read, hear, make it part of your memorization, or do what ever works for you, Philipians 3. Yes, the whole chapter. No, I’m not crazy. The whole chapter! Just keep Philipians 3 fresh in your mind, and act upon it. In fact, in the later half of the New Testament, James says, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:14-15).

Yet, it is our duty as Christians to pass the “key” to God on to someone else, & maybe together you can find the deeper things of God. 😁

“Keys To The Kingdom”-Group 1 Crew

Many religions, but only 1 Way to get heaven…

My family goes to church. No big surprise there. We are involved with many aspects of the gathering together of God’s people in the little town of Weare, NH. Many jokes have been made over the location of the church, some of them have been made by me, my wife, my children, the people that come to Christ Community Church of Weare, the elders of the church (of which I am a part), & I’m sure many passersby the church as well as by those that make use of the internet & social media. I get it. It’s funny, to a point.

However, in the middle of song service, pastor stands up on the stage to dismiss the kiddos’ back to “Base Camp.” It was slightly before this dismissal that the pastor calmly said that Christianity is the only religion that says, “Come just as you are.” He said that Jesus Christ wants your hurts & pains. With all other religions you have to do something, say something in order to be admitted to heaven. I’ve already heard that before, & yes, it’s true.

Then, out of nowhere, my mind started racing. I asked God to reveal to me the reason why people of the world are so adversarial to the message of the gospel. God gently put into my mind that most people do not want to take advantage of free grace because they don’t have to pay for it. Either money, religious devotion, or any other type of payment. They don’t want to be part of anything they can’t control.

Are you stuck in that situation? Where, you’re in fear of losing control? Then, once you do, do you promise God that if He does get you out of this situation then you will follow Him with all of your heart? Then, after a little while, you don’t? I was there in my teen years before my hair-raising, horrific car accident.

However, when I was 18 & after my prayer of accepting whatever God has for me in that rehab hospital bedroom, then my miracle came. It wasn’t a miraculous healing of my head, where the piece of my skull just automatically grew back overnight. No, God had & still has a much better plan for me than that, & I am currently fulfilling that.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that for all those that love God all things work together for good, for those that are called according to His purpose.”

Listen to Lecrae’s performance of “Death Story”:

“Death Story”-Lecrae

Detailing Your Car, Detailing Your Life…

I’m here @ Epping, NH Mcdonald’s chewing on some fries & occasionally drinking a soft drink while I’m waiting for our 2007 Toyota Corolla to get detailed. Basically, all they will do is wash the outside, the inside, & give it a state inspection sticker built into the price of the vehicle that we purchased on Thursday night.

As I was walking down to McDonald’s, a thought came into my mind put there by the Holy Spirit. Us, Christians, could use a spiritual detailing every once & a while, depending on how you live your life or depending if God wants to teach you something for later use. More often times, it’s both, however.

Please, if you are sure where you are going when you die, or perhaps you think that all there is to life is your life right now, I beg of you to take an introspective look of your life. If you find that you are living without God, believe me, He wants a relationship with you so that He can call you His friend. For He knows it all-the beginning, the present, & the future. Give your life to Him! And then, if you do, you can enjoy spiritual life from spiritual death. (John 3:1-21; 17:3)

“Life Song”-Casting Crowns

“Words”-Hawk Nelson

Sometimes we get so busy…

Busy. It’s good to be busy. However, we can become so busy that we forget about God. Busy doing school work, busy doing family life; busy doing work, busy doing our hobbies, busy planning for a wedding; busy dealing with insurance companies & attorneys, etc…

Well, these past couple of weeks have been that for our family. From a side-swipping car accident, to information about insulin pumps, to help out with planning & pulling off a wonderful wedding & reception for a close family’s family, to getting house maintenance done with outside help, to work, to our daughter’s college & our other daughter’s high school, & the kitchen sink. Well, that explains the past couple of weeks for our family. I am sure you have your own story. I get it.

But, we (rather “I”) can get to busy that we (“I”) forget about God. Don’t let that happen!

Rather, Ecclesiastes 3:9-14 says something about this… King Solomon states,

“What gain has the worker has from his toil? I have seen the busyness that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He (God) has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so he (people) can not find out what God has done from beginning to the end. I (Solomon) perceived that there is nothing better for them to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil-that is God’s gift to man.”

Furthermore, in the closing chapter of Ecclesiastes, it says this,

“… Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, whether good or evil.” With all this business that God has made for us, it is clear that we are to fear God (respect God in a way that you will do anything for Him) and do good.

How are you doing with busyness? Are you purposely making your life less busy?

“Breathe”-John Diaz

Rough Week with a Happy Ending…

I had a rough week last week. 3:07 pm this past Monday, I got into a car accident. See, I was headed down I93 South when I got off exit 4. At the end of the exit there was a stop light. I waited for it to turn green, & then I went. This other driver who hit me admitted she ran a yellow. Hmm…

All the parties were ok, although this is just what I didn’t need. And now, I have to deal with all the rig-a-morals that go along with a car accident: going to my car insurance company, getting calls from the other people’s car insurance company, the general rental car fiasco, etc..
Then, on top of it all, I had my daughter flying in for her best friend’s wedding. All 3 women in my house were super busy making sure the wedding went off without a hitch. And it almost did, only fee minor mishaps. The wedding & the reception were wonderful.

Imagine what Jesus Christ had to go through in His last week to provide us a way to heaven? Think of it. Jesus Christ went through an ultimate exhaltarion from His people to the dreadful cross in just 1 week. Praise the Lord, Jesus Christ rose again 3 days! And it was evidenced by 500 people before He went up to heaven to begin work on the mansions! 😁

Wait a minute, I almost forgot about the wedding & the forever reception. Oh yeah!!! I can’t wait! Can you?

“The Marriage Prayer”-John Waller

Easier…

Today, wasn’t a good day for me. 😔 Throughout the day, I was episodic of low blood sugar. Dexcom continuous glucose monitoring system G5 tells me at anytime my blood sugar (glucose) level 24/7. I have this, for that monitoring system sure got it’s work out for the day, today.

Now, I’ve been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes since I was 12, almost 13. Since my diagnosis, I knew that I had diabetes, yet there was a little rebellious against having diabetes until my almost, should have been, deadly accident @ the age of 18. Since then, I have accepted that I have diabetes, but long all of it was easier.

Today, I long to not have diabetes, especially Type 1. After experiencing multiple low blood glucose attacks today, it got me to thinking… God doesn’t promise us pig tails & roses a.k.a an easy life. However, God promises us strength to get through whatever you’re going through, though. Just take a look @ Christ, who suffered an unbelievable amout of pain, even death on the cross.

In fact, 1 Peter 2:21 says, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.” Even till death? Yup. Further, you should be a “living sacrifice” until physical death.

In order to live a true life, you need to go through some pain. It’s a requirement for the true life Christian. There is a new Christian song by Manic Drive called “Easier.”

“Easier”-Manic Drive

GOD ISN’T RACIST!!!

I was listening to a sermon on my way to work. As the preacher was reading part of Acts 10:9-34, he got to the part of Peter’s vision where a sheet was coming down 3 times with a whole bunch of animals, “clean & unclean” according to the Jewish law. God said, “Kill & eat!”

A lifetime of obeying that law, Peter declared, “NO!” to God stating that nothing unclean has ever touch my lips. Eventually, Peter gives in to God.

There are two takeaways I find in this section of verses. One is the obvious: that God has opened up all kinds of animals to all continual believers in His name. Two-God has also opened up salvation to all believers despite their race, color, shortness, tallness, what language that they speak, political views, male or female, national origin, etc…

GOD ISN’T RACIST!!! Or whatever you accuse Him of. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came down here from heaven to prove that! He physically died a horrible death on the cross, so that we could have an opportunity to be with Him in heaven, where He’s working on somebody’s mansion right now!

All of you are Christians, right? Become an active believer in the game telling others instead of being a bench warmer.

Here is a couple of YouTube videos on what should be the Christians’ response to racism:

“Bleed the Same”-Mandisa (ft. Toby Mac & Kirk Franklin)

“Color Blind”-Beacon Light

Eyes…There made for much more than seeing…

Today, I had an eye appointment. To check my eye sight, they have to the unthinkable including having bright lights shown in your eyes, have you read an eye-chart, have a round bright circular light nearly touch your pupil, and the dreaded dilation process. Thankfully, my eyes were only 5% difference from what my glasses are right now-all due to a regular check up on my eyes.

There is a spiritual aspect to this, however. We,, the people in the church, can become overly critical of others, & it’s easy! The reason it’s easy is ’cause we tend to compare other Christians to ourselves, but we don’t feel this way until we have a firm grasp of what the church says is true. Then, we feel the right to “criticize” other Christians “in the name of Jesus.”

This, we have to be careful of. As stated in Matthew 7:2-4, Jesus says for us Christians to be careful-“For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, & with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see a speck in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye?”

Feeling convicted? How do us Christians prevent this from happening? It’s time for a spiritual eye check up. How do I do that? First, read God’s Word. Ask God to speak to you concerning the Word you just read. Next, get some friends who know the Word (possibly your pastor & the leaders of your church). And, through the Holy Spirit, be open to anyone that you receive good advise from. Start Holy habits-make regular a time with God each day, maybe celebrate communion (you & the Lord), continually pray for humility, etc… I’ll leave you to figure this out on your own.

I guarantee, if you do these things, you will become spiritually mature in Jesus Christ.

Tonight’s Thoughts…

As I was on my way to my 2nd job today, I was side swiped. The front end of the car was totally mangled. Thoughts kept running through my mind… Why God? Why?

There are many verses in the Bible that are meant to give you & I comfort in distressing situations; however, I go with the often quoted verse coming from Romans 8:28. It says,

“And we know that for all those who love God all things work together for good, for those that are called according to His (God’s) purpose.”

Even bad things? Yup. Even accidents, car or otherwise? Yup. Even when you receive a promotion at work or commendation for the volunteer work you did? Yup. As long as what you are doing (driving to work when I the car got side swiped or my permanent disability caused by an accident that nearly ended my physical life), works together for God’s good, for those that are called according to God’s purpose.

Please help me see Jesus Christ in this because I want to see Jesus Christ glorified whatever it takes. Even when the bad things keep happening, and no relief in store? Yup, even then too…

The Christians Hope Like No Other…

“Remember that you were at a time separated from Christ, allienated from the commonwealth of Isreal and strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in this world.” Ephesians 2:12 (ESV)

As Christians attempt to apply this to our physical lives, often we need to be reminded just how lost we would be without Christ! Today, at church we had communion. Some Christians just think of communion as part of the normal rig-a-moral of church. I used to think that to.

Yet, God revealed to me that it’s so much more than a rig-a-moral. Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit began to work on my life and see just what the Lord went through. Have you ever seen the movie, “The Passion of the Christ?” Most people cringed when they saw what Jesus suffered at the hands of the Roman soldiers.

Pieces of His back were ripped apart with blood, muscle, and guts at the whipping. And then they placed (drove) a crown of 2 inch thorns on His head, as the the rich cleasing blood came down His face. Then He had to climb a hill with the cross beam strapped to Him until He reached the point of “The Skull.” Then He willingly laid down His life as He was hoisted upon the cross with Roman nails on each of His forearms, one on His feet. He, Jesus Christ, did it all for you, me, spanning all times. THINK ABOUT IT!

As with as much as He suffered physically, I don’t think that is what killed Him. What was the last things that Jesus said? “My God, My God! Why have You forsaken Me?!” & “To You I give My Spirit!” I believe that Jesus Christ died from lack of connection with God the Father.

Yet, you may be asking what does this have to do with communion, the taking of bread & wine (grape juice)? In John 6, could it be said that Jesus was accused of cannibalism since He says eat My body & blood? If you take a look at only that passage, I can see where you come across with that thinking. However, Jesus wasn’t any ordinary man. Jesus Christ does say in a different section remember Me by taking the bread for the body and the wine (grape juice) for the blood.

I can just picture the resurrected Jesus having breaking of bread (His body) and sharing of wine ( His blood) before He went to prepare a place for us, Christians. Communion is that “rememberance.” This brings a new understanding of communion, doesn’t it? It gives the Christians hope like no other.

Here are YouTube videos that apply:

“The Glorious Ressurection of Christ”

“The Ressurection Rap”-Carmen