True Life Christianity’s View on John 17:1

Let’s quote John 17:1b (ESV). “Father, …, glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You.”
According to 1 Peter 2:21 which says, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, so that you might follow in His steps” (ESV). That changes this verse into “Father, …, glorify Your (adopted) sons & daughters that Your sons & daughters may glorify You.”
With this new understanding, True Life Christians should seek to glorify the Father in all that they do, just as Jesus would have done if He were in your position. “Go & do likewise!”

Watch “Christ in Me Arise” by Trevor Thomson” on YouTube:

“Christ In Me Arise”-Trevor Thompson

Satisfied?  Ya, right!  It isn’t the American way, especially @ Christmas time…

My family & I have had the privilege of living in America. We should give thanks that God has allowed us to live in America, “for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for the purple mountains majesty above the fruited plain” (YouTube: America the Beautiful); we should give thanks, especially for the time being, we are free to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ.
Depending on your circumstances, depending on the crowds you hang around with, depending on your political persuasion, you can be looked on as a fool for believing in a God who has a particular disliking of making any false likeness of anything, anyone, including Himself as god.
I have an instance back when I was in college as I had a skillful drawing of a muscular Jesus Christ on a cross, bloody from His head to great pools of blood on the ground, with 2 inch spikes through His bloody wrists & feet. And don’t forget His crown of thorns with His blood pouring down His face. Even my failure to describe this drawing in its full detail, it still haunts me as to what my Savior had to go through to purchase salvation for all human kind. It doesn’t matter past, present, or future until Jesus Christ comes back hear on earth. Yet, I only had it 2-3 weeks, & then it hit me like a ton of bricks. “NO GRAVEN IMAGE! I can’t work in you if you have that sculptured image of Me on your wall,” as I was listening to that clear small voice of Jesus (Acts 17:29 ESV). Immediately I took it down.

“What does that have to do with the topic of satisfaction especially here during Christmas time here in America,” you may be asking? Well, during this Christmas time, don’t get caught up in all the hub-bub of this season like singing Christmas songs not “knowing” the words you are singing, or that you so hate the commercialization of Christmas that you loose the joyfullness of what God’s true gift for you this Christmas (John 17:3).

Black Friday…

The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday here in the United States of America. Black Friday marks the beginning of the shopping season between Thanksgiving & Christmas, typically about 4 weeks depending on the number of weekends that separate Black Friday & Christmas.
Would you like to know the reason why this day became known as Black Friday? “By 1961 the term ‘Black Friday’ (and ‘Black Saturday as well) was being used in a disruptive sense by Philadelphia police, who had to deal with the mayhem and headaches caused by all the extra pedestrian and vehicular traffic created by hordes of shoppers heading for the city’s downtown stores on the two days after Thanksgiving” [Snopes-(an internet site)]. However, smart sales people like the heads of Macy’s Department Stores took advantage of it, making it like a national holiday in America. Greedy, the top brass of the sales people, set up what is called “Cyber Monday” in which you could shop online Monday after Thanksgiving.
You might think of a variety of reasons why I should take on an issue of Black Friday. You could think of how un-Biblical it is or isn’t to shop on a day where people take the name of Christ & slap it onto a holiday, & use it to go into debt only to provide a few presents under a Christmas tree here in America. Nope, that isn’t it. I spent money via credit card on some semi-needed sneakers for my daughter for gym @ her school.
“Well, what is it then,” you asked getting mildly frustrated. Get ready… Spiritually speaking, we (true life Christians & the rest) should take what happened to our Savior Jesus Christ seriously: the betrayal; the arrest; being courted around to the high priest & Roman courts; then, being whipped repeatedly with the Cat o’ nine tails; a crown of thorns 2 inches in length being jack-hammered on His head; Him making the arduous journey to the top of Skull Hill called Golgotha; and if that wasn’t enough, He had to endure the physical, emotional, mental, & spiritual pain of the past, present, & future sin of the world plus (this is what I think killed Jesus physically) being separated from His Father (Matthew 26-27:61; Mark 14:10-15:41; Luke 22:3-23:49; John 18-19:37).

“Ok,” you say, “but you still haven’t addressed why we should think of Black Friday in spiritual terms?” You know Good Friday? According to the Jewish calander, it comes 3 days before Jesus Christ’s resurrection, Easter here in America. However, what put Him on that cross was our Black as Black sin, making it be a Black Friday.

Please accept Jesus Christ’s sparing of your eternal life not eternal death by accepting Him into your life.

YouTube video: “Lead me to the cross” by Hillsong:

“Lead Me to the Cross”-Hillsong

3, 2, 1, Until the Christmas Season Begins…

I am constantly amazed by how fast the Christmas Season seems to creep up on us, like the tale of the rabbit & the tortoise. Well, for all the international true life Christians out there, if the tale of the rabbit & the tortoise are foreign to you, let me explain.

The rabbit challenges the tortoise to a race. Clearly the rabbit is faster than the tortoise, & the rabbit knows it. Through dilly-dallying & hanging out with his friends, the tortoise somehow passes the rabbit. So, the rabbit (just like many of us) races fast enough to where he has a comfortable lead, & like a creature of bad habit, the rabbit goes back to old ways of doing things. Unfortunately for the rabbit, he looses the race to the tortoise after doing this procrastination two or three more times during that race.

With Christmas, it’s the same way. We think we have plenty of time, but yet, Thanksgiving is 2 days away, Black Friday is just 3 days away. Sad, isn’t it. However, I am convicted to tell the truth.

Hold on. What does this have to do with what http://www.truelifechristianity.com is all about? Isn’t it about telling the truth in all circumstances no matter what it may cost you? It is, & glad you asked.

See, like the rabbit, we are naturally procrastinators when it comes to spiritual things. We like to act like the rabbit, dilly-dallying until we realize that it is too late, trying to cross the finish line. Don’t be like the people that were frantically trying to get into the ark when it started to rain for 40 days & nights.

But, please accept the gift of Jesus Christ as stated in John 17:3, “This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, & the One You have sent-Jesus Christ” (HCSB). The gift was not Jesus Christ’s birth, but the powerful death on the cross & the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Here is a YouTube video by Chris Tomlin:

“At the Cross”-Chris Tomlin

Thanksgiving Gone Bad?

This week is supposed be preparation for a day of thanks, Thanksgiving here in America. Yet, this could be a day or a month of dread, only the day of Thanksgiving holds specific dread. However, we are limited to memories of the past & living in the present.

But God has the advantage of seeing where we will be in the future; this holds especially true for True Life Christians. All we have to do is trust & have faith in God. As Romans 8:28 says, “And we know for those that love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (ESV).

For those who this is a sad, bad time of year, take courage. For if you are a true life Christian, then hold on for the most wild ride of your physical life! I am not saying that it will be all roses, nothing in life is all roses. But as long as you trust in God, trusting & having faith in Him, then you will make it through, & you will be more experienced so that you may help others in a similar circumstance.
Best Christian Thanksgiving Songs:

Best Christian Thanksgiving Songs

Forgiveness…


Forgiveness-now, that’s a word. It’s been a word that I have been obsessed with. It has gone from a meager obsession with to a full blown out with. See, the first time I experienced it was back on my 7th birthday (see “My 7th Birthday” under MENU). I am sure I experienced forgiveness before then, but that was the most memorable.
I did understand how God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ could offer me salvation from hell when I physically die, but I had to have faith. In the Holy Scriptures, Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith, it is impossible to please Him (God), for whoever draws near to God must believe that He exists & that He rewards those who seek Him” (ESV).
So, with this knowledge, I had made a plan when it was time for my 16th birthday, I would get a vanity licence plate that said: 70X7=JC (Matthew 18:22). Years later, I moved out of state, but when my wife & I came back, I was determined to show my allegence by putting on my new vanity licence: 4GIVNSS. I was only able to keep it a year, however, due to finances because we were expecting a child. So, I made the tuff decision to get rid of the vanity plate.
Yet, to forgive cost us something. Most of the time, we act in revenge; however, we got to do as Romans 12:19 says, as Paul was writing, “Never avenge yourself, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengence is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (ESV).
Hmn… “That’s fine,” you say, “but except this one instance.” Really? True Life Christians take the whole Word of God as true. So, if you don’t allow God to work in His timing, you are going against the will of God. Think about it! If your actions go against it, & you recognize it, then there’s grace & forgiveness through the Lord Jesus Christ.

I have some YouTube videos about forgiveness:

“Forgiveness”-Matthew West

“Forgiven”-Sanctus Real

“Forgiven”-Crowder

“Forgiven, Forgot”-Director Jimmy Z

“Forgive Me”-Anthony Evans

“Forgiveness”-Toby Mac (ft. Lecrae)

Also, I wanted you to take a look at a pic I found:

And Jesus said… A Truely Different Perspective…


Matthew 4:18-20 says this,

“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, He (Jesus) saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Follow Me & I will make you fishers of men.'” Immediately they left their nets & followed Him.”

(ESV)

Throughout the ages, Christians have been using the phrase, “fishers of men,” as Jesus were a fisher Man. Yet, He was a carpenter, the perfect carpenter. You know that in time carpenters would be found on a construction site. In fact, Jesus gave a story about a house on two different foundations, those who built there house on a rock vs the sand (Matthew 7:24-26) indicating his true profession. (Jesus, too, is an expert on foundations. 😁)


Each of us, as a True Life Christian, have different abilities and things we are good or talented at. Some have the ability to or talented at organization, so that the person would be good at organising paperwork, files, & the like as a job, like a lawyers office. Important paper work would have to be organized into files right? But, you, as a True Life Christian, are given the ability to witness for Jesus Christ to a whole slew of people that are in the lawyer’s office.


Not convinced? Take another instance where a computer engineer who is a True Life Christian gets a job at NASA. That person has the perfect opportunity to witness to who Christ is through the sun, moon, stars, black holes, and the like.


It is my belief that Jesus was making use of what He had at the time and what He saw as He was walking by the sea. With this new perspective, look at this passage again: “While walking by the Sea of Galilee, He (Jesus) saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He said to them, ‘ Follow Me & I will make you fishers of men.'”


A Light turns on every True Life Christian who reads this blog, You may ask, “Maybe what I am good at, have abilities in, talented at, God is using me in telling others about Christ?” Exactly.
One of my favorite verses comes from 1 Peter 2:21 which says, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps.” Go & do likewise!

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Here’s a song to help guide as you Go & do likewise:

“You Raise Me Up”-Josh Groban

(This song is not originally a Christian song sung by Christian artists, but this song can be easily applied to the True Life Christian)

False hope, True Hope…

While my family was getting ready for church this morning, I began to unload my feelings on how I was shunned or mistreated in applying for a job that I thought was my refurbished calling. See, I have a developmental disability suffered when I was 18 (see “MENU-My True Life Story).

As a result from my car accident, one of my few problems is I have expressive aphasia. Don’t know what that is? Let me explain. It is like knowing what the “word” is; however, not being able to get the “word” out. Say the word is “psychology.” But you can’t get it out, so you need some adaptive ways to communicate what you want. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy since people with expressive aphasia often have untold trouble expressing themselves. 😁 Over the years since that horrific June morning, I have learned ways to get my point across to others.

Well, back to the story. I first saw this position as Church Engagement Manager for this international agency headed by a person who is disabled at a young age. Even though I was qualified, my expressive aphasia held me back. Get a load of this, a developmental disability which the way I talk held me back from getting a position in which talking was a major component from an agency that prides itself on giving people with disabilities a chance to prove themselves.

It still stings. With the help of the Lord to provide me with the words said not just thought of, I could have done a bang up job. Well, what can I say, but false hope.

Now, True Hope. That is provided by Jesus Christ, in that “… God so loved the world that He gave His only Son (Jesus Christ) that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Listen to this YouTube video by 116:

“Repentance”-116 (ft. Lecrae, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo)

Christ in me…

While traveling down the highway, I first heard this song, “Christ in me” by Jeremy Camp, & it convicted my soul. Do we always live as though Christ were in us? I’ll take the second guessing out of us. No, we don’t!

Just take a look @ the news. How can we say that Christ is in us by some of the actions we do. In the Holy Scriptures, James 2:18-23 states this: “But someone will say, “But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith by his works” (ESV).
A lot of people will say by their actions they are Christians. Sad. However, it can go the other way around, faith without works. Equally Sad! How can you say you have faith without works. Even Jesus did a miracle while getting arrested, the healing of an ear of the high priest’s servant (Luke 22:47-53).

“But, He was Jesus,” a common complaint that is out there. Well, true He was Jesus; however, 1 Peter 2:21 says this, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (ESV). It’s as simple as that. However, that’s where the simplicity ends if your a true life follower of Jesus Christ.

“Christ in me”-Jeremy Camp

When did God stop being enough?


Well, I could give you the text book answer to “When did God stopped being enough?” “Never, ever, ever does God stop being enough for us,” should be the answer. Yet, in day to day living we often forget that God is enough for us all. Even Christians, who are supposed to Christ in them, are subject to this, & I would say even more so.
It’s tragic what happened to those people at church in Texas where it appears that a former military man (dishonorable discharged) went into church grounds & started firing. It appears that his former mother-in-law was a member there, & the shooter had a longstanding dislike for her .
As I said beforehand with the Las Vegas Shootings, if Americans want so much for the shootings & murders to stop, then we got to let God be enough in His timing. That is particularly hard in our culture where technology & the ability to be fast rules the day.
In fact, I continue to have trouble waiting for God’s timing. You think I would have learned from my life’s story, beginning when I was 18 (look for “My True Life Story” under “Menu”). Nope! I am just as impatient as those who want it done yesterday. However, one thing that was good that I have that a majority of people who inhabit this earth don’t, I know who to rely on always, God.
God. Yes, God. The God who Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for all of our sins, rose from the grave, & ascended into heaven to be with His Father & get to work on our mansions if you only actively believe in Jesus Christ.
I hope you believe in Jesus Christ as your CEO of your life. Also, I got a YouTube video for you to see:

“Enough”-Branan Murphy

The Empty Cross means it is FINISHED…

Earlier today, our pastor was doing the last of the “5 pillars of that shape our faith today, Sola Christus, Christ Alone.” Truly, a powerful series. Towards the beginning, he said that Buddha’s last words were, in essence, keep striving. WHAT??? Keep striving! For what? Then the pastor said, “You know what Jesus Christ last words were? It is finished!”

The empty cross means it is finished. Do you mean if I tell an itty bitty lie to murdering many people because I don’t like this group’s certain stance on an issue God will forgive me & you truly repent to God, seek Him, & let the Holy Spirit guide you then I can go to be with Jesus where He is alive forevermore in heaven? Yes, according to John 3:13-18.
Don’t know of the top of your head what it says? “No one has ascended into heaven except He who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
OK, which would you rather? “Keep striving,” as Buddah was on his death bed, or “It is finished!” said by Jesus Christ as He was to end His physical life on this earth? Obviously I’m in the corner of Jesus Christ which He doesn’t tell us to “Keep striving.” Rather, the Empty cross, the Empty tomb, & 500 witnesses to His post-resurrection body speaks more to me than Buddah saying keep striving. Just sayin’.
Don’t believe me still? Take a listen:

“For the Cross”-Bethel Music

A Question to Ponder…


Based off of John 5:19-29, did God the Father have to die as a human, then be raised again into a heavenly body in similar ways Jesus Christ died in His physical body & was raised again to a spiritual body that you could see & touch?
I realize this question does not have a Biblical answer, & to those of us who are True Life Christians, we will have to wait until we receive our heavenly bodies. But I urge you to live as Jesus Christ did here on this earth (1 Peter 2:21). Here is a song on YouTube to help you:

“Just Like You”-Lecrae

Giving…  It’s a Matter of Faith…

It wasn’t till we started attending this local church that our family started to give regularly. Now, I’ve been a believer in Christ since I was 7 (read my page “My 7th Birthday”), so I’ve heard a few sermons about money.
None of them grabbed me; however, we started giving regularly when we started at our local church nearly 15 years ago. We giving for the wrong reason, though. Duty. Yet, having the love of money, little or great, is bad news; so Jesus knew what He was talking about when He said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God’s (Mark 10:25).

However, our worries wouldn’t go away as we wanted to have the experience of being free from financial burdens in order to give to the church more freely. Worry & stress consumed our hearts each week as we would often give what we had left over 52 weeks out of the year. Dreams of hitting the lottery (not that we played it regularly) or getting some windfall of money never came to be.

Each individually, we gently got schooled by the Lord through His Holy Spirit. We decided to give to the Lord first, then pay our bills, & live off the rest. There have been a couple of times over the last few years that stress & worry about finances have caused us not to trust the Lord almost taking the financial aspect back. But we’re in a financially better position to give what the Lord has chosen to bless us with to over & above our tithe (10%) + support other ministries like Compassion International, Operation Christmas Child, etc…

That’s what happened between Cain & Abel. Cain gave out of his abundance; however, Abel gave to the Lord first (Genesis 4:1-16). Please turn your heart toward giving to the Lord as you have increasing faith in doing so. Then, you can definitely say that you gave with a cheerful heart.

“Offering Song”-Grusty