Different… Read the story of www.TRUELIFECHRISTIANITY.com

Different. That is what I have always been. It began when I was a child. At the age of 7, I had both my physical birthday & my spiritual one, too (different). It was that moment I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord & Savior of my life, things have been different for me.

In 9th grade, I remember being outside of my school on a crisp, autumn day with a beautiful array of colors on the leaves of the trees when all of a sudden I “felt” a wierd sensation in my spirit. I knew it was Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit that put a calling on my life. So, in my differentness I decided to accept that calling; however, my calling wasn’t to youth as I originally thought. It was to a “different” group of people, the whole array of people who suffer with disabilities and their caregivers.

Just before I was to graduate from high school, the night of May 19, 1989, was a memorable one for me since once I fell asleep I had a horrible dream (nightmare). My nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from. Finally, I woke up about 11am. Now, you may say that is typical for an 18 y.o. I would agree. But, you forget, I was different. My usual time I got up is 7-8am. Different. But once I woke up at such a late hour, I just thought, “hmm… that was interesting.” I cataloged it in my mind.

The morning of June 28, 1989, was supposed to be like any other morning in late June. Hazy, hot, & humid. It was only 6 o’clock in the morning. Meanwhile, I just started working over 80 hours a week with a full time job at night. Hazy, hot, & humid, I was traveling down the highway at 70-75 mph. Sleep deprived because I was a superman like most 18 year old males, I veered off the highway straight into a granite ledge.

My car didn’t have a/c, I must have had both of my windows rolled down (this was an era that only expensive cars had power windows). Think of the sound! Yeah, I get ya. Not to pleasant, as my car headed directly into a granite ledge due to over-correction because I was sleeping. What happened next could be classified as miraculous (different).

That day, I should have died; instead, I ended up into a month long coma. Remember that “dream” I had, now it’s a reality where in the coma I experienced everything I did in the “dream.” Each time I can remember in the coma, it was like I was hoovering over my body. Some friends visited me, & at other times, I could feel myself urinating. GROSS! Having no control over your body movements. Oh, did I tell you that my whole right side was paralyzed? Yup, it was.

Shortly after I woke up out of the coma, I was sent to a rehabilitation hospital where the head psychologist look over me and did some tests within the first week. I had a traumatic brain injury where most of the front left portion was missing. The assessment went something like this… the doctor indicated that we have no room for a patient like this, because all he’s going to do is maintain his health (at best) which means that I would be in no condition to write you this blog. However, God had other plans. 😆

About 2-3 weeks into my stay I was finally sick of this “dream” I was having, so when it reached 7-8 in the evening, I went into my room. All was quiet, and I began praying to my heavenly Father. Mind full of frustration, I said something like this-“God, I’ve had enough of this “dream.” Please get me out of it by morning time! However, if it’s real then I’ll serve you to the best of my ability. I hope that it isn’t real! In Jesus name, Amen.”

Well, by the looks of it, it was real. Remember I said God was calling me into a field that needs represention of Him? The field of human services is lacking severely with a good representation of Jesus Christ.

Now, I feel that Christ has a special calling on my True Life. I always been told that I have a way with written words (especially after my car accident) because my oral speaking leaves something to desired because I suffer from expressive aphasia. I sought advice from some trusted family and friends, and out of it came http://www.TRUELIFECHRISTIANITY.com.

Thank you for reading the blog of http://www.TRUELIFECHRISTIANITY.com 🤗😁😉

I am open for questions. Nothing is to inappropriate. Ask me questions, have a conversation about my story, and maybe it will further you to take a risk & share your own story about how God has used WWW.TRUELIFECHRISTIANITY.com to help you live as a True Life Christian. Maybe we can be different together.

Here is a song by Micah Tyler called “Different”:

“Different”-Micah Tyler

The Marks of a True (Life) Christian

Maybe you thought that TLC (True Life Christianity) is a good name, but it does have a Biblical backing. For it says in Romans 12:9-21,

Your love must be real. Hate what is evil, and hold on to what is good. Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honor than you want for yourselves. Do not be lazy but work hard, serving the Lord with all of your heart. Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times. Share with God’s people those who need help. Bring strangers in need into your home’s. Wish good for those who harm you; wish them well and do not curse them. Be happy with those who are happy, and be sad with those who are sad. Live in peace with one another. Do not be proud, but make friends with those who seem unimportant. Do not think how smart you are. If someone who does wrong to you, do not pay him back by doing wrong to him. Try to do what everyone thinks is right. Do your best to live at peace with everyone. My friends, do not try to punish others when they try to do wrong to you, wait for God to punish them with His anger. It is written: “I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them,” says the Lord. But you should do this: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. Doing this will be pouring burning coals upon his head.” Do not let evil defeat you, but defeat evil by doing good. (NCV)

What?! You have to do all those things in order to be a TLC (True Life Christian)?! Well, yes and no. Christian salvation does not require that; it requires that you acrively believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, in Romans 12:9-21, tells us what the Marks of a True (Life) Christian are, for it says what a TLC should be like.

Marks of a True (Life) Christian

Transformed: Romans 12

“The Cost of Discipleship” (12)

“Jesus is no draftsman of political blueprints. He is the One who vanquished evil through suffering. It looked as though evil triumphed on the cross, but real victory belonged to Jesus.”-Dietriech Bonhoeffer

Here is three Christian YouTube music videos that I hope you’ll take a look at:

“Sweet Victory”-Tripp Lee

“My Victory”-Crowder

“Victorious”-Third Day

“To Fear, or Not to Fear? That is the Question…”

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those that kill the body but after that can do nothing more to hurt you. I will show you the One to fear. Fear the One who has the power to kill you and also throw you into hell. Yes, this is the One you should fear.

Luke 12:4-5 (NCV)

This is to be comforting for the True Life Christian, for the people who are not TLC’s are surrounded by fear. And one of the biggest culprits is the media, especially social media. But even TLC’s are not to sit on one’s hands (as if were). Even though we are faced with the same temptations as people without Christ, we face a stronger temptation because we are representatives of Christ. Yet, even though we’re living in a world without Christ, we are True Life Christians, where we don’t have to fear the things of the world. Rather, True Life Christians (TLC’s) are to respect the “One who has the power to kill you and throw you into hell. Yes, this is the One who you should fear.”

A few YouTube Christian music videos that have to deal with fear and respect:

“Fear is a Liar”-Zach Williams

“Fear”-Lecrae

“Impossible”-Manifest

“Respect and Obey Authority” 😁

“The Cost of Discipleship” (10)

“The call of Jesus Christ means that we are either the salt of the earth or else we are annihilated. Either we follow the call, or we are crushed beneath it.”-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A few Christian songs about the call of Jesus:

“For the Sake of the Call”-Stephen Curtis Chapman

“Leap of Faith (JUMP)-Lecrae

“Messengers”Lecrae ft. For King & Country

Building Each Other Up…

Today, one of the more recent followers of http://www.truelifechristianity.com, Jeffery Poor, shared this. It comes from http://www.rethinknow.org, for this TCL has taken a part of his posting-“Miscarriage, Anger, Hope, and Trusting God.” Read on…

I decided awhile back that I want to be the same person everywhere I go. I don’t want to hide or change who I am. I want to be me. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I believe when we put on masks there is real damage that is done. We say we are okay, pretend we don’t sin, and watch what we say because we are afraid people will be offended by what is going on in our lives. That to me is about as far from Jesus as you can get. And I believe that until you show your ugly side the healing process cannot begin.

It’s one thing to say that, but it’s much harder to actually live that way. It sounds so easy, but to express your doubts, fears, and struggles can be hard. But I think it’s worth the risk.In our culture we place far too much value on looking the part. Saying the right words, avoiding the wrong ones. But I don’t think that’s healthy. There are thousands of people that have dealt with this.

It is the way TRUE LIFE CHRISTIANS should be, always! If you would like to know more about his article, then click on this: https://t.co/ImRAZhVw3a

Some YouTube Christin music videos that deal with this issue:

“Even If”-MercyMe

“Broken”-Lecrae

“The Healing Has Begun”-Matthew West

“The Broken Pieces”-Matthew West

“Healer”-Kari Jobe

“The Cost of Discipleship” (8)

“Every Christian has his own cross waiting for him, a cross destined and appointed by God.”-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The Struggle”-Tenth Avenue North

“Trust in You”-Lauren Daigle

“Carry My Cross”-Third Day

1 Peter 2:21 (ESV) “For to this you have been called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps.”

“The Cost of Discipleship” (7)

“To endure the cross is not a tragedy. It is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegence to Jesus Christ. When it comes, it is not an accident but a necessity. It is not that sort of suffering which is inseparable from this mortal life, but the suffering which is the inseparable part of the specifically Christian life.”-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Christ in me”-Jeremy Camp

“The Cross has the Final Word”-Newsboys

“Crucified with Christ”-Philips, Craig, & Dean

When Spiritual Warfare Affects You Physically…

Throughout their whole physical life, True Life Christians (TLC’s) are no stranger to adversity. In fact, one of Jesus Christ’s best friends was the apostle Peter, and he says this,

To this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His steps.

(1 Peter 2:21 ESV)

Jesus Christ even says Himself that anyone who follows after Him can expect a not so easy life (John 15:18-25). And suffering happened pretty quick after Christ’s resurrection and His ascension into heaven, after the Holy Spirit came. In Acts 4:29-31, believers in the active witnessing of the Lord Jesus Christ ask for boldness even after the apostles Peter & John were taken to a sort of spiritual court where the priests, the captain of the temple and the Sadducees were present. They were essentially questioning on who’s name this crippled man was healed in (Acts 4:1-22). Or you could take the life of “abnormally born” Paul, the apostle. He underwent trials and tribulations like no one ever described in the Holy Scriptures.

Not quite convinced yet? Let me pull out some from before Jesus made His appearance in human form. Take the life of Job, or the whole life of Joeseph (Genesis 37-50).

I would implore you to pray for TLC’s undergoing spiritual warfare because it has become physical as we have seen from Scriptural evidence, and it says in Matthew 18:20 (ESV), “For where two or more are gathered in My name, there I am among them.” So, go and pray! 🙏😉

I hope you click on these YouTube videos and please pray to God for those undergoing spiritual warfare:

“Guilty”-by Newsboys

Watch “The Life of the Apostle Paul” Bible movie

“True Christians will undergo persecution” YouTube video

Watch “The Book of Job” Video

“The Cost of Discipleship” (2)

“Jesus says, ‘Go and be reconciled with your brother…’ How can enter into communion with Him when at some point in your life you are running away from from Him? The one who disobeys cannot believe, for only he who obeys can believe.”-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Obey” by Keno Camp

“Trust and Obey” by Don Moen

“Trust and Obey” by Big Daddy Weave

Offended?

Sunday at church, we learned “… not to be ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first, then to the Greek” (Romans 1:16, ESV).

At church service, we had a guest speaker from the people who call Christ Community Church of Weare, NH their home. The speaker said that “ashamed” would be better translated as “offended.” That brought back memories of how the myriad of times that I failed the Lord Jesus Christ in telling about the reason I am spiritually alive.

Last year, I had the perfect opportunity to share the reason for my faith in Jesus Christ in the waiting area of my doctor’s office. See, I was wearing shorts and a “BELIEVER” by Kutless t-shirt. One person made a funny comment on it bringing back the old 1966 song by the Monkeys. That was my opportunity that I prayed for, and I just made some joking comment back. The Holy Spirit immediately convicted me. I just thought of my hours of prayer for me to have the opportunity to use that t-shirt had gone to waist. I was feeling pretty down just as the apostle Peter must have felt when he denied being with Jesus Christ when Jesus Christ was on His way to face Pilate again (Matthew 26:69-75).

I can’t believe that I failed the Lord Jesus Christ that way. Praise God that He is full of forgiveness as the resurrected Jesus challenged Peter 3 times to feed His “sheep,” the same number of times Peter denied Jesus (John 21:15-22). Jesus has the power to forgive just as He had forgiven Peter. However, Jesus said “feed My sheep” which means He has the power to forgive only if you tell others what Jesus Christ did for you. True, salvation is only gained through faith in Jesus (Romans 1:16), but it is required that do your best work to bring someone along with you (James 2:14-26).

Here is some links to YouTube videos that I think you might like:

“I am a believer” by the Monkeys

“BELIEVER” by Kutless

“Forgiveness” by Toby Mac ft. Lecrae

“Ask & It Shall Be Forgiven you” documentary ft. Director Jimmy Z

“Forgiven Forgot” by Director Jimmy Z

“Motions” by Matthew West

“Oceans” by Hillsong United

“I Just Need You” by Toby Mac

The Secret To Have Uninterrupted Happiness…

News flash! The Secret To Have Uninterrupted Happiness is really quite simple; however, it is hard to pull off. For Psalms 5:11 (NCV) says this,

“But let everyone who trusts You be happy; let them sing glad songs forever. Protect those who love You and who are happy because of You.”

“I know plenty of Christians that even though they they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ hard times beset them? They appear to take those hard times as a reason why their faith in Jesus Christ has grown exponentially. Why?” The final recorded prayer before He is subject to the cross, Jesus was praying to His Father in John 17:14-15, for it says this,

“I have given them (the apostles through True Life Christians) Your Word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just like I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one.” (ESV)

One of the reasons are we are constrained in our view of the future. Even Jesus Christ, in His physical body, did not take advantage that He was from heaven where He had a heightened access to the Father, but in humble adoration was born in a human body (Matthew 1:18-25).

So where is the happiness in the True Life Christians’ life? Easy, it is trusting in the Lord through good times & bad, for

“… let everyone who trusts You be happy; let them sing glad songs forever. Protect those who love You and who are happy because of You.” (Psalms 5:11 NCV)

“Happiness”-NeedtoBreathe