New Site!

To my followers, I am officially inviting you all to join me on my personal website, solomonbound.com, where I will be continuing my blogging from here on. Through my website builder I don’t have a “subscribe” capability (yet) but on my site you’ll find links to my twitter and facebook pages which you can follow/like for regular updates. Thanks everyone! I hope you all come take a look!

Shoutout

Hey everyone,

I’m not going to say much today but I wanted to share a link with you to http://juliainadress.com/. My friend Julia is wearing the same dress for a year to raise awareness about the new Restore International classroom in Uganda. I hope you all check it out and even if you can’t give financially she could use your moral support and I hope you share it! You never know who around you is just waiting for something like this, so share it and support a great cause!

Thanks everyone, I hope you’re all doing well

God Bless

Deep Breaths

Have you ever wanted to run out into a busy street and scream, “Real Christians exist! We have answers! Come talk to me!”

Seeing debates usually does this for me. I don’t have all the answers of course, or even most of them I bet, but I have SOME and it’s like none of the Christians want to give real answers to the people of this world. (not that the people of this world want to HEAR the real answers… but regardless!)

It really doesn’t take much either… In the past year I’ve studied. Some. Not a lot by any standards, but I’ve made an effort to study some, which is more than I have ever before. Through this fraction of time spent studying God’s Word, and the opinions of wiser men on God’s Word, I’ve come to a point where I feel confident in the answers I do have and I feel secure in the answers I don’t have.

{Food for thought: The easiest way to get new answers is to be confronted with questions you haven’t already heard}

It’s just so frustrating to me that the stance of a “Christian” today can be to make jokes, keep the crowd happy, and make nice with the other debater. Am I saying don’t make nice, keep the crowd happy, and make jokes?? Not necessarily, but if it’s at the expense of an opportunity to truly defend and share God’s Word, maybe save the jokes for later.

Ok. I’ve vented. Deep breaths. Sorry for the delayed post! I have a webpage up and was intending to release a blog there… but I think I might have another use for it so just keep on eye out for me right here 🙂

Thanks everyone, hope you enjoyed,

God Bless

Don’t Forget God

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Tonight, when I got home from work, I found my daughter asleep on the couch with her feet hanging off, the cat curled against her side and her arms spread out with a book at each hand. My wife, who is building up a business in photography, who has done photography for many years now, who loves taking “real life” pictures, and who has a professional camera we can’t actually afford (thank you supportive parents and Christmas blessings) responded to my question, “Did you get a picture of her?” with, “No, my phone was dead.”

I took it upon myself to remind her of this camera and of course using it had never even crossed her mind. At first it was just silly, then it got funny, and now it actually makes sense. When we accept Christ we’re given the one thing the devil can’t twist or take from us and yet, when he attacks everything else we own, sometimes we forget that Christ is standing right there beside us waiting for us to tap Him in.

Today when the money is running low or the car is making noises or nothing in your life is fitting into your plan, stop trying to fix “things” with better or more “things”. Don’t quit because your “phone is dead,” but instead go grab your best asset and get the best you can out of your day.

It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos, but never ever forget God and His promise to stay right there with you.

Just a heads up, sometime in the near future I hope to have worked out how to use solomonbound.com and will be switching over. I hope you all come with me when it happens, but until then, thanks for reading,
God Bless

 

If God Loves Everyone, Why Does He Send People To Hell?

It’s hard for people to swallow really. Christians share the message of a God who thrives on love so deeply that He sent His son to die for us, so why then is He so willing to allow us to go to Hell?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

He’s not. God the Father, sent God the Son to die on the cross – let me say it again – to die on the cross for us. There is nothing about that act that should leave room for, “Well if God loves me why is He sending me to Hell?” The catch here that people don’t like is that you can’t have it both ways. If you believe in Christ and live the life He calls you to live, you go to Heaven. If you don’t you don’t.

There has to be more right? Sure. Don’t forget that God is a good and fair God who has made the decision to grant us freewill, regardless of how we may abuse such a gift.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

If you want Heaven, ask for it, seek it, and knock until the door opens for you. How? Through Christ. If you’re asking God to please keep His distance, if you’re seeking a life focused on the pleasures of this world, and if you’re knocking on every door other than God’s, when you stand before Him, He’s going to give you exactly what you asked for because He is a good and fair God who has made the decision to give us freewill regardless of how we may abuse such a gift.

See the loop?

So it really comes down to you. If you don’t want to do this whole “God thing,” but you’re afraid of going to Hell, maybe you need to look deeper into yourself and decide what’s actually important. We’re good at blaming other people for things that go wrong, but God is doing all He can to get you into Heaven, He just won’t force you to go in, so don’t blame Him if you decide you don’t like where you end up.

Thanks for reading everyone, I hope you’re all doing well
God Bless

Have You Accepted Christ?

“I think therefore I am,” is a quote by the French philosopher Rene Descartes who was struggling with accepting his own existence. This revelation became his cornerstone so that if everything he did after that point had been wiped away he would always be able to return to the knowledge of his existence and start again.

Acceptance of Christ should be measured somewhat like Descartes’s theory. The life of a Christian is usually a difficult one, subject to seasons of doubt, frequent failure, and persecution, so what happens when we’ve reached what seems to be the absolute bottom? Our faith should be pinned to the acceptance of Christ as the Savior, the Lord, the Son of God and if our faith is pinned to those truths, when everything else falls away, we can return to Christ and be reaffirmed in our salvation, just like Descartes would be reaffirmed in his existence.

Descartes spoke of a, “deceiver of supreme power and cunning who deliberately and constantly deceives me,” but argued that this in itself meant if the deceiver existed to deceive him, he had to exist in order to be deceived, and therefore the deceiver would never be able to convince him that he didn’t exist.

Sound familiar? Descartes considered himself a devout Catholic so it’s entirely possible that the deceiver he spoke of is the deceiver you and I battle with every day, doing exactly the things Christ warned us he would do. So if we know and trust, through Christ’s warnings, who Satan is and what he will try to do, his deceptions and temptations stand only as confirmation to who Christ is and the validity of our salvation.

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.” Ephesians 2:19-21

Today when you’re faced with temptation, take a moment to appreciate it because now we can accept that it only stands to prove Christ’s sovereignty which, in itself, defeats Satan’s goal for our lives. The catch is that this security only comes from the complete acceptance of Christ in a way that is so much deeper than a prayer for entry into Heaven; in a way that says, “I can lose everything I build from here on, but I will always be able to return to this spot for strength and affirmation in my eternal salvation.”

I hope you’ve all accepted Christ, and if you haven’t it’s never too late. However far from God you fall, however unworthy you feel, you can always return to salvation in Christ.

Thank you all for reading,
God Bless

Small.

Well it’s been an eventful month, (I even got married!) but I’m back and it feels great. I hope you’re all doing well. This should be fairly short so settle in and enjoy. 🙂

In the New Testament there was a man I’m sure we all know who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Saul, until Christ stepped in and changed his life forever and he became Paul. On the surface, the story of Christ making such a monumental change in someone’s life is enough to inspire anyone; If Paul can kill Christians and still be redeemed in such a way my own issues seem smaller, and that’s something everyone needs from time to time… whatever you think is going to keep you from God’s love and forgiveness isn’t nearly big enough to do so.

It brings to mind the song, No Light No Light, by Florence and the Machine, which paints the picture of a couple having problems. The singer knows her lover just wants things to be better, but she’s ashamed, afraid, and doubts that he’ll stay with her regardless of everything she’s done. I haven’t done any research on whether this was intending to have a Christian angle, but it certainly does and it’s a good reminder that God just wants to set the record straight with us so we can get on with His plan for our lives. It’s definitely worth listening to.

The part of Paul’s story that I really want to focus on though is his conversion from Saul to Paul. Saul had built up a reputation but when Christ came to him he became “Paul,” which means “Small,” or “Humble,” or “Little,” depending on which etymology source you use. It was only by humbling himself before the Lord, literally, that Paul was able to become one of the biggest names in Christianity, write over half of the New Testament, and turn completely from the man he had once been.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10

So what does that mean for us? It means that not only can we redeemed from even the darkest, most destructive lifestyles, if we trust in God’s path our potential is limitless. If it seems like Christianity is starting to get persecuted in a big way again, whether it’s just in schools or world-wide, that means there’s a lot of use available for a truly humble Christian. Paul’s life wasn’t an easy one but that’s because he was building for a paradise in Heaven. Not to say you should all give up the lives you have in order to become traveling evangelists, but take some time to really humble yourself before God and there’s not a single doubt in my mind you’ll find yourself on the path He wants you to be on.

Thanks for reading everyone, feel free to share your thoughts

God Bless