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 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


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

Wait for the Whisper.

“And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”” 1 Kings 19:11-13

I hate it when I’m watching something that has gunshots or explosions or something like that and I have to turn the t.v. up higher than usual to hear the dialogue but that means I’m blasted out of my chair by the sound effects. That’s kind of what happens when we try to hear God better; everything else gets louder too. If you’re waiting on a word, maybe you should follow Elijah’s example; go where you can be alone and wait for the whisper.

Thanks for reading,

God Bless


Entropy: a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder

“and the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17

Today I was having a conversation about how maintaining a home is like living in entropy; the house starts out new and pristine, but with every day the house has a new mess and ages a bit so before you know it pipes are bursting, the roof is leaking, and things all over just seem to be falling apart. It really speaks to us as individuals as well. When we accept Christ we’re made new creations but eventually all new things fade. We need to be watchful of the small things every day in order to be ready for the big things like a burst pipe or a leaky roof.

Where are you today? Are you walking around with a mess you need to deal with or are you kept awake at night by a burst pipe? Whatever it is, I pray you set aside some time today to seek Christ on the matter. There’s a song by Nicol Sponberg, “Resurrection” that really touches on this; just being at the end of your rope and needing Christ to make you new again. You should all check it out.

“therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Thanks for reading everyone,

God Bless

I’m a Christian.

“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” 1 John 2:6

In today’s world, it’s easy for the phrase, “I’m a Christian,” to be confused with, “I think I’m perfect,” when really it’s supposed to be something more along the lines of, “I’ve accepted how broken I am and have chosen to live for God rather than myself.” Not to mention so many people who have grown up in families that attend church out of habit rather than desire so we’ve got people walking around claiming to be Christian who really just create their own gods in order to fit the lifestyle they want.

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:15-16

“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”” John 6:40-41

This tells us that our first job is to share the Christ with the world and doing that is going to shake things up. Christ came to save a world that doesn’t like to admit that it needed to be saved in the first place. Now be clear, this says share the Gospel. This does not say, tell everyone around you exactly what sins you’ve found them to be guilty of.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10

Christ was prosecuted. If you’re following His path that means you’re going to be prosecuted too. I spent all of 7th grade with a group of six kids following me around “cursing me,” calling me names, and anything else that might offend a 12-year-old. It gets easy to just stop trying so that you can get some peace. Stay strong.

“for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

Jesus came for the sole purpose of sacrificing Himself for the world. The key is “sacrifice,” and while we don’t have the ability to save the world with our blood, there are countless sacrifices we will be called to make in order to serve God more fully. This is not all being a Christian means of course, but I think these are some pillars we should all remember. Feel free to share any thoughts or opinions.

Thanks for reading,
God Bless

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