There was a day however when something happened to me that I never shook. I got ahold of some truth. I was going to First Baptist Rosehill and I got a taste of Bible Believing Christianity. It was a truth that went straight to the core of my guts and rooted there. Now as time went on I wasn't always the christian I needed to be (I've said that time and time again) but there was a time when it all came full circle back to me getting into the same kind of Bible Believing Christianity. I dove head first into church. I got going and I didn't quit. Five days or more a week I was at church. I know some of my friends felt like I alienated them for church. They felt like I turned my back on them for some fairy tale hocus pocus kind of touchy feely religion. In truth what I got was a dose of old time religion. I started to change my life a little bit at a time and before long that too came under scrutiny of watchful eyes. I didn't care then and I have to say that now I don't mind it. I do the best I can and I still mess up sometimes but I do try.
Then about a year ago I did something that some would call stupid. I took a stand against a friend of eighteen years. I decided that I would rather stand with Christ than stand kinda sorta close to Christ. I don't regret that decision, nor do I plan on going back on it. I do want that person to know however that I am reading his journal when I can and paying attention to his thoughts and words and even though sometimes I get mad at what he says and aims my way, I still just keep going along the way I'm supposed to go. I don't let it bother me or cause me to turn away from the God who has been so gracious and kind to me. I pray for you both.
- Current Mood: thoughtful
12) And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
While this is going on Al Gore is off in london runnin his yap about global governance and a global currency.
28) And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
I have come to realize in the last little bit that there are far more important things at stake in this life than petty arguments and disagreements. I have learned that the ONLY thing that matters is what will you do with Christ. I have learned that its hard to make a stand, and its hard to stick to it. Folks may wag their heads, and point their fingers and run their yaps about it, but in the end its more important to me and for me to stand up for whats right. I'm not ashamed to tell anyone what I'm standing for or why. If I was I think I would re-evaluate my stand.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
I'm glad that I got more hope than folks. I'm glad that Christ came, and even more glad that He's coming back.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
- Current Mood: happy
Life couldn't really be better, I'm enjoyin church and enjoyin how much Courtney is growin in the bible and such. Its really nifty. We been puttin together a little shin dig with some folks from church and kate and fred and cupcake. We're hopin it turns out good.
4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Don't count on it.
"The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name."
14The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
1 Timothy 6:11-13
11But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
13I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
The bible teaches that I should not be backing down but fighting for what is right and true and honest. So I am. I'm not gonna cower in the corner like a little kid and cry because those who were my friends both decided to turn and change sides and believe something else. I'm not gonna cave in to the pressure of doing whats easy instead of doing whats right. I will have to answer enough on the day i stand before God's throne to not add more to the list by forsaking the only perfect thing I know for the imperfection of this world and all it has to offer the ones whou would be blinded by the god of it.
13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
So you can count on me to not give up or give in or kneel in submission to any other than my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I'm making and taking a stand.
3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
I'm glad that God always has a plan. I know that no matter what may come up in my life that God has already made an escape for me. When I was younger I never really thought about how God provided for me. I never even thought about how he sees me though how that he had the ability to see farther ahead than I did. He had the means to know what was coming and prepare me for it one way or another. Its neat how God's providence works things out from life to death and every thing in between its always been good.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
I also never realized how that the grace of God can get you through so much junk. I mean when it seemed the weight of the world was crashing around my shoulders God always saw me through, regardless of circumstance. When family died, or friends and I fought or whatever my only real help came from Christ.
- Current Mood: thoughtful
Kat I want you to e-mail as soon as you can with some of your stuff, if not Christmas then prolly around the end of January I may have you make something. ether way be sure to e-mail me something or other.
To the rest of you.....
Oodelally, oodelally golly wattaday
23But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
How is it so easy for folks to turn wishy washy and all comprimising?
I'm voting Democrat because English has no place being the official language in America.
I'm voting Democrat because I'd rather pay $4 for a gallon of gas than allow drilling for oil off the coasts of America.
I'm voting Democrat because I think the government will do a better job of spending my money than I could.
I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq, I know the Islamic terrorists will stop trying to kill us because they'll think we're a good and decent country.
I'm voting Democrat because I believe people who can't tell us if it will rain in two or three days, can now tell us the polar ice caps will disappear in ten years if I don't start riding a bicycle, build a windmill or inflate my tires to proper levels.
I'm voting Democrat because it's alright to kill millions of babies as long as we keep violent, convicted murderers on death row alive.
Sometimes the past comes up to bite you on butt, this time it came up and made me laugh.
To be honest I could care less who you're with right now, and what you're doing. It doesn't matter to me whether you stay happy or not, and it sure doesn't matter to me if it bothers you or not.
So mentally, I just took everything you ever said or did or anything else and stuck it in a barrel full of the rest of the useless crap of my life and I'm pouring gas all over it to burn it, and may I say that on my end it was a lot of foolishness to believe in this "friendship" so it will burn longer. As I strike this match to completely rid my thoughts of how your an alright kid you oughta go ahead and warm your hands by the fire, cause its gonna get awful cold.
- Current Mood: satisfied
Voltaire, atheist who fought Christianity:
“I am abandoned by God and man, I shall go to hell!”
He died lost [note: His condition had become so
frightful at the time of his death that his infidel
associates left his bedside. His nurse said repeatedly,
For all the wealth of Europe I would never see
another infidel die!"]
Sir Thomas Scott, Chancellor of England:
“Until this moment I thought there was neither God nor
hell, now I know that there are both and I am doomed
to perdition by the just judgment of the Almighty!”
"Stay with me! Stay with me, for God’s sake! I cannot
bear to be left alone!" Thomas
Thomas Hobbs: a skeptic: "If I had the whole world, I would give it to live one day. I shall be glad to find a
hole to creep out of the world at. About to leap into the dark!"
Oh that I was to lie a thousand years upon the fire that is never quenched to purchase the favor of God...But it is a fruitless wish. Millions and millions of years would bring me no nearer to the end of my torments than one poor hour! Oh, the insufferable pains of hell!
Sir Francis Newport, who ridiculed Christianity during his life.
John Arthur Lyth: "Can this be death? Why, it is better than living! Tell them I die happy in Jesus."
Abbott: "Glory to God! I see heaven sweetly opened before me."
Mrs. Catherine Booth: wife of the general of the Salvation Army: "The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under, but over. Do not be concerned about dying; go on living well, the dying will be right."
John Bunyan: author of Pilgrim’s Progress: "Weep not for me, but for yourselves. I go to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will, through the mediation of His blessed Son, receive me, though a sinner, where I hope we shall meet to sing the new song, and remain everlastingly happy, world without end."
Dr. Sewall: an old Methodist, when dying shouted aloud the praises of God. His friends said, "Dr. Sewall, do not exert yourself; whisper, doctor, whisper." "Let angels whisper, " said he, "but the soul cleansed from sin by the blood of Christ, a soul redeemed from death and hell, just on the threshold of eternal glory—oh, if I had a voice that would reach from pole to pole, I would proclaim it to all the world: Victory! Victory! through the blood of the Lamb!"
When Thomas Hooker lay dying, a friend said, “Brother, are you going to receive the reward of your labors.” He humbly replied, “Brother, I am going to receive mercy.”
Crazy how different dying is for saved folks. Well, I know which side I'm on, which side are you?
look at this its a quote from Alan Boyle Science editor at MSNBC
"Not even the LHC will be able to spot the Higgs boson directly. Instead, physicists will have to infer its existence through an analysis of the other particles that should be created when it decays. It's not an easy task, but Ellis believes the evidence should turn up within a year or two of the machine's startup."
So not only do they not know that they'll find anything, but they don't even think that anything will even begin to peak its head out until a year into it. There are also woories about the machine creating little black holes and such. Who knows if it will or not. The Big Bang theory is the best they can come up, I mean seriously? What a bunch of useless nonsense. Lets pile all them together and stick a bomb under them and blow them up and see what happens when the explosion is over. Do you think they'll come back down in an ordered fashion? Past all that what about the Laws of Thermodynamics, that nothing can be created or destroyed? There is and has always been too many holes in the theories set forth by the world's leading scientists especially when it comes to our origins.
My other huge fuss with all of this is simply the fact that. The money put into this could have been used for something more real, like feeding starving folks, or even helping out smaller countries with their economy...there are a lot of things that you could do with 10 billion dollars, and they chose build a useless tube underground.
I've noticed the past couple of days that the wind is beginning to get that fall crispness to it. I know that its not Autumn yet, but its awful close. I enjoy the way that the air changes between seasons. It reminds me that nothing ever remains the same and that even the earth needs some change, somethings are simply not meant to stay the same. We are the same way. We ar emeant to overcome and fall and get up and and toil and struggle and eventually get some rest. We are not meant to to come out on top in this life. Things generally ease up a bit as you get older and such, but in the end life is probably still as hard as it was in the beginning, its just easier to take.
- Current Music:Don't Let Me Down, The Beatles
Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.
- Current Mood: indifferent
I know that life isn't easy. I have been involved with it for about oh seven years and each year it gets harder. You spend a long time just trying to grow up to realize that when you think you're finally grown up, you're still just a stupid kid. I prolly shouldn't have quit the call center, and I prolly shouldn't have let Giles trail me on as long as I did, but I just wanted to get part of my old life back in Tazewell, we missed it. I think though that reason why none of that panned out was that we are supposed to focus ourselves on here and now and push forward. It'd have been nice to be able to go back to 10.25 an hour, but alas some things don't work the way we intend.
I am glad however that life isn't so bad in the end. I know that troubles keep poppin up from time to time but we're able (by the Grace of God) to get through. I wouldn't know what to think about living without the thought of God in my life. I mean I'd hate to think that I was so ungrateful for all that He did for me that I'd treat him like I treat my dirty laundry, and just toss Him in some basket and forget about him to suit my own fancy. He's been awful good to me, better than I deserve.
Ghosts and skeletons both come from men done dead, you ought not fear them.
Who cares if you've never got a gold in swimming, or even table tennis. Some of the hardest things a man can do is just to live life, work a job, pay bills, and so on and so forth.
I changed the water pump on the car yesterday. I have no idea most of the time what I'm doing, I have a pretty good idea about it all, but I just lack experience. I didn't really have a problem with it though. I enjoyed working on it. It was kinda fun. I like havin grease on my hands and skinned up knuckles. I like coming in the find grease and oil smudged on my face. It reminds me of my dad. It reminds me that I'm a poor man, and that it really ain't so bad.
- Current Music:Tuesdays Gone, Skynyrd
It is true things have been incredibly rough of late. There are times I'd just like to walk away from all of it, except Courtney, she'd have to to walk away with me. Since April when we moved to Duffield, it just seems like things just keep going further and further downhill. I have been on my butt before, thats no real trouble, I just never been on my butt like this before. I know that its Tuesday and I'll get paid Thursday and we'll at least be able to try and catch up. Its just been crazy. As soon as one thing exploded and we dealt with the crap from it another bomb went off. When we thought we were at the bottom it gave way and we found ourselves still deeper. We have been scraping by to just get the things we need.
In all of this we have tried to keep a positive attitude and all that. Its just hard when you think about things you need and can't get. yet through all of this we have tried to stay straight and true and in church despite how hard it is to keep goin. I mean there is a part of me that doubts a lot of things sometimes, as far as whether we'll be taken care of or not, thats human nature. I know that in the end all of this happened for a very real reason. in time we'll see the effects of it and it'll all make sense.
My point to the whole entry is that I would rather be decent and moral and be dirt poor than to compromise my beliefs and convictions on account of money and power and recongnition. I'm not implying that I am righteous, as a matter of fact the bible is very clear on all of that. Its so clear as to say that there is none righteous. I fall into that category. The only claim that I have is Christ's righteousness. When I got saved, born again, asked Christ to save my soul from hell, I was given his righteousness. I would rather be a pauper with Christ than to be rich with rest of the world and go to hell. I'm also not implying that all rich people are going to hell. Thats just simply not true.I'm just saying that in my case I'd rather be poor and taken care of than rich and not.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Of course none of us have really fought sin enough that it brought the blood. When I worked at Giles I used to bump into things or whatever and I'd end up bleeding. i even got cut the other day at Mc Donald's I was striving there to get paid. We'll work hard for a lot of things, we'll work for money, or for power, or for friendships and often that makes us bleed. Yet when comes to working against sin we fall very very short. We'll stop trying our hardest to not sin at the smallest hint of trouble.
"For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth."
It is interesting to note here that this passage in Romans mentions Pharaoh by name. You see in the Bible Pharaoh is used as a type of Satan. (For references to this you should she where Pharaoh is called a dragon in Ezekiel 29, notice also that in the Ezekiel 32 it mentions Pharaoh in the context of Satan comforted by the sheer number of people he led to Hell, its plain to see that pharoah is a type of satan.) God raises and lowers whom he will, when he will for various reasons. It should be noted here that in this aspect of the scheme of things Satan falls into this category. One mustn't forget that when God cast Lucifer from heaven He gave him dominion over this world. Thats why in the bible he is referred to as the "god of this world" ( 2 Cor. 4:4). He's the boss here in all areas God gives him liberty to be boss. God allows him to do certain things to try men as evident with Job. He is eveidently not in hell permanently right now as evident by scriptures such as Job 2:2. The book of Job also shows the hierarchy that God has with Satan even now. Every act that Satan does is not snuck under God's nose, but allowed by God. It would have to be because, Christ allowed himself to be tempted in the wilderness by Satan. The world would have you believe that Satan has no influence over anything. (see above verse 2 Cor. 4:4) This is a dangerous mindset because it allows a man to put himself into a lion's mouth. It is the equivalent of tying yourself up and then challenging a pride fighter to a boxing match. You are setting yourself up for the fall, and the worst part about it is in the end the only one who you can blame is yourself for underestimating your enemy. Unless of course according to John 8:44 "ye are of your father the devil", then he is your dad and you'll do what your dad does.
The fact that God puts people into positions of authority or at least allows people to be put there is very very evident with many different situations in human history. Some examples include: Bloody Mary, James I, Hitler, Kaiser Wilhelm, Arthur Balfour, Kennedy, Hussein, Osama, Bush 1 & 2, all of these and tons more who have helped shape human history and have fulfilled bible prophecy again and again. Its funny how that human history keeps playing into the bible prophecies set aside for it. The mathematics on probabilities even on the prophecies that surrounded Christ himself were staggering against one person doing them all but He did. When put alongside human history things have panned out exactly as the bible said they would, even down to the placement of the races. That God has a design and a purpose for all things is clearly and evidently seen on all levels of life, from spiritual to physical, and all things that are affected by them.
this was the headline on yahoo.....
this tells me a lot about the news media.
Seriously they're gonna believe the words of terrorists and liars?
Its crazy how that some things always repeat themselves.
Its also crazy that Mr. Bojangles had a very real very hard nosed rival.
Its ok though, everything'll work itself out.
If I went back in time to the night that I surrendered to preach I would sit down with myself and have a looooong talk. There were just a lot of things that I wasn't prepared for. Things that have been said, or done that I never really understood till later. When religion comes up in life and the time comes to either embrace it or reject it or straddle the fence, I reckon that is the time that is the hardest. People act so differently one from another I don't guess that anyone really sees whats coming sometimes, and I have lost friends that were in church and aren't now. I have gained friends that were not in church and are now, and I have friends who neither go nor want to go to church. I would have told myself how to act around folks, and not to get the big head about things especially about preaching. I would have told my younger self that to be honest it's one of the hardest things that I have ever done. I would have explained to myself that everything hardly ever goes right and that there are forces bigger than yourself that fight against you everyday. Its never an easy task to try to live right let alone to preach.
I suppose that in time this whole update will be outdated and I will post another entry in the future about telling myself how stupid I was then. Only time will tell, and for that to happen I gotta keep living.
- Current Location:Cliff Mountain
- Current Mood: thoughtful
8) The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9) He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10) He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11) For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13) Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14) For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15) As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16) For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17) But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18) To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.