Month: February 2015

Jon Stewart’s dilemma


Mr. Stewart has stated that the conservative view point is “killing him”( http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/jon-stewart-on-why-he%E2%80%99s-leaving-%E2%80%98daily-show-conservatives-%E2%80%9Ckilling-me%E2%80%9D/ar-BBhZKPS).
Here is something that many don’t understand even those that call themselves “conservative;” spiritually he is. Those that truly follow the teachings of Christ will look to people like Mr. Stewart and wish to have a nice conversation with them. Not condemning or attacking but just conversing. That is how Jesus did it.
Many don’t even realize that there is only one party in this nation that still recognizes that God is an important part of this country. The party that Mr. Stewart belongs to is not this party. In the preamble of the platform for both parties you can read this for yourself. You will find that the word “God” is present in the Republican Party but it is missing from the Democratic Party.
Since these documents are voted upon before they are placed into the public venue this means that Mr. Stewart’s group has turned its back on God. Does that mean he personally has done so? I cannot say for I personally do not know him, but I would like to and have a nice talk with him.
I have seen the strain written upon his face in the last year in the four times I have seen him and it is telling.
Could it be other issues than those stated by him? Again I do not know.
Here is one thing that many liberals do not wish to know or accept. They call conservative narrow minded. In a way that is true, for when someone follows the teaching of Christ is it a narrow road that we must follow. Do we stumble and fall? By all means yes we do. Are we perfect? No we are not.
I see more haughtiness and self-righteousness from those on the left more than those on the right. Could this be something that is pulling him down and placing a strain upon him? Again I do not know. What I do know is what causes haughtiness and self-righteousness. It comes from a believe that you are better than others. This is something I mainly see from those on the left, but it is also seen on the right, by many that think they are “Christian” when in reality they are not.
To be “Christian” is to have an attitude that places all others before yourself. This is something that I never see on the left. They may say they do, but when you actually break down each element of their life you find hypocrisy. Is there hypocrisy for conservatives? Yes, but it is more obvious from those on the left.
Here is another thing that people need to think on. Basic meanings of words. Like “left” and “right.” These terms were coined decades ago. They have true basic meanings. Meanings many choose to ignore. The term “right” means you are going in the “right” direction and that you are “right” with God. Since it is documented that the Democratic Party has removed “God” from their platform that plainly shows they are not “right” with God nor do they ever wish to be. So they are “left.”
This in itself could be an issue to many on that side. Could they be upset by the fact that they may be “left” behind? Yes it could. Could it mean they wish to be “left” to live their life’s as they see fit? That is a definite yes.
Those that truly follow the teaching of Jesus wish to reach out and help them understand what their life choices mean. To help them not be “left” but to be “right” with God. Most do not listen nor do they ever wish to listen and that is their choice. Could this be something that is bothering Mr. Stewart in some way? Again I cannot answer.
It is obvious that he is in turmoil and my heart reaches out and wishes to comfort his spirit, but to be able to accomplish this he must allow his heart to be open to what is true. That those on the left wish man to dominate other men. That those on the left wish to shove their life choices into all places. Why? Because they feel “left” out, but why is this? Because they wish for God to take them as they choose to be and not by what He has told them they need to do to be able to stand clean before Him.
They refuse to accept that they are in the wrong or “left” of the issue. They refuse to see that what is “right” is called “right” for a reason and is supported to a degree by God since many still honor God as the creator of all. Where are these people found? In the conservative point of view. A view that honors the teaching of the Bible the very Bible those in the liberal party wish to reject and remove from all.
They wish to impose their believes that there is no God on all that say there is. This is a violation of all that wish to be free. Those that call themselves conservative do not wish to remove Liberals rights to live their live as they wish too, but that is what they wish to do to those that do honor God.
So who is the real group that is narrow minded and wishes to impose their values on others? It is the Liberals that are doing this. They do not believe this because they think all think as they do. Since they wish to impose their way of life on all they think all wish to do that as well, which is the furthest thing from the truth. That is how corrupted their way of thinking is.
If you state you are a “Christian” and you are a “Liberal.” I state how can you serve two masters. You must choose who you wish to serve. You cannot serve God and support a group that denies His existence. You cannot be for a group that wishes to live gloriously in sin and proud of it, when God says we are to avoid sin.
Understand we are not saying you cannot live without sinning, we ourselves sin. All sin, but to condone sin you deny God. Christians ask you not to sin. To turn from this sin, but if you do not we say fine that is your choice. Yet you support a group that states accept sin or you will be reviled. This is selfish behavior, which is opposite that of Christian believes. So again I ask who is it that you serve? God or a group that denies there is a God?
Could this be a factor that is tearing at the insides of Jon Stewart? Again I do not know.

https://www.gop.com/platform/preamble/
As we embark upon this critical mission, we are not without guidance. We possess an owner’s manual: the Constitution of the United States, the greatest political document ever written. That sacred document shows us the path forward. Trust the people. Limit government. Respect federalism. Guarantee opportunity, not outcomes. Adhere to the rule of law. Reaffirm that our rights come from God, are protected by government, and that the only just government is one that truly governs with the consent of the governed.

http://www.democrats.org/democratic-national-platform
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You are known by your fruits


Your own actions are your judge. My own actions are my judge. That is why it is best not to judge. For as Jesus said it is best to remove the beam from your own eye before you try to remove the sliver from someone else’s eye.
When the Pharisees confronted Christ about casting out demons they called him the son of the devil. He counters with the statements about a house, city or even kingdom divided against itself and that it would fall.
There are many ways to look at these statements, but what is important is to start with yourself. For you cannot stand if you, yourself are divided. When a tree breaks in a storm in most cases the tree dies. It can no longer bear fruit. If you are broken by serving two masters your fruit if you bear any is sour and rotten. For years I bore no fruit and if I even did it was not worthy to even be placed upon the table before God. Then in my year of Job I learned much about where I stood with God. I turned to Him and pleaded for forgiveness and strength. He gave it to me, and then He led me to my ministry, which is this blog.
I may type the words, but they are inspired by God. I do not plan the words that appear here and many times they are words I do not see myself ever typing under regular succumb-stances, but here they are.
Do I learn from them? Most of the time yes I do for in many cases they are an answer to pray. I hope that they teach you the reader as well.
Now I know that I bear sweet fruit that is acceptable to God. For I am his servant and in so being I am your servant. It is my goal to help you learn where you stand with God. When you see where you stand it is meant to either fortify your stance or force you to walk to more solid ground that can only be found through the love and the support of God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. So I challenge you to seek out a stronger relationship with Jesus and in doing so you too will have sweet fruit.

Matthew 12: 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

Are you tending His house?


When you state you are a “Christian” you are taking upon yourself a great responsibility. It is not a free ticket to happiness that you are given, but a job. A job that pays no money. A job that is taxing and strenuous.
When Jesus departed into heaven he went to do tasks that are not for us to fully know at this time. He foretold of His return, but in the meantime He placed those that call themselves “Christian” in charge of His house. His house is not only a building called a “church,” or a group of people that also call themselves “Christian,” but is also the world at large. We are told to preach the Bible throughout the world. If it was just building or a group then why say this?
We are His servants when we accept the Jesus as our savior. We are given authority by Christ for the care upkeep and growth of His home. We are all given tasks which we are to perform and do for His glory, and at the same time we are told to watch for the signs of His return.
Many say those signs are more and more prevalent than at any other time in history. Is his return near? Could be.
Where do you stand with Jesus? Are you a servant or someone looking in, or someone that calls themselves a “servant” yet they do no work upon the Lord’s home as it falls into decay and ruin.
Mark 13: 34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Separate ourselves from the “world”


Many times we are told to separate ourselves from the “world,” but what is the world. In 1 Peter 4:2 it is stated simply: “That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.”
But what are the lust of man.
Matthew 15: 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
1 Peter 4: 3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
If this is how you live your live, in the flesh of the world then per the Bible you are not truly “Christian.” Yet many go about stating and saying they are “Christian” even though they live in the sins and many more listed above.
Jesus made it clear that what comes from the heart is human. When you turn to Christ and accept Him as your Savior your life should change. You become separate from the “world.” So the things of the world should become unimportant. Distractions of the world like sporting events, television, and fashion are not your main concerns. What does become important is the teaching of the Bible and living a life that is separate of the “world” though still to be able to talk to this world to allow those that do not live their life’s toward God will be able to see how life should be lived when following God. That you be a living witness through your actions if not by your words.
1 Peter 4: 5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
Live your life as Jesus has instructed. Not how man has instructed. For we cannot serve two masters.
Matthew 6: 24 No 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. (also Luke 16:13)
Yet many that call themselves “Christian” live there life in both worlds, which is not only a lie unto God but themselves.
1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Another refresher about following the laws of the land


Time and again I have posted about following the laws of the land. Why? Because most do not.
“WHAT?” you shout back at me. I answer with this simple statement. How fast did you drive down the expressway or the average street today? You become speechless because you know it was not the posted speed limit for which ever road you were on, because you need to get someplace in a hurry. I have mentioned time and again Titus 3:1. Well today I am adding some more verses:
1 Peter 2: 13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
To me when something in the Bible is repeated more than once it is meant to be a tool for judgment upon the day of the White Throne Judgment. Why? Because it states in the Bible that there must be two witnesses against you. Since we are dealing with spiritual matters then we must work off of that which is meant to teach our spirit to love and honor God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. What is that? The Bible. So this very book serves as your two witnesses and can be used against you when you find yourself not in the audience on that great and wondrous event, but as the one on trial with God as your judge.

Hey did you hear the news?


Jesus came back from death. Yes He was crucified, and on the third day he arose and walked amongst men once again for forty days. He appeared out of thin air in a room that was locked tight. He walked with men and talked with them. He instructed those that had walked with Him before He hung upon the cross. He took the keys of hell from Satan’s hand.

Romans 19: 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
1 Peter 3: 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

An evil has risen against you


In times past I have written in harsh tones. Tones I have recently commented upon, but why are they harsh? Were not the words spoken by John the Baptist harsh towards the nation of Israel just before Jesus began to teach His message? Yes they were.
It is in times of adversity, especially when those that should know better and allow it, that a harsh voice cries from the wilderness. Well once again we are in a time of immense hardship and the one nation that has the ability to stand against these horror facing this world sits quietly and self-absorbed.

Isaiah 54: 17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Yet at this time they do prosper, but how can they? For this nation has turned its back upon God. Mouthing the words of Christendom yet having no idea of their meaning. The word “hypocrite” means to act like they are something they are not. I have used the word hypocrite more freely lately because I see more acting the part of Christians then living the part.
People turn from these words in hate and disgust. Why? Because deep down inside many of themselves they see a spark of truth in the words I type. I type them because a great evil has risen not only outside this nation, but within. God has been systematically removed this nation to the point that as one person recently told my church I attend as he talked to college aged students. He tried to relate the story of David and Goliath to them and they had no idea what he was talking about.
That says that this is no longer a nation of God, but a nation without God and we that should be leading our children to God have failed and so we have a man in the White House that goes and laughs and plays golf moments after giving lip service to the media over the beheading of Mr. Foley.
This is why I am harsh with my words. This is why more need to step up and serve and honor God once again.
Only one political party at this time still officially honors God. The other one has kicked God out.
Support those that support God and let those that do not know that there is a God.

Confessions of a screwed up middle-aged man: Today someone new added their words to the world of blogging.


Well when I awoke today I was greeted by a message on my cell phone that a post was waiting for me in one of the groups I post to in Facebook. They are the same posts I place here, I just share them there.
Well I read the post and was pleased by what I read. It is a way I sometime, but rarely post. Trust me I have tried, but they don’t work out that way. I was gladdened that this young lady has added her words to those others like mine that can be found upon the internet in the form of blogs. I pray she is able to reach across the world as my own post of done. I pray that they inspire and cause people to think and ponder their own faith and believes in God and come to know God and His plan for them better.
I know I can be harsh in my post, but I can tell you this it is not intentional. I start to write and I just allow the words to flow from me into typed words upon a screen or hastily written words in notebooks. I do not plan what I am going to write, which is different from many write and blog. Thus the subtitle “thoughts out of the blue” for my blog.
One thing I do know is that I try to place upon these word what I feel is pleasing to God. This is what I wish all to write in their own blogs as the reach out unto the world that is in so much need of God and His Son. Too many are unaware of God or even the stories within the Bible.
A Christian comedian was at our church the other day and he mentions that people going to college has no idea about the story of David and his battle with Goliath. It is a sad commentary of our time that in a world with some much knowledge available to all too too few actually go out and seek it. It also explains how so many can act with rudeness and hatred since they no concepts of the teachings of peace and love have given in the Bible.
It is wonderful when another voice is added to those trying to teach of the wonders of God and His Son for their branch will seek to bear fruit where my branch cannot reach and t is pleasing and wonderful to witness this new growth beginning.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: trials


Trials come to all. It is what we are told will happen within the Bible. Some will be by God Himself. Testing our mind and our spirit. Challenging us to think, overcome, and if that does not work turn to His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have been going through one of these trials for about a month now. It is now time to put it into typed words what it is like to be going through this time of stress and hopefully growth in my faith.
From outward appearances the outcome seem to be bright, and bless by God. From within the struggle even though I do see the outward manifestation that is to come I still must make it through the dark tunnel to the light that awaits upon the other side of it.
It is not important the details of the trial before me, but it is one that in the long run will strengthen and hopefully allow my family to bond and to join as one. Through this trial I have seen the change within me from the man I was before my year of Job and the man I am today. I am actually doing things I only, maybe, thought of doing a few years ago. Now I know when the burden is more than I can carry on my own so I seek support from my soon to be wife and if that is still not enough we join together in pray. Turning over to God and allowing Him to lead us down the road He see that is best for us to go down. Should I go to pray first? I cannot answer that without thinking: “where is the growth?” A parent wishes his child to learn to stand upon their own two feet and not lean upon the parent anymore but to prove themselves to be adults. This I think is how God wishes us to grow as well. To stand upon our own two feet for as long as we can, but I must add that He wishes us to know when it is time to turn to Him and His Son and to seek their guidance and comfort.
It is hard to explain how to “know” which is the correct road, but I will say this. I can tell when it is me making the choice and when it is God directing me. I can sense within me that it is Him influencing me through the Holy Spirit, for I can tell it is coming not from within me, but from an external force that is guiding me down the right road.
It is important that people that call themselves “Christian” come to learn the difference, for when they do not, more times than not they listen to themselves more then they listen to God. As a result we have the society we now live within. A society full of pseudo-Christians, otherwise known as “hypocrites,” that cater to the latest whim and fad of “faith” being taught to them by those that have no real concept of God themselves. This is the thing that Jesus had to deal with when He walked the earth over two thousand years ago and had to deal with the leaders of the Jewish faith that would later crucify Him. They did not know because they did not listen God that Jesus was His Son, but on the third day when He rose from the dead all learned that He was truly the Son of God. Many today, even those that “lead” churches live like they are Pharisees.
A true believe in God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ is to have the knowledge within oneself that God is not “in” you. True the Holy Spirit can fill you, for I have felt the pouring of the Holy Spirit into me, but I also know that the spiritual world and the real world are two different places. God, His Son and the Holy Ghost can and have gone between these two realms. We cannot at this time, but we are promised that we will when we loss the corrupted with the uncorrupted. It is from the spiritual place that we receive direction from God, which is beyond this temporal form we now live in. When can learn the difference through trials of your faith, much like the one I am now going through. You learn how to grow in your believe in God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.