Sunday Morning

Hello friends! New message coming in just about an hour. Meanwhile, I will ask you all the same question that this Scripture asks; where does you help come from? Who do you turn to when thing get rough?

Your answer to that question will determine which path in life you take.

Choose wisely,

David

Sunday Morning

Hello friends! New message coming in just about an hour. Meanwhile, I will ask you all the same question that this Scripture asks; where does you help come from? Who do you turn to when thing get rough?

Your answer to that question will determine which path in life you take.

Choose wisely,

David

New Tricks- Same Body

Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.“- Matthew 9:17

Good morning/afternoon/evening friends! I have to start putting that as my intro because so many of you peeps are from around the world. For many of you its evening, but for me I’m just getting up with coffee in hand. I am off again today to enjoy an extended holiday before going back to work for one day. I’m blessed.

So, this is a passage that until recently never really made much sense to me. I felt like the disciples did back with Jesus when He would tell them something and they were totally clueless. I actually have that feeling quite a bit, but its ok because just like they did, when the time is right, I will have understanding. In any case, this passage is quite the eye opener if you dig deeper….

So often in our walk with Christ, we put on clothes of legalism and subscribe to a “checklist” if you will of rules and regulations:

  1. Go to church on Sunday at 10:30 and Wednesday at 6:00
  2. Read my Bible at the same time every morning.
  3. Say my prayers before going to bed.
  4. Join groups that have the same values and desires as me.
  5. Memorize Scripture

All of these are great things and I highly support all of them (in one form or another). Problem is that we are trying to implement these things without first changing the wineskin (our old self), instead of first creating a new wineskin (our new self in Christ)! Its like not watering a plant for a month and so it dies, then one day you decide to start watering it and discover that while it absorbs the water, there are no lasting effects. What you would have to do is replace the plant with a new one, with new life, THEN start giving it water and nutriment. When it comes to our walk with Jesus, we are no different. Doing these things without replacing our old life is pointless.

Friends, Jesus told us that through Him we can do great things and even experience the Kingdom of Heaven right now. We can only do that if we change our wineskin and realize who and what we are as a new creation in Christ. We must understand that to get there we must truly die to self and completely surrender to Jesus. I know that some of you are struggling with this; even those in my own family. But I assure you that nothing will ever truly change unless you take this path.

I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”- Galatians 2:20

Change the wineskin my friends,

In Christ,

David

One Moment Away

We are all just One Moment Away from:

  • Making one bad decision that destroys our life
  • One breath away from losing that loved one
  • One choice that effects everyone else

Point? Life is about choices; some we make others life makes for us. In either case we should treasure the life God has given us and the people He has put in our lives, because we are just One Moment Away from that life being changed in an instant.

How will you spend your Moment? For the world? For you? For the ones you love?

David

Happy Sunday!-Be Still


Good morning everyone and welcome to Sunday! Hope you all had a great Saturday, I know I did. Got to spend some time with my soon to be Daughter early in the day then with my youngest son later watching a scare the poop out of you movie. (It is kind of our thing since no one else in the family likes them). Also had a relatively sick free day which was definitely needed; I almost feel human again. My hip what my hip is; learning to live with it I guess until the doctor can fix me haha. Now onto the meat……

I posted this quote from Ted Dekker because he has such a grasp on what has happened to us as believers. I mean, do we not always try to analyze things with our brains? God did give us our brains to use but He gave us something even more powerful to use; our hearts. He also tells us that our lives are not encapsulated in one moment but in a series of moments throughout our lives; in essence, our journey. A journey that is often filled with many “noises”. Everywhere we go we have something trying to distract us; our phones, our tablets, our PC’s, our TV’s, all filled with one purpose; to distract us and keep us moving like the pervebial gerbil on his wheel…….

However, before we can truly start on our journey that God has laid out for us every day, we must be still. Be still in our thoughts, in our actions, and in our hearts. We must be still so when God speaks to us we can actually hear what He is saying and not just assume that something is “what God put on my heart”. How do we know when we are so distracted? More often than not its really what WE want, not necessarily what God has for us. To know for sure we must be still so God can truly transform our hearts and our minds. Have a great Sunday everyone! Love to hear from you and welcome to the new people that started following this writer yesterday; he very much appreciates it 😉

Peace and Love,

David 

Good Morning!

Good morning everyone and welcome to Saturday! Sorry that I haven’t posted anything in a couple of days but it has been a bit of a crappy stretch for me health wise and just didn’t have it in me to write anything. I’m about 85% or so; still have the lingering cough and of course the hip issue (which I will get to in a minute) but overall feel like I’m at least on the right path again. Hope everyone is doing well out there and would love to hear from you guys. You can communicate to me through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course right here as well.

So, apparently I am officially mortal…..For those that don’t know a lot of my backstory, one of the more finer moments in my life happened when I thought it would be a great idea to not tackle other people but instead up the ante and try and tackle a car. Didn’t work out real well for either of us but I think the car probably got the worst of it lol. Seriously though I was getting off the city bus at the ripe old age of 14 and didn’t look both ways, darted out and BAM! Got flipped up in the air, somehow landed enough on my feet that I was able to walk about 20 yards before collapsing over a railing….I don’t remember much after that except for waking up in the hospital about 12 hours later not having any idea what happened. I was truly blessed that day because one half second either way in time and I would not be here writing this blog. God was in control even then….

I tell you this backdrop story of mine because I had thought that all my wounds had healed; not so much. See many people have told me I waddle rather than walk because one leg is shorter than the other. Really though its not my leg but my hip and back area got knocked pretty good and I never really got it taken care of; so now at the ripe old age of 46 its back and back with a vengeance…


Now, keep in mind my pain tolerance is pretty low, even for a guy, but this pain I knew was different so I went to doc about it. He did some X-rays and I got the call yesterday that I have some “very significant” arthritis in said hip and need to go to an Orthopedic specialist. I do understand this is not life threatening or anything like that, but it did give me my very first sense that “hey, goofball, you really won’t live forever”. It also reminded me of a very dark time in my life where by all rights I should have died that day. (Satan has been trying to take me out ever since). It reminds me that I’m over half way done with this crazy thing called life and my physical body will never be the same. Again, there are those in my life that are dealing with so much worse, but for me, this is a little bit of a sobering reminder of my mortality. Make sense?

I’m very aware that me losing weight couldn’t hurt the situation, however, I also know I would be dealing with this heavy or not. Back in the 80’s cars were still made with steel and so were not as forgiving as they may be today. This pain in my hip is that constant reminder; maybe the new doc will be able to help, maybe not, but as for me the first reminder that my days are not as many as they used to be just creeped up and said hello. Cute thing though that I will continue to remember as well that even though my earthly days are getting smaller, my eternal days are just around the corner. Maybe someone out there is also dealing with a similar experience? I would love to hear from you about it! Leave a comment in the comments section or however you see fit. In the meantime remember also that God is still in control and while the earth will reclaim your body, God has your eternal soul which if given to Him will live for all eternity where pain does not exist…..

Peace and love my friends, Happy Saturday!!

David

Back At It

Good morning peeps and welcome to Wednesday. Still not feeling that great but got to just suck it up and head in to work. Took a sick day yesterday to try and help; literally almost all I did was rest which I guess at my ripe old age of 46 is just what I need when I’m not feeling up to snuff. So here I go again, lol (Did you catch the Whitesnake reference? Good luck getting the song out of your head, haha)

So I had a talk with someone recently that just bolstered my point about the Church today. No this will not be a long post bashing the Church. In fact, for the record, I am very aware that there are SOME local churches out there actually abiding by the principles and teachings of the Messiah. So when I say the Church, I mean as a unified body as it was intended. What my point wil be this morning is that WE as the church are doing a horrible job of equipping our members with the ability to carry out Jesus’ greatest commandments. Love others more than we love ourselves, preach the Gospel to all that will hear it, that like Jesus we are here for the “sick” not just for the “well”.  I used to be one of these; where the minute someone started launching profanity or was engaged in a lifestyle that didn’t match up with mine, I was outta there. I ask you this morning, is this what Jesus did? When Jesus went to preach His teachings, did He say, “all may listen except for those of you that cuss?” Quite the opposite actually! So much so that the Pharasiees would even question why He associated Himself with such sinners? Has anyone ever asked that of you? Is your love of Jesus so great and your desire to spread the Gospel so deep that there is no person you wouldn’t associate with to tell it to? Guess what? Most don’t and there in lies the problem. It’s not something that you are usually just gifted with, it has to be taught and if the Church isn’t teaching this then what will?

I will put this out there by saying I do not go to a local church right now. Not because of any other reason than I have not found one that puts the teachings of Jesus at the top of their priority list. There is no perfect place but quite honestly the only desire I have seen is to build up the numbers and stay within their four walls. I can do that from home…..Friends, if this is to change, we need to help do it. We need to get away from these mega-church entertainment industries and back to the root of what Jesus wanted for the Church; to be the place where the brethren can lean on and learn from and be equipped to carry out the mission that God has laid out on their hearts. Amen?

Friends, have a good hump day and please follow me along on this crazy journey I am on. Let’s get this ship going in the right direction shall we?
Peace and Love,

David