No Greater Power

prayers

There is no greater power than prayer, do not be deceived my friends…..

FAITH,

David

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No Greater Power

prayers

There is no greater power than prayer, do not be deceived my friends…..

FAITH,

David

Hope Continued

Hope

Good Sunday morning friends! As promised I have returned with coffee in hand and ready for the day. As I look outside my window while I type this, I’m starting to wonder if it is just going to snow all year or not. We have been due for a bad winter but enough is enough already. This guy is ready for some warm temperatures and Spring sports. But alas, God has His plans and I place my hope in that….What do you place your hope in today?

I know I talk about this alot but every day as I observe the world and what people place their hope in, it really gets discouraging. I see people place their hope in their careers, their spouses, their friends, you name it they have given themselves over to things and people that could never possibly give them the hope that they so desperately need.

Meanwhile, the One that can give them this hope is just waiting in the wings to be asked…Folks, I try to be real and not some legalistic Christian that plays by rules that frankly don’t exist and for this its no different. Trust me when I say that I have been down that road, still do sometimes, and every single time it ends in disappointment. The only time my hope does not get shattered is when I have placed that situation in the hands of Jesus..

He created me, He chased me down so that I may have an opportunity for REAL life both here and eternal, He loves me in ways that no human even has the capability of, so why should I place my hope in anything else? Does this sound at all familiar? Friends, this process is not easy but yet if you are truly looking for answers and hope, only One way is possible; the Creator and His only Son Jesus Christ.

Soon, the time for choosing will be over; I ask you this day one more time…where have you laid your hope this morning…..

Faith, Hope, Love,

David

Knowing

Knowing

Good Sunday morning everyone! I’m not sure what I hate more than having the type of cold/flu where you can’t stop coughing. I was up at 3 AM hacking my brains out…UGH. Anyway, bad news is I didn’t go to church this morning, good news is you are getting today’s message a little early. 🙂

KNOWING; did anyone here see the movie above with Nick Cage? It didn’t do too well at the box office but it really is one of my favorite movies. The ending was a little, shall we say sacrilegious, but the premise of the movie was great. Today though my message is not about the movie KNOWING, its about us KNOWING God….

I asked everyone in a previous message what faith meant to you; Toby Mac has it nailed, “Faith is not hoping God can, it is KNOWING He will.” Do you KNOW this morning that God will fulfill His promises? It is very important to understand the differences here and I’ll tell you why….

Almost every one of our troubles points back to a fear of the unknown or a lack of being in control. If you don’t know God or believe in Him, I can understand why someone would feel that way, however, if you do know God why do we continue to doubt His promises? Is it because we don’t get the “instant gratification” that our society holds so near and dear to our hearts? I tell you this morning that the Lord is not slow in His promises because He is not in control, but instead so that ALL will come to know Him and rely on Him for everything.

I tell you another thing my friends, there is almost nothing that I can currently think of that I know without a shadow of a doubt that it will happen, other that the promises of God. The evidence is too overwhelming to doubt Him! People will always let you down; its not always intentional, its just the result of living in a fallen world. But we can KNOW that God will NEVER let you down. That is a guarantee my friends, but do you KNOW it?

You say you have faith, but do you? Have you laid ALL your troubles at the foot of the Cross? Are you instead trying to play God yourself and with that doubt Him? Today at some point you will have to make that choice to “know” it or KNOW it; which will it be?

Have a great Sunday my friends and please oh please let us not see #12 hold up another Super Bowl trophy again. Ha!

Faith, Love, and Grace,

David

 

 

Happy Saturday!

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As promised, albeit a little later than I would have liked, I’m here! For the first time in forever, some great friends of ours came over and we were able to break bread and have some nice conversation. Said conversation happened until 1:30 AM but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Its been a minute since my Bride and I have had some adult interaction that wasn’t our kids. We really need more time like that to continue to grow in the ways that the Lord wants us too. So, anyway, here I am and can you guess what I am writing about today? “Don’t Make It Complicated”

I have learned many things in my spiritual journey; starting growing up in the Jewish faith to realizing that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind. One thing has remained very consistent however and that is we try and make this spiritual journey so difficult. Long ago there was also a group of religious people that made that same mistake; the Pharisees. They thought that following a bunch of legalistic (and mostly made up) rules would get you closer to God and earn His favor. WRONG.

Today we make the same mistake except its packaged a little differently. We know all the right words to say, the right music to play, the right way to pray, and the right coffee to serve to guests. At the end though none of that matters to God; what matters is that you accept His free gift of salvation through His only Son Jesus Christ, and that you turn away (repent) from that former life.

Yes there are things you can do to make that journey easier and make you FEEL better but usually those are traps that the Enemy sets to make you fall. God made it so easy that even a caveman could do it….Let us stop being the Pharisees and just follow our Savior how He has drawn it up! He has told us so many times to give it all to Him right? Well if we have given it all to Him then guess what? The only thing on our hearts that is left is to follow Him and live by His teachings. The things of this world will no longer matter and your eyes and hearts will explode with joy and clarity like never before.

Friends, I’m right there with ya in this journey. Let’s just not make that journey more complicated than it needs to be. Let us BELIEVE and have FAITH and of course SMILE! Love to all and have a great Saturday!

Peace,

David

 

A Couple of Thoughts

Hey everyone! I normally don’t do two posts a day but I have a couple of things on my mind so I figured; why not?

First off, just came back from PT this afternoon and it is definitely at the next stage. I’m having issues with my knee on the new hip side and some crazy nerve issue on the opposite leg. So, my therapist is trying everything she can to get those two issues resolved. Needless to say, I am very sore this afternoon and Ibuprofen is my best friend. It does get frustrating because you would think after 8 weeks I would be good as new; while I have made a lot of progress I’m just not there yet but I will continue to bust my butt to get there…..

Secondly, and I must say this is directed at no one person but just a cumulative time of thoughts from comments from a lot of people. Spiritually I am far from perfect; I make bad decisions every day that I know Jesus just despises. It His daily Grace that keeps me from the pit of hell and I could never possibly repay that. With that said, I have not been to church in a long time because, at least in my area, church is a cesspool of hypocrisy and I just can’t deal with that. I could give specifics but that would not be fair. To say that the church as a whole is nothing like what Christ wanted would be an understatement. In the meantime I have kept a strong relationship with my Savior as He guides me where I need to be…..My point here is that while I may not be going to church every Sunday and I may not fit the legalistic mantra that people try to put Christians in, I still love my Savior and try every day to be more like Him (even though I usually fail miserably). I mean I have THREE pastors in my area that knew I had surgery and not ONE has checked with me. Why? I’ll let you figure that one out. I also have or had friends that used to contact me all the time as long as I was being the good Christian person. The minute though that I deviate from what they think a Christian should be, nothing, nada no response or any communication at all. I guess it shows you who is there for you and who is not…..

Anyway, those are the two things that were on my mind and sometimes it helps to write it; heck, maybe it will even help one of you….

Peace and Grace,

David