Happy Saturday!

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Good morning everyone and welcome to Saturday! I’m not sure about all of you but this has been a stressful week. At my job they have completed one round of layoffs and on Monday morning I find out if I am part of the second. Part of me is ok if I am because the severance package will be nice and I have been praying for a fresh start. Whether or not this is in God’s plan and timing, I guess will be determined in a couple of days.

In either case, I will do my best to find joy in the decision; these are unprecedented times and the one thing I am sure of is God’s plans are WAY better than mine.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

Psalm 51.10

Its funny because when I sat down to write this message, I really had no idea what to write about. With so much going on, I could literally talk about thousands of relevant topics. But when I looked back at my verse of the day; it hit me as to exactly what God wanted me to talk about. (Usually this is when God has the biggest impact when I just let His Spirit guide me and stop trying to control it.)

Years ago, I was hit by a car as I darted across the street. Even from this early age of 13, the Evil One was trying to take me out. I won’t get into all the graphic details, but all things considered I fared pretty well. But one of the things that happened still sticks with me today and leads me to what I believe God wants me to share with you all.

So, I was unconscious for about 10 hours; any longer and the doctor said there could have been serious issues. But with God’s Grace I awoke and once I got my wits about me and what had happened, my arm REALLY hurt. I had quite a few injuries but this one in particular REALLY hurt. So when I gathered enough courage, I looked down and my forearm was basically completely exposed down to the bone. It was bloody, full of gravel, and was the worst pain I had ever felt. Then the fun part came….

The nurses came in with this peroxide stuff and what was essentially a scrub brush. I’m thinking, what are they going to do with that?? Well, they said, “we need to get out all the gravel and dirt so your arm doesn’t get infected. Then we can stitch you up”. I’m like, YOU COULDN’T HAVE DONE THIS WHILE I WAS UNCONSCIOUS?????

In any event, they did what they had to and all was well. I do have a reason for telling you this story and here it goes. See the Scripture above is the Psalmist asking God to create a new heart and a new spirit within him. For those of us that are disciples of Jesus Christ, we should be asking the same thing. The thing is though, be careful what you ask for because just like my how my arm needed to be cleaned out to avoid infection, when God goes to clean out your heart, it also will cause some pain.

Things that you never realized will come to light as God uses His “scrub brush” to clean out your old heart and spirit. Just as the doctor was preparing my arm for healing, God is preparing your heart for not only healing but Heaven! Every time the doctor took a swipe at the opening in my forearm the pain was unbearable, but in the end, it saved my arm. In the same way, every “swipe” God takes at your old and wretched heart and spirit, it WILL cause you pain, but in the end, it will save your SOUL.

Yes you are a new Creation in Christ and by believing in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have gained Eternal Life. But it doesn’t stop there! There isn’t some magic event that happens that make you perfect. From that point on God, if you let Him, will continue to purge that old, wretched heart, and replace it with a new pure one that is ready for your next life. (And makes the current one better as well)

May God bless each of you today and know this above all else; God loves you more than you can possibly imagine and as those of us that are parents understand, sometimes the best thing for His children is to allow some temporary pain to bring out lasting transformation that will make us better than ever before.

In Jesus’ name.

Amen

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Sunday and Happy Father’s Day!

Just a real short message today so we can all spend time with our families.

Friends, if your Father is alive, no matter what your relationship is with him, reach out and tell him you love him. My Father and I had a falling out many years ago and even though I tried to make it work, our relationship never recovered. See, I grew up in the Jewish faith, so when I became a Christian, things did not go to well. There is also a long list of decisions he didn’t agree with but to say we lost each other would be an understatement.

I found out last year, just be searching the internet, that he had died back in 2014 and today it still haunts me. The questions of, did I do enough? Could I have tried harder? Maybe, maybe not. But the lesson I learned is that we only get one earthly Father and no matter what we should do our best to honor him.

Exodus 20:12- “Honor your Father and Mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land your God is giving you”

While you may not have the best relationship, honor your Dad today. Not necessarily because he deserves it, but because God commands it. You never know; thing may just go a different way than you think.

God Bless everyone and enjoy your day!

David

Praise God!

For the late crowd!

Radically Saved

I have been feeling attacked by my Enemy today. So I put away my devices, went outside on my lunch, and listened for God. He spoke to me; just keep focused on Me He said. Praise God He never leaves us alone. Just have to listen!

In Jesus name!

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Jesus Is Lord!

Good morning again and Happy Sunday! I hope you all made it through the work week unscathed and are ready for a nice relaxing weekend. It was a tough one for me I know in all areas; Spiritually, Physically, and Mentally so I am hoping for a bit of a break from the battle, Amen?

Ok so I have really been on this struggle bus if you will between telling the Truth’s of the Gospel and yet still not causing division in the process. I mean, what good is telling others the Truth about Jesus if they aren’t going to listen because of the content of your message. In this world we live in now, if it isn’t a message about self love and “what’s in it for me?” most don’t listen. Want to know what I’ve discovered today? It’s impossible….

As with all things let us look at Jesus’ ministry shall we?

1. He only had twelve disciples; one of which was being controlled by Satan.

2. Very few people He encountered understood what He was saying much less acted upon it.

3. People hated Him because of the message He brought.

4. Even His own disciples doubted His message at times.

5. In the Garden, even Jesus was so distraught over the Truth of what was going to happen, He was sweating blood! (Luke 22:44)

So, with all of that, do you think my results will be any different? I would say that if the Son of God Himself faced all of these things, its a good bet that I will as well. Amen? So what to do….Well, I can just give up and sit in the corner waiting for Jesus to return or I can do what Jesus did and just continue to tell the Truth in Love of His Gospel message. Will I offend people? Yep. Will people block and unfriend me? Yep. Will people even get angry and insult me? Yep. But you know what? No matter what they do to me will ever match up to what Jesus had to endure. The same goes for all of you; don’t be afraid today, be BOLD!

And with that here are some plain and simple Truths…

1. There is a God that created everything in the Universe including you and me. (We did not come from pond scum)

2. Jesus of Nazareth was a real person on this planet that had a ministry that produced many miracles. (And oh by the way, that person was also God’s only Son and the Savior of all mankind.)

3. Jesus died a real death on the Cross of Calvary and endured physical suffering like no other.

4. Three days after His death, He rose again and appeared to hundreds if not thousands of people.

5. After a time, He ascended back to Heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father until His calling to come back.

6. He WILL becoming back, except this time in Judgment for those that refused to follow God and the way of true love through Christ.

7. Those that have given their heart to Jesus will enter into Heaven with Jesus for all eternity. Those that do not will live their eternity in a VERY REAL PLACE called HADES. (I promise you it exists…..)

8. No matter what you have done, you can still come to Jesus today! He loves you more than you can imagine and is there for you. All you have to do is ask! Jesus is a gentleman and will never force His way into your heart; you have to invite Him in.

9. No one goes to the Father BUT THROUGH HIM (Jesus). Not Mary, not Paul, not Saint whoever, JESUS AND JESUS ALONE IS THE WAY TO THE FATHER!

10. You are not promised tomorrow so secure your future today! (Also, secure your present; Jesus said we can experience the Kingdom of God right here!)

Friends, I hope you take some time to digest all of this and evaluate where you stand. Time is short and the decision to make may be made for you if your not careful. I appreciate and love all of you and if you agree with these Truths, please share this message with someone today! (Reblog, repost, like, whatever, just share it). Not for my glory, but for His! Amen!

Talk soon,

David

It’s Jesus Time

For the afternoon crowd. God Bless!

Radically Saved

Good morning everyone! Welcome to Friday! I know that is has been a while since I have written in this blog. Needless to say 2020 has been a bit distracting. However, I was blessed enough to get a really nice laptop that my wife agreed to and so I am back with my first post in a while. Forgive me if my writing skills have faded a bit, I’m sure they will be back shortly…

So, 2020, we have just about seen it all. Plagues, riots, economy in shambles, you name it, we have seen it. Never before in my life have I seen our country, heck our world, in such disarray. For me as a Christ Follower, however, it is not unexpected.

See, the Bible has predicted all of this thousands of years ago. That the world would go through a time like never seen before. A little secret…

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Be Careful

Good morning everyone and welcome to the weekend! I’m not sure about all of you but this week seemed to take forever to get through. Lots of stuff going on at work, so I am truly grateful for my time off this weekend. How about all of you? Comment below!

So..what’s your secret? Have I grabbed your attention yet? Good. Because today I am writing about something that we all as Christians need to get a grip with; we ALL have secrets. Some we have shared with those closest to us, others we have shared with no one but God Himself. Point still remains that we all have done something in our lives that we have done to which very view people know about.

Why is this important today? Why is this important to Christians today?

I will tell you! It is important because I see a lot of judgment going around in my Christian circles and its disturbing on so many levels despite the fact that “yes we are called to judge each other as believers“. So let’s get a couple of points straight on that..

  1. To judge each other in this context does not mean to be harsh or nasty to others that make a mistake. It means to help hold each other accountable IN AGAPE LOVE, and guide our fellow believers out of bad decisions. Not to sit around on the internet and mock them or doubt their faith.
  2. Have all the planks really been taken out of your eyes? (This is where the secret part comes in.)

Number 2 is where we really lose many people because, well, let me put it this way. Let’s say that I had the ability to record your every thought, your every hidden action, your every emotion and desire and not only see and hear all of this but also put it on a 100 inch movie screen for all to see.. Would you still feel empowered to judge your neighbor? To doubt others claims of Salvation? Guess what friends, it’s GOING to happen. The passage from Luke above is clear; one day all of these things will be revealed. How would this make you feel if I was the one doing this? You would probably be less inclined to throw others under the bus and worry about yourself, Amen?

Look friends, I am all for helping others in their walk with Jesus. We ALL need help and can always be better by taking counsel of those that may be wiser than us in certain areas. BUT, what we need less of is the judgment and condemnation that so many in the Church are offering. Jesus told us that before we can judge others, we must judge ourselves. Have you done that today? Have you taken complete ownership of those secrets you carry around?

Yes, Jesus has set us free, but that freedom does not give you the power to judge others and condemn. You have been given 2 main missions while on this Earth and they are this:

  1. To Love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, and strength and to love others greater than you love yourself.
  2. To spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all that will hear.

Today, let us focus on those two missions and let God be the judge, Amen? May God bless each and every one of you this day and all God’s people said?

Agape Love,

David

Have We Forgotten?

Have we forgotten our purpose?

Good morning everyone and welcome to the weekend! Another full week of fun and games at that thing we call life. Things are starting to look up here at the ole Fischer corral; my Bride is recovering nicely, I am over that silly head cold, we have food in our house, and we are warm from the cold. How much more could I ask for?

My family is blessed beyond imagination; hence my topic today “Have We Forgotten”? Forgotten what? I’m glad you asked!

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:36-40

Love…We have forgotten love. Sounds too simple right? I mean, God has called us to so much; how can our mission be so simple? Well, in this crazy world in which we find ourselves today, Satan has done a great job of clouding our minds to make us forget the importance of this passage above.

See if we don’t love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and then love each other as we would love ourselves, NOTHING else matters. Are you hearing me this morning? NOTHING. Why? Well people always forget the last part of this passage…ALL the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. ALL of it!

Your ministry, your blogs, your career, your good intentions, NOTHING else matters if you first haven’t mastered these two simple acts. See people say things like, “We are called to judge”, “We are called to hold people accountable” and my personal favorite “I can love them but not hang around them”. Really?

Yes, we are called to do so much more; the New Testament is filled with teachings and commands that Jesus has for us; BUT if we haven’t taken these first two commands to heart and applied them, none of it matters. It’s like going from First Grade to Harvard without knowing how to read and write. It doesn’t work and neither does our actions when we try and live the Bible without love; that is the problem.

P.S. This includes the judgment or the "let's wait and see" attitude of people with checkered pasts professing their new found love for Christ. Be better saints!!

Love, not just any love, but the Agape Love that Christ showed us on the Cross. Can we do that? Can we stop the madness and just love God and others today? Once we master that, all the other things fall into line. Satan has also done a good job of making us forget where we came from; do you not remember what a wretch you were before Christ? Do you not understand that in fact you still would be if it were not for the saving Blood of Christ?

Step out in faith today friends and just love. God has shown you how, now just do it. Move beyond YOU and get back to what He has called us to do. Amen?

Agape Love my friends,

David

Give It To Him

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Hello everyone! Welcome to the weekend! I don’t know about all of you but it has been a really rough week for me. Physically, Spiritually, Emotionally, and yes Financially. We are getting ready for a move and it is really starting to take a toll. Not to mention my Daughter in Love was due yesterday so we are anxiously awaiting Kayden’s arrival. So yeah, its been a difficult week.

Being honest, I used to wonder all the time why if God is so powerful and He loves His children so much, why does He let us go through these things? I mean He could very easily just “snap His fingers” and make it all perfect. Problem with that though is this…

If He would just fix everything the minute we needed it, how would we ever grow close to Him? Again, if we are being honest, when do we communicate and interact the most with God? If we are being honest its when times are tough and we seemingly have no other options. Maybe if we depended on Him from the beginning of our situations things would be different.

All I know is that in my life it always comes back to the same thing no matter what I am going through. Its all about Jesus. From the time we wake up to the time we fall asleep, its all about Him. At least it should be..and if its not, don’t wonder why you stay in a constant state of anxiety. The Lord has given us a way to escape all of that, yet He will never force His hand. You have to choose to give it to Him.

Or, keep it to yourself. How has that been working….

Agape Love,

David

Quit Stealing the Pen

God is still writing your story; quit trying to steal the pen

Hello my friends and welcome to Saturday! I pray that this week went well for all of you and you are closer to Jesus than ever before. If you don’t know Jesus as Savior today, please run to Him and accept His free (to you) gift of Salvation while you still have the choice to make, Amen?

Ok so I posted this quote this week and got a really good response from it so I thought I would expand upon my thoughts on this today. Sound good?

Stealing the pen…many believe that there is no point in making plans and setting a course for your life because things are already predetermined and nothing you or I do will make a difference. That could not be further from the truth this morning. Stay with me here and really soak in this next sentence and commit it to memory..

**Just because God knows the choices you will make does not take away the opportunity you have to make those choices**

David Fischer

The first lie is that you have no real choices; the second lie is that God doesn’t really care or He is not moving fast enough so you need to take back control of your life (steal the pen from God). You do all understand that God created EVERYTHING in the Universe right? You understand that God made you from dust into the sophisticated, complex, unbelievable creation that you have become right? So why in the world would you want to give up that direction and take your own? How well as it worked so far?

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

Isaiah 41:10

Friends, God is, always has been, and always will be in control of everything that is going on in His Creation. Unfortunately, the free will He has given us we take and mess things up. The reason we have this free will is God wanted us to love Him not by force but by CHOICE. Again, He knows what our choice will be, yet we still can make the choice. Today, make the choice to give back the pen of life to Jesus. He knows more about you than you ever will; He knew you before you were even created so of course He will have the best plans and the best paths for your life. Trust Him to do for you what you simply cannot do for yourself.

Give up the pen; in fact, give it up and NEVER take it back. The God of all Creation is just waiting to write your next Great Chapter. I promise you, it will be a best seller….

-Blessings and Love,

David

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Be Happy!

Jesus second coming In the clouds

Psalm 37:4- Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

God

Good morning everyone! I didn’t think I would be able to write a blog post this morning because we went to see my Grandson play his football game, then we were going to go help our youngest son finish moving. However, he called us to say that he got it all done and while he would love to see us, didn’t really need our help anymore. So, with things tight around our own move, we stayed home and well here I am! Hopefully the message God has given me hits home.

Be happy….

I know in the world we live in, it becomes increasingly difficult to be happy and joyful. Seemingly every time you turn around, someone or something is determined to ruin your day. Can anyone relate? Our world has become evil beyond anything I ever thought I would see in my lifetime and honestly, there are not too many Christ Followers that I find I can count on either. (That is a topic for a different post.)

So, if your like me, I just hold on tight to God and my Bride and deflect all others that would try and bring me down. Problem is though, that is not the way God wants us to live. He didn’t send His Son Jesus to die on the Cross so we could be miserable all the time, no He wants us to find joy! Joy not in what the world offers but with what HE offers; both here and in the life to come.

Have we forgotten what awaits those who accept the free gift of Salvation?

Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Jesus Christ

Can you even begin to wrap your mind around that concept? No more tears, no more death, no more pain..My gosh what a gift! Yet many of us live as if this world is all there is; friends, its time to BE HAPPY!

Do our circumstances get rough? Yes, Jesus said they would. Are there times where we feel like giving up? Yes, Jesus said that we would. Are there times where you feel like everyone is against you? Yes, Jesus said many would fall from their faith and family would turn against each other (in some cases). But He also has said that through Him we have ALREADY overcome!

Yes in the next life it will all be perfect, but we can live a life worth living here as well! Paul said to “keep our eyes on the prize” and if we do that, how can we possibly live a life of unhappiness. So how about it? Can we focus on what is really important today? Can we live the life of joy that Christ wants us too?

You have given the world its shot, give Jesus His, Amen?

Agape Love,

David