Unity

Hello everyone and welcome to Saturday. First and foremost I want to offer prayers for our friends in California. Another earthquake struck yesterday that was even more powerful than the first one. I dire to think what may be coming next but I would hope that all reading this would join me in prayer for a hedge of protection for all involved. (In other words, save the judgmental comments about the state.) Excellent!

Unity….I am convinced this is the only way we move forward at all. Now before you offer me Scripture about how Jesus came to bring a sword not peace, let me say two things.

  1. WE ARE NOT JESUS CHRIST. God and His Son and have their purpose and we have ours. Don’t know what that is? Read the Beatitudes; especially this one..”Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”- Matthew 5:9
  2. Read number 1.

I see so much division, anger, and judgment coming from my fellow believers and it breaks my heart and the heart of Christ. I understand how evil the world has gotten and how tempting it is to want to attack back, but we will never bring people to Christ by acting like the world. We must be the difference, else how to we have any hope of fulfilling the Great Commission?

Or have we ourselves become instruments of the evil one and don’t care about saving souls anymore? Hmmm. How different are we then than who we oppose?

So where do we start? How about LISTENING for a change and stop talking. If we can connect with even one person and get them on the path to salvation, is it not worth it? Be still, listen, and offer love and comfort. Yes, offer Truth but first listen. Make sense?

Friends, I know the world is spiraling seemingly out of control, but we still have work to do. Let God be God and do the work WE were assigned. Stop confusing our role with His. Be the Light! Amen?

Love and Blessings,

David

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Short and Sweet

I guess the picture says it all right? No messing around this morning, no beating around the bush, getting right to it.

There have been days where I think to myself, I can’t honestly believe that people think the way that they do. Not to say I know everything because that couldn’t be farther from the truth but do Christians even actually read the Bible anymore? Or is everything just a “pick out the best scenario to fit my agenda” game? Again, short and to the point so here are my thoughts for your reading pleasure..

  • NO ONE comes to the true saving grace and eternal gift of life by putting them down and telling them their actions are leading them to hell. NO ONE. I didn’t and anyone that tells you they did, well, I would have my doubts.

  • Only when we DEMONSTRATE the love of Christ will unbelievers start to question why we act the way we do and desire that life as well. Jesus left us plenty of examples of this yet we choose to ignore them..

  • We are NOT to judge the WORLD. The Scriptures call us to judge the CHURCH! Yes folks the CHURCH! Yet more times than not all I see is the judgement of the LGBTQ community, Democrats, insert favorite sin here..you get it. GOD will judge the world no, ifs, and’s or buts.

  • Finally, we are called to love our enemies…Boy do we hate that one. I really pray that social media is not a true measuring stick of where we are at in that one because if so…..we got problems

Friends….I can’t say it any clearer. You want to win souls to Jesus? Figure out His love first. If you don’t know how to love like Jesus did and does, start there. Its ok to reboot, better to reboot and do things the right way instead of having to explain to the King of Kings why you felt the need to keep doing HIS job instead of what He called you to do…

Blessings,

David

Judgmental….

Happy Sunday everyone!! Hope you all are having a great weekend and are falling more in love with Jesus than ever before. I would ask that you keep my daughter in law and her family in your prayers today. She lost her grandmother yesterday and although she was 94 years old, loss is still never easy no matter the circumstances. Please pray that the family would know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is not really Death but instead the beginning of her true life! Amen? Thank you all so much!

Ok, I never cease to be amazed at (and I’m sorry for this) about how clueless some so called believers are….I get on Twitter this morning to check the news and people are absolutely losing their minds about Lauren Dangle. Lauren is an up and coming artist who is in the Christian genre. She claims to be a Christian and as far as that is concerned, its good enough for me; that is between her and God. Anyways….I guess she has been making the rounds on talk shows promoting her new album which is great! How many times do Christian artists get the chance to go around on “secular” shows to showcase their God given talent. Here is where people are losing their minds….

She apparently was asked on Ellen (I believe it was Ellen) if Homosexuality was a sin. I will paraphrase her here but basically her response was her saying she didn’t know for sure and told Ellen (or whoever) that she is still learning and always has people read the Bible for themselves for clarity. Again, I’m paraphrasing but that was the just of her response. Well the Twitter onslaught began with people saying all kinds of judgmental comments which I wont give them power here by repeating them but suffice it to say, these folks must lead the perfect life and be sinless….(JOKING)

A few thoughts…

1. Of course Lauren knows homosexuality is a sin. Just like she knows lying, overeating, hating people, etc is a sin. Clearly Lauren is just a fledgling at answering questions like that on a national stage and didn’t want to cause commotion on a live show. Did she miss an opportunity? Maybe, maybe not.But the second thing is what all those judgmental people missed…

2. She referred people to the WORD OF GOD. In other words, she wants GOD to be the authority on such matters not her. PERFECT! Is that not the Truth? Have we become so great and so knowledgeable of the Scriptures that we are even above God?

3. I seem to remember someone else being really scared and denying Christ altogether (3 times); we all know how that turned out…

4. Do we really think that when Jesus was preaching to folks that He pointed out their sin every chance He got? I seem to remember that being reserved for the Pharisees. THAT should tell us something; it was always a message of love and I could tell that was partly Lauren’s motive for the way she answered that question.

Friends, we just have to STOP. Stop thinking we have it all together and have become so perfect that we have the right to judge others for what they do or what they don’t do. For all those people that condemned Lauren for her response, I promise you with enough time I could find out something about each one of those peoples lives that would expose them in the same way. NO ONE is perfect and we are all at different points in our walk with God. Again, did Lauren miss an opportunity there? Maybe? Maybe not. Maybe she answered that question exactly the way the Holy Spirit directed her to. She never said homosexuality WASN”T a sin, she simply referred others to God’s Word to find out for themselves.

Sounds like some of us need to spend some time there as well….

Agape Love,

David

Dreams or Visions- Reminder

visions

***Since I have a bunch of new people here and this was really on my mind, I thought I would share this with you.***

 

Good morning everyone. I know most of you are either still asleep or heading to church. I am neither right now. I had a really rough night last night with my hip and so rather than put off the inevitable, I got up, showered and have coffee in hand as I type this. This morning I am going to do something different; something different in that I have never shared publicly some of the things that I am about to share with all of you. My close family knows these but not much more than that. For a long time I dreaded talking about them as some of my “visions” are not very pleasant; as the one in which I am going to share with you today. It exposes me I guess to various reactions which is why I have been hesitant, but if I am ever going to reach my goals of bringing a message through my writing I have to shed that fear. So, with a warning that this might be disturbing, enter into my world….

Time’s Up

I found myself awake of sorts, I mean I knew I was dreaming, or was I? In any case the world around me was very vivid. The world in which I walked was not the world in which I left. This world was very “from the Matrix”. The sky was darkened and the sun shine through just enough to give the world I was in a dark, blue misty haze about it. There was a massive building to the right of me which I could not quite tell of its purpose but that is not what drew my attention. What made me realize I “wasn’t in Kansas anymore” was the image in front of me. There was a towering crane-like structure that must have stood 300 feet or more in height and at the bottom was a woman; a woman that was chained with her arms spread wide and her head encased in a device that she could not escape from. She was pleading for her life, but in a language that I could not understand, yet I knew it was her life that was on the line here……

The were two figures, one on each side of her head simply laughing at her pleas clearly amused at her efforts to deal her way out of whatever this situation was she found herself in now. The two figures saw me but clearly their attention was solely on this woman. At this point, there was movement in the giant machine and surprisingly the top part of the device that was holding her head in place started to come off and I was thinking that maybe they had changed their mind and whatever fate they had for her had changed. All along the two demonic looking creatures by her side kept laughing; I couldn’t tell if the laughter was for her, for me, or for both but in any case the laughter was bone chilling. This “release” from the device was an ignorant assumption because as soon as the top part of the device came off, another one came down from the top of the giant machine. This was one was much more sinister has it had giant daggers protruding from what appeared to be some clawed like mechanism. This then got lowered down and it clamped her head so tight I thought her head might explode right then and there but alas it was only tight enough to begin the process of lifting her up to the top of the giant “machine” which now clearly revealed a demonic face that in my worst nightmares or horror movies have never seen. It was as if I was staring at hate in its purest form….

While the lady was being pulled by her head up to the top, the other restraints released from her so that all that was attached to her was this claw like attachment. I remember screaming for her, that whatever this was she didn’t deserve this punishment. All this beast did was laugh with an evil sound so hideous, I wanted to run away but couldn’t. Finally the lady met her accuser at the top of the machine and started a countdown; three…..”no, please help me”…..two…….one………and then it happened. The claw like device pulled her head away from the rest of her body while her torso fell to the ground, the hideous beast held its prize with just ahead and spinal cord remaining. The Beast as proud of its victory and all I could do was shutter in fear of what was next…..

What was next was I woke up in my bed and could not believe what had just happened….I have had visions before but this was more real than almost any of them. Was this just a nightmare? Possibly but I think it was more than that; I believe I was witnessing what happens in the future when the “Mark of the Beast” is refused. I believe there is a time coming where the ultimate choice will have to be made; God or Lucifer. I believe I saw the result of a choice. What say you? What choices will you make today to avoid a potential encounter such as this?

Have a blessed day my friends and I look forward to your feedback and support….

Love and Truth,

David

Dreams or Visions- Reminder

visions

***Since I have a bunch of new people here and this was really on my mind, I thought I would share this with you.***

 

Good morning everyone. I know most of you are either still asleep or heading to church. I am neither right now. I had a really rough night last night with my hip and so rather than put off the inevitable, I got up, showered and have coffee in hand as I type this. This morning I am going to do something different; something different in that I have never shared publicly some of the things that I am about to share with all of you. My close family knows these but not much more than that. For a long time I dreaded talking about them as some of my “visions” are not very pleasant; as the one in which I am going to share with you today. It exposes me I guess to various reactions which is why I have been hesitant, but if I am ever going to reach my goals of bringing a message through my writing I have to shed that fear. So, with a warning that this might be disturbing, enter into my world….

Time’s Up

I found myself awake of sorts, I mean I knew I was dreaming, or was I? In any case the world around me was very vivid. The world in which I walked was not the world in which I left. This world was very “from the Matrix”. The sky was darkened and the sun shine through just enough to give the world I was in a dark, blue misty haze about it. There was a massive building to the right of me which I could not quite tell of its purpose but that is not what drew my attention. What made me realize I “wasn’t in Kansas anymore” was the image in front of me. There was a towering crane-like structure that must have stood 300 feet or more in height and at the bottom was a woman; a woman that was chained with her arms spread wide and her head encased in a device that she could not escape from. She was pleading for her life, but in a language that I could not understand, yet I knew it was her life that was on the line here……

The were two figures, one on each side of her head simply laughing at her pleas clearly amused at her efforts to deal her way out of whatever this situation was she found herself in now. The two figures saw me but clearly their attention was solely on this woman. At this point, there was movement in the giant machine and surprisingly the top part of the device that was holding her head in place started to come off and I was thinking that maybe they had changed their mind and whatever fate they had for her had changed. All along the two demonic looking creatures by her side kept laughing; I couldn’t tell if the laughter was for her, for me, or for both but in any case the laughter was bone chilling. This “release” from the device was an ignorant assumption because as soon as the top part of the device came off, another one came down from the top of the giant machine. This was one was much more sinister has it had giant daggers protruding from what appeared to be some clawed like mechanism. This then got lowered down and it clamped her head so tight I thought her head might explode right then and there but alas it was only tight enough to begin the process of lifting her up to the top of the giant “machine” which now clearly revealed a demonic face that in my worst nightmares or horror movies have never seen. It was as if I was staring at hate in its purest form….

While the lady was being pulled by her head up to the top, the other restraints released from her so that all that was attached to her was this claw like attachment. I remember screaming for her, that whatever this was she didn’t deserve this punishment. All this beast did was laugh with an evil sound so hideous, I wanted to run away but couldn’t. Finally the lady met her accuser at the top of the machine and started a countdown; three…..”no, please help me”…..two…….one………and then it happened. The claw like device pulled her head away from the rest of her body while her torso fell to the ground, the hideous beast held its prize with just ahead and spinal cord remaining. The Beast as proud of its victory and all I could do was shutter in fear of what was next…..

What was next was I woke up in my bed and could not believe what had just happened….I have had visions before but this was more real than almost any of them. Was this just a nightmare? Possibly but I think it was more than that; I believe I was witnessing what happens in the future when the “Mark of the Beast” is refused. I believe there is a time coming where the ultimate choice will have to be made; God or Lucifer. I believe I saw the result of a choice. What say you? What choices will you make today to avoid a potential encounter such as this?

Have a blessed day my friends and I look forward to your feedback and support….

Love and Truth,

David

Laws- A New OT

laws

Hello everyone again. I hope that this message finds you well and are ready for a relaxing weekend. I know I am; things around these parts have been so chaotic, that I am totally ready for a weekend of inaction, can I get an Amen? I’ll wait…..

So did the title of my message this morning grab your attention? I hope so because that was its intent. You may be thinking, “There is a New OT?, has this guy totally lost his mind?” Well I haven’t; not yet at least. However, there really has been a New OT created and it is not from God I can assure you of that. We have created a New OT full of Laws and Regulations that the Pharisees of old would be proud of. Let me provide a few examples….

  1. Do not cuss
  2. Do not watch rated R movies
  3. Do not listen to secular music
  4. Do not miss church
  5. Do not hang out with people who are not beleivers
  6. Do not speak out for fear of offending others

I mean honestly I could go all day….Now you might be asking yourself, “Self, what is wrong with those things? Aren’t they all what Jesus taught?” Well yes He did but, and here is the kicker, we did not do one thing first….BECOME A NEW CREATION!!!!! See we have taken all of Jesus’ teachings and turned them into more Laws just like the Pharisees did all those years ago. Without first becoming a New Creation, these things are just more rules and regulations that are impossible to keep. We have allowed the Enemy to take Godly principles and make them once again our master; we are once again in bondage to the Law.

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”- Matthew 5:17  

Friends, Jesus did not die on the Cross so we could continue to struggle with the Law, He fulfilled it so we no longer have to worry about rules and regulations but instead become a NEW CREATION IN HIM and guess what? He and the Holy Spirit guide your walk through His teachings for us in our flesh are incapable of doing it by ourselves…We are nothing but rotting flesh ever enslaved by Satan and his minions if we continue to go through life trying everything with our own power. We need to get over ourselves and finally become that NEW CREATION that only through Jesus Christ can be achieved.

Quit being a Keeper of the Law and become a true Christ follower. Easier said than done? Yep; i have to remind myself of this daily and sometimes hourly but it can be done. It simply requires faith….Do you have enough faith in Him to guide you? Or is your faith in yourself and your judgment so strong that you have become your own god and no longer need Him? 

WAKE UP!

David

Laws- A New OT

laws

Hello everyone again. I hope that this message finds you well and are ready for a relaxing weekend. I know I am; things around these parts have been so chaotic, that I am totally ready for a weekend of inaction, can I get an Amen? I’ll wait…..

So did the title of my message this morning grab your attention? I hope so because that was its intent. You may be thinking, “There is a New OT?, has this guy totally lost his mind?” Well I haven’t; not yet at least. However, there really has been a New OT created and it is not from God I can assure you of that. We have created a New OT full of Laws and Regulations that the Pharisees of old would be proud of. Let me provide a few examples….

  1. Do not cuss
  2. Do not watch rated R movies
  3. Do not listen to secular music
  4. Do not miss church
  5. Do not hang out with people who are not beleivers
  6. Do not speak out for fear of offending others

I mean honestly I could go all day….Now you might be asking yourself, “Self, what is wrong with those things? Aren’t they all what Jesus taught?” Well yes He did but, and here is the kicker, we did not do one thing first….BECOME A NEW CREATION!!!!! See we have taken all of Jesus’ teachings and turned them into more Laws just like the Pharisees did all those years ago. Without first becoming a New Creation, these things are just more rules and regulations that are impossible to keep. We have allowed the Enemy to take Godly principles and make them once again our master; we are once again in bondage to the Law.

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”- Matthew 5:17  

Friends, Jesus did not die on the Cross so we could continue to struggle with the Law, He fulfilled it so we no longer have to worry about rules and regulations but instead become a NEW CREATION IN HIM and guess what? He and the Holy Spirit guide your walk through His teachings for us in our flesh are incapable of doing it by ourselves…We are nothing but rotting flesh ever enslaved by Satan and his minions if we continue to go through life trying everything with our own power. We need to get over ourselves and finally become that NEW CREATION that only through Jesus Christ can be achieved.

Quit being a Keeper of the Law and become a true Christ follower. Easier said than done? Yep; i have to remind myself of this daily and sometimes hourly but it can be done. It simply requires faith….Do you have enough faith in Him to guide you? Or is your faith in yourself and your judgment so strong that you have become your own god and no longer need Him? 

WAKE UP!

David