Stand Up!

Hello again everyone! I hope and pray that you all had a exceptional week and are ready for the weekend. I had some ups and downs but at the end of it all I’m still standing and God is still in control, Amen?

This week I am issuing a calling; a calling to all my Brothers and Sisters in Christ. (If you haven’t made Jesus the Savior of your life, please do so now; if you don’t know where to start, please let me or someone else know and we can help you get there.) The calling I am asking for is simple; stand up for what you believe in; not just on Social Media but everywhere! The Enemy does not hesitate to have his intentions known through his people, so neither should God’s people.

The time for worrying about offending someone is over. The time for worrying that what you say wont be received in love is over. The time for sitting on our hands and waiting for the Lord’s return is over. We have been charged, as His followers, to speak HIS truth (not ours) to all that will hear. Have we done that? I mean really done that?

I already see a Great Falling away from Godly principles like never before in the name of political correctness. Why? Well I think people are afraid; they are afraid to truly give all of themselves because they see the evil that is out there. They don’t have the faith that Jesus will do what He said He would do and lead us in the right direction. How is your faith today? Is it strong enough to boldly say without hesitation things like this:

  1. God and God alone created the Universe and everything in it.
  2. Sin came into the world because of OUR disobedience.
  3. God sent His only Son to this world to pay a price for our sin we could never pay.
  4. Jesus Christ died on a Cross and rose again.
  5. Jesus Christ is coming back to restore things to how they were meant to be.
  6. God created marriage to be between One man and One woman.
  7. Abortion is an abomination and God’s heart breaks with every one.
  8. The only true love is found in Jesus Christ.

There are many more, but this list is a good start. I plead with you all to put aside your fears, be bold and take a stand for your faith. Can we do that? Can we finally shed our fear completely of our Enemy and make a real difference? This is not just to rescue the lost but also to ourselves; aren’t you tired of being scared? Aren’t you tired of the negativity in your life? If so, accept my plea and watch God move in your life like never before!

I listen to a few good self-motivational speakers with tons of good advice and practices, but the one thing they are always missing is to center all of that around our faith. To be bold with our beliefs and actions no matter how mad it makes the Enemy. So who is with me? I would love to hear from you all on your thoughts.

Be bold, be faithful, be what God has created you to be!

-David

Non-Negotiables

Today’s message will be quick but maybe not painless. There are a few “non-negotiables” when it comes to my faith in Jesus Christ that are not open for discussion. So much so that I am not even willing to have debate on these for if any of these are changed even in the slightest, the bedrock on which our faith is built no longer exists. Here they go.

  1. God is the Creator of all things that exist.
  2. God created the world in six actual days.
  3. God created the world without sin; WE (Adam and Eve) brought it upon ourselves.
  4. God still so loved His Creation that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty WE should have paid; He paid it by dying crucified to an actual Cross in Calvary.
  5. Jesus laid in the tomb for 3 days before He rose again.
  6. After His resurrection, He walked among His people for a time and then ascended to the right hand of the Father.
  7. One day, at a time only known by the Father, Jesus will come again to judge the Earth and restore things how they were intended to be.
  8. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God, written by man but inspired by God. (I am willing to discuss translation issues as the Bible we read today is not in the same format it originally was, however, it is still the Word of God and the only source of Truth for how God calls us to live as well as all other aspects of why we are here.)
  9. Marriage was designed to be between One Man and One Woman.
  10. There is a very real place that awaits God’s people after we die called Heaven. There is also a very real place that awaits those who reject Him called Hell. Both places are eternal and will not be changed.

Again, for me, these basics are not open for discussion. If after reading this you choose not to be a part of my ministry, that’s ok. I for one, however, am tired of seeing the Church community divided on basic Godly Principles so I am making a stand.

Hope you all continue to serve with me!

David

Answer!

Hello again! So I asked for you guys to ask me any question you wanted and I only got ONE lol. So Ryan, the floor is all yours with this question that you asked….

“What is the best advice you could give to another Christian married couple? I believe you guys just had your 27th anniversary if I remember right! You have been at it a decade longer than us, so I would love to hear the wisdom from that experience! Thanks for the open invite to ask something too! God bless you guys!”

Well Ryan there is a lot involved in making a marriage last as long as ours has but my advice contains just a few simple steps:

1. Always put God first- I know it sounds like a default answer but in the beginning we did not do this and it was a disaster. So always put Him first!

2. Always try and look at things through the lenses of your spouse. Despite the crap the world dishes out, men and women are very different creatures and are wired completely different. Do as the Bible teaches and put your spouse before yourself. While we may not truly ever understand our spouse, it helps a lot to try and put ourselves in their frame of mind on things!

3. Finally, always make time for just the two of you! My Bride and I ALWAYS have date night. Usually its on Friday and sometimes its even McDonalds and Netflix, sometimes its s nice restaurant but regardless we always make that time for each other. Even with children, this is a vital step to staying in touch with each other.

There are many other things but these are my top 3. I would also say that marriage is WORK, HARD WORK; work worth every minute of it.! Because Ryan was nice enough to offer his question, I have provided the link to his blog below. Anyone else have questions? Let me know!

David

Ryan Callahan Blog

Answer!

Hello again! So I asked for you guys to ask me any question you wanted and I only got ONE lol. So Ryan, the floor is all yours with this question that you asked….

“What is the best advice you could give to another Christian married couple? I believe you guys just had your 27th anniversary if I remember right! You have been at it a decade longer than us, so I would love to hear the wisdom from that experience! Thanks for the open invite to ask something too! God bless you guys!”

Well Ryan there is a lot involved in making a marriage last as long as ours has but my advice contains just a few simple steps:

1. Always put God first- I know it sounds like a default answer but in the beginning we did not do this and it was a disaster. So always put Him first!

2. Always try and look at things through the lenses of your spouse. Despite the crap the world dishes out, men and women are very different creatures and are wired completely different. Do as the Bible teaches and put your spouse before yourself. While we may not truly ever understand our spouse, it helps a lot to try and put ourselves in their frame of mind on things!

3. Finally, always make time for just the two of you! My Bride and I ALWAYS have date night. Usually its on Friday and sometimes its even McDonalds and Netflix, sometimes its s nice restaurant but regardless we always make that time for each other. Even with children, this is a vital step to staying in touch with each other.

There are many other things but these are my top 3. I would also say that marriage is WORK, HARD WORK; work worth every minute of it.! Because Ryan was nice enough to offer his question, I have provided the link to his blog below. Anyone else have questions? Let me know!

David

Ryan Callahan Blog

22 Years!

22 years! Happy Anniversary to my beautiful Bride Marcy. It’s unbelievable to me that God put someone into my life that has been able to tolerate me that long. You have been there with me every step of the way no matter how bleak the situation. I l am so proud of us; in this day of disposable marriages, you and I have taken our vows to heart and not only been true to each other but set an example for others. I love you so much and can’t wait to spend these next few days celebrating with you. πŸ™‚

Marriages CAN work my friends, we are a living testimony of it!

Blessings!

David