I Wonder

I’ve been doing this blog for over a year now and still get very little interaction. Starting to wonder if I should just stop writing here..

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Always Learning

One thing about being a Pastor, being in the ministry, heck just being a human being is that we are always learning; at least that is what we should be doing. We should never reach a point in our lives where we know without a shadow of a doubt that we know everything and can’t be taught. This happened to me yesterday and even though I knew better, I had to learn the hard way a very simple fact; some people don’t want to learn…

If I am wrong I say it; always been a trait of mine that I hold dear and to be honest expect from others as well. It’s right up there with honesty, kind of a non-negotiable. Over the last few days there has been quite the debate that I stirred up on whether Baptism is required for salvation. I will go to my grave saying it is not because the Bible just gives too many examples where it is Grace and Grace alone (with your acceptance of that Grace) that saves you. Baptism is an act that Jesus is very clear about in which acts can’t save you. Look at the person on the Cross with Jesus; “Today you will be with me in Paradise”. Was that person Baptized? No of course not. So if you are saying Baptism is required for salvation then you are saying that Jesus was lying on the Cross when He made that statement. (There are plenty more examples Jesus gave us through His Word but that is the most obvious one). ANWAYS….

What I learned yesterday is that no one is ever teachable when you play this back and forth game with them; especially over the internet. I would much rather have that type of conversation over coffee face to face, however, in this world today that is difficult so here we are….I should have taken a page from my mentor and just gave my position and left it there. Many people agree with my stance on this; why engage others that disagree? It just puts on a horrible witness and for that I am truly sorry. I guess for me when it comes to issues of salvation it drives me insane to see folks deceived, but again just like spreading the Good News itself, I am not responsible for what people do with the information I give them, only that I in fact give it to them. The Holy Spirit does the rest.

So, my advice to all of you? Let Love be your guide! On most things concerning God and His Word odds are we have it all jacked up anyways. I mean look at all the different versions and today the lack of research people do into the original languages in which God’s Word was written. Other than the basics, I bet when we get to Heaven we will see how wrong we were about a great many things. So if you are passionate about something, be passionate and put it out there. Just stop engaging those that only want to argue and not learn. I know for me that is the approach I will be taking from now on.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Agape Love,

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

Question Time!

Hey peeps! Let’s go with something a little less heavy tonight/today. In the comments below ask me any question you want and I will respond in a separate post. Nothing off the table!

And GO!

Love in Christ,

David

Good Night

Good night everyone; I will leave you with this. Though your Enemy may be strong our God is stronger and will always fight for you. Lean on Him tonight as you get ready for your next battle.

Agape Love,

David

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