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…

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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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We Must Unite (Or at least try)

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Good morning everyone and Happy Saturday! I hope and pray that everyone had a great week and is ready for some down time this weekend. Work for me gets more stressful by the day, but I try not to let it consume me for I serve a God that loves me and has my back, Amen?

Ok, please note that I include myself in everything I am about to say…Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, here we go!

America, we have a problem (And its deeper than you think).

Our problem this morning is that we have forgot to LISTEN. In this 24 hour news cycle we live in, we are so consumed with “news” and data that we spend all our time speaking and responding but never listening. We have our feet planted so firmly into the ground in our positions, that we never…

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We Must Unite (Or at least try)

Good morning everyone and Happy Saturday! I hope and pray that everyone had a great week and is ready for some down time this weekend. Work for me gets more stressful by the day, but I try not to let it consume me for I serve a God that loves me and has my back, Amen?

Ok, please note that I include myself in everything I am about to say…Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, here we go!

America, we have a problem (And its deeper than you think).

Our problem this morning is that we have forgot to LISTEN. In this 24 hour news cycle we live in, we are so consumed with “news” and data that we spend all our time speaking and responding but never listening. We have our feet planted so firmly into the ground in our positions, that we never stop to actually LISTEN. You know who is becoming the worst of them all? Not Liberals, not Democrats, not Conservatives, not Republicans, but……(don’t leave me yet)…..Christians.

Yep, you guessed it US. WE are the problem. You may say, “why are WE the problem DAVID?” Well let me explain…

Pastors that I know and love are more concerned with telling others the faults of Liberals than how to come to a eternal relationship with Jesus Christ.

People on Social Media with “God Wins” or “Christ Follower” in their bios never ONCE mention the Gospel in their feed but instead bash whoever doesn’t believe as they do.

Friends, we have been called to a higher purpose! We should be setting the example that Jesus did and loving on others, not bashing them! But why? Why do we do that? Well again, we aren’t listening….If we were, maybe we would understand why that Liberal thinks the way they do. Maybe, just maybe they are going through things that have hardened their heart and secretly are looking for a reason to hope again. We wouldn’t know that because we are too busy Retweeting and Reposting the sins of everyone (but our own…)

Again, I too have been very guilty of this. But guess what God showed me the other day…I can stand for God’s principles AND love others AND listen to their cries. Friends, fear and the Evil One take peoples brains and turn them into mush. If we are right there with them, not setting the example, how will they ever see His Light? Was not your soul worth saving? Why is the person across the isle from you not as worthy to be saved?

Friends, just as we must take time to listen to God, we must also take time to listen to others; especially those that we do not agree with. Jesus said something about this I believe…

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you-Matthew 5:44

Jesus didn’t tell us this so we could take a verbal beating from people but instead to show them what the love of Jesus is all about! So today, let us put down out Earthly swords and judgments and love, respect, and most of all LISTEN to what people are really saying. Can we do that? Can we be beacons of hope and unity?

Today, let us be leaders, leaders of people to the God of all Creation and His Son Jesus Christ.

God bless everyone!

David

Let It Go!

Hello everyone and Happy Saturday! This get your attention? I know it can be annoying but Frozen is one of my favorite all time Disney movies and honestly can’t wait to see the upcoming Broadway version. So many positive messages in this movie along with some God inspired vocals for sure. The Frozen “Let it Go” is not what this message is about however so get ready to really Let it Go!

Colossians 3:15  “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

So often in our lives we deal with daily struggles and with that we are always looking for a way out of those struggles. Health issues, job issues, just every day life issues are always disrupting us and preventing us from having peace. More than anything worrying picks us up in the air and face-palms us right into the ground, But what I find fascinating is that the resource for escaping all of this is right in front of us yet we avoid it like the plague; Jesus.

You see when we make Jesus our Savior, like the passage above says, He gives us a peace inside of us that we can tap into whenever we need it. We have died to our former selves and now have become a “new creation” in Christ Jesus! Yet, we continue to look for earthly ways to obtain that peace and then wonder why we always struggle.

I often hear that its not easy to do; of course it isn’t! You have an Enemy who hates the very fiber of your existence who is always whispering that you have no hope! But the devil is a liar and so are those words! No earthly words, preaching, or advice can give you what the peace of Jesus Christ can, NOTHING! Yet we turn to “experts” on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, yes even WordPress before we go to the only One that can give us what we desire so greatly.

Friends, as a Christ follower you have two choices here; One- you continue to live for the world and live a life of worry, struggle, depression, and frustration. Or two- You place ALL of the worry, struggle, depression, and frustration in your life and give it to Jesus where He will replace that with a peace beyond understanding. I told my middle son the other day that I honestly fear nothing anymore and its true! I struggle still yes but with God in my life, what do I need to fear? Fear this decaying peace of meat that is only a vessel to get around this planet? Nothing can destroy the real me that is inside and that God will always protect.

Today everyone, just LET IT GO! Break the chains of worry, fear, and frustration and watch Jesus change your life!

In Christ,

David

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday everyone and welcome to the weekend!

I hope you all enjoyed my first blog post back yesterday. It really is good writing again and I hope to hear from each of you soon.

Today we are in the book of Psalms. A passage that I know challenges me; how about you? Waiting is never something that comes easy for me; I want things done now and if not my OCD goes into overdrive. Can you relate?

Problem is that when we are not patient on the Lord to fulfill His will for our lives, things always go wrong. How many times have you got tired of waiting on a certain prayer or a certain career opportunity and just took things on your own timeline. What were the results? In my experience, they never work out well.

Not only that, but then God shows me WHY I was supposed to wait.He is such a good Father, Amen?

Friends, if we say today that we trust the Lord, then we must wait on His timing in our lives. Its not all bad waiting though because He has given His children the Holy Spirit, which when we allow it, will give us peace and understanding while we wait.

Make your goals and dreams set to His timing and watch the results exceed anything you could have ever imagined. Amen?

Love and Blessings,

David

Discipline

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”-Hebrews 12:11

Don’t I know this verse… seemingly every area of my life is undergoing some sort of discipline restoration. My health, ministry, relationships, everything is under construction. But just as the passage above says, if successful, I know it will all be worth it in the end. Whatever your facing today, know that God will turn your “discipline construction” into a harvest of righteousness and success.

In Jesus name,

David

Enough

Good morning! I hope all had a great week and are closer to God than ever before. I’ll get right to it…

I can only take so much…

God is good….

ENOUGH!

Enough of what? Glad you asked.

1. Enough of politics

2. Enough of negativity

3. Enough of darkness

4. Enough of Satan and his deception

5. Enough of humanity regardless of which side they say they are on thinking they have all the answers.

Let me clue you in to a few things…

1. Get rid of every Democrat and Liberal on the planet you will still have evil.

2. No human alive has the answers for what you truly need. (Some may steer you in the right direction but they are still fallible)

3. Things are NEVER what they seem. (Ephesians 6:12)

So what is my point this morning? Well, I have had enough, haven’t you?

We keep avoiding the elephant in the room and that is the fact that we refuse to give all we are and all we have to Jesus. He alone is the only answer for all the problems, all the evil, all the lies, all the fear, and all the deception in the world and in our hearts.

Today, let us put down our worship of humanity and instead give it to the One that can heal our land, our hearts, our minds, and most importantly our souls. So where do we start? Good question! Two ways…

1. Commit your life to Jesus Christ if you never have before.

2. Use your worldwide presence to promote positivity and love that can only be found though Christ. (Yes this is for you as well my fellow Trump supporters). Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, all of them, post even one positive message about the love and saving Grace of Jesus Christ. Then, sit back and watch God do things HIS way.

Peace, Love, and Blessings,

David

Land Of Confusion

Radically Saved

Well, hello all. It’s been a while….

So much going on in my life; I won’t begin to bore you with the details but suffice it to say things have been challenging to say the least since February. I stepped back from writing since then but yesterday I knew I had to, at least for today, write again…

Did you read my title? Does it not fit in the world we live in? Let me give you a brief recap in case you have been on a remote island somewhere and don’t have a clue..

1. COVID 19 has put the Spirit of fear in our world like never before.

2. The Fake News industry claims the President of the United States said to drink bleach and people are believing it.

3. You can go by a lottery ticket, and kill your unborn child, however you cannot go to church.

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