"The nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes." ~ Ezekiel 36:23

Thursday, January 01, 2015

character matters: honesty


No one appreciates a liar, not even other liars.  Be honest in every word from your mouth; speak the truth in all things.  Avoid exaggeration and embellishment; don’t make more (or less) of yourself or of a given situation.
He who speaks truth tells what is right, but a false witness, deceit.  Proverb 12:17 (NASB)
 You are who you are; embrace yourself and allow others to accept you without surprise or disappointment.  Admit your faults when needful; be accountable for your actions without reservation.  Accept the consequences of your actions, good and bad.  Allow your successes and your failures to mold and shape you into the person God intended you to be.

 Honesty is a direct reflection of your inner character.” ~ Kelli Mahoney
 We all desire to be admired and respected.  The people in your life will respect and admire your honesty and will be drawn to your good character.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22 (NASB)
A person who always speaks truthfully does not have to try to remember what he has told someone as his story never changes.  A liar is unusually transparent to others; no one has a memory good enough to hang onto various versions of their story.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He holds success in store for the upright; he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.” Proverb 2:6-8 (NIV)

take a look at yourself and then make a change

"The Man In The Mirror" by Michael Jackson

"I'm gonna make a change
For once in my life
It's gonna feel real good
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right

As I turned up the collar on
My favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin' my mind
I see the kids in the street
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind
Pretending not to see their need

A summer's disregard
A broken bottle top
And a one man's soul
They follow each other on the wind, ya know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change

I've been a victim of
A selfish kinda love
It's time that I realize
There are some with no home
Not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me
Pretending that they're not alone

A willow deeply scarred
Somebody's broken heart
And a washed out dream (washed out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind, ya see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change"

It starts with me.

a fresh start

Happy New Year!

"It's Your Life"  Francesca Battistelli

"It's your life
What you gonna do?
The world is watching you
Every day the choices you make
Say what you are and who
Your heart beats for
It's an open door
It's your life

Are you who you always said you would be?
With a sinking feeling in your chest
Always waiting for someone else to fix you
Tell me when did you forget

To live the way that you believe
This is your opportunity
To let your life be one that lights the way

Every day we get a  fresh start.  Every day when we awake from sleep and put our feet onto the ground, we have a new opportunity to reboot our lives.  Every day we get to make a choice to move forward, to remain in place or to take steps back.

Each of the choices we make provide an oportunity for reflection, consideration and revision. Was it the right choice? Should I do it differently next time? Was it the best I could do? Did I hit the mark in front of me (the mark that honors God)?

"Every day the choices you make
Say what you are and who
Your heart beats for"

We were created for a specific purpose or purposes, with a definite, designed and achievable target. God put us here for a reason. When we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit of God, we will find ourselves moving in the correct direction.

I have made a lot of mistakes in my life, some recoverable and some not.  Some of the choices I made for myself and for my family were certainly not the wisest choices I could have made.  I'd like to go back and fix the outcomes of those unwise choices; sometimes we get that chance, sometimes not.  Choices that affect others may not always be fixable.  Our imprint on the lives of others tends to be indelible.  We can leave broken hearts, minds and bodies in our wake or we can bless others on the paths we cross or walk alongside.  I've done both.

"To live the way that you believe
This is your opportunity
To let your life be one that lights the way"

I want to be the "one that lights the way".  I want "to live the way that you believe".

Every day I get a new chance to make a fresh start putting yesterday behind me and moving forward.

"Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."  Phillipians 3:13-14 (NASB)

Guided by the Holy Spirit and God's Word, I can begin each day with a renewed purpose and push to achieve that which God has set before me.  I can step onto a renewed path, picking up dropped pieces, pressing forward. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Please show your support for your local Police by lighting your house entry blue January 2-4, 2015.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

blind eyes opened by the Spirit of God

"I try to explain to you the joy of following Christ: the thrill, the excitement, the exhilaration—knowing where I’ve come from, why I’m here, where I’m going! There’s a reason for existence. There’s a reason for getting up every morning of the year. I try to tell you what I’ve found in Jesus Christ, and in studying the Scriptures and walking with Him, and you say, “I can’t see that!” Of course, you can’t. You are blind. Try to explain television to a blind man. He can understand a little of it, but it doesn’t make sense to him. Try to explain a sunset to him. He’s blind to it. The scales must be removed from your eyes, and only Christ can do that. He can remove them right now and you can start living and seeing a whole new world that you never knew existed, if you will let Him open your spiritual eyes."  ~ Billy Graham

The blind cannot see that which is just before them.  It simply is not possible.  So it is with the things of God. 

"But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised."  1 Corinthians 2:14

We waste our time in trying to convince a natural man of the things of God; he is simply not able to see through natural eyes and with a natural mind.  Evangelism is a tool to announce the Word, using the Word and preceded and followed by prayer.  We tell them what we know and we faithfully wait for the Holy Spirit to open their eyes.

"And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.  And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way."  Mark 10:51-52

In the interim, we try not to become jaded, frustrated, angered, rejected or dejected by the darkness of the world around us.  It is what it is, the blind leading the blind.

"Stay away from those Pharisees! They are like blind people leading other blind people, and all of them will fall into a ditch.Matthew 15:14 

Friday, December 26, 2014

the thin blue line

It saddens me to hear otherwise logical folks spewing hate for the police in general, because of the acts or perceived acts of a few.  I know of no group of people (police, doctors, students, retailers, farmers, soldiers,  etc..) who are composed of perfect people and every group of folks contains people who make mistakes, purposefully or otherwise.  I know of no person living on this earth who is perfect, who has never done something wrong, or who has never made a mistake.

During my short time as a Sheriff’s Deputy, I witnessed mistakes, bad judgement calls and blatant stupidity on the part of brother LEOs.  I also witnessed heroism, compassion, kindness, generosity and sacrifice, far more of the later than the former.  The average Law Enforcement officer is underpaid, overworked and walking the line in one of the most dangerous and stressful jobs on this planet.  The average Officer does this willingly, purposefully and will put his life in harms way for you on a daily basis, and ask nothing from you in return.

Yes, we all have the right to form our own opinions in this country and the right to peaceful protest.  That right was won for you by the men and women of the armed forces and is protected and guarded for you by the men and women of Law Enforcement in your community.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is a digital library of classic Christian books for edification and education. 

Monday, December 08, 2014

The time is coming when people won't listen to good teaching

"When Christ Jesus comes as king, he will be the judge of everyone, whether they are living or dead. So with God and Christ as witnesses, I command you to preach God's message. Do it willingly, even if it isn't the popular thing to do. You must correct people and point out their sins. But also cheer them up, and when you instruct them, always be patient.   The time is coming when people won't listen to good teaching. Instead, they will look for teachers who will please them by telling them only what they are itching to hear.   They will turn from the truth and eagerly listen to senseless stories.   But you must stay calm and be willing to suffer. You must work hard to tell the good news and to do your job well."   ~ 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Choosing the devil?

"Students today want to know about the devil, about witchcraft, about the occult. Many people do not know they are turning to Satan. They are being deluded because, according to Jesus Christ, Satan is the father of lies and the greatest liar of all times. He is called a deceiver. In order to accomplish his purpose, the devil blinds people to their need of Christ. Two forces are at work in our world—the forces of Christ and the forces of the devil—and you are asked to choose."  ~ Billy Graham

It's no mystery; turn your back on God and you are following Satan. There is no middle ground.
"Jesus answered: If God were your Father, you would love me, because I came from God and only from him. He sent me. I did not come on my own.   Why can't you understand what I am talking about? Can't you stand to hear what I am saying?   Your father is the devil, and you do exactly what he wants. He has always been a murderer and a liar. There is nothing truthful about him. He speaks on his own, and everything he says is a lie. Not only is he a liar himself, but he is also the father of all lies.   Everything I have told you is true, and you still refuse to have faith in me.   Can any of you accuse me of sin? If you cannot, why won't you have faith in me? After all, I am telling you the truth.   Anyone who belongs to God will listen to his message. But you refuse to listen, because you don't belong to God."   John 8:42-47

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Vote for unbelieving judges?

As a follower of Jesus, shall I cast a vote for anyone who does not also follow Him as Lord?

At every level of government, we place men and women who create and enforce laws.  Shall I vote for anyone who does not follow after God and profess Jesus as Lord?

1 Corinthians 6:4-6 NASB

So if you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren, but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers?