Pull The Plug!

Hello again readers! I hope ou are doing great today!

Yesterday at my church (NorthChurch.tv), we celebrated our 10 year anniversary. The sermon was AMAZING! I always like hearing Pastor Rodney speak. Below is a picture of what the outside of the church looked like.

I kind of wanted to touch on what was talked about. I have considered myself a Christian since 1998. There have been times where I was on fire for God, and following in His steps. There have also been times where I was very distant from God, and could care less about what He wanted for my life.

In the sermon yesterday, the biggest thing that got me was the analogy that my Pastor mentioned about life support and death. Death is apart of life. There is no stopping it. You, myself, and everyone that exists will die. What a lot of Christians don’t grasp, is that when we become a Christian, we have to spiritually die, before we physically die.

What do I mean by that? Basically, when you become a Christian, your life should be transformed. You are a new person. The things you do should be radically different now that you have Jesus in your life. Of course, like myself, there will be struggles. I guess what I and a lot of us need to do is… Pull The Plug! Disconnect from our old life and die spiritually. Until we do so, we will never know the true greatness that God has in store for us.

Are you ready to pull the plug?? I am.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Life..or..Something Like It

Good evening everyone. Wow! I know it has been a while. I say that every time I write. I really do apologize that I haven’t been writing frequently like I used to. That is going to change though. Recently, a reader contacted me about a series of blog posts I did, and actually said he would pray for me about my job situation I have talked about before. He inspired me to start writing again.

Life has been very hard this last year. I lost my grandfather a year ago this coming Wednesday. I have been through 2 job changes, and my wife one. Finances were crazy. Life was really depressing. I was depressed, and to this moment, I still have times of depression. Life made me feel numb.

Looking back at the situation, I honestly wouldn’t have done it differently. I have had a great support team that includes my wife, and my church family. We, through the grace of God, have made it through this hard time. He has taken care of us financially, and emotionally.

So, I guess the point of this post is to say, whatever you are dealing with, ask God to take it from you. It will be hard, but know that you will get through it!

Psalm 23:4 NIV

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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A Brand New Me

Good evening everyone! I hope all of you had a great Easter Holiday. I know I did. My parents came to church with me which is always a blessing.

I wanted to share with you the way that God is working in my life. Since the passing of my grandpa, I feel that God has opened my eyes a little bit more than they have been before.

The past couple of Sundays, I have cried during worship. I don’t know why, I just have. This is a rarity for me though.  Maybe the lyrics are touching me somehow, I don’t know.

Secondly, I have started a Bible reading plan. I found this plan on YouVersion   . I will have the whole Bible read in a year. As a matter of fact, I will admit it, I have never read the complete Bible. This will be a challenge for me, but right now I am on track.

Anyway.. I just wanted to give you all a little update on me.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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A Realistic Guide To Love (Part 7.. The Big D)

Good evening readers! Today was another beautiful day here in Oklahoma City. I got some much-needed rest and I am ready to write!

This evening I am going to touch on a subject that I have lived through, and really don’t like to talk about. Divorce. My mom has been married once, and my dad now has been married once as well. I come from what they call a blended family. My dad I call dad adopted me when I was 8. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

We are almost done with this blog series, which is from an article in the January/February 2011 issue of Relevant Magazine. To start with Part 1, click here.

Enjoy Part 7!

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The Big D

“I hate divorce,” says God in Malachi 2:16. Who wouldn’t Divorce is a messy, miserable experience. And yet it happens. A lot.

When you see persistent problems creeping into your relationship, get help early. Lose any stigma you have about asking a pastor, a mentor couple or a professional counselor for help. There are many happy couples today because they found a good counselor (or several). Divorce is not a possibility any couple should try to face on their own. Divorce can arise from the most painful experiences you can imagine: affairs, addictions, pornography, infertility, mental illness, changes in faith. You may lose the job you always wanted, you may hit a quarter-life crisis, you may feel every ounce of attraction you felt for your spouse has rusted away. Imagine these now, talk about them, pray about them and plan against them. It won’t stop everything, but it will help. Be ready to forgive each other; make it easy to confess to each other.

When life takes terribly hard turns, our tendency is to blame someone. You’ll likely blame someone nearby : either your spouse or God. If you blame your spouse, you load him or her with unreasonable expectations, shame, nagging, hate and a load of unproductive guilt that serves only to drive you apart. So here’s some radical advice: blame God. He can take it. Cry on God’s shoulder, tell Him what hurts and let Him have it–literally. He’s big enough. That phrase “God hates divorce” does not mean “God hates you.” God loves you, no matter what.

If you live past your 20s and step outside your house, you will meet people going through divorce. Divorce can feel like having a limb torn off, like wanting to commit murder, like losing a best friend or like failing. It can also feel like you put on a goblin mask and none of your friends-especially the church ones–will talk to you. A friend facing divorce needs your listening ears more than your advice-blabbing mouth. Be available to listen and learn to listen well. Try stating the obvious rather than ignoring it: “You must be going through a really tough time. Let me know if there’s any way I can help you out.”

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You Don’t Know Me..

Good evening everyone! I hope all of you are doing well tonight. I thought I would come on here and write a little bit.

So.. Have you ever had someone judge you without them really knowing who you are? I know I have. I think it happens to the majority of us everyday with out us even knowing about it.

On the other hand, thoughts about the way someone looks, their lifestyle, their driving, etc.. go through our minds on a constant basis. I am not speaking for everyone here, but really some people don’t even realize they do it. I am not innocent on this, even I do it.

Jesus calls us not to though. We aren’t supposed to judge someone at all. It isn’t our place to do so. We may recognize what they are doing/not doing as a sin, but that is all we can do. Judging is a #1 no-no with God.

Matthew 7:1 (American Standard)

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

The question I leave for you this evening is this..

Do you judge others? If so, why? How do you plan to change that?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Making Fruit

Hello readers! Doesn’t this picture look delicious? I like several types of fruit. What kind do you like?

This post today has nothing to do with the fruit we eat. I am talking today about spiritual fruit. Now there are different types of what I think of spiritual fruit.

The first type of spiritual fruit I wanna talk about is making disciples for Christ. The Bible tells us that we are to go out into the world and multiply.

Matthew 28:19 ( American Standard)

Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Witness to people. Let them know of the love of Christ.

It is my goal to help lead as many people as I can to Jesus Christ.

The other kind of fruit I wanna talk about is, well, making babies. Several of my friends are pregnant, or just had babies. God commands us to produce fruit as well and raise them to be Godly people.

John 15:16 ( The Message)

“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

I hope this post made some sense.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Words…

Hello readers! I have been away a while again, I know. I am sorry. I am going to start writing blog posts on Sundays and scheduling them to post throughout the week. This way, you will have some reading material awaiting you each day or so. Hopefully that is ok with you.

As some of you know, I own an iPhone. No I haven’t upgraded to the iPhone 4 yet, but I really want to. One of the most loved applications I have, and find really addicting, is Words With Friends. If you aren’t familiar with it, it is a Scrabble like game that you can play random people, or friends, all over the world. Through playing this game, I have learned some new words, and realized some words I thought were words, weren’t. Feel free to start a game with me if you have the application. My username is  OSUTom.

So I have been thinking lately. Do the words that come out of my mouth reflect Christ in me? In a world where communication is key, do I use my words wisely? Words can be used to build someone up, or knock them down. Words can have several meanings, so am I using them correctly?

The Bible states the following about words and how we should use them. It also talks about how we aren’t supposed to speak.

James 3:9-11 (The Message)

With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image.Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it?

Psalms 34:13 (The Message)

Guard your tongue from profanity, and no more lying through your teeth.

Proverbs 11:9 (The Message)

The loose tongue of the godless spreads destruction; the common sense of the godly preserves them.

There are plenty more of examples, but they are too long to list.

Questions I would like to leave you with today:

1) Are your words mirroring Christ?

2) Do you think about what you say before you say it?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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