Questions…

Good afternoon everyone. I hope everyone is doing well. It has been a little while since I last wrote. I want to apologize about that.

Life has been really crazy for me these last couple of weeks. I went to the ER with asthma issues. Along with that, my  remaining grandparent passed away April 4th.

A lot has been going through my head lately, mostly related to my grandpa’s passing.

A little back story of my grandpa. He and my grandma were married I believe, 51 years, before she passed away in 1998. What an amazing marriage they had. He was a very outspoken person, but also kept to himself. There are things I really wished I would have talked to him about before is Alzheimer’s got so bad, you couldn’t carry on a conversation with him. I knew my grandpa grew up Catholic, but he was non practicing when I knew him. He made wise decisions about money, which with those decisions, he got to enjoy life after retirement. He was 87 when he passed. He lived a long and wholesome life.

I guess the questions I would ask him, would be the following if we could sit down and chat.

How did you keep your marriage alive and happy all those years?

What are your beliefs about God and Christianity?

I am sure there would be more, but those are the main ones…

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Today at church, Pastor Rodney mentioned  questions we have for God, and how those questions really can’t be answered until we meet our maker. Mostly they are questions that begin with the word… Why? I guess the only answer we can have to questions we have for God, should be answered by trusting Him. I know that is hard, and even I am dealing with that right now.

Why is life prolonged at the time of death, when the inevitable is going to happen?

Why do not so great things happen at the worst timing?

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If you are the praying type, please pray for my family during these emotional times.

Until next time readers, God Bless..

Music Monday — Never Alone

Good afternoon readers! Today is Music Monday and I wanted to share a song with you that has been hitting my heart for the longest time. It is Barlow Girl’s Never Alone.

Throughout my life, I have doubted the existence of God. Whether it be an event that was significant in my life, a death, or depression, that thought has come into my mind.

By listening to this song and becoming a Christian, I know that no matter what happens in my life, God is present and in control. Things happen for a reason, and God will be there no matter what. I, and every other human being on the face of this Earth, are Never Alone.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Scripture Thursday — 1 Peter 4:12-13

Hello readers! Today is Scripture Thursday and we will be looking at a great verse today!

1 Peter 4:12-13 (NIV)

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”

Let’s look at different translations:

(ASV) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you:13 but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy.”

(The Message) “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.13 Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.”

(KJV) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

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So what does this mean?

Right now I am going through some trials of my own. This verse really spoke to me, because when I go through these trials, I always think, ” Woe is me..” In retrospect, I really should be thankful that my trials aren’t as bad as Christ’s were. Christ suffered a whole lot more than anyone person has or ever will. I also have to think and know that God will pull me out of this.

What does this verse mean to you?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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The Job Hunt Continues

Hello readers. I hope every one of you is doing well today. Today I wanted to do a little bit more personal post than usual. I hope you don’t mind.

Currently, I am unemployed. Today is January 27,2010. I have been unemployed since December 3, 2009. There are several feelings that come to mind when I think about this period of my life. Most of these feelings aren’t the best in the world. On the bright side, there are several things that may not have happened during this period if I was employed.

The feelings that come to mind when I think of myself as unemployed are those like I said, not the best in the world. They mostly those that would fit in the category of depression (ie. failure, disappointment, not being able to provide for my wife and I, etc..).

I have searched for jobs in my area in fields I have experience in, and well nothing. I have had a couple of interviews, even ones with second and third interviews for the same position, but still nothing. I recently completed my college education, and that isn’t even helping me out.

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On the bright side of things, I have done some things in this amount of time that I probably wouldn’t have done, or wouldn’t have been able to do much of.

I started this blog. Yeah, I have blogged before, but not to this extent, and not with this much passion to do so.

I have read a book all the way through. This hasn’t happened in a long time.

I have grown closer to God.

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So, I continue to look for a job. Prayers are much-needed. I know that God will put me where I need to go, but honestly, I wish He would do it a little bit quicker.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Theology of the Holy Spirit 101 (part 3)

Hello again fellow classmates! Today will be the last time I can say that because this is the last posting of this series (Theology of the Holy Spirit 101).  Chapter 3 of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God has been absolutely amazing!

This post is going to cover the last few pages of Chapter 3. I really am just going type out what he highlights on pages 74-76, and then leave you with some questions to think about.

If the Holy Spirit dwells within you, a number of things should be a part of your life. Consider how each one is manifest in your life; and if it isn’t, spend some time asking God for that specific thing.

  • The Spirit helps us speak when we are in precarious situations and need to bear witness (Mark 13:11; Luke 12:12).
  • The Counselor teaches and reminds us of what we need to know and remember. He is our comforter, our adviser, our encourager, and our strength. He guides us in the way we should go (Ps. 143:10; John 14-16; Acts 9:31; 13:2; 15:28; 1 Cor. 2:9-10; 1 John 6:6-8).
  • From the Spirit we receive power to be God’s witnesses to the ends of the earth. It is the Spirit who draws people to the gospel, the Spirit who equips us with the strength we need to carry out God’s purposes. The Holy Spirit not only initially draws people to God, He also draws believers closer to Jesus (Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:26; Eph. 3:16-19).
  • By the power of the Spirit we put to death the misdeeds of the body. The Spirit sets us free from the sins we cannot get rid of on our own. This is a lifelong process we entered into, in partnership with the Spirit, when we first believed (e.g., Rom. 8:2).
  • Through the Spirit we have received a spirit of adoption as children, which leads us into intimacy with the Father, instead of a relationship based on fear and slavery. The Spirit bears witness to us tat we are His children (Rom. 8:15-16).
  • The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin. He does this both before we initially enter into right relationship with God and as we journey through this life as believers (John 16:7-11; 1 Thess. 1:5).
  • The Spirit brings us life and freedom. Where the Spirit is, there is freedom, not bondage or slavery. In our world that is plagued with death, this is a profound truth that points to real hope (Rom. 8:10-11; 2 Cor. 3:17).
  • By the power of the Holy Spirit we abound with hope because our god is a God of hope, who fills His children with all joy and peace (Rom. 15:13).
  • As members of God’s kingdom community, each of us is given a manifestation the Spirit in our lives for the purpose of the common good. We all have something to offer because of what the Spirit gives to us (1 Cor. 12:7).
  • The fruit of being led by the Spirit of God includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These attitudes and actions will characterize our lives as we allow ourselves to be grown and molded by the Spirit. The Spirit is our sanctifier (2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 5:22-23).

Hopefully reading these truths about the Holy Spirit will lead you into a deeper relationship with and a greater reverence for the Spirit.

I also hope that these last three posts have made you think about your relationship with God and the Spirit. If you believe something isn’t right with it, do your best to fix it.

The questions I want to leave you with today are this:

  1. On a scale of 0-10, how much do you trust God in your daily life? If not God, who or what are you trusting?
  2. In what way can you change your relationship with God for the better?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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What Are You Afraid Of?

” Snakes… Why did it have to be Snakes?” — Indiana Jones from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  I myself, as you probably, guessed, am afraid of snakes. This is called Ophidiophobia.

Even though a discussion over fear and phobias would be pretty interesting, this post for today with discuss Chapter 2 of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God.

For Francis Chan, his biggest fear is the fear of rejection. Many of us have the fear of what other people think of us; I know I do. I am learning though to let the Holy Spirit guide me, and to release that fear.

A lot of us may share another fear as well. The fear I am talking about is the fear of God failing us. When you pray and pray and pray, and nothing happens. As Mr. Chan states, the fear of God failing us leads us to “cover for God.” This means we ask for less, expect less, and are satisfied with less because we are afraid to ask for or expect more. But the Bible says something different.

Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

God promised to give us His Spirit if we ask for it. We have to repent and be baptized. It really is up to us to believe Him and act upon that promise.

Well friends, there is a flip side to the fear of God failing us. Francis Chan describes this fear as the fear of the “follow through/show up” God. What if God does show up and asks us to go somewhere or do something that is out of your comfort zone? Mr. Chan believes that more people have this fear than the fear of having God ignore them.

What I highlighted out of this chapter:

  • p. 46 Though this fear is natural, it’s not right. We are called to pattern our lives after the Way described in the Bible. We are not called to fear what following the Way of Jesus may require of us, but that doesn’t mean those fears won’t crop up. A life of following Christ requires relinquishing those fears when they do come. It means refusing to let your fears of what others think, your fears of rejection, keep you from pursuing the truth about the Holy Spirit and whatever else God is reaching you and calling you to.
  • p. 47 Open u our mind and our life to the leading of the Spirit, regardless of what others may think or assume about you.
  • p. 49 Ultimately, you need to stake your faith in God alone, not in the gifts (good as they may be) that He gives.
  • p. 50 The truth is that the Spirit of the living God is guaranteed to ask ou to go somewhere or do something you wouldn’t normally want or choose to do. The Spirit will lead you to the way of the cross, as He led Jesus to the cross, and that is definitely not a safe or pretty or comfortable place to be. The Holy Spirit of God will mold you into the person you were made to be.
  • p. 56 We need the Spirit in order to live faithfully. Be we also need one another as we work out our faith.

Let me leave you with these closing questions:

  1. What are you afraid of? What fear is keeping you from connecting with the Holy Spirit and becoming closer to God?
  2. Do you care about what people think when they see you, or do you actually want to serve and please God in everything? Are you afraid of getting “too much” of the Holy Spirit and what that might mean for your life? Are you honestly open to being led by Him?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Trusting Him

As the evening comes to an end, I wanted to come on here and share something that happened yesterday that has never happened to me before. I got a sign from God. Not that I have ever really doubted the existence of God before, but this just made my faith in Him jump.

I don’t want to sound like I am boasting about what happened, because I am not. I just want to share how God is moving in my wife and I’s life.

In my first post on this blog, I mentioned to you that my wife and I had never tithed before and had decided to for the first time last weekend. Me being unemployed our finances are pretty tight. Even in that circumstance, we decided to trust God with our finances.

While checking the mail yesterday, I only found one thing. The only piece of mail that was in there was an envelope with a printed label of my wife and I’s name and address. I opened it up thinking that was a Christmas letter or something, and found a single sheet of paper that said, ” May this bless you during this Season”. I thought to myself, ” How odd.” As I went to walk away, I saw a $100 bill lying on my shoe. This was the same amount that my wife and I had tithed a few days before hand. There wasn’t a name or anything on the note, nor a return address.

All I have to say is, God is truly amazing.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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