12.31.2013

Sorry Been Gone - Got Married

Kerry Bjorn Wright
I haven't been posting much. I did sneak away mid-December to marry the girl of my dreams (well actually woman.) We have been very busy since  December 19th getting ready for the Christmas season and now onto the year 2014.

I have some articles brewing and cant wait to get started writing again in the New Year. I have also started a Facebook Page  for Truths In The Word where I will attempt to post a command from God every day and carry it out in my day to day life.

It has struck me lately how little we know about being Disciples and what it does mean to pick His cross up daily.

We need to start to walk our walk and talk our talk.

I look forward to getting more involved in my Community in the New Year but this year has been a whirlwind. We have settled on the lower mainland and are happy to meet new Christian Facebookers locally.

Say hello to my bride Kerry Bjorn Wright (although she has trouble with that last name still so I may have to change my surname)



12.23.2013

Greasy Grace

Watching some Christians the last few years as well as various ministers coming out and saying they wont preach on sin I have come to the conclusion that many Christians like the "free" grace as a license to sin which Paul warned us against.

Romans 6

6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Yet many of those claiming to be believers in Jesus and his atoning work keep going back to the same sin over and over. We are to REPENT of our sins. This means to turn away, abhor that which takes us away from God.

Too often I have been told "I can do what I want because we are under grace and God will forgive."

That is not what Scripture says. You either choose to be obedient to the person who you call your Lord and Master or you choose to be like the world. You can't have it both ways. Do we really serve Him or do we serve Him by lip service only?

Are we the same people in front of our friends and family at Church as we are in the privacy of our own home?

Jesus told us how we would truly know His servants and His Disciples!

Matthew 7:15-20


15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

What IS the Fruit of the Spirit (singular)

Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

If you are not showing these fruit in your life should you be thinking about where you are in your walk?

We, as a Body, need to be checking our walk daily

Luke 9:23

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

If you are in a sin - truly repent! Sin is missing the mark, repentance is walking away from the things you know are not honoring God.

Romans 12:2


2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

What does this mean? I believe it means we are not to be caught up in the pursuits the world would have you think is normal. No Compromise to our faith should be our motto as we grow in our faith.

Let's put away the child like faith and go on to maturity.  You come as a child BUT we do not have to stay there.

Back to greasy grace. Do not fall into the trap of believing that you can continue to sin....why....because your sins will lead you away from God. Slowly by slowly you will start to compromise in one area and then another until your faith will not be evident to anyone.

Of course this is just my opinion based on the evidence of my own life. I do thank God for grace and will never again take that for granted.

12.16.2013

Be Like Jesus - Really

Truth's In The Word - Beattitudes
As I read the red letters in my Bible (OK mine doesn't have red lettering but the Words of Jesus none the less) I started thinking how we SAY we want to be Christ Like and live like Yeshua (Jesus) yet in private, away from our friends at church, away from the spotlight are anything but a life that he describes it should be if we are a new person in Him.

For a Royal Priesthood many of us suck at it!


I was reading through the Be- Attitudes again this morning trying to see how I measure up.

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  • Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
I started thinking. Am I a peacemaker or do I strive on conflict? Do I show mercy when I feel wronged or do I go for self justice just to make me feel better? Is my heart clean (are my motives pure) in all things? Do I seek righteousness or just my own way?

Is it possible to take these foundational truths and incorporate them into our lives in a real, living and functional way? I believe it is!

It is time to lay our selfishness aside and see the pain our actions may cause other people. It is time to think outside ourselves and put other people first. Let us go outside of our comfort zone not to always have to feel right but to be righteous in our thoughts and actions.

This faith is a journey. Paul does tell us their is a time to lay aside childish things and move on to the meat. 1 (Corinthians 13:11) Let all of OUR actions be done in love.

Let's strive this week to be more Christ like in everything we do and say.

12.10.2013

The Christian Ethos

Jonathan d. Payne
THE CHRISTIAN ETHOS - Jonathan D. Payne

(All passages in this post are KJV)


Love

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13:34

"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." 1 John 4:7

It is a command of God, and a holy connection not only with each other, but with our Lord and Savior, our God, and the Holy Spirit. It is to be the hallmark of who we are And whose we are (John 13:35).

We at times claim we to be the arbiters of truth, as you have often seen me write, and in this vein we seek to admonish, upbraid and correct each other. This is not the love you claim, but glorifies the flesh. To those who deliberately walk in apostasy or error, we do rebuke and make clear the spirit in which such things are done. For it is not God’s spirit.

But to the brethren there is to be love.

A love that covers a multitude of sins (and errors). A love that seeks for others to understand, not our words and the filtering of God’s truths through our own understandings, but of God’s own words in His book of Life called the Bible. Within it’s pages are the truths, principles and tenets of our faith that will lead us back home. If we will but let it do so.

And that path is a path of love.

Truth

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" Ephesians 1:13

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

"Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." James 1:18

There are those who say that truth is the MOST important aspect of our walk of faith. Jesus Christ has declared that He is the way, the truth and the life (and light) and as He is the cornerstone and foundation of our faith, the truth is definitely apart of that.

But whose truth do we declare?

Many will say “God’s truth” and this is how it should be. But we see within the Bible many passages that say we must know the truth in order to be set free. That we must rightly divide (understand through search and studying) the word of truth in order for us, the workers in God’s vineyard, not to be ashamed of our lack of knowledge of that selfsame truth.

We must believe the truth, trust the truth, and most importantly, live the truth. It is truly the gospel (God’s spell) of our salvation. It is the begetting of our lives in Christ. That begetting (or being born in the spirit) is from the living of that truth.

Many years ago, God gave me a saying and I use it often in life “truth is not relative; only our position to it”. We need to have the truth within us, a living, breathing testimony of God and His words of life etched within our hearts, souls and minds.

We must be the truth.

Unity

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Psalm 133:1

"Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:3

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" Ephesians 4:13

Unity is a bond of peace, and of faith, and the measure of our stature in Christ. It brings the promise of peace and harmony. It is an extension of love one towards another. It is the evidence of our faith made visible.

Being in a state of unity, or union, within the body of Christ, is a real and tangible power. Truly it says where two or more are gathered in His (God’s) name that whatsoever they touch (pray about, agree upon, or petition before the throne of God) will be bound in heaven and earth.

If righteous before God it will be done.

Why do you think Satan works hard to bring dissension and discord to the body of Christ? It nullifies or dilutes the power we bring in our unity. It holds back understanding and knowledge through the agency of bickering and fighting, and the need to be right at any cost.

There can be disagreement, even anger, but the Word of God warns us not to sin while angry and not let the sun go down upon it (extend for too long). When we are of one spirit, God’s spirit, there will be reconciliation and a desire to be in unity before God. This is a movement of the Holy Spirit within the heart to bring God’s kids back into His presence.

Unity is the definition of being of one mind, spirit and flesh before God. The body is made up of many parts, yet is one body still.

So is the body of Christ.

Peace

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

"Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back." Isaiah 38:17

There is a human peace, and then there is God’s peace. In the human sense when we seek peace at any cost, we may find ourselves wounded, hurt and bitter, because instead of standing firm upon the rock of Christ, we allow the waves of dissension engulf us and set us adrift. God’s peace, through Christ, does not do this.

It forgives, enfolds in love and brings a wholeness of spirit that is very real, to us and to others.

We can feel this peace in the bonds of our love and unity within the body of Christ. If we can not sense or find this peace, then we must examine the spirit we are dealing with, for it is not of God. When we have this gift of Christ we need not clamor for attention, fight for justice among our brothers and sisters in Christ, nor feel unworthy.

It is afterall, a peace that passes all understanding.

It is an assurance that we are with God, and following our Lord and Savior. It is an indicator that we have received of Him, and from Him. Why? Because even when challenged, when we walk with God, we are in an assurance of His truth, and of His words, nothing can take that from us.

That truly is peace.

Plus in that peace, we learn to give peace, and to not cause strife ourselves. If we do so, with intent or in response to some unkind word or deed, then we have taken on a spirit that is not of God, for God’s spirit is in peace.

Is there righteous indignation? Of course. But this is speaking to a state of being and not an isolated act or intent. This is a repose of the spirit, if you will, that means we are peaceful by nature, thought, intent and act. That our first response is a loving peaceful one that promotes God and not ourselves.

We must choose to reflect Christ.

Discipleship

"And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice." John 10:4

"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23

Discipleship is the meaning of our walk of faith. It is what we do after we have received Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives — we follow Him. And like any disciple the goal is to be like the Master. To live as He lives, to do as He does, and to go where He goes.

We are indeed children of God, and servants in His vineyard, but we are also disciples to Christ. We follow His path, as He is the ONLY way back to our heavenly home. He is the path and the blazer of that path. In Him we become complete and whole before God.

And we do the work He did.

We must be “instant in season” and examples of God in our lives. We must show the fruits of the spirit and walk in a trust that is so utterly centered upon Him, that it is evident to all who see us, know us, speak to us or simply even just pass us by.

Truly we are to be a Holy Nation, a Royal Priesthood and Peculiar (different) People. If we are not these things, then our faith is vain. If we are out in the world and none can see that we are different, different in speech, actions, what we wear and the things we do, then again, our faith is vain.

Our discipleship should be evident.

If we are to follow after Christ, then we must do all that He has set before us to do. We know that we will be an offense to the world, as Christ said “the world hates me because I show it that it is wrong”. We too, by our example, words and actions, will convict the world that it is truly “wrong” and there will be a response to that.

If we try to fit in, we lose our place in heaven.

No one can serve to master, slaves to sin, and son(daughter)ship in Christ to eternal life. The two are not compatible. We must choose whom we will serve and diligently walk that path. We must be willing to suffer at the hands of the world without a need to “fit in” or be “validated” by those in it. Christ said offenses will come and that there will be even those who will kill us in the synagogue (church) and think they are doing God’s work.

A sobering thought. Choose wisely.

Inheritance

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Romans 8:14-17

"And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father." Galatians 4:6

So what does our walk of faith lead? Home. Back to the throne of God. All of us are Prodigal Sons and Daughters, wayward in our journeyings and needful to return home to our father. And there will be rejoicing and joy we enter into our father’s rest.

As the above verses truly say it all, as it were, there is not much more to share. We must remember who we are, as well as, whose we are. We must walk this path back home to gain our inheritance in Christ, with Christ.

And we can do all things in Christ, which strengthens us!

Be blessed, be loved and be at peace. May the light of God's glory and presence fire the brilliance of your souls. You are greatly loved.

****Jonathan D. Payne as well as being my best friend is a Christian writer, author and blogger based in Colorado USA.*****

12.08.2013

Social Anxiety Disorder - My Journey

Social Anxiety Disorder
I have decided to talk about my struggle with Social Anxiety Disorder. I don't usually public talk about such things but am now in a better place and can be completely open and honest.

I went through a period where I was almost 350 lbs overweight, sick (heart issues), edema, high blood pressure and all in all not feeling well. During this time I was working and could function very well at work but I would go home and hibernate in my apartment not socializing with anyone except online.

I was depressed. I was alone and when I would go out I would feel people were laughing at me and my weight, my clothes and everything else about me. Then......I had a severe angina attack. I felt like my life was over and the Dr. told me IF I didn't lose weight I would die.

I decided to take back my life. I went on a healthy food regimen which was mostly raw foods. I started walking, a block a day to start and then two and so on. When I first started I couldnt walk up a short grade without huffing and puffing.

Now finally down over 100 pounds I have regained my health and all of my levels are back to normal.

But still I deal with anxiety. It has changed. I am uncomfortable in crowds where I don't know people. I have stayed away from functions and Church for that very reason. I have had online fellowship because it is safe. People would invite me over and I would make excuses or reasons why I couldnt go.

I decided to take that back and have slowly started to venture outside my comfort zone. Today I went back to Church for the first time in years. Of course I didnt go to a small Church it had to be a big one.

The first thing on the agenda was a lady (and forgive me I didnt hear the name) who was fairly new to the Church (a year I believe) who talked about her struggle with SAD. I think God works in mysterious ways. I gave my fiance's hand a squeeze and smiled a bit.

I know now that I was in the right place at the right time to know I am not alone and that God knows what I am going through.

I will probably talk about this some more in upcoming articles but will leave it there for now.

Just because someone is hibernating at home DOES NOT mean they have problems necessarily. They may just have SAD and should be surrounded with love - ON THEIR TERMS!

Check out one teens journey with Social Anxiety Disorder: