1.30.2014

If You Are Going To Be a Christian Then Be a Christian!

Be a Christian
If you are going to be a Christian then be a Christian!

No more straddling the fence, no more walking the broad road but stand up and be counted. Count The Cost because it is a very pricy one.

Study the Word to know WHAT you are supposed to do, HOW you are supposed to be and do an inner check up from the neck up to make sure that YOU are right!

Be a fruit inspector BUT check YOUR fruit first. How is your attitude towards others? Are you gossiping disguised as concern, are you one way in front of your friends and another way in front of your Church peeps and those that you don't want to see your true self?

I have lived this and it is a road to destruction! Walk a narrow road. Study the Word. Pray, Pray, Pray!

I Get Angry - Transparency

I Get Angry
Normally I am a loving, peaceful, fun loving guy who enjoys a good joke and laughter. I love to spin a yarn and have many good stories to share. My life has been filled with so much pain and heartache that at one point I decided that I was not going to live in that pain

But I can still get angry!!!  Don't get me wrong it is not the violent, in your face, confrontational angry and one where I will sin. (yes Christians are allowed to get angry Ephesians 4:26-27)

I get angry by injustices. People walking all over people for their own selfish gain, how selfish the world has become, children who are rude and disrespectful of their parents and elders, how the poor are treated, people who are doubly minded and say and act one way around one group of people but are totally different in their home lives.

I get angry at entitlement mentality. People who have everything they need, yet hold onto it with two fists tightly wrapped together and want more while those around them are having a hard time. They could reach out to help and have the ability to do so but don't.

Some may say I am judging others. My Bible tells me I have every right to judge the fruits and actions of Believers to see if they line up with what the Word says. That way I won't get fooled by the enemy and wolves in sheep's clothing.

As I try to live a life of peace I encounter people who try to disturb that peace by their actions. How am I to deal with them? I can love them , which I do. I can pray with them, which I do. I will not, however engage with them or interact with them as they build my anger to a point where I want to burst. I desire to tell them what I think and how I feel but somehow that little voice says "be at peace" or "be still."

You know that little voice that is saying "how would I react?" I see Yeshua getting angry. I see Him getting impatient. I also see Him being very loving.

How do we get to the point where we dont react but we do and say exactly what the Father wants us to do in times when we are feeling frustrated or even angry?

I said I would be more transparent in 2014. It begins today!

1.28.2014

The Grammys, Award Shows and Christians

Katy Perry 2014 Grammy awards
I have hesitated to say anything in light of all of the coverage that the Grammy debacle has received over the last few days but after seeing how 2 Christian "stars" reacted I have to make some comments.

Should Christian "Celebrities" Be at Award Shows?

I guess that is up to their personal discretion.

However at this particular award show they Celebrated Gay Marriage by performing the ceremony of over 30 gay couples flaunting their lifestyle over the airwaves and I as a Christian, do  think that IF I had not been disgusted by the humanistic, symbolic, demonic, Illuminati display by Katy Perry I would have walked out at the sight of this.

It is so evident which way the world is going and why would we support any of this by being in attendance?  I have seen comments by a few Christian artists and I dont want to single any out (I will single one out)

We are not to judge those outside the church (1 Corinthians 5:12) however are we supposed to be supportive of their lifestyle?

I dont think we are. We can support them as people who God loves but to Celebrate their lifestyle with them does not make sense IF it goes against everything we believe in (sanctity of marriage and God's desire for His creation)

All I can think of is what fellowship does light have with darkness. I wish I knew just how narrow the road was. Do we see how close to danger we can get before we get enveloped into it?

I believe that this is a very slippery slope.

I love Christian Music and some of the artists BUT many of the Artists are afraid to speak out. You can tell by their postings on Twitter and Facebook. I can imagine it must be a horrific inner struggle. Speak the truth at the risk of losing popularity or just say the status quo "I dont judge anyone," which is not what my Bible says at all.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

I have no idea how any Christian while sitting at one of these awards shows could be thinking anything of the sort?

Mandisa stayed home and although she won 2 awards this is her response on her Facebook Page. I admire her for her courage to speak her mind and talk about her own struggles.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/mandisa/i-missed-the-grammy-awardsand-i-won/10151878526211231

With all that is going on in the world is it yet time for Christians to get off the fence and stop accepting all of the filth the world throws at us and make a stand?

1.27.2014

A Biblical View of Homosexuality

Pastor Matthew Price - North Langley Community Church
My wife listened to this audio last night of the Pastor of our home Church giving a Biblical View of Homosexuality and what our Church as well as our Elders and Denomination thought about the subject. I give kudos to our Pastor, Matthew Price, for being willing to tackle the hard subjects that the Church is facing today in a Biblical way.

A Biblical View of Homosexuality. In my opinion this is one of the most Balanced and Biblical views I have heard so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy.

A Biblical View of Homosexuality

And while you are there you can listen to the Testimony of Christopher Yuan. An amazing Testimony of the redemptive power of God.

1.24.2014

Social Anxiety Disorder - What Should Be The Christian Response?

As I had posted in a previous post I have had bouts with Social Anxiety Disorder over the last several years. What that looks like is:

1) Thinking you are doing something wrong and people are constantly judging you or laughing at you.
2) Inability to go to Social Functions and making excuses as to why you won't go
3) Depression mild or severe
4) Hermit like behavior. Staying in your apartment or room for weeks/months at a time with limited Social Contact outside of work
5) Being afraid in Social situations and having panic attacks

Social Anxiety DisorderNow these are just a few of the symptoms that I have had over the years and it has played with my emotions and my life.

My faith was a biggest part of my life (and still is) and I was not able to attend services as It would heighten my anxiety to be in groups of people that large (or small) Especially people I didn't know. I would feel very claustrophobic and closed in.

I had shared this with many people I trusted because it also is very embarrassing. Who wants to admit they are a temperamental hermit?

Of all of the Christians I have shared this with they all had advice for me ranging from get therapy, to go on medication for this disorder.

NOT ONE said "let me pray for you, let me lay hands on you and share your burden."

You see I am a person of faith and I believe God is BIGGER than this disorder. My God can help me get through this without medications that mask the disorder. (read: i don't do narcotics if possible) I don't like the side effects.

It also didn't make sense to me to see a "therapist" who first of all was not a Believer and second of all has ONLY clinical knowledge. I have worked with these people in the past and understand their foundation.

Thankfully I have met a woman who understands my struggle. I married her! We do attend a rather large Church together and she helps me to focus on the things I need to focus on.

I am able for the most part to get through Social Settings although still have issues with multiple sound sources but she gives me a smile that lets me know she is there and that all is ok. It calms me almost immediately.

I am able to work and focus and am more focused than ever when online working and love what I do.

She is able to get me out and our walks and hikes give me the exercise and fresh air needed to remain calm and focused.

So if someone you know is struggling with any form of Social Anxiety Disorder, pull up a chair beside them. Walk with them, pray with them, share in their struggle and burdens and be their support.

I have found that I am not the ONLY one who has struggled with these issues. Just since moving back to Abbotsford I know of 3 people who I know would benefit from good friendships with people who will take up their burden with them

Veritus

1.16.2014

His Will Be Done - Is That What You Really Want?

Doing God's Will
My wife and I had a very interesting conversation this morning after her devotion.

She said to me "Have you ever noticed how when we pray it is always about the things we want to happen or things we want?" (paraphrase - come on it was 6:30 and my eyes weren't open yet)

I replied something like "I have been thinking the same thing lately when we should be praying for God's will to be done in every situation as sometimes the trials we go through are for our testing."

I know we can come up with Scripture to support praying for our wants BUT ......

WHAT IF.......we prayed:

"God I really want help in this situation and this is how I see things but in all things God I want your will to be done and show me what I need to learn and do to be in accordance to your will."

WHAT IF - we truly wanted in our hearts for God's will to be done in every situation and not our will to be done?

We may truly NOT like what His will is because it wouldn't line up with OUR will? What would we do then?

We would moan and cry "God didn't answer my prayer!" Yes He did! He just didn't answer it the way YOU thought He should.

Jesus while praying in Gethsemane said in Matthew 26: 39

"He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

He was ALL about doing the will of the Father. Shouldn't we be willing to have His will above ours no matter the consequence?

Food for thought!

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1.09.2014

1.02.2014

Wolves In The Church - Women Beware!

Acts 20:28-33

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.  29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Finding a spouse! As you get into your 30's and 40's and are single this becomes a challenge and sometimes we can fall for the traps that are out there and available to us.

As I listened to Candace (not her real name) tell the story about how she had met a guy in church and how he was not who he portrayed and that he had used her I thought back to other stories I have heard that were similar. In fact I had been in that same position with a woman "in the Church."

My wife actually has given me an example of what woman should look for and do when they meet a man who claims to be Christian and is in the Church.

1) Watch him closely. Watch how he intermingles with other people and is his walk one that you can identify with.

2) Is he openly willing to discuss spiritual things with others or does he shy away from those conversations? If he is a true Believer his faith should be evident in all areas of his life.

3) Send a letter to his closest friends on Facebook asking for more info on him (my now wife did this without me knowing) Take what they say under advisement.

4) Is he part of a group in the Church? Does he minister to others, does he speak words of encouragement, is he loving to others. All important.

5) Do not give him money. I dont care what the reason is. Unless you are married he needs to make his own way. Two of you together can be a financial powerhouse BUT until you are married do not in any way support him financially UNLESS it is something that benefits you both.

6) If you are convicted not to have sex before marriage (and I think you should be) Do not give in to any pressure he may place on you. Be obedient to God and IF he is not willing to be obedient to God in that area I would have concerns about other areas.

7) Is he willing to open up his life to you? Computer especially. Is he hiding things on his computer or do you have the passwords and he is willing to let you peruse? With statistics telling us that porn addiction is high in the church this is something to consider.

There are men and women who will get into your hearts by playing off of your faith in God, yes, even in the Church. Prepare yourself, dont give into loneliness and yes God does have that one that He has prepared just for you.

I am proof!

Please protect yourself.

1.01.2014

Say What You Mean - Tame The Tongue

How often do we say something on the spur of the moment and not follow through? "Let's meet for coffee next week - and then not getting in touch for several weeks after as an example.

For 2014 I am determining to live my life with purpose. Speak with purpose and think about things before I say anything. I believe there is Scriptural mandate for this but some of us tend to speak our mind without engaging our brain first.

Matthew 5:37  Let your Yes be simply Yes, and your No be simply No; anything more than that comes from the evil one. Be strong in your convictions. Say what you mean and mean what you say. This is my motto for 2014.

Think about things before you say them and IF you say anything be convicted through your words.

Be careful what we say:

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” – Proverbs 12:18, ESV

Be careful how we respond to what others say:


“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1, ESV

Be careful the kinds of things we say:

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29, ESV

Don’t Speak Hurtful Words, even when you feel like you are justified:

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.” – Romans 12:14, ESV

This is just a start of ALL of the verses in the Scriptures that talk about how we should be careful what we say and how we say it.

Let us speak with purpose through 2014. Come and like my page on Facebook and follow me as I share the Commands of the Word that we should be living each day