Category Archives: The Walk

Life and Love

I have been a passenger on earth for 6o orbits, somehow I thought I would be closer to God and know more about God than I do right now.  Humor would help at this moment, an old person joke of some kind,  not now OK, but I will assume most of you are younger than I.  The one thing you have to know and grow in is, how much God loves you. I have never gotten to the bottom or sides of his love. The other happenings and blessings in life are a bonus to God’s LOVE.

Even when it seems God is far away the truth is, His love and mercy endures forever.  Bible knowledge is wonderful.  If you want your cup to overflow with His love, meditate on how much God has shown His love to you and all of us.

To know God and walk with Him is to know love.  If you are full of God’s love there is not as much room for sin to derail you.  God’s love includes a place for hate too hate is not inconsistent with love.

God’s hate is focused on death which sin introduced to us.  God’s Love stomped this deadly foe with His love for us.  God’s love is not a wimpy sentiment, but an all-powerful life giving, irrevocable, life improving, change agent whose work will endure into eternity.

On the cross of Jesus, there were several basic events on display.  These events are interdependent, so one cannot be more important than the other is.  Jesus had fulfilled the law and all its requirements when he said, “It is finished.”  Jesus was 100% human He bled and died.

Jesus asked for forgiveness to be given to his persecutors, this is part of his mission and a foundation to reconciliation of relationship to God.  Jesus was not immune from the separation sin causes; Father and Spirit forsook Jesus when Jesus became sin for you and me.

I am quite sure there are many other events displayed at the cross, this was never intended to be an exhaustive list.  I have never heard this taught but I will share this.  The thought is that if Jesus did not became human he would not have had the weakness in him to die for our sin.

In his God state, he could not be killed or judged or die to pay for all sin, he had to become vulnerable as a human, an offspring of a woman.  The other seed which came together in Mary was Spirit, not a man providing Jesus’ God attribute.

Emmanuel is God with us in flesh, yes, God walking around in skin.  Therefore, Jesus has the unique makeup of being 100% God and 100% man at the same moment in time.  This is how God kept the law to live a perfect life.  This is how God allowed love to hold him to the cross as no nail or judgment of man could hold Jesus on the cross, but his love for his father and us could.

One of the overlooked events in the cross account is the resurrection!  Jesus was crucified, dead, not almost dead, completely dead, while in that death Jesus took up life again showing his true God powers over life and resurrection.  If you join God’s family, we are resurrected into his life everlasting and given his family name.  All we had to do is trade in death to get life everlasting.

Our access to heaven 100% based on the life Jesus has already lived perfectly and given to each believer in Christ. Because of this every person who has accepted God’s gift will be in heaven based on Jesus’s perfect life being added to each of his children.  This is the gospel.  All this was provided through the weakness of one man named Jesus, who was not rich as this world counts richness but shared the wealth he had with each and every person who will deal with him in true humility which is our weakness.

In my weakness, becoming a believer in Christ through his gift, i found there is bountiful and rich sources of God’s help.  When God gave Abraham his covenant promise that many would be blessed through his seed, it was Jesus in particular and the gospel in general that completed this covenant.  Abraham was unable to walk through the sacrificed animal parts to complete the promise,  Abraham  saw  God walk alone to make the promise in a vision.

This indicates that only God could unilaterally love us enough to send is very own sacrifice so that we could regain relationship with God,  God would share his home heaven with us.  God and God alone made the promise and paid the price for restoring our relationship with him. Not Human good behavior, but God’s perfect behavior.

I did a modification of the first 3 rules of Real estate, location, location, location.  Location is the definitive measuring stick of value to the property you have for sale.  In Christianity it is something else altogether.  As a Christian the first three rules of being a Christian would be always founded on this truth found in Romans 8.

The first three rules for a believer in Christ are these:

1) No condemnation

2) No condemnation

3) No condemnation

This is God’s measuring stick, Provided by God, Lived by God, Gifted to all who accept the love by God.  This is the value of being one of God’s children.  This is why God’s children are valuable and worthy of life. Yes, even on a horrid day.

Read Romans 7, then focus on Romans 8: 1-2 for my source.  Just have to love God and his good news on this one!  Now this is beginning to understand what it means to be first loved by God.  While being loved by God you are taking steps into learning about life and life, more abundant as God has said it would be as a believer in Christ.

This is our hope in Christ Jesus: he took up life from death.  He wants to do the same for you.  We are born with a death sentence on our head, only God can Save us from this curse.   If you have not had an encounter with the love of Jesus, then ask Jesus for an encounter with him, he is with you.  We are naturally blind to God and His help.  Jesus has been calling you your entire life ever so gently but consistently.

God’s love beckons you wherever  you are.  God calls the unbeliever into fellowship with him, and the believer into closer fellowship with him.  The unbeliever whom God invites to his family, but the unbeliever must decide to accept the invitation as God gives it.  If you are a believer God calls you to be a walk continually closer with him, again the believer has to accept the invitation.

The commonness of both invitations is this, if you humble yourself and accept God’s offer, you will be humbled and then lifted up by God.  If the decision is not to accept God’s offer we will become prideful and fall away from God’s uplifting love.

God humbled himself on the cross to show you how much he loves you.  Are you willing to humble self and walk humbly with God, the way Jesus has walks humbly for and with you?  God is true life and love.

Denny

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Humility

If you have ever heard the term eating humble pie you will understand the lesson I learned.  Only a few short years ago I learned that eating humble pie is the best meal I have ever eaten.  When the good Lord humbles you, it is the God of the universe who is dining with you as you eat your humble pie.

Humble pie prepares me to serve God.  It is that moment when he stands at the door and knocks, if you let him in you will be humbled because your perfection is nowhere near his perfection.  Keep in mind God is infinite and I am finite.   If you pass on letting him in as he knocks, pride will consume you. Dine often in God’s presence, it is good.

Please do not confuse abuse with humility!  Abuse is for self-gain of the abuser and is hate to the abused.   Especially if the abuser apologizes profusely after the act.  Humility however is a mutual uplift of two souls and a reuniting in relationship.  Abuse generates hate and false humility.  Humility generates love and respect on a two-way highway of love and respect.

Aliens

We are a unique lot we children of God. In the world we are born we become immigrants and aliens in the very same land that we were born. We are reborn to a new land one that we cannot see. Yet, still ambassadors of good news to the old land of our first birth.  Though rejection of the old land still hurts.

Lord, help us understand the depth of your love that your love my blot out and take the place of the life we live in the flesh. Let each of us be beacons of that love in humility to you, even though we are poor imitations of that perfect love. Help us to see the opportunities you give us to serve you and show your love to all.

This is a reminder of being a peculiar people, called out, born again, ambassadors, followers, yet in all this a saint, because of God’s mighty love not of our self at all. Do not be surprised when this old world rejects you, be joyful that you are different. Jesus was worthy of this rejection too.  Because you have shown love instead of rejection to your persecutors just as Jesus did. This follows Christ’s example on the cross, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”

walking with less pride,
Denny

PS

the photo: It is a Frisbee! LOL

Monsters in life

Matt.  7:15 Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them.   Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?

ME:  There are monsters.  Monsters cannot give something they are not.  More hate will not change a monster.  Monsters cannot be identified by gender, race, or claimed beliefs.

Matt. 10:16 Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.

ME:  We are to be aware of monsters, but learning to live well while enduring and learning how to avoid their insidious traps in life.

II Tim. 1: 12 For this reason, even though I suffer as I do, I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.

ME:  God is the only sure hope who is able to sort out and separate the monsters for eternity.  For now, we have light and dark together making a shadowy place to live.  Our hope is to make a dent in the monster population by introducing them to a relationship with our only true change agent, Jesus The living Christ.

Even though being a believer is not a absolutely sure way to sort out betrayal  in relationship.  It gives opportunity to experience the fruit of the persons life to help your decision on whether they would be a good choice in a mate for you.

Acts 4: 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, 9 are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed?  10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.  11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,

‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’

12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

Me:  In salvation and the starting point of the Gospel is all about learning to beware of monsters, even harder learning to love your enemies  AKA monsters.  Feeding all monsters true love from God above so they can make their decision on the love of God and whether to reject or accept God’s Gospel (Good News).  Then you  will see the God of the creation manifest Himself to you in amazing ways as you do battle with God’s sincere love not hate, prejudice, conceit, or any other one of Satan’s many tools.

It is a tough way to live, not for the fainthearted.  The Bible is not afraid of truth; the Bible is the good truth that everyone is afraid of.  It encourages you to live for others and live less for yourself.  It also encourages us to allow God to be the architect of our life.  While at the selfsame moment, we are making decisions of how to live and the amount of influence God will have over us.

Accepting this truth is not an easy life but, I life that is abundant and rich through Jesus Christ.  Imagine walking up to a monster and not displaying hate but kindness that the monster knows they do not deserve.  This would be a lively application of being aware of the monster yet being in all forgiveness.

Beware and know this, God desires to heal even our known mistakes.  Never take God’s forgiving grace as an endorsement on how you are living.  Do take God’s forgiveness and grace as a manifested witness of God’s love for you.  Obedience is better than sacrifice.

In Mercy and Grace,

Denny

Storm Terror

A terror truly was unleashed in hurricane Harvey.  Most of the people did survive this terror. It would seem that God only gets credit for the ones that were killed not so much for the ones that were saved.  It is God’s desire to be with each and every person as they survived in terror or succumbed to the storm and its fury.

God is hope, God is life, only the living have the ability to rebuild here on this earth. And only God can give any heart of hope to rebuild in the face of such tragedy.  Property and things to a point can be replaced, people and their souls are the valuable commodity in all situations good and bad.

I truly pray that God will touch each and every life that was touched by awful storms the ability to heal, adapt to a new normal, and rebuild their lives. This prayer includes believers and nonbelievers for the recovery. Now that the shock is subsiding and reality is setting in, on these displaced and battered people a new battle is developing.  The battle for the ability to move on.  Please continue to pray!

Many thanks to the volunteers and agencies who have done everything they can to help in this recovery effort. My niece survived by evacuating, she lost her vehicle and many belongings. Pray for strength for each and every person who believes in Jesus that they will be the beacons of hope that is needed for such a tragedy.

Time will never completely heal the tragedy and its impact. The fields are truly ripe unto harvest but the laborers are few. Pray for strength for the laborers of Jesus Christ and that the gospel of Jesus Christ would be accepted by many. These are the first steps into wisdom and healing.

Humbly submitted,
Denny

MY RIGHTS!

That is right!  My and I repeat my rights!  Let me see, what do I have to base my rights on?  Well, I have the constitution of the United States with the Bill of Rights.  While the Constitution and The Bill of Rights does not exactly cover every right that I am thinking of here.

My right to health, my right to do whatever I want to, live where I want, spend/save, work, no work, what I want, now that is what I am talking about, my rights!  Where do they all come from?  Are they like all the lonely people where do they all come from?

Think about your rights.  Do I have the right to respect?  Do I have a right to have a job?  Do I have a right to good health?  Do I have a right to live in the upper middle class or better?  Do I have a right to despicably abuse people?  Do you have a right to talk behind the back of others?  Do I have a right to gossip?  How about a right to love and be loved?

Maybe I should refer to them as civil society rights.  These rights defined by dictionary.com as a moral, ethical, or legal principle considered as an underlying cause of truth, justice, morality, or ethics.  Great definition in all respects dictionary.com.  Just have a few questions I would like ask to clarify before I adopt this idea.

Number one question is who establishes the truth in rights?  Next, who establishes justice?  What is the standard for morality?  What is ethical behavior?  In addition, what is foundational underlying all these principles to hold them up?  And what is morality today then tomorrow?  What is legal today?  I’ll ask one more question.  When all are answered “Says who! “

What exactly do we mean by rights?  Do my rights end the where another person’s rights begin?  A teacher presented this idea when I was in second grade.  At the time, it sounded impressive.  Then it became very subjective and hard to define as I tried to live and discern rights, where they ended and began for each situation.  I found it to be an impossible task.

This idea imprisoned me and freed other people to do as they please.  This way of living is not what I signed up for, groan.  But, no worries, right!  STUFF happens!  The philosophy of Government stated in the United States Constitution requires the majority of its people to be responsible individual people.  As we are finding, our government does not work well any other way.

Whether you have ever been in court or not, we are dependent on lawyers and judges to determine right and wrong.  The legislature legislates, the courts interpret, helping the legislature fill in discrepancies or make changes in the law completely, relegating the law.(divisive?)  The president, well, watches all this events unfold before their office and vetoes some documents and signs other documents into law.

Nevertheless, do these principles cover our basic rights?  If I move into science and evolution, for foundation for rights,  I find a very unsatisfying law of survival of the fittest.  If I am fit I kill you as needed for me and mine to survive, if you are more fit than I am, you kill me, then you and your clan survive.

This is one- method to decrease the surplus population and follow the law of evolution.  No backlash it is natural no worries.  Harsh, but it does follow the law of evolution.

Now, if your reaction was negative toward this thinking of evolutionary law which science has defined for us, what are you appealing your objection to?  Is it natural as the law of nature and instinct?  Nature is a fast food advertisement: Have it your way! Until of course, someone kills/eats you! I hope they kill you first before eating!

There is no other law nature offers no mercy, if you are strong/smart you exert your authority over whomever you desire.  Sometimes we call them dictatorships, emperors, cults, and many other names, in each of these governments’ people give up freedom to be part of the government.

There is not much hope in what I see in these governments.  They tend to lead to rebellions.  The wars sometimes replace tyrants with more evil tyrants.  There is no justice!  Is there another way?

I am not impressed with the answers I get from nature and science.  Is there a hope?  Is there another way?  We have become so civilized in our daily living that we have forgotten how violent the world really is.

How did we become so civil?  We have really forgotten to what we owe the ideas of benevolence, kindness, self-sacrifice, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Where do you find ideas like this in nature or science?  The empirical data for these ideas are not there.

I propose we are looking for something supernatural and outside of nature.  Nature is harsh, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, cold, heat, fire, sickness, and survival of the fittest.  Where is your mind going when it goes to the supernatural?  The supernatural life experience Hollywood/PBS portrays on different documentaries does not seem to be an absolute good.

To whom can we take our case to for our own personal rights?  Where do I go to obtain my rights as a citizen of the planet Earth?  Is there such a place?  There has only been one source for the ideas of a just a government found only in one place.

In a letter sent by the creator of the universe to men and women so that they could know, what God has to say about government.  I chose Isaiah as one excerpt from this love letter which indicates the direction and scope of government and who is responsible for it.

Isaiah 9:6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.

The government will rest on his shoulders.  And he will be called:

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 His government and its peace will never end.

He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.

The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

Amazing, Amen and Amen!

Does this government sound like someone who deeply understands justice?  Would you feel comfortable trying your case for rights in front of this judge?  Whatever you believe in right now takes faith.  Dig deeply into what you believe what is it founded on?  It is kind of like a paper dollar note, which is worthless but someone says is worth something so we spend it as legal tender.

No belief system can withstand the quest for absolute proof; Faith is always an element that finalizes your foundation in what you decide to believe.  Dig deep and test it for yourself.  If you do not allow self-evident ideas to exist there is no absolute proof for any belief system especially Christianity.

In God’s word it says without faith, it is impossible to please God, a self-evident truth.  Therefore, there is no absolute proof there is God because it would set us up for failure to please God.

We are designed predisposed to live in faith because we are image bearers of God.  We understand we are not with God and things are not right.  The real world is on its way, your beliefs that you choose yourself will be bound in heaven unbreakable by even God because he has given you that choice and will not take it away.

If you want to be free unbind yourself from nature, science, and instinct, bind yourself to God who says he has built a mansion for you to live in with Him.  Science has never made that offer.

In fact, I almost get the feeling that God says, come up to heaven all you lightweight partyers, now I will teach you how to party.  I will give you bodies that are going to be able to withstand partying, as you have never dreamed of before.  There will not be a time of wondering when it is going to end or when someone is going to say something wrong to offend, there will be absolute love in this party and no wallflowers!

Everybody will be the life of the party!  Yes, even the drab Christians that we have experienced in life will be vibrant and the life of the party.  Think about it!  I cordially invite you to see this wonderful site with me by calling on Jesus’s name as I have.

If you think, I am wrong that is okay!  However, could you please explain to me why Jesus made the 160 gallons of a very fine wine to celebrate a small wedding in a local town near the end of the celebration?  This miracle is the first and a sign of who God is.  Do we just die and end as nature says?

Do we go to a party that is never-ending for all eternity, a celebration that is totally worthy of all joy and fun and fellowship?  Which sounds more plausible to you? Is there not something more wonderful in you than a thought or a heartbeat?

Are you really that stuck on yourself that we cannot be remade better?  I welcome you to do the adventure of believing in God.  Talk to him on your own and then look for someone or some group to fellowship with in his name.  Not all assemblies really believe and follow him but look deeply into the word of God the 66 books of the Bible for your guide.  Test and compare, the truth is out there!

Good Bible translations would be the new King James, the NIV, the new American Standard, the new Living Translation, and if we want to get crazy and be driven nuts try the amplified Bible and others.  Read more than one let the Spirit guide you to truth.

Do not delay, we are only gifted one lifetime to figure out whether there is a God or not.  There is a God, and you know it deep inside just look and listen as you get quiet it will come out.  If you are an especially downtime there will be a voice of good reason in kindness calling you, humble yourself and follow it.

With rights, I think,

Denny

Duality Within

I sincerely hope this finds you well and at peace.  As I write this, I find myself in an age-old struggle deep within me.  I made a in a hurry careless mistake last week.  The mistake did not seem to have a big effect negatively on anything, yet it was a haunting mistake for me.  Because of the mistake, I began to get negative on myself because I did something that was careless.

As this self-inflicted interaction within me was taking place, I found that there was no good coming from it.  In fact, there was collateral damage happening, creating other thoughts to grow that were negative and unhealthy in nature.  Things like anger issues, self-righteousness, negative attitude about life and other thoughts that at one time plagued me all to often.

With good reason, this set me on a spiral down into a deprived place in me.  Even though I am a Christian, I am still a sinner.  Becoming a Christian added something to me, that I do not deserve, called forgiveness a gift from God.  All my imperfection is still intact and working to control me in my Christian forgiveness, doing battle moment by moment.

As I was experiencing this most unsettling time of life a thought occurred to me.  It is something I have told people many times so to do battle with their sin nature.  The principal goes something like this: do not use Satan’s tools to do good!  This whole idea came home to rest on me in a unique way.

What happened was this, what I was trying to pound out and destroy in my own strength, was only serving to spread the seed of discontent, inferiority, and unforgiveness in areas that I was previously overcoming because of God’s forgiveness.  I was using Satan’s tools to do God’s work of sanctification/purification.  (SIGH) What an opportunity to practice what you preach Denny!  Rats!  Found out again!

In being found out by my misconception of God’s grace there was an epiphany moment, sin is extremely subtle influencing us away from God.  Even with experience in living in faith I was fooled.  When I use Satan’s tools to do good I am using a defeated method.  Therefore, whatever I do with Satan’s tools is bound to fail by God’s Victory over sin.  All of Lucifer’s tools are defeated foes.

Now if I applied God’s tools to the same situation of my mistake/sin, (Now I am) tools such as confession, grace, forgiveness, and humility what would have grown out of those God-given tools?  God desires to prosper His children not destroy us.  Each human being is an image bearer of God therefore; Satan has no problem cannibalizing his own followers (unredeemed image bearers) to do his evil, or anyone else who will avail themselves to his power lies and work, even believers in Jesus.

Paul the Apostle prayed three times for a thorn in the flesh/sin to be removed from him.  God answered Paul and said: My grace is sufficient.  Without checks and balances in living it is easy to be duped into a sense of victory when in reality it is God dependent -given victory not self victory.  We say something like: Do not worry God I have got it handled.  I will stamp out sin in my life let me show you how.  God, see how good I am!

Good and perfect gifts come from above and the book of James tells us our own sin nature leads us astray.  It certainly pulled me astray in trying to take care of my own sin.  I am dependent on a merciful God for all the forgiveness I will ever need as I live.

A mixed bag of blessing and failure is how I appear right now to others and me.  However, to my Lord and Savior I am sinless and un-condemned see Romans 8.  I call 8:1 the first three rules of Christianity there is no condemnation, there is no condemnation, there is no condemnation.  It is my choice on how I live, I do not choose to continue to use Satan’s failed tools.  I want to learn to use God’s tools for living well and not be duped into a lesser life.

To be or not to be is not the question!  To live by God’s grace that is wild and wonderful or to have a false sense of control of your life and live by Satan’s rules of pseudo-life is the real question.  God has given each of us one life to figure this out.

Jesus is building a place for you, your choice; do you want fellowship with God forever?  If you answer yes, then ask Jesus in your own words to forgive your sin.  Then start walking with Him, remember you are forgiven, and live like you are thankful for what Jesus did for you.  Yes, salvation can be that simple. (if God has forgiven you, you will see that living in thanks to God is a privilege and joy not a law of any kind) God wants your fellowship so much He died and overcame death to show you the way to overcome sin.

In Christ’s resurrection.

Denny

A right to good health?

As I’m sitting here writing this blog and I am in great pain in my right knee.  I just landed a decent job, supposed to start in a week and a half.  I can barely walk on my right knee.  I have already given notice to my former job.  Has God abandoned me?  God knew what was going to happen when I applied for the new job and turned in my resignation for the old one.

I try to leave a half decent life, should God owe me a healthy knee, need time to start my job and try get health benefits and some time off to recuperate from whatever is going to happen to my knee?  Should I be doubting through my faith trying to figure out what’s going on?

Do I have a right to good health?  I think of Johnny Erickson, and my friend Bill whom blogs on WordPress as unshakable hope, they both have wonderful ministries and reach many people.  However, they both have health problems, they are different but, nonetheless glaring health problems.

Why would a common guy like me deserve better health than these two fine warriors of the Lord doing wonderful work bringing his peace and love to the world?  So here, I am in my pain, and feeling sorry for the bad situation I am in.  Should I even ask God to heal my knee so I can go to a new job or even work?

My best answer is yes I should ask.  But my attitude is I have no right to ask God to help me in this situation.  For now it is like this, here in the Shadowlands where there is dark and light, good and evil, there is a price to pay in fallenness.  However, the price I pay is a bargain compared to my life without God.  If God decides not to heal my knee it simply means he has another plan for my life that I gave to him upon my salvation.  Help my faith in Jesus and his everlasting love.

Salvation is kind of a word that says God fulfilled All laws of the Old Testament’s requirement in perfect obedience.  Because of this perfect obedience to the law of the Old Testament God was able by one death to pay for all sin that was ever committed.  He kept the law because he knew I could never do it on my own or even with his help here in this world that we live in.  Jesus is risen and living today.

I currently have his help in the Holy Spirit indwelling me, I still struggle with the darkness and go to war war with it on a regular basis.  It seems that I win battles but only to find that there are so many more to be fought.  At first this sounds discouraging but, God is a life-giving Redeemer.  This gives an ability for me to see how short I fall of his glory and be encouraged because he has promised to love me and obliterated my biggest problem I had.  I never have to worry about going to hell ever again because the work of Jesus.  It has nothing to do at all with my work that I do but everything with the work that he does.

All I did was receive Jesus’s perfect work by answering his call, no work involved at all on my part.  Now about my knee, if I have trusted God with my salvation and life.  Why am I having such a hard time trusting with something as simple as the human knee.

There are many medical procedures to help fix knees and other parts of the body.  The timing and everything else of this injury has been so wrong for me.  One day I am fine the next day I’m barely walking.  I am in a struggle with doubt and want, darkness is of varying degree.  Help me Lord Jesus!

OUCH,

Denny

Salt

Salt

Salt is just fascinating!  It is made of two poisonous elements when they are mixed together becomes a molecule of life giving foundation.  Too much you can die, too little and you will die. You can even race a car on the rock of salt!  If you grind sugar just right, it looks like salt. HMMMM!

In the contrast between salt and sugar, just visually, sometimes I find it difficult to tell a difference.  But the moment you touch’s sugar and salt there is a texture difference.  Instantly as you taste sugar and salt there is a flavor difference.  The similarity does not end there.

If you eat enough of either one, of salt, or sugar you will become thirsty physically.  Your body needs water to dilute the salt.  Your body needs water to digest the sugar.  Aside from flavor and texture there are other differences between salt and sugar.

Salt you cannot live without.  Sugar you never have to ingest to live.  Sugar is sometimes used to celebrate because of its great flavor.  The same for the flavor of salt, it is a spice that enhances the flavor of many savory culinary delights. (they enhance differently)

In Matthew five 13 it says “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.  Since I claim to be Christian, I am to be like salt making people spiritually thirsty for living water and better after the contact.

In Christianity, have we (THE UNITED STATES CHURCH) become too sweet?  Is this the condition of the current church in the United States?  Are we so sweet that were hard to digest?  In my personal opinion, we are SALT trampled under as the church.  There is no longer the same respect church had in bygone years.

I am truly hoping the grace awakening that is occurring slowly in the organized church will be a grassroots movement to restore respect and love of the church (its spiritual saltiness).  Jesus never wavered from his mission or message, yet, he never lacked a crowd of people around him to listen.  “Methinks” were doing something wrong as the church a.k.a. the body of Christ!

Jesus is spiritually salty.  Jesus provides the living water to quench the thirst.  All believers who have been, or ever will be, are ambassadors of the same exact gospel a.k.a. salt.  Learning of this gospel and speaking of it in purest terms, not adding to the gospel, not taking away from the gospel just as Christ did, we can also.  The gospel, the whole gospel, and nothing but the gospel in sincerity and truth and love is the purest witness of  Jesus.

Jesus did not have to change his message for the Jew or the Gentile a.k.a. Greek.  The gospel invited everyone not just select few to the Most Exclusive place, God’s very own home.  This is God’s own home with all benefits of perfect health, adventures incredible, and never a dull moment, freely extended to all God’s children/family.

Yes!  You are welcome to answer God’s call at any time.  Come taste, witness in purest condition the Gospel of Jesus.  God is looking for you and calling your name, waiting for you to answer.  This kind of wisdom is calling you within the continuum of life, as long as you live!

If you have never interacted with Jesus, walk with him for a while, he will never force you to walk with him.  If you have walked with Jesus or not, try the book Prodigal God by Timothy Keller.  Understand the gospel in a new purer way.  If you are in the throes of battle walking with God in his gospel, persevere and be strong and courageous.

Jesus is the only one that can take strong and courageous and make it look meek and humble!  Dear ambassador of Jesus, do not grow wary of your calling, faint not in your well doing.  Amplify your dependence on the source of your strength in Christ Jesus.  ‘Today is a good day to die’, or is it: be a living sacrifice!

Your brother in Christ,

Denny

Teddy bears and God

How do you start a thought like this?  I know, I will start with a confession, not a bad place to start.  I said I was going to do one article a month this year.  If you strictly talk about one article per month, I did not do one last month, January the forward and backward looking month.  So! I have zero out of two months and have broken a New Year’s resolution, resolutely.  As usual, I am knowingly living on grace again, even more day by day!

Now that is off my chest I can talk about teddy bears.  Did you ever have a teddy bear?  Do you still have that teddy bear?  It really does not have to be a teddy bear but just something from your childhood that never left your side.  A toy a blanket, adults sometimes called them security toys.  In Peanuts Linus and his trusty blanket is the best example I can think of.

The poor security toy started out as pristine and new.  It was as clean as could be freshly made and every thread or part in its place.  At this time teddy was not dragged  everywhere.  The attachment has not yet developed fully or completely.  Adults were even proud for the children to be associated with these “security toys” in their new beautiful condition.  However, most likely the child just clung to it not realizing at the moment, what this inanimate object was becoming to them and their life.

As time passes the connection to the toy increases, the condition of the Toy deteriorates.  This precious toy, from now on I will call it a teddy bear no matter what it was to you, is attached to the child the child goes everywhere.  It goes under beds, outside, through mud puddles, gets vomited on, of course the occasional trip to the washing machine, separation anxiety, and every other situation you can think of!

Do you have such a toy?  Do you ever have days you wish you could cuddle up to it and have it with you now?  Any memory stirring in you?               (Well dude!  I get what kind of toy you are talking about; I’m still not seeing God!  And you’re starting to lose me, dragging on the teddy bear point!  You are right friend.)

I wish I were, a teddy bear living on love…Okay I digress!

Well, let us think about God a little.  God does not need anything.  In His Trinity singleness, there is complete perfection of wholeness, richness of relationship, complete safety, and perfection ultimate.  God created us to share in His perfection.  There are a few misconceptions out there about God, and I’m going to attempt to tackle one of them or really mess things up, you decide. ( I hope after the read, LOL)

Where is God when bad things happen?  A really, extremely, tough question, at least for me.

So, let us observe at the teddy bear, not the ant as in Proverbs!  Do you remember how inseparable the teddy bear was?  Multiply that closeness by about 1 billion to the one billionth power,…, now you’re just starting to fathom God’s love to mankind.  Do you remember how the child took the teddy bear everywhere?  Did the child even consider that it might hurt the teddy bear when the child took to at risk places?

Fortunately, with God, he does consider us as he pulls us into situation after situation.  However, each situation has a choice contained in it.  When I first started walking with God ” consciously “ the choice seemed to be; is God good or not?  With each, encounter  or trial with doubt, trouble, frustration with God the question had to be considered, then answered to self and God.  Unlike the child who drug the teddy bear everywhere, God seemed to gently ease into the questions about God,  exercising my free will to choose for him or against him each time.

Yes!  God will customize each question, each situation, and the toughness of the situation to optimize his children’s growth in him. (He knows us well)  Fortunately, through God’s rich grace, failure is an option!  Yes!  God will drag you into tough situations.  God will never leave you or forsake you in those situations as you are his child.

Nothing can separate you from God.  Therefore, he goes, you go with Him!  God is never afraid of tough situations. He has no fear of your answer as long as you are honest. (I would G be hot or cold, if you are lukewarm I will vomit you out.)

Wherever the child went the bear was sure to be close by.  Now think about God and his close relationship with his creation.  God’s job is to go to good places and celebrate sometimes, and go to bad at other times with us in tow.  (We are followers of Christ ) The Bible states we cannot be separated from the love of God.

This means that we go where God goes because we are inseparable.  I do not think any of us mind when we get to go to good places or fun places with God as he travels with us.  But!  What about the bad places, the places where the teddy bears eyes get ripped off.  The places where the teddy bear gets all muddy and dirty, but is still with the owner faithfully being a companion to the owner.  The places of terror us to where we  our stuffing coming out of burst seams.  Do we enjoy those incredibly tough moments?

If we don’t like them we still have choice to leave.  Or!  We can stay with God and see what he’s going to do!

Do we want to follow God in those tough moments or times?  Should God send somebody other than us to represent him in those tough times?  Do you want a brand-new follower of Christ or would you rather one of God’s tattered and torn teddy bears to come to represent God and his comfort.  A believer who has seen the good times and the bad times with God,  even though beat up on the outside the stuffing’s or innards of this believer are pristine and new. (The outward man perishes but the inward man is renewed day by day)

As God takes you places in life that are painful.  Is he prepping you to be one of his tattered yet well repaired teddy bears to carry his pure song into a disaster?  In the book of James it says: count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations.  You are becoming one of God’s well-worn teddy bears that stick around and he can trust to send in to the tough situations as the King himself leads his army to help a lost and hurting world.

Sure, it may look like we have few parts absent and a few seams where there should not be seams, but we have stuffing inside us that has been renewed, purified and cleaned day by day.  We Are loved and sent by the Holy One God into the trouble of this world to help humankind see a God who is worthy of their life.  No!  Not to send judgment or condemnation on you!  But, to send an invitation to join God in his heavenly place. (Good and perfect gifts come from above.)  The other stuff comes from somewhere else! (The other team has a strong propaganda team, I must admit)

Do you complain like I complained when God takes the places with him that I don’t want to go?  Is the love God has given you worth being sent to places you do not want to go?  Well, it is not as hard as it sounds.  The gospel burden is not heavy, because God through Jesus carries the entire burden or performance to get into heaven.

In other words if you believe in Jesus Christ and the work he did for you and accepted Jesus as your only hope to get into heaven, then you are one of God’s precious teddy bears.  God has enough room in his arms to carry all of us at the same moment through all the troubles for all time.

So, God is kinda like a faithful teddy bear scenario.  He loves you the teddy bear, but the teddy bear may not be as willing to love as God loves his teddy bear.  Even so, He led you into tough situations because there is a need for his love and care for someone.  (Should he send you just the easy jobs ?  Jesus did not spare himself.) He sends the ones who are nearest, not necessarily best prepared, but God prepared, to carry his good news to the ones that he loves that are in trouble.

Yes, he has prepared you for that work for you cannot do.  Wisdom is screaming out in the streets, slow up, listen, watch.  Pray that your eyes are opened in your ears unplugged your mind freed.  The creator’s wisdom is everywhere.

Where is God when people are killed by disasters or famine, war, each others words and that the like?  God is sending his soldiers, followers to comfort with his good news.  He is cuddling the souls of the people that are hurting and dying.  He is listening for that last moment call that they believe in God and welcoming His own.

He hopes and desires for acceptance  from the unsaved and invites fellowship with him, but accepts the denial of his grace, then he bitterly weeps because he’s been separated from his dear teddy bear.  The one he never wanted to be separated from.  This is where God is in everyone’s time of trouble.

He is not afraid of any of your trouble He is with you to the last moment ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, your choice accept or deny the good news, a.k.a. the gospel of Christ.  What do you think?

Humbly submitted,

Denny

POWER!

WOW!  2016 Election Day is now in the ‘was’ category. It seemed to me this year brought more than the usual election hustle and bustle.  I find it fascinating and painful to hear people talk about leaving the United States if their party is not elected.  In this mindset, it seems to indicate the thinking would be there is hate for the other party and a division with a deep chasm of separation in the peoples of the United States.

Most special interest political groups fan these fires of division and hate.  Personally, I listen to things that I totally disagree with for the sake of understanding.  Fortunately, I usually can pick out some pretty good things that the person is saying that I can agree with or increase an understanding of their view, even with strong disagreement on my part with the general issue being presented.  Learning is always wonderful even when painful!

The special interest groups while fanning the fires of division, at the same moment are also fanning the fires of agreement within their own group but do not think too much.  They teach their group how superior their ideas are for the particular issue they are touting as important.  They will tell their followers to seduce other people into their way of thinking to increase their power base by numbers.

Does any of this sound very familiar?  Have you ever been wooed by a group just to be forgotten when you joined the group?  Have you given permission for their power over you for your vote, influence, and power for their cause just to find out it really was not what they advertised?  Have your been disappointed by your decision to support an agenda?  What is your special power?  How are you using your power, well?  Do you feel you have no power?  How are we supposed to use power anyway?

It appears to me that power has become something people want and desire yet if they go after power they are viewed as being egotistical.  So the answer to defray the ego trip perception is: you go after doing good, kind and helping actions to improve the world and lo and behold power just happens to come with it!  Yes, this fixes everything and makes the world right and beautiful.  REALLY?

Thinking of this genre was well used in advertisement campaign of Barnum and Bailey Circus when it came to town with “The Greatest Show on Earth.”  Even if the shows were not good they were touted as the greatest show on earth.  I think the quote went something like this, “there’s a sucker born every minute”.  This sound to me like a power that desires to fleece me and take advantage of you and I.  How would you classify this use of power?

Enough!  There is power out there that is true and as solid as it ever has been!  It is wrapped in grace and love and can appear weak because of this.  Don’t be fooled, the power of the Gospel of God is the only true power ever introduced to this world.  The Gospel is pure, clean, perfectly good, and incorruptible.

Yes, you are right!  There have been people who have used institutions representing this Gospel to their own advantage to gain personal power over people.  But the Gospel has never been diminished in power because of corruptions of people.  This is why God gives you time, yes time, to sift through the many advertised concepts of God as they are in existence.  It is your responsibility to test the ideas then decide for yourself.

This is an absolute responsibility that God gave you, you can’t give it away, and therefore there is no blame for anyone except for yourself for your decision.  Yes, you can be duped but it is on your shoulders to make the decision, duped or not.

This is an absolute responsibility that God gave you, you can’t give it away, and therefore there is no blame for anyone except for yourself for your decision.  Yes, you can be duped but it is on your shoulders to make the decision, duped or not.

It is written that all power is given in Heaven and earth to Jesus.  Yet, in all the stories contained in the Bible there have always been choices to disobey God freely and blatantly included in the record of God’s people, God’s people sinned not the world.  Yet seldom do these people die or received judgment immediately for their decision not to follow God.

There are lines that we have the choice to cross that God will not allow continuing for ever.  Even today God’s judgment in regards these infractions are absolute and immediate.  Within this power of God’s love and grace, there is latitude for much wrong and evil to exist.  These troubles are used as the activators of our free will.  For example, if we see something as being wrong or bad in action in this world, not necessarily personal events, but in this world, we have been activated to see good and evil.  Good and evil which are God’s given choice of which side to give your life energy to!

Jesus entered the world so that we might be able to see someone who lived completely by God’s law and precepts would look like.  We also have the story of how the world would treat someone who lives completely by God’s laws and precepts.  Yes, there is a great love for Jesus and his powerful reasoning and teaching on good and evil by some people.  There was also a strong hate for Jesus, who in all his power he did not wipe out immediately, but Jesus did request their forgiveness for their hate given him, this created a choice for mankind to ponder and decide their own allegiance for or against God.

The power that is used to force a person into a one-way choice is corruption and entrapment.  Don’t fear, God is not corrupt, He allows you to freely choose which way you want to go.  There are consequences that go with each of the choices.  But the final choice is yours.  Consequences happen to believers and nonbelievers in this world because it is fallen and broken, don’t be fooled false responsibility advertising.

Truth and power, when wielded accurately and righteously, are activators of choice.  Acceptance of truth is an awakening of a person into living moment by moment with options available and a rock solid base to guide each decision.  Power is not evil when used to activate a choice.  Therefore, the truth is this, there is always a way to escape evil when you’re under the power of God by choice to accept the Gospel.

All power was given for the good of mankind.  Abuse of power is only given to the evil one.  Without power, God cannot love us well.  Personally, I would not want an impotent lover of my soul.

Without power, God cannot protect me from all the things that I see going on in this world.  No, protection does not mean he will allow me to live to ripe old age, protection means that my soul is headed toward heaven and no power in existence can stop that from happening.  This is true power.

This Godly pure power was given so that man could inner a rest and not worried about hell for all of his days.  It is also given to exploring and enriching your life by participating with God in his goodness.  Find good power in your life through Jesus Christ.  It is the best adventure you will ever go on, no it is not easy, but it is the only consistent pure clean thing I’ve ever experienced.

You are invited to taste of this power and see if it is good.  I invite you to test God, not me I will fail, God is awesome always and he knows you well.  Power and its use by God are able to change you and enables his protected to be the best person you can be.

Your free will is only activated when you’re alive!  All life True power is found in God!  Awake your soul which slumbers, only in God,  will you know life and life more abundant than you had ever dreamed.  The adventure of following God is here, you have been invited.  What do you say about following pure clean power in Christ Jesus?

I am one imperfect person, who is a believer in Christ, attempting to convey the message of a perfect God to the people of the world with reason and grace.

Sincerely yours,

Denny

Ransomware

Ransomware is used by a hacker on your own computer to lock you out of your folders on your own computer!  Then the computer owner would be contacted by the hacker with an amount of money to be paid to unlock the owner’s very own folders.  When the ransom is paid there is a unlock key sent to the owner so they can again access their own computer.

There is a ransomware running on every single human being since the fall of mankind.  It is a kind of fog of spirit, mind, and body that blinds us and redirects us in any direction except toward God.  God out of his own resource created us in his image.  Then Satan in the form of a serpent stepped in and hijacked God’s creation and for the first time, there is trouble in this world.

The fog of Satin is continually pointing to God with blame and responsibility in all wrong that is manifested in this world.  You name the trouble sickness, accidents, natural disasters, death itself, and all other kinds of evil, God gets blamed for it.  Worse yet, God is even asked where he was when these bad things happen.

This very thinking is what put Jesus on the cross.  Jesus did nothing but good yet was blamed for all evil in trouble and was falsely condemned for doing wrong.  The problem is, Jesus is guilty of being God!  So the verdict that was handed down was correct, Jesus is guilty of being God.  However, Jesus is not guilty of blasphemy for which he was condemned.  It is true that he is the Son of God in flesh and named Jesus.

When the Trinity expelled mankind from the Garden of Eden there was cherubim and an impassable fiery sword that pointed in all directions at the entrance of Eden. Gen3:24 when this sword, impassable by man or Satan, was placed at the entrance of Eden, Jesus knew that he would be facing the wrath of the sword at his own expense and pain so that man could gain reentry into fellowship with God and dwell with God in heaven.

The essence of this fact means that God knew completely when Satan was allowed to tempt man if man succumbed to the temptation; God knew the exorbitant price that would have to be paid to ransom man back to perfect and completely fulfilling ownership of God.  God in his infinite wisdom desired fellowship with mankind, but only if there is a conscience free choice decision, on mankind’s part to choose to love and worship God.

The exorbitant price was paid through Jesus Christ in the will of the Father, through condemning an innocent Jesus so that he could face the wrath of God for sins that were committed by mankind.  Salvation cost God and immense price of suffering and pain.  Another way of thinking this is that Satan is limited in his lies while God is unlimited in his love and truth and grace.

Your ransom has been paid completely by God.  Nothing you can do can earn, change, or improve what God has done for you completely and his finished work of the gospel.  But, you must choose to accept this gift and if you want an adventurous life then apply this gift to your life.  Then you can enter the struggle of relationship with and faith in God.

The struggle is this.  It is easy to see and experience Satan’s limited power now.  Satan is very successful in his blame God for all of his evil campaigns.  But one thing I have noticed if someone lays blame on something outside themselves they are in fact being controlled by that outside force.  So when Satan blames God it is easy to believe the fault because God is in fact in control.  In Satan’s blame, he is proving the truth that God is in absolute control and distorting it for his insidious deception game.

The fog of the situation is to hide this, God does not want to control you absolutely as Satan desires to.  God wants you to freely choose to love and worship him.  As you grow in Christ suffering will happen to you, this is it an invitation to be identified with Christ and his suffering.  (Though he were son yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.  Hebrews 5:8 see II Corinthians 1:9) As you persevere through the suffering and believe God is good you are being purified of the lies in which Satan entraps mankind.

Get free of the ransomware that Satan has put on your life through the fall of mankind.  You have never experienced freedom until you have experienced the freedom of Jesus Christ.  The choice of Christ as your God activates for the first time a real choice of life or death in your decision-making process.  With Satan, all your choices are the lesser of two evils, with some of Satan’s decisions disguised to look like God’s good way!

You may live in a country that touts freedom as a right.  But, it is not the same kind of soul freedom that you experience with Jesus.  Give the life ransomware locked onto your life to Jesus and let Him give you the key which is Jesus to become free and activate a real choice of free living will.  Then you can see the facts of life! God Loves you and gave himself for you while you were yet a sinner!  Romans 5:8 also see. 1 John 4:19

Satan desires to deceive you and believe that this suffering life is all there is.  Satan also wants to believe that you better grab and take now, because there’s nothing else.  Satan is a master of entrapment and deception while making you think you are in control, not him!  Don’t be fooled!

If you ever want true freedom, there is no other pathway on earth that gives you choice outside of Jesus Christ and his way.  Only after you become a believer, you will learn to exercise your freedom in ways you never thought possible.  Your free will (true life) becomes active after your acceptance of Jesus and his payment for your sin is redeemed in you.

If you wisely choose to become more humble before God and as you walk with him your free will is exercised, becomes stronger, and wiser as you grow in Jesus Christ the Word.  (Yes, you will stumble and fall along the way in this new walk with God.) The word of God uses the description of abundant life to convey the concept of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The truth will truly set you free in your thinking, emotion, and love.(see John 8:32, Matthew 18:18 You can bind yourself up permanently)   Would you like to begin the process of eliminating all compunction out of your life?  Does any of this sound bad to you?

Humbly presented,

Denny