Up for discussion- June 28, 2014

Why is when one says that “God called me to the ministry” one of their FIRST decisions is to seek another PERSON for guidance and/or understanding? Is the guidance of God not conducive, especially when without God, there is NO MINISTRY TO BEGIN WITH????

Comments are welcome and encouraged.

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Epiphany Moment- June 26, 2014

I was sitting at a McDonalds today, trying to kill time before picking up my son when I overheard a conversation from this man who claims to be a pastor, loudly talking to people on the phone, seemingly trying to get others attention in the restaurant.

He speaks of money, how much he is getting through a system that relies upon membership and dues to the membership that are subsequently divided within the company hosting this ‘get rich‘ system and the person who brings in more people.

While the whole thing smells of deception, that’s not what caught me. What caught me is how we as people who say we are ‘of God‘ consistently place the cart before the horse when it comes to God and our wants. We want to live comfortably, we want to be financially well off, we want a great relationship with our spouses, children, relatives and friends, we want great health, and greater things outside of ourselves to prove that we are ‘blessed‘. Yet NOTHING WE WANT WILL PROVE POSITIVE OF GOD IN OUR LIVES.

Here’s the revelation: we must FIRST establish a fully enriched relationship with God before trying to ‘rich up’ our pockets. It expands beyond status, hierarchy, and how much we think we know about God and God’s Word. It goes beyond the place we WERE, the place we think we want to be and dare I say, the place we THINK GOD WANTS US TO BE. Our ‘seeking God FIRST‘ suffers when we limit God to an ATM, a medical professional, a legal advisor, marriage counselor, or personal therapist. Our interactions and ultimate integration with God becomes restricted in light of our confusion of what God IS and what God IS TO US; yeah, they are usually very contrasted.

Unfortunately, those who believe that God has the valuation of a ‘noun‘ can infect others passion for further enlightenment, thus causing a regression of spiritual growth. How do we counteract this growing ‘silent spiritual killer‘? We tame the wanting beast within us and open our mind to what is right in front of us.

Happy Father’s Day 2014

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Happy Father’s day to my fellow dads, pops, paw paws, grand-pops, grandfathers, and even those who play the role of ‘father’ in another’s life. The role of the ‘father’ is one that is forever; it does not end with age, changes in profession, marital status, or even feelings. It is a role that has, unfortunately, been scarred by males who have shown a great lack of strength, character and desire to fulfill the arduous position of fatherhood for a soul who desperately needed it filled.

To love ones son or daughter in spite of the world, in spite of the hardships, in spite of the doubts, pain and suffering that may befall the person who is seen as ‘father’ can bring great stress, and sometimes can cause one to feel the need to give up, yet when the love is true and fueled by God, the strength needed to endure is replenished and the person finds themselves able to continue on. To those of you that seek God for the strength to fill the fatherly shoes and live the life of father to someone special in your life, I salute you and say that even though this day of the year has been sanctioned to celebrate you as father, the road never ends. As long as the son or daughter lives; as long as YOU live, you are an elite entity in the life of that person who sees you as dad, father, pops, poppa, granddad, paw-paw, pappi, grandfather, or daddy.

May the Lord God bless and keep you all.

Expanding our spiritual vocabulary- indelible

The word is indelible. Pronounced \in-DEL-uh-buhl\. the word is an adjective and is defined as

…that cannot be eliminated, erased, forgotten, changed, or the like

. Used in a sentence: Throughout time, we have enjoyed the love of Christ because of the indelible nature of His love for us in spite of us.

(John ch.15:v.13)