Are You an “IF” Christian

I heard a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King on the “If” Christian.  The “If’  Christian is one who has decided to follow Christ only when everything runs smoothly.  They are willing to serve Jesus Christ when it is easy and considered the “In” thing.  Often they bargain with God and agree to follow him “If” everything is easy; if they don’t have to endure sufferings or persecution.  They follow the Lord when it makes sense for them; if they receive something in return, such as: a good job, a nice family, plenty of money and great health. When bad things start to happen to them, then their faith is tested.  They do not want to do anything that will make their life uneasy.  They don’t want to lose friends, family or their great lifestyle, so they often compromise on their beliefs.  They choose to be silent when people oppose their beliefs or their faith.  Dr. Martin Luther King wasn’t a “If” Christian but a minister who stood against those laws that were evil.
In this sermon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr preached on three Christians that refused to bow down and worship the image of gold.  Daniel Chapter three tells us that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood against the evil of the land.  They had a faith greater than that of man.  They believed on the God above and took a stand against King Nebuchadnezzar and his law.  They knew that God would deliver them out of fiery furnace that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.  They said, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Their faith was deep enough and real enough that nothing was going to compromise their faith; nothing was going to get them to forsake their true God for a false god.  They had enough faith that they trusted in God to deliver them; but if not, they would die with their faith intact.  What about you?  Are you willing to take a stand against injustice or evil laws.  They are coming and coming soon.  We have a president that is writing his own laws.  We have a Roman Pope that is writing and changing laws into what is evil.  Hitler changed laws and they were considered the law of the land.  Are you willing to die for your belief in God?  Are you willing to stand up against those things you know God hates?
Judge Roy Moore of Alabama is taking a stand against “gay marriage” in Alabama.  He says that his God is against it and he will not support anything that his God is against.  He is willing to lose his job, where he was making a lot of money and held for years, for his beliefs.  He is willing to take a stand against evil in this land; which shows his faith.  He doesn’t have a “If” faith but a true faith in God.  He is suffering persecution now and has in the past, when he lost his job for refusing to take down the “Ten commandments” statue.

Never have I ever seen so much confusion on what is right and wrong.  Satan has blinded many people’s eyes to where people no longer see the truth of what is right.  They call you a ‘Bigot’ if you don’t accept everyone and everything.  Some even say that we should allow anyone to go to any bathroom they chose.  It doesn’t matter if they are a pedophile or not.  How dare we hurt their feelings and tell them sin is wrong.  How dare we say it is not right to rape a child.  That is their viewpoint and it is getting worse. Some are even petitioning against a Pedophile going to jail.  They are saying he was born to be evil so let him get away with it.  See how crazy this sounds.
Soon there is coming a law that will require everyone to bow down and worship an “image of the beast.”  One will be required to take a mark in their right hand or forehead in order to buy or sell (Revelation 13).  Those that refuse to take the mark or worship the image will suffer on this earth.  They will be persecuted, perhaps thrown in prison for their refusal.  Those that worship the beast or take his mark will receive judgment of God (Revelation 20).
Jesus told us that we might have to face persecution and sufferings of this life, but he said he would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).  God will walk with you and will help you in everything you do.  You do not have to walk alone.  You can trust in the Almighty God and believe on his son, Jesus Christ. If you are a Christian, God promised you eternal life (John 5:24).  If you are not, I urge you to accept Christ before it is too late.

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Building on A Strong Foundation

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What kind of foundation are building on? Are you working to increase your wealth upon this earth? Are you striving to obtain a high degree in college or a higher status on your job, or are you building upon the foundation of Christ? Lets look to what the word of God says about building upon a strong foundation.

Matthew 7:21-27: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them…

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Love of the Savior

For God so loved the world that he gave,
Jesus his only begotten son came to save,
Men of all nations, any skin or race,
His love bestowed, full of grace,
Our sins needed an atonement
From the Heavenly Father he was sent
He chose his only body as a sacrifice,
No other lamb would suffice.
Jesus stretched out his arms upon a tree,
To die so men could be set free.
His life was ended on a cross,
His blood shed, came at no loss.
Redemption came from our Savior,
Without him is no judgment waver.
Tears and joy were shed that early morn,
With him all men can be reborn.
Death couldnt hold in the grave,
Only Jesus Christ can save.

Show Me How to Love

PHOTO: Singers Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek arrive at the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 7, 2013.

Today I asked God to show me how he loves. Today he showed me a video testimony about the love between two people, when I seen the love between Joey and Rory Feek. Then he showed me a forgiving love when a man forgave someone that had shot his wife and he asked prayers for his family. Then God showed me a compassionate love, when a man taught his son to show compassion to someone even though they might be slow to learn. Then God showed me a sacrificial love when he showed me what Christ did for us. John 3:16-16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

See God showed me how to love by example.  When I look at the love story of Joey and Rory Feek, it breaks my heart.  I see a couple who endured many tribulations and still managed to keep their love.  In case you didn’t know that Joey and Rory Feek were country singers.  Rory Feek was a country boy that met a woman that he thought was out of his reach.  He mentioned before when being interviewed that he was amazed how this vivacious woman came to him and said, “I’m going to marry you.”  He thought of it as if it were a dream.  This beautiful woman wanting to spend time with him, but it was true.  They soon married and enjoyed making songs together.  Then finally one day arrived when Joey Feek got cancer.  She had asked her husband, Rory to write about their love story on a blog.  Never did he know what impact it would have on the world.  Many people have read how their love for each other and God continued even during the trials that they soon faced.  Joey cancer took a tole on her life and Rory said that he would do anything to take her place on her deathbed.  Joey just looked at him and said, “Then who would write our story?”

See I am convinced that we see love by example.  We see love that two people have for one another even during their trials and tribulation.  We see the love for God that Joey had even when she had a terminal cancer and was dying.  We see a forgiving love that Rory had even when he seen his wife dying in front of him.  He never blamed God for what happened to him.  He just learned how to love the more.

God doesn’t give up on us when we do wrong or do something we shouldn’t.  He loves us despite our failures.  He loves us when we don’t show love for others like we should.  He loved us enough to give us his son at Calvary.  If you don’t know the true love of the Father, I asked you to seek him.  He can give you the love inside that that these two precious people had for each other and for God.  We don’t have to be perfect but we must turn from sin and ask God to come into our hearts.

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Trust in the Lord

To fully trust in something or someone you must have complete faith that they or it can guide you safely into the correct or most secure place that you need to go.   As I have gotten a little older and since I have went through some trials in my life, I have learned how to rely on the Lord completely.  Without Jesus as your pilot in life, a person would make a complete mess of their life no matter how hard they try.  See I know how it feels not to have Jesus lead me entirely and it is not a place I ever want to return.  Through the dark times of your life is where you have to learn to trust in something; you have to learn to trust in Jesus completely or lose all hope.

Let me tell you that a person without the Lord Jesus has completely lost their hope.  There is nothing else a person can trust in without knowing Jesus as their Savior.  They may think they have a great life, plenty money or maybe content in the things they do have, but life is only but for a moment.  Life is a vapor that will vanish away one day.  I don’t care if a person is a small boy or old woman, life on this earth will end.  What does that person hope for without the Lord Jesus.  They may try to sound confident and say rest; but they don’t really have hope in eternal life or rest, because they don’t have the one person who can give them that comfort of eternal life of rest.

Listen for this is important!  The only hope a person truly has is Jesus Christ.  He can provide a life of peace and comfort.  He can provide an eternal life of rest in Heaven.   He can provide you with a safe harbor from all your enemies.  He can guide you onto the correct path of eternal life, which is the narrow way.  Matthew 7:14 says, Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  If you want to find the narrow way which leads to everlasting life, you must hope and trust in Jesus Christ.  See I said hope and trust in Jesus.  One can’t simply hope something will happen but rely on something to happen.  Rely on Jesus by trusting in him today.  Accept him as your Lord and Savior and you will have hope of eternal life.

Proverbs 3:5,6 says, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Christmas- Time to Celebrate Jesus Birth

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For those that have to celebrate Christmas without part of your family, I can sympathize with you.  My son has spent the last five years away from us on Christmas due to his job. Some have never had to spend time away from their children and may not realize how it feels.  I know when my son left home to join the military, I felt like a part of me had died.  My family didn’t feel complete but I felt a huge part was missing.  No longer was their a house of four but now three.  No one told me how difficult it was going to be when one of my children left the house.  I guess I see where the term empty nest comes from.  Birds usually push their babies out of the nest when they are ready but I was grieved when I couldn’t see my son.  He was stationed over in Japan for two years.  That is two years without being able to see him.  He left a week before Christmas, so Christmas felt very empty that year to me.

I wonder if that is how God felt when his only son left Heaven to come to this earth.  His only prince was born into flesh, from the womb of a lovely lady to a place quite different from the paradise that he once lived in.  Now he had to experience a life of pain, sorrow, agony and humility.  To truly understand this, you have to have experienced loss yourself.  My awesome gave his only begotten son to be born, so that he later could be sacrificed for the sins of the whole world.  I wonder if God felt the loss of his son while he was away.  I can only imagine how much he missed him.  Then to see him on a cross in agony; no wonder he turned his eyes from him.

I love the season of Christmas with so many people celebrating and rejoicing in the birth of Jesus Christ.  Many people that are usually not so nice tend to be sweeter during the holidays.  I encourage you to think of the sacrifice of Jesus and God this season and show love for someone like God showed for mankind.  See God knew that mankind was simply without hope, without a blood sacrifice, an atonement for the remission of sins.  He loved the world so much that he gave his only son.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  We serve a God that truly loves each and everyone on this earth.  He is long suffering to us-ward not willing that anyone perish, but that all may come to know his precious son, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9).

If you don’t know Jesus, I urge you to get on your knees and bow to the Holy King of Kings and ask him into your life.  Ask forgiveness for your sins and he will welcome you with open arms into his family above.

Forgiveness & Mercy of God


It is easy to lay your head down at night when you are at peace. Living in fear of past sins can keep you up at night and strip that peace that gives you comfort.  If you have accepted the Lord Jesus as your Savior and Redeemer, you don’t have to fear. 1 John 4:9,10 says, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  If we have accepted God’s son, Jesus, we have forgiveness for our sins.  We don’t have to worry about God forgiveness because when God looks upon you, he sees the blood of Jesus. 

Jesus blood was shed for you on a cross at Calvary. Leviticus 17:11 says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. ”  1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

What would life be like without forgiveness? Forgiveness is the only thing that can restore broken relationships and allow healing to begin.  Forgiveness is one of the greatest virtues that man can possess.  With forgiveness, the broken can be fixed and the crooked can be made straight once again. Forgiveness is saying that we no longer hold the offense against the offender, and neither does God hold the sin against the believer in Christ. In this we can trust that if we confess our sins to God, he will forgive us of all sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

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What Makes a Great Writer


Most time great writers go unnoticed because they are usually the lowly homemaker or unemployed uncle who doesn’t hold a college degree. Most of the time, writers are usually undiscovered talent, because they never learned the art of ‘how to submit a query letter’ or ‘how to self publish their works’. I interviewed a few writers over the last few years and most of them have multiple copies of manuscripts that are sitting on their shelves.

A great writer is not one that writes for money or for fame, but because they love the art of it.  Jane Austen, an English novelist, is one of the most well known writers today. She lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family, educated by her father and learned lots by reading books. She wasn’t discovered when she first started writing, but several years later. She had to have enjoyed the art of writing to continue on with it.

A great writer is one who writes, rewrites, and examines every word, every sentence and syllable; never fully appreciating the finished work. She or He is always striving to perfect it in some way or another. They don’t only want words on paper, but harmony -symphony of sounds that the words make as they are uttered out loud. Writers or composers are usually thinking of the next piece of composition in the back of their heads. Breathing in and out until they are able to begin the process all over again.

These poetic scribes love creating stories that evoke imagination. They know that there is no limit to what you can do, where you can go, or who you can become in a book. They write stories to inspire, edify, and encourage others in a way, spreading joy around to their readers. Great writers draft out their literary masterpiece to make the world a better place to live.

Works Cited

“Jane Austen” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Web. 8 April 2015.

Poem: The Life of a Writer.

Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

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There are many people in the world that look to the outward appearance of another person and judge their beauty.  What makes a person “Beautiful”? I say it is hard to tell how beautiful a person is without getting to know them. Lets say that a woman is beautiful by the observance of the naked eye, but is very rude, mean, stinky, bad mannered, bad breathed and a complete gold digger.  Would you still say she is beautiful?  I don’t usually look to the outward appearance and judge a person’s character but I see many do.  They look at a woman who is thin, well dressed, hair styled just right, perfect teeth and say she is Beautiful.  The same may apply to a man who is think, wealthy, has a great job, dressed usually in a suit, as a beautiful or handsome man.

Let me give you a scenario of what I have observed lately.  A woman who is overweight but has decent looking clothes, hair is combed, has some makeup on but is not that ‘perfect ten’ body, might go into a restaurant and be seated, and perhaps she has been sitting for over ten minutes before the male waiter decides to come over and take her drink order.  Then I have seen a group of thin ladies go into the same restaurant be seated and their drink orders are immediately taken by the same waiter.  Then after returning their drinks, goes on to take their order.  He has completely forgotten the first woman; never taking her drink to her, until she raises her hand.  The waiter looks disgusted at being bothered by the first woman and decides to go ask her what she needs.  This is a true story.

Another scenario might be a physician that sees an overweight woman, rudely ask her what her problem is, don’t let her respond, then quickly gets her out of his office without really listening to why she is there.  Then he sees a woman who is dressed perfectly, perfect body and has a sweet voice.  He nicely ask her why she is there, spends over thirty minutes letting her respond and treating her better because of her physical looks.

The truth is beauty is vain. Whether you are young or old, you judge a person by their physical appearance. It might be later on that you say that they are ugly by their demeanor, but that idea and thought comes much later. A very sweet young girl with no makeup, a little chubby and dirt poor might be the most beautiful person you have ever met in your life. But to most men, they will not give this person the time of day. Most guys judge a book by the cover. The same applies to women when they look for a potential mate. They might put up with a guy’s rudeness and vanity if they have a nice outward appearance.

I used to do the same thing, but the older I get, the more I see that my body is not that perfect body or than thin physique I once had.  I am ashamed of how this world judges a person’s beauty.  A person’s beauty cannot be measured by the eye of the beholder. That person will measure unfairly. Beauty can be observed after watching a person closely. Observing a woman helping an elderly man across the street. Or observing a person giving money to the Red Cross bucket at Wal-mart. Beauty is what is inside a person, their true values, cares, and how they react toward others. Beauty is measured within a person’s heart not their physical appearance.

8 Steps to Business Success

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There are a few things that are a definite step toward success. Whether you are a small business just getting started or a larger corporation, these basic steps will lead you to a successful business.

1. Personal branding is a must for the new entrepreneur.  People need to know what your company or business is all about. Personal branding could be a logo design, trademark, a set of business guidelines, website or place where others come to learn about you.

2. Stay active.  Seems pretty easy and self-explanatory but most often businesses give up before they become successful.  They work hard for the first few months but give up due to lack of resources, time, energy and faith.  Authors need to write some every day in order to accomplish their goals.

3. Research and Take Rapid Action. What this means is that you can do some research about your product.  Find out what sells, who the buyer is, what a good price for your product and then take immediate action. Whatever you need to do to accomplish your end goal is what you need to do.  Don’t wait for someone else to help you, don’t wait for the economy to get better, take swift action now.

4. Market and Advertise your business.  Whatever product or service your business provides, you need to have a marketing plan in place.  Look at a business plan and write down certain marketing actions that will help you promote your business and then follow them.

5. Stay motivated.  Nothing kills a business more than lack of determination. Don’t give up so easily.  Every business will have stumbling blocks in the way. Your job is to find a way around those.

6. Continue to Expand- Most companies are continually adding new products and services.  Just like any business, a writer must continue to put out books in order to stay successful.

7. Set a Budget- Establishing a set amount of money for marketing should be in your budget.  Write down how much you need for each expense, such as: Overhead, office expense, utilities, travel, food, supplies, etc…

8. Engage the Customer- Any business needs to interact with their customers, either by face to face interaction or through emails or online support. A writer might set up speaking engagements, book signings or attend book seminars.

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