Tag: life

Shake-Proof Your Life (Part One)

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A shaking is coming. Ordained by God’s justice, necessitated by man’s selfishness. As God is faithful and just, so he is faithful to perform his work in us; and he is just in the way he performs his righteous shaking.

His shaking is nothing to fear, though he is a consuming fire. But either our sins will consume us, ultimately within the fires of hell, or God’s fire of righteousness and true holiness will consume us. Therefore, a shaking is coming. And, it’s a good thing!

Who can endure the shaking, the judgment, of the Lord? Well, who can dwell in his Presence? His Word is clear and certain. For it is impossible to endure his shaking, if we haven’t found our place in his Presence.

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved. (Psalm 15 ESV)

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15 ESV)

America has become so high and mighty in their own eyes, they have left no room for God. America does NOT trust in God; at least, not the God of the Bible. God has given the nation’s political and spiritual leaders the mandate, the calling, to lead their country back to its biblical roots, but for the most part, they have failed. Even in the face of national disasters, lengthy wars in foreign lands, and domestic problems that will never be solved by man’s wisdom, all we hear from our leaders is “We shall prevail”. Really?

Where are the spiritual leaders, those who should have the mind of God? Where is the voice of one crying, “in the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord?” Yes, the Lord takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servants. But the two things which should be emphasized seem to take a back seat. Prosperity and happiness are the messages that sell.

The Lord is intimately involved with his servants. Those who desire to serve him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. Regardless of where it leads, or what it demands; the servant of the Lord is focused on and committed to, God.

A shaking is coming; a shaking that will rattle the political, economic, and spiritual realm of the United States. Everyone who is living a “shakeable life” will be affected. Change is definitely coming. To be unshakeable, is to be ready.

How can you and I be ready for the coming shaking? By shaking off the “stuff” that doesn’t belong in our lives, now.

The apostle Paul wrote this to the Corinthians:

But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. (1Corinthians 11:31-32 ESV)

Peter had this to say about judgment, and specifically, judgment in the church:

For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? (1 Peter 4:17-18 ESV)

The emphasis of this teaching, though, is not so much on the coming shaking and time of testing, but how you and I should prepare ourselves for anything that may come; whenever it may come.

How to live a life that is UNSHAKEABLE. Or, how to “Shake-Proof Your Life.”

…whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.“ Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:26-29 NKJV)

There is something to hope for, even in the midst of shaking and judgment. What could that be? God’s hope, and plan, is for the act of discipline (shaking and judgment) to produce a holy people. Without holiness, no one sees the Lord; but with it…

I’ll begin by explaining different ways God shakes nations, churches, and individuals. It isn’t anything new, as nations and civilizations over the last 6,000 years have witnessed times of God’s intervention.

Please comment and let me know what your thoughts are pertaining to this timely subject. Most of all, be prepared.

Good or Evil? Who Decides?

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Is it possible for someone to be a good person but not believe in Jesus? What if they couldn’t care less whether there’s a God in Heaven? Maybe they don’t even believe in a Heaven or a Hell.

Can that person be a good person, or are they evil through and through? What does it take to be classified as good? How bad must someone be to rate being called evil?

Is the dividing line between good and evil simply a matter of faith? Something like faith equals good and no faith equals evil?

We probably all know someone, or have heard of someone, who epitomizes evil. However, I don’t think it’s possible to find someone we all can agree is evil. Or good, for that matter.

For the sake of discussion, I’ll use Adolf Hitler as our example of evil. How can he be judged as evil? Because of his evil actions during World War Two. His attempt to exterminate the Jewish people was evil. In my book, anyway.

However, there are people in the world who would argue with me; and tell me Hitler was good!

Why would they say such a thing? Because Hitler also did some good! He was a great community organizer, rallying the German Nation in patriotic unity. He was also good for the German economy, for awhile, at least.

So, I can’t use his actions to determine if he was good or evil.

There must be a better way to decide.

Most people agree that Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi were good people. Mother Teresa is known for her ministry of compassion, while Mahatma Gandhi is known for his nonviolent leadership in India’s independence. Both were an inspiration to their countrymen, and the whole world.

But again, there are some who would disagree. Looking on the internet, I found a number of articles questioning both Mother Teresa’s and Gandhi’s integrity and character. It’s been said that the world’s second favorite mother wasn’t always ethical with her handling of the finances; millions and millions of dollars. Gandhi was a known racist, despising the black man his entire life.

I find it hard to believe like you. But I cannot say someone is good because they do good things.

What if we just made a rule, something like: whatever the majority believes is correct. If the majority believes someone or something is good, then it’s good. If evil, well, sorry but that’s the way it is.

So where do we go to find our majority? How many should be polled to create a correct assessment? Could the majority’s belief differ, if the polling data was gathered from different people groups, with different levels of income, and various age groups?

Is it safe to let society determine what is good or what is evil?

No. It is not.

Every human being is capable of doing good, or doing evil. Every one, without exception. So mankind really isn’t the one to determine good or evil.

Like it or not, there’s only one qualified to make the call. Believe it or not, there’s one who’s already made the call.

God.

You who don’t agree; do you know someone better qualified? Or are you saying there’s no such thing as good or evil? No God and no devil?

But back to my original question: is it possible for someone to be a good person but not believe in Jesus?

The answer is…

No.

A person may do tons of good things. They may find a cure for cancer, or broker peace in the Middle East. They could save the whales, the trees, and California’s budget problems; all good things.

But in order to BE good, a person’s innermost being must be good.

The standard, the benchmark for “good”, the only one who is good says:

“As it is written, None is righteous, just and truthful and upright and conscientious, no, not one. No one understands [no one intelligently discerns or comprehends]; no one seeks out God. All have turned aside; together they have gone wrong and have become unprofitable and worthless; no one does right, not even one! Their throat is a yawning grave; they use their tongues to deceive (to mislead and to deal treacherously). The venom of asps is beneath their lips. Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood. Destruction [as it dashes them to pieces] and misery mark their ways. And they have no experience of the way of peace [they know nothing about peace, for a peaceful way they do not even recognize]. There is no [reverential] fear of God before their eyes”. (Romans 3:10-18 AMP)

None good, no not one. Sin, or a trespass against God, a neighbor, or even one’s self, disqualifies anyone from being good. It’s not the way he made us, but it’s how we turned out after the evil one deceived Eve. When Adam willingly, knowingly, took the fruit from Eve’s hand and took a bite.

God didn’t create us bad, and it’s not how he wants us to end up.

“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:22 – 3:26 ESV)

God has done something about man’s bad condition.

“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned – for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:12-17 ESV)

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:22-23 ESV)

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21 ESV)

By faith in Jesus’ substitutionary work on the cross, along with his subsequent burial and resurrection, God begins a change in the believer’s heart. The old leaves, the new comes.

The good one (Jesus) gave his life for the bad one (me), so the bad one (me) might become righteous in God’s sight.

He makes us good. His Spirit gives us the power to resist evil, and do good.

It all boils down to this: doing good things is great. It’s commendable and great for the world. Good deeds should be applauded and encouraged. But doing good doesn’t change a bad heart. It has to be made new. Born again. Recreated in the image of good.

God’s standard of “good“.

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I Wonder…

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I have had the holy and extremely intimate privilege a few times in my life. Sitting beside the bed of a loved one, as they near the end of their earthly life. Seeing the faraway look in their eyes makes me wonder what it would be like to view the world as they see it.

Or to be able to see into both worlds; the one I’m leaving, and the one I’m entering.

To be so close to the door of death and just a step away from the heavenly welcome, but still trapped in a body that’s shutting down.

What is it like? How does it feel to have my body actually kick me out of its house?

To see my sons and daughters, grandkids and friends, talking, laughing, crying and embracing while I lie in my bed. What is it like?

Is it consoling to watch people come and go, staying long enough to look into my fading eyes, force a smile and whisper, “I love you”; then pat my hand and hug my family? What kind of feeling is that? What is it like?

Though it’s hard to speak, and even harder to listen, is it possible to remember the joys I’ve experienced and the storms I’ve weathered? Will my tears of thanksgiving truly depict my love to my family, and for my Savior?

Can I recount God’s faithfulness though I may not remember anything else, including my own name?

How quickly do I leave my body after my last breath is gone, and my heart ceases to beat? Will I float or soar? Will I see those huddled around my bed? Will they hear me when I say goodbye?

I wonder what it’s like.

Is it possible to see angels approaching while I stare at my loved ones? Can I hear Heaven’s choir above my silent din?

Are the hours I’m asleep just my way of saying I’ll be gone soon? Or am I busy in my dreams, visiting with my heavenly guide, preparing for my final trip?

Will my eyes see clearly, once the dark film of this life is finally removed?

What will it be like to see Heaven for the very first time?

I wonder what it’s like to see but not focus, to hear but not discern. To lay my head down for the last time, and then, like I’m being drawn by an invisible magnet, rise to the One who’s called Jesus.

To me, it’s a mystery much larger than life, though I know what I believe. And though I believe, there’s still the unknown world I’ve yet to see.

I can’t explain it. I can’t describe it.

Neither can I know what my loved one is seeing, thinking, or feeling as they sleep, hardly breathing, barely alive.

Then again, perhaps they’re more alive than I am!

For as this life fades, the next one grows clearer and closer, until finally, the anchor of hope is removed from the heart of the redeemed. Hope no longer is needed to steady the traveler; they’re finally home.

“For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”

Death is overcome by life.

Eternal life.

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Monsters, Inc.

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Just suppose it’s Monday morning. You get out of bed, eat breakfast, walk the dog, and finish getting ready for work.

Once inside your car, you back out of the garage, press the garage door closer, and head for the freeway.

All of a sudden, something strikes you as odd; actually, eerie. You haven’t seen a single person out and about. Not one.

No one walking their dog, no children waiting for the school bus, not a single vehicle on the road except yours. What’s going on?

You turn on the radio, hoping to catch something on the news that would explain things. Nothing but dead air.

Arriving at work, you get the pick of parking spaces; you’re the only one there!

No one in the building, no one standing outside in the designated smoking area. No one at all.

You try calling several local friends, but no answer.

Returning to your car, you head north. Ankeny. I should find someone in Ankeny, you mumble to yourself. But not a soul can be found.

Turning east and south, you discover the same thing in Altoona. No one. Not in a car, walking on the sidewalk; even HyVee is completely vacant.

Pleasant Hill shows no sign of life, either. Des Moines and West Des Moines, the same. You spend 3 hours driving the streets, looking for someone, anyone; but the city is deserted. Crazy, isn’t it.

Actually, this sort of thing is happening every year.

Except the city isn’t deserted; it is aborted.

In 2012, according to the Planned Parenthood Annual Report for 2012-2013, there were 327,166 babies murdered by PP. That equals the population of the four cities mentioned.

In one year.

I find the name “Planned Parenthood” to be a bit deceptive. Isn’t parenthood the state of being a father or a mother? Why would the abortion industry use the “parent” word, when it’s apparent they really don’t care for babies?

Maybe that’s a little harsh. I’m sorry. I’ll try it again.

I’m sure the people who operate PP care about babies. After all, they were babies once.

But it’s too bad people who have the wherewithal to operate a billion dollar business can’t tell the difference between a baby and a blob of tissue.

A baby in the womb can be seen with ultrasound. It’s heart beat can be heard. It’s a living, developing baby, safely wrapped inside its mother’s womb. Well, it is supposed to be.

In the Planned Parenthood Annual Report 2012-2013, You can read some very interesting things. Here is a link to that report:

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/AR-FY13_111213_vF_rev3_ISSUU.pdf

Here’s a wild statistic. Planned Parenthood receives 45% of their budget from tax payers.

“I thought the government gave them the money!” The government doesn’t have any money. They use OUR money. Our money goes to murder babies!

I know God loves the people who work at Planned Parenthood. He loves them as much as He loves His Son, Jesus! After all, He gave His Son to pay the price for their sin, the same as the rest of the world.

However, killing babies is wrong, and calling it “pro-choice” doesn’t make the babies less dead. Calling the “pro-lifer’s” “anti-abortionists” makes them sound like people who don’t care, and are out to ruin women any way they can. But propaganda, political spin, and out right lies cannot ease the conscience of the baby’s mother. And it doesn’t make the “procedure” less murderous.

Back in Nazi Germany, where so many people were killed, or exterminated as was the case, the “doctors” who performed the experiments and caused the deaths of millions were brought to trial and sentenced to die for their unconscionable acts.

They were referred to as “monsters”.

Is there really any difference between the Nazi “doctors” and the “doctors” who perform abortion procedures?

I’d say “monster” fits them well!

I try and imagine what the babies would have been like. Each one known by God, and given gifts and a purpose, by God. Fearfully and wonderfully made, by God.

But brutally murdered as an “abortion procedure”, in the name of “choice”, which is best spelled M-O-N-E-Y.

Maybe Planned Parenthood should change the name of their business to “Murder, Inc.”

Or, better yet; “Monsters, Inc.”

Does The Word “Repent” Scare You?

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I am amazed. All these years I assumed a certain thing was true, only to finally realize I was wrong. And all I needed to do was read the scripture as though I’d never read it before.

I’m referring to Jonah. You know, the book called Jonah? Yeah, the big fish dude.

I’ll tell you what I just noticed in a few moments, but first I’ll lay the foundation for this post.

What do you think of when you see the word: “repent”?

Oh, man! You probably think I’ve flipped, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

What thoughts run through your mind at the sound of that word? Do you have flashbacks from childhood days? Do scenes of a wild, red faced preacher running back and forth across the platform at church play across your mind; making you want to hide under a table?

Does the word “repent” scare you? Actually, there’s nothing to be afraid of.

“Repent and believe the Gospel”. A courageous message of compassion and hope; not one of doom, judgment, and catastrophe.

It’s the message Noah proclaimed, being a preacher of righteousness.

The prophets of old cried, “Repent!” The powerful word God used to call nations to his feet; the place of hope, fulfilled purpose, and renewed vision.

A word that satan fears; almost as much as the Name of Jesus.

It’s a word that demands an immediate response; though many times the response is heartbreaking. It’s a command that leaves no room for negotiation. It’s a message declaring, “There’s still time to turn around”, but it’s been misunderstood, misused, and misjudged.

Repent.

It’s the message of John the Baptist, which drew multitudes away from their cities, homes and places of business, out into the hot, windy wilderness.

The word Peter preached in power to multitudes on the day of Pentecost, whereby thousands were ushered into the kingdom of God.

The ministry Jesus said was his Father’s business.

And the message of Jonah.

The word means to turn around. Change one’s attitude, action, and allegiance. What’s so scary about that? Why is that threatening? What’s really wrong with the word?

Repent.

It’s a message whose time has come. A declaration America desperately needs to hear, but one it hates to face.

The ones who dare proclaim it are dubbed fanatical and foolish. God calls them faithful.

All of Heaven supports this message of compassion and hope. The Spirit is wooing and the angels are waiting for our response to the word “repent.”

It can cause a riot to break out, or righteousness to flow like a mighty stream.

It separates the believer from the unbeliever, the Christian from the casual observer.

It’s a matter of life and death.

Jonah (finally) preached to the people of Nineveh.

“So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.” (Jonah 3:5 NKJV) In other words, they repented.

From the greatest to the least. From those with the most to those with nothing.

Here’s what I “saw” for the first time: THEN word about what was happening throughout the city came to the ears of the king. And HE repented!

For years I assumed the king heard first, then issued his proclamation. But, actually, he found out FROM the people.

There is hope for America. There is hope for our families. There is hope for you and I.

Repent is a word of compassion and hope. It’s a word with a future. It is a word for everyone, not just the people we don’t agree with. It’s a word whose time has come; from the greatest to the least. It’s a private, personal word that can affect the whole of society.

You may like the word, or you may hate it. You can lash out at the messenger or look into the mirror and examine what you see. Regardless, the word won’t allow you to remain the same.

Repent. Jonah carried the word to that great city. It changed Nineveh.

What word are you carrying? What word are you believing?

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15 ESV)

Don’t be scared. Repent.

Questions, Boxes, Heaven, and Faith

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Allow me just a wee bit of thinking outside the religious dogma we call “the box”. I promise I’ll try to stay in view of it, but sometimes a feller just needs to get out and stretch. Know what I mean?

Please read this passage from the Bible; the Book of Revelation. This is from the apostle John, as he described the things he saw while “in the Spirit”.

“After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 7:9-12 NLT)

To me, this is an awesome picture. I’m even wondering if John could see me in that crowd? After all, he seemed to indicate he was being shown the future; the final days of man’s time on earth, the devil’s judgment, man’s final judgment, and the new heavens and earth.

I’m sure he saw me!

John said he saw a vast crowd, too many to count. People from every nation, people, tribe, and language. The vast, innumerable crowd stood before the Lamb of God. They were in Heaven because of the Lamb; who had carried their sin all the way to the cross, shedding His blood for their complete salvation.

Okay, up to now, I haven’t left the box. But my hand’s on the door knob, I’m turning the knob, opening the door…

…here we go!

Guaranteed!

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True or false? “You can have anything you want, if you want it bad enough.”

What do you think? Is that a true statement?

A lot of people seem to believe it. “You need to have passion”, is what they’ll say.

Let’s see; will that work with finances? “If I want finances bad enough, is there some sort of guarantee I’ll have a boat load of money?” Not really. It is true, though, that the desire could get you up earlier in the morning, and out on the streets looking for employment. But no; no guarantee.

How about a rock and roll star? “If I want it bad enough, you know, passionately, will I be not only a contestant on American Idol but a winner?” Guaranteed? Uh, don’t hold your breath. Sure, passion can help you discipline your life to practice, practice, practice. You could possibly be one of the best musicians in the land. But, again, no; there are no guarantees.

“Well! What good is passion if it won’t guarantee the things I want?”

I’ll give it to you straight. There’s only one thing in life, that I know of, that passion and desire can guarantee results. Only one! It may not be what you want, but I guarantee it’s what you need.

Actually, it’s who you need.

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV)

“With ALL your heart” signifies passion and desire. It means not allowing anything to stand in your way, or, knock you out of the way of your pursuit. That which you’re pursuing becomes more important than life itself. No circumstance, no bad experience, no excuse or philosophy will discourage your heart. You are on a mission! Your success is guaranteed by Almighty God!

If you’ll pursue God as a starving person pursues their next meal; you will find the Bread of Life.

When you seek after God like a drowning person reaching out to catch the life ring; you’ll be saved.

When, with God’s word in hand, you follow the clues like a pirate following a treasure map; God’s riches will be uncovered for you.

“Ask, seek, knock; and you will find”, is what Jesus said.

“How can I be sure I’m seeking with my whole heart”, you ask?

If you cannot, will not be denied; then you are giving it all. If you will not tolerate ANY reason or excuse for not knowing God the way he wants you to know him; you will definitely get your desire!

If hell can’t stop you, if your friends can’t embarrass you, if your parents can’t intimidate you, if your spouse can’t threaten you, you will finally know the Desire of all nations.

If time can’t wear you down, if church can’t discourage you, if your job can’t stress you, if your kids can’t mock you, then expect to enjoy the presence of the Holy One.

And if you are willing to be thought a fool, an ignorant old fashioned fool, then get ready. You’re in for the time of your life, and the life to come.

Guaranteed!

Rick Stratton – Alive Forever!

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I’ve been thinking about something lately; well, for the last couple of days. A friend of ours, a preacher named Rick Stratton, went to Heaven when his body just wouldn’t function any longer.

Rick is quite a guy. We met him when he was a traveling evangelist. He was preaching for a pastor friend of mine so I went to hear Rick preach. Powerful word, good singing; and I think he blew all the finish off that horn of his. Our friendship began that evening and has lasted for over 25 years!

I don’t remember how many times Rick preached for me, but I know it was a lot. And there’d be times when he was just passing through that he’d stop in and visit a few hours. Always a delight to have around.

He loves music, and I can still hear him singing that old Rusty Goodman song, “Who am I?” I imagine he’s doing a lot of singing now; that great, booming voice of his can probably be heard clear across Heaven! He’s crossed the chilly Jordan, and is camping in Canaan’s happy land!

I know something about Rick that many preachers don’t, or are too embarrassed to mention.

God in the Beginning

20140115-224557.jpg“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 NKJV)

Such a well known verse, even if it isn’t a well-believed verse. But the first verse in the Bible is THE foundation scripture for life! In the beginning…

To show you what I mean, read it again, and this time move a word or two. Put the word “GOD” at the start of the sentence. “God in the beginning…”

Do you see what I mean? “God in the beginning” is a truth upon which you can build a quality life; a life worth living.

If you are beginning a project, a marriage, a business, or a life…

If you are beginning anything worthwhile, make certain you begin with God!

If it’s worth doing, it’s worth having “God in the beginning…”

God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are before all things, created all things, and hold all things together.

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.” (Colossians 1:15-17 NLT)

So doesn’t it make sense, godly sense, to make certain God is with you “in the beginning” of everything you do?

And if God can’t or won’t join you, then don’t begin.

You’ll never hear him say, “just start without me.”

Liberal God or Conservative God?

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You may think I’m nuts, crazy, and loony; and maybe I am. But I believe God is the biggest liberal this world has ever seen or known! Yep! Bigger than George Soros.

He’s also the biggest conservative ever. Yes, even bigger than Ronald Reagan.

Allow me to explain myself; beginning first with “liberal“.