With an election in the United States looming and with so many things on the agenda this year are we as Christians supposed to vote in the upcoming election? Is it important for us to let our voices be heard through the voting process or should we just pray and let God have control over the situation. I have an eclectic amount of people on my social media platforms and I follow all of the candidates in my local area as well as the candidates on a national stage. I do that because now more than ever the social media presence of politicians is where you can almost get most of the information that you need to know about them. In this time period we have politicians like AOC and Donald Trump who live their entire lives on social media platforms you can learn a lot just by scrolling down your news feed. Again I don’t think it my place to tell you who to vote for but I would be remised if I did not take the time to spotlight the fact that I think voting is very important.
The Bible does not specifically speak about if we should or shouldn’t vote because the way that we vote today was not a thing back then. However it does speak about what happens if we have bad leaders in power. Proverbs 29:2 reads “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” I have seen people from each side of the coin mourn when the person that they have chosen for office does not win. But looking at it from a Godly eye we have to understand that no matter who is elected God will take care of his children. He will look after the children of his that are still seeking his face and that are trusting in him. I believe that God has mandated certain things to happen and even when it seems like this are going wrong God will still get the glory out of what we have coming next.
My challenge for whomever reads this blog this week is to vote. Get out there and make a difference. If you know of someone in your neighborhood that has the desire to vote but they don’t have a ride to the polls take them with you when you go and vote. Make a difference in the community that God has planted you in. Be that light that shines for all to see. I love you God bless.
I want to start this blog first stating everything that the Pope said is not my belief and I do not agree with the overall message that is being stated here. Just, hear me out and maybe we can come to a point of discussion and conversation. I do not agree with same sex marriage it is not something that I would just go out and do. However I say that knowing that there are other things in my opinion that are just as bad and I wouldn’t go out and do them either and that is what I am about to talk about today.
Same sex marriage across the world has become very prevalent in the 21st Century. Now more than ever you see it happening and there are some that feel like it is the greatest thing that has ever happened and some think it is the worse. I for one am indifferent to the whole thing completely and here is why. I have made a stand and that stand is I don’t agree. Just like I don’t agree with the other sins that are openly acceptable within the Christian faith. Most Christians will say that they don’t agree with these other sins as well but I beg to differ because they are happening every day and these people are not getting ran out of the church like homosexuals are. It has become socially acceptable to have sex before marriage, to cohabitate with the opposite sex, to have multiple sexual partners, to drink unto drunkenness, to get married multiple times, to have children out of wedlock and the list goes on and on. I say that and I have committed some of the sins that are listed here but I was never shunned, I was never looked down upon, when I was ready to stop doing those things it was ok and the entire time I was messing up doing what I was doing I was still in the church. Where my problem comes out is that people run to the fact that their friend told them the Bible says that being gay is an abomination unto God and if you were to ask the average Christian they couldn’t tell you where that verse even is in the Bible. It actually says it twice in the Book of Leviticus but not even in the terms that we would use them today the verses say:
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Leviticus 18:22 KJV
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Leviticus 20:13 KJV
This was Old Testament law. The Old Testament has a lot of laws that we no longer decide to follow but this one speaks and says an abomination in it and people have a frenzy when people decide to live that way. Remember I am not condoning it what so ever. This is what I am condoning though, if we are going to as Christian’s show attention to the people who are gay and deciding to sin lets do the same thing to the people who are openly committing the sins that we spoke of earlier. Let’s do that because in churches today heterosexual sin is committed and they are singing in the choir the next day, or even a couple of hours after they are finished. Or even Preaching from the pulpit. Let’s hold everyone to the same standard of sin.
A lot of people would think that it wasn’t fair when we asked the mother of four all out of wedlock to sit down from the choir or the pastor that has 3 kids and has never been married that he can no longer preach at church any more. People would have a fit and they would be what about Grace. Can’t God forgive me for my mistakes? This would not happen because we live in a society that the only thing that is considered a sin are things that mainstream doesn’t see as a problem.
Here is my solution. Let’s preach that all sin is sin. That all people need to repent from said sins and while people are still struggling through the sin that they are in lets love them the same way that we would want to be loved. That is what hit home for me reading the quote that Pope Francis said he said “Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God.” I read that and it burned a hole in my heart because I thought of friends of mine and people that I know that have been kicked out of their homes. That have been called all types of names and been denied so much because of this particular sin because they are open about it. While they know that sister Sarah was at the club last night and got drunk and went home with a man and is singing in the choir the next day. It is a double standard and it is wrong.
My stand is to stand on love. Love all people no matter if they decide to turn from their sin or not. People did Jesus wrong before he went on the cross and after he was up on the cross yet he still made the choice to stay their and die for the SINS of The WHOLE WORLD. Not just a few of us but EVERYBODY. That means the gay people to. I love you guys
For a very long time in my relationship with my wife I allowed this very small word to define how I felt and how things went within my relationship. It caused some very bad things to go on within our relationship that probably would have never happened if I had just grown up a little and paid more attention to the actual relationship that I was in. I feel that I have gotten a lot better with this in some aspects but there are still times that I struggle with my feelings when it comes to this. So that’s when it goes back to the original question of the day; How does sex affect your marriage?
For me it has affected my marriage negatively and positively. It really depended for me if I was getting some or not. Most times if I was getting it then it was positive but if I wasn’t then things went negatively. Honestly looking over the situation from my perspective as I am writing this I was being very selfish. I was placing my needs and desires over the things that my wife was telling me where going on with her. My thoughts were simple if I wanted sex then I needed to get it no matter what was going on with my wife that day. Ask yourself is that really fair. When these things went on if I didn’t get what I wanted I would treat my wife a lot of times like she was scum again something that is not fair at all to her. But then when it came to me receiving what I was looking for I was ok to be around till I wanted sex again and then I was a pain.
What I have learned from these experiences are simple looking back on it now but tough while I was going through it. Life can be great sexually and emotionally if you and your partner are both on the same page. The love that you show your spouse does not have to just be sexual. The relationship comes with emotions, it comes with communication, and it definitely comes with understanding all of those things about the other person. Should sex affect your marriage absolutely, by no means am I saying that it shouldn’t what I am saying is that we have to pay attention to how we let it affect our marriage and relationships. As fathers and husbands the way that we treat our wife even in the bad times is very important. It is what we show our children the way that marriage is supposed to be. There are things that have happened in my marriage that I regret but I never for a moment regret the fact that I have gotten married.
The last blog I wrote; I wrote about knowing those who labour among you. Today I am going to be writing along the same vain but on a more personal tip. God had placed it on my heart to do ministry unconventionally from the normal brick and mortar church. Three years ago I made a challenge to myself to help the people in my community in a way that I did not see happening already. That is where this Coat Drive was born. God wanted me to be able to give a labor of Love to people that could not only be seen or heard but that was tangible. I listened to what God has asked me to do and the Coat Drive has grown more and more every year. Through this drive God has blessed me to be able to show his love to people that were homeless, people whose houses had burned down, people that were just down on their luck. God is truly making it work for all types of people.
I have really taken to heart what the scripture says in the Book of John. I want to show you two different translation but the word in them both drives me to do the work that God has called me to do and I pray that through you reading this it will do the same for you. In the Message Bible the verse says
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” John 1:14 MSG
Where the King James says
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 KJV
Both versions of the scripture says something important to me. That Jesus came on this earth not just to speak to the people from the Temple, but to dwell with them to move into their neighborhood. He came and met the people where they were and didn’t tell them that they had to make a change in order for them to see him. However the change in the people who were living in sin happened because they were able to see Jesus just the way that they were.
God allowing me to do this Coat Drive is a way that he has allowed me to move into the neighborhood of so many people who need the love of God but also need their physical needs met as well. I am working on making this Coat Drive larger than it has ever been before. God is allowing it to touch people that have never been able to help me before. I am enjoying the work that God is doing in the lives of his people. I also want to challenge those who read this to find something that you can do in the neighborhoods that God has placed you in. If you need help getting started let me know and I will support you in your endeavor to “Move Into The Neighborhood!
I came across them Image that I had posted onto Facebook today. I posted it about 3 years ago and I couldn’t remember the context in which it was posted. I hadn’t left any description with it or anything. That brought me to realize that I had gone through a period in life where I posted things trying to be close to God and was really just jumping over peoples head. I was expecting them to take interest in the picture just because I posted it. Yes there are people out there who might have taken a look at this image and looked up the scripture for the context but I feel they would have been disappointed. I went back today and read the scriptures in the photo and I don’t see the correlation.
However there is some really good text that is associated with those verses something that I could have just shared with people without just posting a frivolous picture. The text says
“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14-17 KJV
Paul is giving some very good teaching in the farewell to the people of Thessaloniki. But instead of sharing the words I shared a picture. I could have pulled out verse 16 its simple two words “Rejoice Evermore” or verse 17 “Pray Without Ceasing” ; but I missed that opportunity. Since I missed that opportunity to share some important points in Gods word I even missed something that Paul stated in the very beginning of this section he said in verse 12 “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you”.
That is why I chose that verse to title the blog for today. We have to know who labors with you. You may ask why is this important. I feel that it is important because if you understand the people that God has placed around you; you will better understand how to minister to them. That is the same with our families. If we understand more about them then the better off we will be when it comes to reaching them. I wonder how many people I have missed because I did not understand the people who I have labored with.
Who are you Laboring with? How can they help them? How can you help them? Answer those questions and go out and do those things and make a difference in the lives of many.
More of a relaxed piece on today. Tell me what you think about Christian Dads and watching football. I know that some people will take my picture as offensive to who God is but it is just a picture to me. Let’s communicate I going to put a poll on social media and here on this blog about Christians and Football. Tell me your favorite teams. Tell me how you feel that you can use football to increase your ministry.
I am a Carolina Panthers Football fan. I love the team when they do bad and especially when they are doing well. I don’t feel like anything is wrong with being a football fan as long as like anything else you don’t allow it to take over your life. I can even see it being able to make a difference in the ministry. I have some Christian Brothers that I talk with and joke about football all of the time. Especially with my friends who are Dallas Cowboy fans they really getting a lot of ribbing. God is able to affect ministry through many venues if you are willing to tap into the opening.
More than once in the last few weeks the story of Joseph has come up in my life. While going through this story I have received some insight that I have not thought about before. I feel that I have really grown in my relationship with God because a year ago I don’t feel like I would have come to this same conclusion.
As many of us may know the story of Joseph is found in the book of Genesis. He was the son of Jacob and he was considered the favorite child of his father. He was a dreamer that God gave vision of what was going to happen later on in his life. Since he was not completely in tune with what God had planned he was a little cocky in his delivery of his dreams to his family. Because of this his brothers thought about killing him and then just decided to sell him into slavery. At the beginning of the story it seems like the demise of Joseph but it was really just his beginning. He ends up in Egypt a slave to another man. While there he is accused of rape and thrown into prison. Time after time he is put into a serious situation that he has no clue how to get out of and many of us would feel like God was not with him at all. As the story continues he is in prison for a very long time and eventually gets elevated to be the right hand man to the Pharaoh.
You may be asking what is the point of me telling this story about Joseph? Or even what does it have to do with the title of the article? That is the entire point I never got it until now. Joseph went through the storm, he got thrown through the ringer and he had no idea how he was going to make it to the other side. Imagine being a teenager and being betrayed by your own family and end up in slavery. Then when you are at the point when you are use to your new life you are thrown into prison for a crime that you didn’t commit. Would you feel that Gods favor was still on your life. I for one would have to say that I would not feel like God was with me. But if we look at the story like this if all the things even as bad as they were didn’t happen to Joseph the entire family would have died in the famine. Most times with God we don’t know what is going to happen on the other side of the storm we just have to Trust God through the chaos. Joseph’s chaos led him to being greater than when he started. His Chaos led to his dreams that he dreamed as a boy finally coming true. Lets apply this to our lives. When we are going through things lets maintain our faith in God because we have no idea what blessing is going to be on the other side.
For my normal followers you probably have noticed that I have not written on my same normal schedule. For the last few days I have been swamped with what we would call in the United States “Honey Do List”. For the last few weeks my wife had been speaking about wanting to start painting some of the rooms around the house. I told her if she went on and got the paint then I would help her to complete the task. Well on this weekend she went out and she purchased the paint and the materials for us as a family to begin painting the rooms. This was about to be a great family filled adventure of allowing the kids to do some hard work in making their rooms look different with a fresh coat of paint. Well it started with everyone excited about getting the rooms painted to it just being Dad completing the task in the end. At first I was a little disheartened for the fact that I was doing the bulk of the work alone then God reminded me that I was just performing a service for my wife. I was showing her a form of love. We were instructed by Paul
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” Ephesians 5:25-33 KJV
This spoke to me in a special way as I was knocking out the painting and other things that my wife wanted me to do this weekend. It allowed me to be able to see the smile on my wife’s face as she saw the finished product of the rooms. It allowed my wife to see that she is loved and taken care of. After we had gotten started she got tired and frustrated by the kids recklessly painting on the wall it was no longer a task that she wanted to take part in. However, because we started it the rooms had to be finished. This taught me that when we say that we love our wives it is not just by saying the words but by the actions that we show and sometimes don’t show.
This was also a good lesson for the children. They got to see an example of Dad doing something for the family around the house. Many times we get so caught up doing things for our jobs and outwardly providing for our families by doing the things that they really don’t see. But, painting the walls is a daily reminder that Dad loves me enough to take the time out of his day to make my room look nice. Think about this week some things that you can do for your wife that will put a smile on her face.
We are at a moment in our lives that we have to look to God for everything he is the guide for our life. On today we will discuss the one who is able to keep us from falling. We are going to discuss the one who keeps us standing. The one who has the ability to do so much for us because he is truly ABLE. As I have gone through my time in ministry I have discovered that the Bible walks us through many different moments in the Bible that the writer wants us to know that we have an Able God.
In the Old Testament we have the story of the 3 Hebrew Boys in the book of Daniel Chapter 3 they are thrown into a furnace because they have decided to worship and praise God. They believed that the God that they serve is able to deliver them from the furnace. They proved that we have a God that delivers. Isn’t amazing that the God we serve is able to deliver from a furnace I wonder what he could deliver each and everyone of us from.
In the New Testament we see that God is able to keep us from falling. That God is able to so many things for us and keeps us faultless and blameless before God.
Now Dads since we serve a God that is Able to do exceedingly and abundantly above everything that we may ask or think; are you ready to tap into what God is able to do for you. I am ready and willing to see what God is able to do in my life. Lets get it together.
Now that we have gotten to the end of our nine day journey of the Fruit of the Spirit I have decided to sit back and reflect. I have thought of all the things that I have been able to learn and explore. This set of lessons has really blessed me not only to write the information but also to do the studying in order to bring you my point of view.
So for the men that have read the Fruit up to this point what are some things that have stood out to you? How has this series affected your life as a whole? What are some things that you would want to learn more about? I want you to know that we are entering into a new season and the way that God is going to move in our life is going to be exceptional.
For me the Fruit has allowed me to look at how I parent and have everyday conversations with my family. Am I loving enough or do I show enough joy? Are questions I ask myself since doing this study. I am also overly aware of the temperament that I have. I notice that it changes and fluctuates on a regular basis. I have to be in tune to what I am doing and how I am at all times. These things don’t just affect my family but it affects the ministry that I am called to lead.
I am ready to go the next step. I am ready for God to be able to truly look at the things that I am doing in ministry and for fathers and give me that high five that well done. What is the Aftermath of your Fruit?