April Fool’s Day 2018

Every year April 1st is known as April Fool’s Day in many countries. A day when you play jokes, or have a joke played on you, at school or work or anywhere else. This year, 2018, April 1st also happens to be Easter or Resurrection Sunday. Resurrection Sunday could not only be seen as the day where Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) defeated death and rose from the grave but it could be seen as something else as well.

After Yeshua was baptised by Yochanan (John The Baptist), He went into the desert and fasted for 40 days. After this Lucifer tried to trick Him and have Him worship him. Yeshua didn’t fall for it and stayed true to God. Through the rest of Yeshua’s ministry while here on Earth, before the crucifixion, Lucifer continued to try to stop Yeshua from spreading the Good News. Then after the Last Supper Judas betrayed Yeshua and turned Him over to the priests. He was sentenced to be crucified even though He had done no wrong. This would be the ultimate win for Lucifer and his kingdom of darkness. But wait for what happens next….

“Our Savior displayed on a criminal’s cross

Darkness rejoiced as though Heaven had lost

But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand

That’s when death was arrested and my life began”

“Death Was Arrested”

Written by: Heath Balltzglier, Adam Kersh, Brandon Coker, and Paul Taylor Smith

Yeshua defeated death and rose from the grave on the third day like He had told his disciples He would.

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

Matthew 28:5‭-‬7 NKJV

The ultimate trick was played on the prince of lies, deceits, and tricks. Lucifer thought he had won only to have had his greatest defeat yet. But there is more. Yeshua will be coming back again soon to completely defeat Lucifer and bring us all home with Him to heaven.

Happy Resurrection Sunday. God Bless.

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“I am not a stranger to the dark Hide away, they say

‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts

I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars

Run away, they say

No one’ll love you as you are”

“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman

Lyrics by: Justin Paul / Benj Pasek

Ever feel like these lyrics are speaking for you? During my Middle School and High School years the opening lines to the song “This Is Me” (by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek) rang true for me. I’ve had a raspy voice ever since I could talk, my eyes were crossed, I was hunched over, and walked with a limp. I wasn’t the most popular person at school, unless you count being made fun of. I felt like nobody cared, that nobody would miss me if I wasn’t around. I later learned that my thoughts weren’t true, even though it seemed like it everyday at school. These thoughts were thoughts that were implanted in my by Satan, and that were nothing but lies. Even when it seems like nobody around you cares about you, that you are an outcast at school or work or wherever you may happen to be, there is someone who deeply cares about you. Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) loves you more than anyone in the world ever could.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37‭-‬39 NKJV

So you see no matter how you may be treated by others or how you may feel around others know that Yeshua will always love you. Also find someone who will care about you and want to be your friend no matter what. They are out there, wether in your school, work, neighborhood, or local church there are people out there who will love you for who you are.

Before I go I want to recommend you watch the video in this blog. It is a more powerful version then when it was performed in the movie “The Greatest Showman”. This is from the workshop that was used to help get the movie greenlight, the go ahead to be filmed. Also enjoy these lyrics from the end of the song to help give you the courage to stay strong, but remember that your greatest strength will come from Yeshua. Just pray to Him anytime you need help or strength and He will be there for you. God Bless

“When the sharpest words want to cut me down

I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out

I am brave, I am bruised

I am who I’m meant to be, this is me

Look out ’cause here I come

And I’m marching on to the beat I drum

I’m not scared to be seen

I make no apologies, this is me”

“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman

Lyrics by: Justin Paul / Benj Pasek

Waiting

Have you ever had to wait for something? Waiting can be really hard. Sometimes you have to wait a day, weeks, months, or even years before you get your answer. Right now my wife and I are waiting to hear back from the underwriters on whether or not we are approved for our dream house in the woods. With us homeschooling our kids this would be the perfect place to live. Peace and quiet, nature studies once the temperature gets above 0 degrees, and seeing God’s creation surrounding us everyday. It’s hard to wait, but while waiting I keep trusting in the Lord that His Will will happen. Sometimes that can mean that the answers we want may not be the answers we get. Waiting and trusting in God though will ultimately get us what is best for us. This may mean that you have to continue to wait but as long as you keep trusting in God good things will come.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:24‭-‬26 NKJV

So no matter what you may be currently waiting for, keep on waiting and trusting in the Lord. He will bring His Blessing to you in the exact moment that is best for you. God Bless!

Boys Night Out

Being in retail the holiday season can take time away from your family, having to work extra hours and extra days. This holiday season was no exception, busy busy busy. The nice thing about the holiday season is that when it’s all over things slow down as people start to spend less to pay off all the money spent the last few months. This extra time has given me the chance to be able to take my two boys out and have some but bonding time, a Boys Night Out.

We decided to start it night out by doing a couple games of bowling. That the bowling place we went to you are able to pick the theme you want for the scoreboard above your lane. The characters that pop up for how you did that turn depend on the theme you chose. It was great to be able to cheer on each person and we all had a blast. After the bowling was done we headed in over to Pizza Ranch for supper, unlimited pizza and the best fried chicken. Another favorite of the night. Being able to hangout with the boys was great, after the last couple of crazy nights, and it reminded me of just how important family is.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord , The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalms 127:3‭-‬5 NKJV

I feel blessed to have all my children and my beautiful wife. Though the times may get tough and work may take time away, they will always be there to welcome you home. My family is a gift from God. May God Bless you and your family.

New Year Resolution

The new year is soon upon us and that means many people will be making new year resolutions. From eating healthy to exercising more these resolutions are made to better improve their lives. One resolution that you can make that is guaranteed to improve your life for years to come and beyond is reading your Bible more.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17 NKJV

Whether it’s starting a Bible plan, reading daily devotions, or committing to reading the entire Bible this coming year reading the Bible will help you improve your life. Being in God’s Word will help you gain faith, strength, wisdom, and a closeness to God. When I read the Bible I feel my days are better, less stressful, and more peaceful then when I have slacked on keeping in His Word. I hope and pray that you will consider reading your Bible more this coming year. Happy New Year and God Bless.

Sharing Your Faith

Talking with strangers can be difficult for some people. Sharing your faith with them can be even harder. Even if you know the person it can be difficult to start up a conversation with them about God if they are not a believer.

Back in the spring of 2000 I took a trip with my college’s Campus Crusade For Christ group to Panama City Beach Florida for spring break. Our mission was to go out onto the beaches and share our faith with those who had come to party and drink. Having given my life to Christ with my own faith just a year earlier (I grew up in a Christian home but was just living out my parents faith before then) I was still new to the reaching out to others scene. I remember talking to a few people on the beach, but I wasn’t as adventurous as others in our group. It wasn’t until a year and a half later, when I joined a group called Captive Free, where I felt confidant and courageous enough to go out and share my faith with strangers. With Captive Free I had the chance to travel through the Great Lakes area for a year in a van going from church to church spreading God’s Word to others, mostly the youth. I have to say that once I took that step outside of my comfort zone I felt more confidant with sharing my faith and telling others about Christ.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Mark 16:15 NKJV

Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) says that we should go out onto the world and preach the gospel. To preach the gospel not only are you sharing God’s Word but your also sharing your faith. Anyone can just read someone something, but for that reading to help change their life you also need to share your faith with them. That may even mean opening up a little more then your comfortable with and sharing about your past. Showing that you care and make it more understandable means you might have to share some of your faults it mistakes you’ve made in the past. This can seem hard or impossible but with God’s help anything is possible. If this is hard for you at first just pray for strength, courage, and wisdom. I know that you shall receive if you believe because God wants us to share His love with others. Have a great day and God Bless.

Reason For The Season

Tonight is Christmas Eve. A time when family and friends get together to celebrate the holiday and exchange gifts. This season I hope that you and your family remember the real reason to celebrate this season.

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11 NKJV

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 NKJV

This season is a celebration of an everlasting gift. The birth of Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ). May you and your family have a safe and happy holiday. Merry CHRISTmas. God Bless.