Trust

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

Have you ever felt like you are all alone or maybe that the storm that your in will never be over? I know that I have felt that many times. This summer I quit my job where I’ve been working for the past 22 years. Over the years the founder had passed away and then things just went downhill from there. It got to the point, during the last couple of years, where it started being mentally and verbally abusive. Though there were times, when working there, where I felt like I would never escape the punishments I would keep coming back to God praying and trusting that someday things would get better. This past summer they did when my father-in-law came up and said to me that the company he works for had an open position and the pay would be right around what I was currently making at my old job. It was a blessing from God and the hope of a better future for myself and my family that I have been praying for. So when you feel like your stuck in a situation you’ll never get out of just keep praying and trusting God. Even if it takes 22 years or more know that God has your best interests in mind and He is watching out for you and He loves you. God Bless.

Check out this video of TobyMac’s “Move (Keep Walkin’)”

The message goes along with what was said here and it’s a catchy song.

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Halloween

Ever wonder what Halloween is really about or if as Christians we should even participate in it? With this month being October and Halloween coming around the corner I wanted to share what I’ve learned over the past couple of years about this. The websites where I read about Halloween history and October 31st celebrations for this post came from the History Channel Website and the CBN Website.

Around 2000 years ago in the area that is now known as Ireland, United Kingdom, and Northern France the Celtic would celebrate Samhain (lord of death), a festival which took place on the night of October 31st which is the eve before their new year. According to their mythology this night was when the boundary between the dead and the living would thin and the ghosts of the dead would roam the Earth. They believed that while here not only did the dead damage crops but their presence let the Druids, aka Celtic Priests, to predict the future. The Celtics would also dress up and disguise themselves in costumes so that the evil spirits would think that they are one of them. They would also have bonfires where they would make food and animal offerings to their gods. In the Bible God says:

There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord , and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.

Deuteronomy 18:10‭-‬12 NKJV

Now you might be saying to yourself “Well that was 2000 years ago and the celebrations have just become fun and games.” but that would be wrong. People today who follow and practice Wicca believe this night to be one of two most holy nights. It’s a time when they can celebrate with and worship demons and other evil entities from the spiritual realm. Though you may not be dancing around fires and chanting, by participating in events associated with what the Celtics and Wiccian believe you are in a sense celebrating with them.

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.

I Corinthians 10:21 NKJV

But since it is nearly impossible to avoid this day there is another alternative. Back in the 8th century Pope Gregory III tried to help Christians be able to avoid having to celebrate demons by moving All Saints Day from the spring to November 1st. In case you don’t know, because I never heard of it until researching for this blog, All Saints Day is a day to remember those who lived their life for Christ and God and have gone on to heaven. While this is a nice gesture it unfortunately has been tossed along the way side and I don’t think many take time to remember the saints let alone know that there is a day to honor them. I checked my calendar at home and it clearly marks Halloween but says nothing about All Saints Day, the only way I knew that is still on November 1st was by googling it. Celebrating and remembering past saints and what they accomplished and taught is something that we and our families could partake in on this night instead of dressing up in costumes. In the past my wife and I would take the kids to Chuck E Cheese or a place like that for a family night but I think that maybe instead we might start taking this time to celebrate the saints and worship our Lord and Savior. Maybe this is something that you can start this year with your family. God bless.

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.

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.

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.

Trust In The Lord

Ever have one of those seasons in your life when nothing seems to be going right? Right at the moment when things seem to be taking a turn for the better life just pushes you right back down? I think it’s safe to say that we have all experienced that at some point or another, maybe you are going through a tough time right now. Though things are going back towards the upswing, this is where I am right now. My job is management in retail and I think I’ve been called every name in the book. And if that’s not enough the higher ups can tend to be ruthless some days as well. I’m back in school to get into a new career, and a better job, but there are days when graduation day seems like it will never get here. It’s on days like this that I try to remember to trust in the Lord and rely on Him.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Psalms 121:1‭-‬2 NKJV

There can be days when you feel like it’s never going to get better. That your stuck in a storm like in the song “Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns. That you may be stuck in the situation your in. But believe me if you keep trusting and following the Lord He will come through for you. The hardest part for me is keeping in mind that it is in His time and not ours. Only God knows what is best for us and what time. We may think we know what’s best but ultimately God knows. I’ve made the mistake in the past thinking that I know what’s best and it’s only made things that much harder. It can seem tough at the time to just stay where you are and trust God, but in the end you will be glad you did. He will always come through for you. God Bless.