Category Archives: Sacrifice

BC AD-What Have You Got to Lose?

History is divided into two parts: B.C. (“Before Christ”) and A.D. (from the Latin Anno Domini, “in the year of our Lord”). As a Christian, you have a B.C. and A.D. life. There’s the person you were before you met Jesus and the person you now are after coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Just because you’ve declared yourself a Christian though, that does not mean life is easy.

Before and after really applies to all of life doesn’t it? Before you’re an adult you are a teenager; before a teenager, a child; and before a child, a baby. Each stage of life has its responsible points and its irresponsible points, there is not a single person who can deny that. Granted, some of us may make more irresponsible (bad) decisions than others. Some seem to not learn from what they make.

This last Sunday the Sermon message was “What Have I Got to Lose? by Reverend Jon Gruen at #BSLCMO. What an awesome question! I don’t care what the topic is, it’s a great question, because unless the answer doesn’t show the value you place on the topic, it requires you reevaluate your sincerity.

Let’s start simple – you want an apple. The vendor wants 50 cents. You are willing to pay (lose) 50 cents for an apple. Any form of payment equals loss.

Your friends want to go to the casino Friday night. You have saved $200 dollars towards furniture you need for your first apartment. You know if you go with them you could bring home more money for the much needed furniture. Are you willing to risk the $200 you have AND the time it will take to save it again when you lose it?

You meet THE ONE. Your eyes locked, the moment was magic, you date for months and you decide its time to propose. But wait, if you do that, that means not having a place to yourself, freedom to eat, sleep, keep the place the way you want. You won’t (shouldn’t) be able to date, or have sex with, anyone else! Am I willing to lose this? But if I don’t seize this moment, will I lose the gift of a lifetime with the one I love? Which after am I wanting?

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:17-24 NIV
This before and after is not new, even the men hand picked by Jesus Christ suffered from it! In front of him no less!!!

But they were silent, because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest. Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”  Mark 9:34-35 HCSB

Corruption and confusion of mans heart is constant. The disciples wanted to be seen and recognized by Jesus (the man) has good and right. They were arguing about something irrelevant, greatness; something that does not last, at least not the kind around status. Christ did not number the disciples, “okay Paul you’re #1, Peter you’re #2,” etc. Each was called for a reason. Each was asked to give up a (earthly) lot, which they did, and their after wasn’t always good; many died violent deaths. But their eternal after is with God, in Heaven!!!! Well worth any earthly loss.
Summoning the crowd along with His disciples, He said to them, “If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me and the gospel will save it.   Mark 8:34-35 HCSB
So, back to us. We are called and when we decide answering His call is worth it, we have decisions to make. Whatever our battles, and we all have at least one of them, we need to face them; call them out for what they are (confess); ask for forgiveness; make a conscious effort to not stumble, knowing there probably will be times we will; and if and when we falter, begin again knowing He already knows and already has. The cost of giving up whatever you battle is nothing compared to the light on the other side. If you need help, reach out. There are support groups for almost everything! If you don’t know where to begin, reach out to a local church, even if you don’t belong, the pastor should help. If you’re not comfortable with that, message me; I will see if I can find a resource for you.
Sunday in service I declared to Christ I am willing to give up my all. Are you?
I pray so. Be bold! Stand up! Declare it!
Even if you’re afraid, you’re not alone.




January 13, 2018

Any person who says the Bible is out of date or not relevant obviously has not cracked its binder lately. In Timothy, we see Paul instruct Timothy to be an example, to not argue with those that disagree with him as arguing with brick walls (he wasn’t so blunt) goes nowhere. Instead, the teacher instructs him (and us) to life so deeply rooted in Christ the whole world will see.

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.     1 Timothy 4:7‭-‬8 ESV

Before I knew God intimately, I was In the military learning discipline. Physical and mental. Both took time and patience, they took a willingness to stretch yourself beyond your comfort levels. It was not easy and still today the return of investment is incalculable. When I realized I was a Christian in name and not full understanding, it took discipline to give up time to gain it. I could always read the Bible tomorrow.You know The excuses, you’ve used them yourself, no one wants to give up my time.

We live in chaotic times now. Words are being used to demean and undermine people and positions. Accusations are weakening communities. Chasms are growing because of political correctness feelings. I can go on. It’s heartbreaking. Imagine if the thoughts of giving time to understand how to be more Christlike were put into place today.

If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.       1 Timothy 4:6 ESV

The teacher (Paul) goes on to instruct people then, and now, to model for the next generation our gratitude for those who have served us by serving (be more Christlike), loving, and caring for them. Love always makes a person stronger and stand a little taller.


Are you a salt person or a seasoning one? Few people are both. Myself, I prefer lots of seasoning with very little salt, preferring the complexity of deep flavors of cumin, thyme, rosemary, garlic, and paprika. Salt though has it’s purpose. It’s the best preservative and has been with us since the beginning of time. Fair warning before you go farther, I am going a little geeky on this (LOL). 😛

People who BBQ will tell you that any rub worth putting on the meat before it hits the Q begins with salt; for it’s flavor enhancing ability and its preserving ability. Traditional bakers worth their dough will tell you that next to yeast, salt is the next most important ingredient as it helps enhance the flavors and triggers some of the binding action. Don’t believe me? Make a cake from scratch, leave it out and see what happens.

For people, we need salt physically for our minds. A pregnant woman deficient in salt (iodine deficient) is at risk of having a child with cognitive issues or mental retardation. (Pearce, 2008). Hyponatremia, low blood sodium, in adults, usually older, presents with altered personality, lethargy and confusion. If severe enough, it can cause seizures, coma and even death.  (“Low blood sodium in older adults: A concern?”, 2017). A simple internet search of salt deficiency in soil, water, foods, etc will just further firm this foundation that salt is essential to life.  ESSENTIAL!

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.        Matthew 5:13 (MSG)  bold italics are mine

I love the way The Message words Matthew 5:13, especially the end, “If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?”.

Do you ever lose your saltiness?

Do you ever sometimes your saltiness? Do you take time to refill your shaker?

Do I ever lose my saltiness? Maybe when I’m driving, or at work, or with a particular group of friends, or when I’m away from family, or when I’m away from my Christian family? Do I?

There are days. I lose my anger. Speak harsh words. Do less than my best work. Ignore my neighbor. Put off my spouse, kids, neighbors. Waste time on TV, social media, or video games. Drown my sorrows in alcohol or drugs. Don’t pick up my Bible for days on end. Don’t pray, admit it, the Big Guy is there, do we really have to, He knows everything. Yes, there are days my salt shaker is beyond empty and Morton’s needs to come out of the closet.

God, in His infamous, Omnipotent Wisdom, tells us how to keep our salt shaker from becoming empty. It may not always be completely full, but with this wisdom, as long as we CHOOSE to follow it, we will keep shaking.

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.  Acts 2:42 (ESV)

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Natural Laws

Man can do wrong to man in so many ways I can’t find a number.  We’ve set up a legal system though to prosecute people in one of five courts -Criminal,  Civil,  Constitutional,  Administrative, and International.  If that’s not enough, crimes can be prosecuted at the Executive, Federal, State, County, or City/Township/Province level.  Or any combination there of.  Why have we made this so complicated? Better yet, why do people continue to work so hard to do so many horrible things to other people? Continue reading


Today, the first day of the year 2016. What are you going to do with it?  To coin an old cliche’,  what are you going to do with first day of the rest of your life? Isn’t that what today really is?

Or, is it really the last day of what your life will be?  I’m not trying to be morbid, just sincere.  We spend so much time looking forward to what we will do tomorrow, what it will bring, we forget to check what we are doing now.  Me?  If today is my last, I’m content.  I feel right with my God, earthly relationships are healing, and I’m setting the tone for 2016 by spending it with family friends in quiet celebration of each other. Continue reading

Your First Thought

When you hear the word Christmas, what is the first picture that comes to mind? Be honest with yourself.

Ah, Christmas. A beautiful, healthy mature teen mother cradling a healthy, smiling, content infant watched over by a strong, strapping husband in a warm, cozy stable.  The sky is clear, stars are bright, especially this one right over the stable.  A clear, beautiful voice starts to sing, serenading the child.  What could be more perfect?

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Tiny Tim Day

I cannot even begin to explain how much I love the story by Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. I think, perhaps, it’s because there were so many characters in the story I could connect with but mostly Tiny Tim, and still do.  Despite everything that has or is happening in life, I am an eternal optimist.  God is not a question, He is a fact.  Love is not an option, it just is.  Joy is not a wish, it is a jam that I spread with every hug and smile. (Not don’t get me wrong, Pollyanna I’m not, plenty have seen the less than pleasant side of me)

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