Posted in Christ, God, Sacrifice, Seek Christ, Selflessness

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.
Blessings.
 

 

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Wise words for today

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.

Posted in Founding Fathers, Freedom, God, Selfishness, Selflessness, Seven Principles of Judeo-Christian Ethic

Decency

Our Founding Fathers were brave and visionary.  In an era built on societal norms and defined decencies, they saw the need to declare Principle #6 – Common Decency

Today ask any person in any country what is decent and you will get a different answer.  If we go back to the definition of the word we find it to mean, as a noun, the conformity to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste,modesty, etc..  In its plural form it means the recognized standards of decent or proper behavior; proprieties: The least you can expect from them is some respect for the decencies. Continue reading “Decency”

Posted in Call, Christ, Faith, Freedom, God, Lord, Selflessness

Lives Matter

Driving home from the grocery store yesterday I saw a sign that infuriated me. “Muslim lives matter”.  I’m sick of this.  Enough of <fill in the blank> lives matter, the Bible tells all directly and clearly, consistently in all versions, who matters. Continue reading “Lives Matter”

Posted in God, Seek Christ, Selflessness

How dare that homeless couple?

Matthew 1:20-21; John 8:54-59

How’s that pebble in your shoe doing?

How many pebbles (troubles) an older single man with a teenage bride must have had.  No home, little food, outcast to some degree with the bride being pregnant before the marriage, and the only transportation was a donkey.   Continue reading “How dare that homeless couple?”

Posted in Prayer, Selfishness, Selflessness, Volunteer

Pulling Teeth

Last night I had the pleasure of having time with a friend.  Topic should be easy enough, how to get volunteers.  Since we were talking apparently it Wasn’t as easy as it should be, it’s like pulling teeth. Sometimes,’i t’s like getting the molars out.  😨:o😭

There used to be an attitude in our culture where ones first thought was ‘what I do for – – -‘.  For example, finding room mothers were never an issue; today many classes do without one.

As families became two-income households thanks to recessional or other financial needs, those working didn’t worry because there were still plenty of helpers and they did what they could when they could.

Over time two-incomes has become the norm along with the idea that a child is not healthy and won’t do well in their future if they’re not involved in everything.  The classroom, oh the teacher will handle it, after all they just need to do their job.

This culture change is negatively effecting organizations that are supposedly important to us. In this insane busy world, where society seems to determine our priorities rather than our personal mores & standards, we’ve lost the culture of asking, ‘what do you need?’

How do we change culture?

As you examine you r own life, pray for the vision to see where you are suppose to spend your time, energy, and talents. If you hear someone say something like, ‘oh I’m sure they have enough help, they don’t need me’, I encourage you to rethink that.

NOTE:  The classroom is-them to rethink that just l e one example.  You can replace it with any organization like Red Cross or your church,

Blessed to be a blessing!