12.28.2009

no provision

romans 13:14 - but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lust.

after coming to Christ we become aware of our flesh and its desire to pull us away from God. now this being the case we have to cut off all opportunity of the flesh. to abstain from the things of the world (drink, drugs, sex, etc....) check romans 1 vs 22-32.

here in ch 13 vs 14 we see the apostle paul telling the church in rome to make no provision (give yourself no chance to sin, no opportunity, no outlet) for the flesh....cut it off! we don't coddle things such as cancer and feed the cancer that kills and destroys us. so why do we coddle sin and feed it in our lives?

ephesians 6:13 - therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. then after the battle you will be standing firm.

this is huge. here in ephesians 6 it clearly states that trouble will come. the battle will be waged. there is a misconception of Christ, that He will take away all of our problems the second we accept Him as our savior. if this we're the case, what good is faith? the truth is that we live in a fallen world as fallen creatures having the faith to serve and follow a perfect God. this presents problems from the jump. here again we reach the point of faith.

now faith is another topic for later. faith is something that requires just that....faith.

psalm 73:26 - my heart and flesh fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

during a war you wouldn't give intel to the enemy or info on positions and artillery. you be beyond daft if this were you! suicidal is what you would be because certain death would be coming. don't give the enemy and your flesh the ability to kill you.

the fight is coming for those who stand for Christ. now for those who opt into staying asleep and ignoring God. He loves you and desires to invade your life.

12.27.2009

the name of Jesus

isiah 9:6 - and He will be called; wonderful counselor, mighty God,everlasting father, prince of peace.

its an interesting thought that the name of God doesn't, typically, raise offense. however the name of Jesus raises high offense. why is this? i have my specualtions but lets not wonder down that path right now.

what has hit me as of late is the power in the name of Jesus. philippians 2:10 - that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. there is power in the name of Jesus.

he is the healer. the comfortor. the peace of mankind and the list goes on and on.

10.24.2009

What if....

....Jesus is God? Or what if His love and grace was/is for you?

It's a horrid thought to me that people would reject the love of God.

Mind, will and emotion are the faculties of the soul. We are eternal beings. Its our decision as to which eternity we go.

What if Heaven is real? Or Hell? And you die and miss Heaven?

The worst part of eternal separation from God (Hell) is the fact that you'll have the eternal knowledge that you put yourself there.

Standing before your Creator you'll have to answer for what you did with Jesus Christ, what you did with the salvation given freely to you.

The chose is ours (yours) what will you do?

10.13.2009

A right side up mentality.

This thought, or way of living, has been on my mind for some time now.

When we live for God we're living our lives properly, rightside up. However, when we live in sin (or what the world will tell you is normal: Ref Romans 1:18-23) and seperate ourselves from God's love that's upside down.

You see, we we're made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) and to live for God and through God. Then and only then do we live life the way God intended.

Confusion. That is the number one thing I see in people not living for God. Always pursuing what they desire and want. But this is fleeting. Time rips apart the "well laid plans of man" and the things that we build or lives on. Confusion sets in. The questions begin to flow and the wonder of something greater or more meaningful arises.

God offers zero confusion when we live for His glory. The world gives nothing but confusion.

10.10.2009

A Nobel Peace Prize?!?!???!!!!!!!! For realz!?!?

What the.....I am absolutely speechless on this one!

What has he done to warrant this award? He hasn't reformed health care. He has only created a larger deficit and plagued future generations with a massive burden of debt. He hasn't gotten the troops out of Iraq or Afghanistan. In fact, he's sending more.

So what in the world has Obama done?!

It seems to me that catch words like "hope" and "change" backed with a Harvard bravado wrapped in a tailored Burberry suit get awards.

Interestingly enough I too support hope and change. I too wish to see things happen that result in good things that produce hope and eventually change things for good. Vote me in Nobel committee!!!!

Kissinger got it for helping to end the Vietnam war. Teddy Roosevelt earned it for forging a crucial negotiation that created a peace settlement in the Russo-Japanese War, and President Wilson for the creation of and advocacy for the League of Nations.

At a loss for words now. Much love to www.cnn.com for the info. I'm out!

10.03.2009

Excited.

God is moving amongst His church and its exciting. New faces and deeper friendships.
I have seen the importance of being unified and being family. To stay connected with God and with one another. Its awesome to see and share life with God's people. Richmond is my city and God has unbelievable things for her!

9.29.2009

Socialism, Obama?, RVA and freedom of speech.

on the side of a club here in downtown Richmond is a banner of Obama with his face painted like the joker and the word "socialism" beneath it (rvanews.com). the local NAACP is screaming racism and people are demanding it be taken down.

in feb of 2007 this club was raided by local law and code enforcement officials. inside was found child porn, illegal fire arms, drugs and a vast collection of other things. after the hearing of the club owner he was given probation and posted bail.....that's it. nothing more and nothing less.

what is bothersome is that people are more torn up about an act of freedom of speech then child porn, illegal fire arms (that could have been used for who knows what!) and drugs. this is off to me.

nothing would please me more then to see this blight on RVA be shutdown. this club, and its owner, do nothing but wreck lives and deepen people in there addictions. however i don't believe that this is some act of "racism". its simply freedom of speech.

during Bush's administration he was constantly called a monkey for his large ears and everything else in the book. call out Obama for his large ears and call him a monkey and see how that goes over?! now when a black comedian made a joke about him, Bush, was he tagged a racist? certainly not! when a white person makes fun of Obama he is instantly labeled a racist. interesting.

our attention needs to shift from this poster to the real issues that plague our city and namely in this particular area of our city.

9.11.2009

Powerful thought

The existence of an atheist proves God exists.

7.07.2009

my God is risen

John chapter 20 speaks of the resurrected Christ. So often we look to the cross and see Christ but He is no longer there. He is risen! We serve a living, mighty, holy God.

Daily I take joy in the fact that my God is living. Buddhism, Hinduism, philosophy, atheism and the like, none of which can offer a living God. I serve, we serve, a mighty God.

amen!

5.18.2009

righteous anger

I am angry that my brothers and sisters have listened to the lie of the enemy, their own flesh and this world telling them that they are not Sons and Daughters of God. The enemy will do everything in his power to kill and murder the destiny that God has purposed for our lives.

We have to constantly realize that we are in a fight for our minds, hearts and very souls. This sounds overly dramatic but its the truth. Satan hates our very lives because he hates God and God made us with dominion over the enemy. Why wouldn't he hate us?

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled

We have the authority over the enemy. The power in God for pulling down strongholds. This is an action that we must take over our lives to live in the freedom that Christ has for our lives.

4.28.2009

1 John 2:12-14

So sick and encouraging! So plain and simple. Its a beautiful thing!


12 I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. 13I write to you,fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.I write to you, dear children,because you have known the Father.14I write to you,fathers,because you have known him who is from the beginning.I write to you, young men,because you are strong,and the word of God lives in you,and you have overcome the evil one.

I.D.

What is yours?

I have had many in my short life. I have been a young beach bumb slacker from So. Cal. After that I became a Sailor and now I am a husband, son, brother, friend, artist, and a pastor. The identity however that transcends me is that of my God. Now this sounds odd. "Your identity is found in something outside yourself? How is this possible?"

To understand that you, we, must first understand love, namely the love of God. God's love is eternal. Never ceasing or relenting. It will pursue us for all of our days. And wouldn't it? God loves His own creation just like we love ours. So to understand that God's love is eternal is to understand that He is eternal. The book of First John tells us that God IS love and Love IS God. This being the case my identity is found in something eternal. Something real and something that reaches much, much further then I ever could.

My identity as a man, husband, friend, pastor, brother and son is found souly in God. His love, His eternal love, enables me to look beyond myself. It grants me the grace to look at people with a servants heart. It allows me to love as Christ loves. I am not perfect but I press on for that which has been placed before me.

My God is my identity.

3.31.2009

over connected...

....Or just connected?

Its odd that I write this post via my BlackBerry. None the less here goes.

I have a face book page, 2 email accounts, 2 blogs, and a Twitter account and I have many friends who blow that out of the water! Are we over connected? is there such thing?

I really feel that there is a fine line here and I have had to ask myself the question, "is it a status thing?" " Do I want to come across as well known or popular with all the friends that I have accumulated on face book and twitter?" "Am I after some sort of recognition or self worth in all of this?"

Generations before us got along great without any of this. In fact, I would argue better! Reason being is that they didn't have 20 different ways to back out of an obligation (without confrontation) like we have now.

I think its based on the person really. If all of it went away tomorrow would you be alright? How would you get along?

3.27.2009

"The mind of Hope"

Mike Giroux
The Mind of Hope

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” 

• Your thought life is powerful.

"A thought is action in rehearsal."

Romas 12:2

2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

1 Corinthians 2:16

 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord       that he may instruct him?"[a] But we have the mind of Chris

2 Corinthians 2:10

10 If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake,

Romans 8:6

6 The mind of sinful man[a] is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;

Philippines 2:5-11

 5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:  6Who, being in very nature[a] God,       did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,  7but made himself nothing,       taking the very nature[b] of a servant,       being made in human likeness.  8And being found in appearance as a man,       he humbled himself       and became obedient to death—          even death on a cross!  9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place       and gave him the name that is above every name,  10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,       in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,       to the glory of God the Father

"I want to be God dependent so I can be man affluent."

3.24.2009

legalize drugs...???

I just read an article on CNN that suggests legalizing drugs. The argument is rather simple and straight forward and is spurned for the escalation in violence in Mexico.

I, in no way, endorse illegal drug use of any sort, but this makes me curious. If drugs were legalized would drug related violence stop? I think not. The fighting would simply shift gears in order to take another persons stash.

I have been perplexed however that the country I live in has legalized a substance (alcohol) that kill tens of thousands of people every year and there is seemingly nothing done about it.

I think if you get a DUI or anything of the sort you loose your privilege to drive for five years....no questions asked. Rant complete!

3.18.2009

philosophy; Is it a waste?

I am currently standing, or sitting, amongst the writings of Nietzsche, Kant, Sarte, Plato, etc...and the question that ran through my mind was, "Is this all a waste?" If all of it disappeared today, right now, would the world be hurt?

I can hear my atheist's counterparts chompping at the bit on this one. Let's hold off on more questions though and try and tackle this. It should be interesting. And as the kids across the pond say...cheers.

3.16.2009

distracted...

Not me, at least, not right now.

I believe that it was Kevin Spacey who said, "The greatest trick that Satan ever pulled was convincing people that he doesn't exist." Or something like that. Its from a movie that I can't remember the name of. None the less its a profound statement.

The creation of distraction is satans greatest accomplishment.

I write this as I sit in my favorite coffee shop. I am looking around and observing all of the people. Admittedly this is one of my past times...observing people. I know I know it sounds rather "stalker esq" but just track with me. I see people of all walks of life being so distracted. Distracted with themselves, others, money, sex, spirituality, reading, family and everything else. I find it interesting, sad and dis heartening all at once. If only we would loose ourselves of ourselves and walk freely through life.

Blinded by life is this generation. Blinded by self and the pursuit there in.

God has such an awesome destiny for all of our lives. We just have to rid ourselves of this world and time and focus on God. Matthew 16:25.

Psalm 33

1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.  2 Praise the LORD with the harp;make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. 3 Sing to him a new song;        play skillfully, and shout for joy.4 For the word of the LORD is right and true;he is faithful in all he does.5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice;        the earth is full of his unfailing love.6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;let all the people of the world revere him.9 For he spoke,and it came to be;        he commanded, and it stood firm.  10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations;he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. 11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,the purposes of his heart through all generations.12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,the people he chose for his inheritance.13 From heaven the LORD looks down        and sees all mankind;14 from his dwelling place he watches        all who live on earth-15 he who forms the hearts of all,        who considers everything they do.  16 No king is saved by the size of his army;no warrior escapes by his great strength.17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;despite all its great strength it cannot save.  18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,19 to deliver them from death        and keep them alive in famine.20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.21 In him our hearts rejoice,        for we trust in his holy name.  22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,even as we put our hope in you.

the bludgeoning of Grace

Its been awhile and things seem to have fallen silent on this front. Things in life have been overly hectic. Hospital visits, out of work from week to week and seemingly a never ending flow of...well...life and all that it has to offer. Its interesting how this subject of grace is so versatile in nature. Grace extends its touch out in so many ways and yet we confine it so swiftly.

I was having a hard time thinking of a title for this."The Abuse of Grace" didn't seem to carry the weight that I was after. But then the imagery of the Juggernaut came into mind. He doesn't abuse or beat ....he bludgeons, everything he touches! And how often have we, do we, are we, bludgeoning grace in our own lives? I am not claiming that the Juggernaut is tantamount to sin....that would be silly.

Romans 6:1-2
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?

As a Christian we have died to sin just as Christ has. When Christ died on the cross that was it. This is the ultimate example of God's grace. That while were(Romans 5:8) still sinners Christ died for us.

This grace of God is never ending. This being the case why not continue to sin? What's it matter? He will always be there...right? Right. He will always be there but will you. God's grace IS never ceasing but is your patience for your self never ceasing? Can you continue to screw up and knowingly sin and expect to live a good Godly existence? No. Plan and simple.

The fact is that we were not created for this sin that we live in. We were made in God's image(Genesis 1:26) and His likeness.
The very fact that God is perfect and sin cannot exist around Him or within Him ought to tell us this fact.

Grace is a beautiful thing. "Unmeritted favor" is a beautiful description. We don't deserve it. We shouldn't receive it and so often we mis appropriate it in our lives. And all the while our Creator is standing by waiting for us to turn and run back into His arms.

We in our lives need to cease this bludgeoning of God's abundant grace. Stop living in guilt from sin. Stop lying to ourselves and saying that we can deal with it whens it blatantly obvious that we cannot.

This chapter from the book of Psalm lays it out very concisely.

Psalm 32
1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,whose lives are lived in complete honesty! 3 When I refused to confess my sin,my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. 4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. 5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt.I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. 6 Therefore,let all the godly pray to you while there is still time,that they may not drown in the flood waters of judgment. 7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.You surround me with songs of victory. 8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. 9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” 10 Many sorrows come to the wicked,but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. 11 So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him!Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure

2.18.2009

temptation and you

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has over taken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with temptation will always make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Its unfortunate that we can't absolve ourselves from temptation. Since we cannot do that we have to face it and deal with it head on and not pretend its not there. When we do that is when it WILL pull up against us and get the better of us.

Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed willing but the flesh is weak.

We must take precautionary measures to prevent ourselves from falling into temptation.

• Watch what you watch, think, say and whom you surround yourselves with.
• Pour into yourself that which you want to come out. Godliness for Godliness.....etc...
• Make no provision for the flesh...this kills the avenue of temptation -- Romans 13:14

Always understand that with a heart to serve God comes temptation. Satan wants nothing more then to steal the seed of promise that God has placed in your life.

french press....

....a day off and 5 hours of sleep is what is fueling this one.

haven't posted in awhile but i want to hear from everyone on this one because i am curious.

what, or who, is the origin of evil?

my faith and belief lead me to an overall conclusion that i feel to be correct but i am curious to hear the other side.....or the same side but a new perspective perhaps.

and if the atheist doesn't believe in inherit good or evil how could they have an opinion on this one? not to peg anyone, that's not my intention here, just a thought really.

take it easy.

1.29.2009

untitled

....written the summer of 2006

//i try to forget/try to move past/lied to and held to the desires of hell/held to and falling to the wounds of the past/this world won't let me move on//

//i want to move past/i want to press on/i want to rise above this feeling of disease/rise above/rise above/rise above//

//seeking and falling/reaching and failing/time and time over and again i seek and find the quick fix/i strive not for the right but walk in the night/light hurts these eyes that wish to see to see the face that redeemed me//

//my one desire to have one wish to loose myself from this curse/I've tasted whats real/I've felt the truth/i know what's wrong but i must choose//

1.26.2009

no compromise

this is something that was written while i was deployed in the north atlantic during the summer of 2006. it was, and is, how i feel. enjoy.


//no compromise/no need to divide the things that make us come alive//

/no sacrifice of greater price can replace the day you gave to me/with blood soaked hands and empty eyes/you had to die so i might live//

/will i die for this temporary remedy?//

//i no longer want this quick fix of corruption/my thirst is not satisfied with your empty cup of deception/wanting more and needing more/i face this day with open arms no longer afraid of the flames//

1.24.2009

the liberal agenda?

One of the soap boxes of the Democratic Party in this last years election was the full with drawl of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have personally spoke with people whom support this action. Their base ideology is that they (Democrats) do not back war because of the killing and the lose of innocent life. I don't support or even like war. Sometimes however you do have to make peace. So it could easily be said that the Democratic Party doesn't support war due to death, killing and senseless murder.

President Obama has recently "un-forzen" funds that will go to help aid and assist abortion clinics, doctors etc....overseas. He, President Obama, also supports partial birth abortions and infanticide.

So no war, because of senseless death, killings and murder but don't you dare infringe on someone's choice to kill, murder or take the life of a helpless, defenseless, unborn child.

Interesting.

1.21.2009

can't say

No seriously....I have no idea what to "title" this post. Ahhh what's it matter, here goes...

So much has been changing with me, and around me, as of this last year that I scarce can take it in. Its so much and so quick but that is often how God works with, and in, an obedient heart.

Some dear friends of mine moved to Montana to pursue the call of God on their lives. This was not an easy thing to deal with but at the end of the day I find more and more that its not about me. They're chasing after God and building the Kingdom, that is what matters.

With their move came a transition of leadership in the church and it was done with such grace and organization, although the blow was still felt, it was significantly lessened. And through all of this I have been (among many others) propelled to step up in a leadership capacity and in my (our) personal walk with God.
The Lord has been stretching me more and more everyday.

On top of that comes another change in this landscape of life...my family is leaving California and moving out to Richmond. Multiple reasons really, the economy is horrid out that way, and they want to be close to my wife and I. So that development is exciting and joyfully challenging all at the same time.

In all things I see that God is so incredibly good to myself, my family and friends. I pray that God be glorified in my life everyday that I have left.

God Bless.

1.20.2009

big day...of sorts

Today is a big day because I am blogging from my new BlackBerry, oh yeah and Obama is getting inaugurated. All joking aside I have mixed emotions today about all the hype. I live about an hour + away from DC and the craziness started last week. DC was, and is, shut down to all traffic. Rightfully so, I cannot imagine the security nightmare on this day, no thanks.

Whether you like Obama or not, I don't care for the guy myself, not to fond of his policies, today is a historical day. I am very proud that we finally do have a Black President, its great! However, I can't get over the fact that people are allowing themselves to be blinded by the weight of the day. He is still a left wing radical. Once again, have we forgotten Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko and all of the hate speech that has been intertwined into this man's life???

Now, if you can believe this, I am praying for my new President and truly hoping the best for him and his family. I read Romans 13:1-7 and I am compelled too pray and obey all authority...read it, its good stuff.

So to the coming President (like he is going to read this) I hope only the best for you and your coming four years. I am a Christian first, an American second and a Republican last. I care for my country, I served it for four years of my life and I hope, pray, and strive to make it better. My prayer is you do a great job and that you surprise the RNC!

God Bless.

1.13.2009

my bike


just wanted to brag a bit really. this is my bike. isn't she gorgeous? wish that was my car as well. ah well, can't have everything.

1.10.2009

Richmond...


...its where i belong.

had you have told me some years ago that i would have ended up here i would have thought you mad. however, this is where i fit, where i belong.

all of my life i have been moving all over the west coast. (Oregon, Washington, California and Arizona) the product of this moving was the inability to establish roots. i recently heard it said well, "no root no fruit." how vastly applicable that stands in this case.

do i have blood relatives here? no. was i born here? no. do i like the summers here? no! to humid.

what i have discovered as of late is none of these things matter. is family important you bet but i find myself surrounded by family more and more lately, it is awesome how God works.

so this is where i stand, where i fight and live.....Richmond, Virginia.

1.09.2009

1.05.2009

so where....

...did it all start? or, better yet, how did it all if you don't believe in God or intelligent design?

1.01.2009

plans....

...for the New Year....well...what are they?

i can't stand ''new years resolutions'', don't know why but i've never been a fan. however i do like to see things through that i set for myself and i guess i do "resolve" to do them.

so the question stands, what are your plans for this new year?