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I heard a riddle a few years ago and it has stuck with me all this time in my Christian walk. Goes like this: A man walks down the middle of a road. There are no lights, no moon, and he is dressed in all black. A car is driving straight at the man from […]

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Prescott As Cool Breeze by Cool Breeze - 4M ago

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things. If God is for us who can be against us?”– ROMANS 8:31

I lay in bed one night, next to my wife, thinking about my life. I realized that I am going to work most of my life in order to clothe, feed, and put a roof over my family’s head just so they can come over and call my house “grandma’s house” someday. Not grandpa’s.

But then I realized I was being selfish by calling it my house. My wife and I built this home together. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and we’ve loved together in this home. We formed a triumvirate that included God, me, and her. Our base is strong. Our foundation has been through some storms, but it is still standing. We are still here.

There are enough enemies out there that would love to see a Christian couple fail. Satan has tried his best to get us to give up and take the easy way out, but if God is for us who can be against us?

Don’t get me wrong. My wife and I have a long way to go, and sometimes we stumble and grow weary. There have been many challenges that have tried to knock us down, but none succeeded in pulling apart what God put together.

I don’t know about you, but this makes me feel powerful. I know that when trials and tribulations come our way we have the MVP leading our team and victory is guaranteed. I can feel comfortable calling it “grandma’s house” someday because we are in it together for the long haul, and God is on our side.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me that you plus nothing equals everything. And that nothing can prevail against us if you are for us. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Go Deeper — Sometimes we have the bad habit of telling God how big our problems are instead of telling our problems how big our God is. What giants are in your life right now that you need to speak victory over? Make a list and pray about it immediately.

Read Further — It is tough to stay together and make a marriage work. Here are some common-sense ways you can keep from drifitng apart.

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Prescott As Cool Breeze by Cool Breeze - 4M ago

“And by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.”– ACTS 13:39

For all the times I said, ”I can’t wait to move out and be free from my parents,” I wish I could write a letter to 12-year-old me and send it back through time.

Early on, as a newly-free adult I bought the entire cake and did the thing where you can just eat it. Here’s a running diary of my experience:

  • 6:40 pm: I am eating the cake and I am so excited.
  • 6:43 pm: Best day ever. I can’t believe my parents never let me do this.
  • 6:47 pm: There is more cake than I imagined.
  • 6:52 pm: I now see why my parents never let me do this.
  • 7:12 pm: I regret this decision immediately.

I took freedom to mean I could do whatever I wanted, whenever and however I wanted to do it. Even though that is true, there is so much more that goes along with it. Choosing the right way to live your freedom is what being free is all about. The consequences of your actions play a huge role.

In today’s world, people like soldiers, firemen, and police officers give their lives so others can be free. But freedom is not free, and it is not to be taken lightly. You can have freedom in Christ, but it will cost you your entire life. It already cost Jesus His life, so we should treat it with respect and honor.

Honor God today by using your freedom the right way and displaying His love to someone else. Don’t keep the whole cake for yourself.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son to pay the ultimate price for our freedom. Thank you for reminding me of others who have also paid that price. Help me to have a heart of gratitude. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Go Deeper — Make a list of three things that Jesus set you free from that no longer hold you captive. Meditate on that and thank Him for setting you free, and then ask Him how you can help someone else become free today.

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This is such a touchy subject. Abortion. Whenever I write something I try to keep things light and in good humor, but today might be a bit different. There are such strong emotions about this topic. Is it a sin? Should Christians advocate against it? For it? Stay out of it? What does God think? Will I go to hell if I have one, or make my girl get one? So many tough questions that people demand answers for. With that being said let’s talk about it.

Is abortion a sin? That is the big question. The bible does not specifically mention abortion like it does murder or blaspheme. But there are several verses that you can extrapolate from, that God recognizes babies inside the womb. Psalm 139: 13-16, Jeremiah 1:5, Job 31:15 just to name a few. One side argues that when we are conceived that is when life is formed, and that is when it is murder to get rid of the baby—at any point. But if life is at conception, why is it when a baby is born it is one day old? Why isn’t it considered nine months old? I’m just asking questions. The other side will argue that it is not life, it is not a baby, just a collection of cells that will later form a baby. So up to a certain time it is ok to have an abortion because it is not considered life. They say in the first few days/weeks it is not life so don’t let “these people” tell you what to do. I would argue that if a scientist found those first few days/weeks cells on Mars wouldn’t they be heralded with finding “life” on another planet. To me basically it comes down to what you believe, and what you can live with. Then that is between you and your God.

Most of the heroes in the Bible (Paul, Peter etc) have no problem speaking out on topics they deem necessary. Such as adultery, homosexuality, greed, and lust just to name a few. Did they choose to ignore this topic or did they  not view it as an epidemic like we do today? Who knows? That is an excellent question to ask God when we get to heaven. The bible mentions acts of love for our fellow man so many times in the bible. Such as feeding the hungry, taking care of orphans and widows. There are several instances of loving one another as opposed to condemning someone who has had an abortion, or facilitated in one. But there are no “love your fellow man” rallies that move the needle like abortion does. I say we focus on what the bible explicitly says to do and make that a priority and the implicit things that aren’t talked about will take care of themselves. If my house is on fire don’t tell me my front porch light is on during the day time, and that I am destroying the environment. Grab a hose and help me put out the fire because that is more important at the moment. The bible says the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God, then love your neighbor as yourself. Take care of what is the most important first and I believe the gray area topics like abortion take care of themselves.

This topic is so powerful it helped swing an entire election. There are thousands of people who voted for Donald Trump solely because he is pro life. Think of all the crazy headlines from the porn scandal, to the space force, to locking kids up, to calling NFL players mothers the B word on national TV. This is so polarizing that people will still vote for him over another person because of this single topic. Some people are opposed to it because they view it as barbaric based on the actual procedure that is done. Maybe if it was a cream you rubbed on yourself and woke up the next morning and it was taken care of it would be more acceptable. I do know that if you go so far to say that you are going to die on the “For/Against” hill, and don’t care about what the other side says, then you are on a slippery slope my friend. And that is a big problem.

To anyone reading this I need you to understand something and I cannot stress this enough. No matter what side you are on, I care about you more than trying to understand where you are on this issue. Now, don’t hear what I am not saying. I do care about trying to understand where you are on this issue, I just need you to know that I care about “YOU” more than I care about which side is right or wrong. So even if I don’t understand you I still love you with the love of Christ. For the record I do not believe in abortion except in some extreme situations such as medically necessary procedures. And even then I think it should be on a case by case basis.

Like I said a very heavy topic with so many moving parts. I will go back to my original premise. I don’t know if its wrong but I don’t think that it’s right. I do not believe it is what God wants and I could be wrong. But like on I Love Lucy he is going to have “some ‘splaining to do” when I get to heaven. Let me know what you think.

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

If I am in a crowded room and someone starts shooting, I’ll become scared and run. I am also afraid of failure and letting my wife and kids down. These are what most people would consider normal fears.

I also have irrational fears. Especially of bears. Why? Because bears can run 30 miles an hour and the Ft. Worth zoo is 30 miles from my house. So that means a bear can be outside my door in an hour. Why would a bear come to where I live, you may ask? Because they can smell fear, and I fear them.

It sounds so ridiculous when I say it out loud, but we all have irrational fears. Crippling fears are really only lies that hinder us. I’ve heard it said that fear is “false evidence appearing real.”

It is powerful to know we serve a God who is ready to tackle both our real and imaginary fears. Fears the devil will remind us of every day of our lives. Fears like, “Don’t start that business because you will fail.” Or, “You are the worst person in this room and everyone knows it. That’s why no one loves you.”

The Lord is your stronghold, and He will strike down every single one of these fears. He will give you the spirit of confidence and courage to handle anything the devil throws your way, and to do it with a smile. Anytime you start to feel afraid just say, “FEAR NOT! God is always with me.”

Heavenly Father, thank you for being my rock, my sword, and shield. Thank you for reminding me that you have not given me the spirit of fear. Help me to remember to walk in your light and in your salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Go Deeper — Choose something you are afraid of, whether it be talking to a stranger, joining a small group, or taking a class. Before doing anything, pray to God about it. If you sense he is encouraging you onward, ask God to give you strength, then step out in faith and do it, trusting Him with your fears.

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