Learning On Faith

Learning On Faith

I am not who I once was. I am not even the same person I was when I began writing this sentence. With every word I write on this page, I become someone new. New thoughts emerge. New ideas blossom into keystrokes on the keyboard. They, in turn, move into words, and thoughts, and phrases. 

It has been said that every day we are learning. I believe that is true, but I wish to break it down further. Every moment we change. Every moment we grown and we learn. As you read these words new thoughts are emerging from you. Because of this one blog post you are now a changed person with more knowledge. You have learned my thoughts, if nothing else. 

Every moment is new from the one before. Every moment we grow older and often times we learn from our experiences. But will we ever experience the exact same experience twice? No. Time and learning marches on. Even if we experience the same situation a thousand times we are still different every time it occurs. 

Life is a series of infinite learning experiences. Although, in the grand scheme of Eternity, they indeed are not infinite. One day, we will have all the answers to our questions. Until then, we will keep on learning on faith. 

Sometimes We Smile.

Sometimes We Smile.

Sometimes the devil whispers in our ear, but we smile anyway. 

Sometimes the devil tries to convince us we are not good enough, but we try anyway. 

Sometimes the devil whispers to give up and give in, but we fight through anyway. 

Sometimes the devil convinces us we are frail and weak, but we fight through our weakness because Jesus is stronger. 

When we are weak, Jesus is strong.

When we are unsure, Jesus gives us peace. 

When we are at war with others, Jesus whispers turn the other cheek. 

When we have been wounded and are frail and weary, Jesus gives us strength. 

Seek ye first the kingdom, and even though this life brings pain and frailties and weakness, we can be made strong. 

A shepherd slew a giant. 

12 fishermen spread the gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide. 

A deaf composer composed some of the greatest music we have ever known. 

Do not fear frailty! Embrace it and see how The Lord uses you to bless others. 

Be Like Water, My Friends. 

Be Like Water, My Friends. 

Bruce Lee once was quoted during an interview talking about how water becomes the shape of its surroundings. It is smooth, and refreshing. 

But, I want to caution you against too much of a good thing. Even water, though it be smooth and cool, flowing like a river over time, it can erode even the harshest of rocks. It can turn the sands of time into dust. 

Be like water, my friends, but be careful to not erode the beauty and strong structures placed in your life for protection. 


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The Fruits Of The Spirit Do Not Include Secrets. 

The Fruits Of The Spirit Do Not Include Secrets. 

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In today’s world it is hard to find anything that truly follows The Fruits Of The Spirit. When a plant grows from the ground it will bear much fruit. It is the same for our spiritual lives. 

What does The Bible have to say about The Fruits Of The Spirit? Galatians 5:22-23 says, “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

It is my understanding that secrets can go against these fruits. Secrets, therefore, can be a weed to the fruits of the spirit. In today’s world it is believed that keeping a secret can be a good thing. Keeping a secret about a surprise for someone is one thing, but when we keep secrets that can negatively impact anyone else it is not done in a spirit of love, joy, peace or kindness. 

Our world seems to thrive on digging up secrets on others and that does not do good for anyone!! Read the tabloids and they are always digging up dirt that may be so far from the truth. All that does is create divisions between people and we have enough chasms to navigate. The Bible also tells us to not be a stumbling block for another. What are secrets? Secrets, as far as I can tell are stumbling blocks for everyone involved. Why can’t we all just tell the truth? The truth will set us free!!!



In His Grip

In His Grip

How is the year shaping up for you so far? Have your predictions come true, or did you have to face a curve ball or two?(Thank you, BasicallyBeyondBasic, for the timely prompt suggestions!)

2016 by no stretch of the imagination has been a dream for me, but not really a nightmare either. I have experienced the death of a friend and an infection that I didn’t pay attention to for far too long that meant to take me out. But, God is stronger than any experience that can come against me and His purpose will be fulfilled! 

I have learned to not really make solid, set in stone, no exchanges type of plans. Plans never go as we choose. My wedding day, I forgot to get to the courthouse the day before AND the day of to pick up the marriage license!! We are still married almost three years later and we have a funny story. We had planned to arrive in Montana to see my wife’s mom and dad, who has Alzheimer’s and cancer, three days before we actually got here. And now that we are here, we are spending another day here because of a storm rolling through. 

A famous musician once wrote, ‘Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long.’ The fun part, for me, is we can’t see the entire highway. Part of it may not be there anymore, or it may be detoured because of construction. That means we get to learn a new way to go! You may have travelled that road a time or two, but life will always throw curveballs at us all. 

I didn’t plan on my friend dying, I didn’t plan on spending five days in the hospital, but those events happened. 2016 has thrown some curveballs my way, and I am positive more are to come. But with my faith and my God, I know I am “In His Grip” as my brother has always said and I have adopted this saying. He’s got the whole world in His Hands and knows the deepest parts of the journey for each one of us. No, 2016 has not gone as planned, but I know it all has been for a purpose. 

Psycho Social. 

Psycho Social. 

No, I’m not talking about the song from Slipknot, although, I do like their ballad Snuff. I am talking about the American society and how a large number of popular films these days are the thriller/horror film genre. 

I was scoping out our local Redbox in Walmart tonight and I realized, yet again, there is a high number of horror/thriller genre movies for rent in there. Last week I watched Pay The Ghost with Nicholas Cage, interesting film that gets into the mystery genre. I would highly recommend it if slasher films are not your thing.  

 
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I have found it interesting that these type of films have been increasing in production over the past five or so years. Has our society become so interesting being scared that these movies are on the rise? Is there another reason? Could it be a ‘Heart’ issue? Are we turning away from God? These are questions I have when I see things that are truly not from Him on the rise. I would be interested in anyone else’s thoughts on this as well. Let’s talk about it. 

Make Opportunities. 

Make Opportunities. 

Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?

Let me take you back in time. Back to a simpler time. The year was 1995. I had just declared my major at Southwest State University as Radio/Television Broadcasting. If you know anything about these professions they require a well practiced speaking voice and the comfort of speaking in front of either large groups of people, or at least knowing that thousands of people may be listening or watching. 

My friends at the time always told me that my facial expressions showed that I should have gone deeper into the television side, but I chose radio broadcasting. Along with that major was a minimum of four classes of speech. This did not sit well with my stomach at first. Even a class of twelve people made my stomach tie in knots and my anxiety go through the roof!! It should come as no surprise that I dropped out of the major, and the school in 1996. I just wasn’t ready and I had just married, so it was time to become a family man and take care of my bride. 

Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans and sometimes it circles back around on you. After my marriage split in 1997 I worked for a year in the town we lived in and where I had gone to college. Enough was enough! I needed new scenery! 

So, in June of 1998 I moved to the Twin Cities to pursue a degree in Radio Broadcasting. Still wasn’t ready! Public speaking still made me so nervous and it was decided I needed to leave the school for health reasons. 

Fast forward to 2002. Another opportunity for Radio Broadcasting from Brown College came about. The best opportunities keep on knocking, don’t they? Finally ready to go to school and complete it, but there was TWO PUBLIC SPEAKING CLASSES PER QUARTER!!! Yes, the butterflies in the stomach, red face, and absolute stuttering nervousness was there when I began my classes in 2002– for about a week! 

I had a professor who had serious faith in my abilities, I had a few professors who actually believed in me. And they all helped me get over my fear of public speaking. They knew that my abilities to speak and influence others through the medium of radio could be life-changing, for me and the world! 

They told me the key was to speak as often as possible, no matter how many people were listening. I began singing and talking in the car, I began singing karaoke, I began having conversations with strangers. Low and behold, the next week I got up to present my speech and no nerves! Practice makes perfect. My advice is anything you wish to do well, make opportunities to practice it.