We Are Not Perfect

We can demand perfection from everybody around us all we want, my question is this how can you expect perfection from others and yet you are not perfect?

I am not perfect! I am not always right. I make mistakes and I don’t always admit when I am wrong.

One thing I do know is that Jesus Christ is the only one that was perfect. and then I look at myself and say there is no way I can measure up to Him.

The Other thing I know is that Jesus did not ask us to be perfect, He asked us to believe and obey, to accept the gift that we could not earn.

So who are you or me to ask anyone we know to be perfect?

Just as I am without one plea, But that thy blood was shed for me,
and that Thou Biddst me come to thee, O Lamb of God I Come,! I come!

Stop and think!

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Why Halloween???

What is the purpose of Halloween? Is it to celebrate a pagan holiday, or just an excuse to dress in costume and eat candy? Or an excuse to have a party?

You don’t need an excuse to dress in costume or have a party or to eat candy, just do it. And why wait till October 31st to do it, any time is fine to enjoy a fun time with friends.

I don’t celebrate Halloween, and I really don’t need a special day for Thanksgiving, we can celebrate Thanksgiving everyday And Christmas or Celebrating our Lord’s Birthday, l am thankful everyday for His life and sacrifice for me.

I don’t flow with the crowd, I am a child of the living God and I follow him, so if I want to party, dress up in costume, or just party I will do it with family and friends anytime I want to. And Celebrating with the Lord is much more fun.

 

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We Are Unique and Different, Never the Same.

Are you a carbon copy? If so who are you fashioned after? God made us in his image and installed free will. So we are not exact duplicates of God, we are made and designed to be unique individuals.

So stop trying to be one of the Crowd. Each member of God’s family is unique, otherwise we could not function together as a family or the body of Christ.

No two snowflakes are alike, each one is different so that they can interlock together to form a snow ball, or coat and cover the ground in their beauty. Even loose they overlay to create a beautiful blanket of white.

I can never be one of the crowd, because I am not made that way. I am and will always be a child of the Lord.

Even a military squad is made up of individuals each one with unique and special talents, and when they work together, they accomplish their assignments with unique precision and ability. Yet each man is unique, different from their brothers. Yet they function as a precision unit, because each is different.

So, think about it. Each one of us, God’s Children, while we follow the Lord and become close and intimate with him, we are still walking different paths that prepare us for the journey ahead and the work that the Lord has for the Body. Though we study the same information, and verses we receive a different and unique revelation from the Holy Spirit designed to help us accomplish God’s desire, and when you put us together, we work much better to Accomplish the will of God. It is those very unique talents and skills that allow us to come together and accomplish the plan and will of God.

So never think of yourself as ordinary or just one of the crowd, you are special to the Lord.  Each one of us is uniquely designed and created.  The potter makes even the “copies” different.  Even twins , Identical, are different. Our Father can tell who is who just by seeing them, hearing them and he knows them each.  Because they are unique.

 

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Remember, All Lives Matter! Every One has the same rights!

We All need to remember that this is nation founded on freedom, to worship as we desire, to speak freely our opinions without threat of death or imprisonment, to defend ourselves from tyranny.

Every one, each and every person should be free to express their thoughts and opinions without fear of retribution or imprisonment. Everyone should feel free to worship, pray and believe as their religion teaches them.

That does not mean that you can deny anyone else their rights as laid out in the bill of rights. Those rights are not granted by the government, and the government does not have the authority to deny them.

Every one in this nation has the same rights. That is what makes this nation so great, and we come together as one to protect those freedoms from tyranny.

Just because you don’t like someone’s opinions or life style does not mean we must hate them.

If you take away rights from one group, you deny all. Because in the end your rights will be taken away from you for the same reason, that you have become a threat to the tyrants and those with closed hearts and minds.

We are not meant to be under the foot of the oppressors.
We are given free choice by our God, that means that we are free to choose to worship him or not. He will not force us to come to him and he will not force you to change your mind. He wants you to come to him of your own choice.

He settled the issue on the cross, he cares and loves all men, women and children. He clearly stated that ALL LIVES MATTER. Not just some, but that ALL LIVES MATTER!

John 3:16-17 (NKJV) 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world(ALL) through Him might be saved.

So first and foremost, we do not have the authority to deny anyone their right to choose.

As for me and my House we will serve the Lord!
If you have a problem with this, that is your right just as it is my right to state my belief. You don’t have to like it and if you don’t that is fine. It will not offend me.

And if you wish to unfriend me that also is your right.
It is my prayer for you that you be blessed with understanding, joy and peace for the rest of your life, and that truth will be revealed to you.

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Family

One of the most important things in this world is family and the relationship of the family.  A strong foundation in the Word of God makes a strong family. Communication and love helps solidify the family.

One of the most important things in that relationship is communication.  The Lord reminds us that we need to renew our mind and that we do that through his word and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, and comforter. He reveals to us the will of God, and those things most important to our relationship with the Father. He hears our prayers and we must take the time to listen for his answer, and to keep the word center in our hearts.

We tend to pull against authority and push the boundaries of the word, and authority of the Lord.  We Explore the length, depth and breadth of those boundaries.

The strength of our faith is based on how far we are willing to trust the Lord. Are we willing, or even able in our mind and heart, to give everything in our lives to the Lord?  Not always.

Sometimes when we try to talk to people within the church about our problems, we have a real fear of their turning away from us and looking at us as though we are totally evil.  They don’t understand what we have been through because most of them have never lived that far outside their comfort zone.  It makes it hard to discuss the things that are bothering you with them, because they really have no idea of what you are experiencing.

Then there are those who think that you are manipulating the facts.  It is hard to know what they are talking about when you have no clue and they have been talking to other people about you beforehand.  Most of us will then walk away from that situation because no matter what you say they have already made up their mind.  This tends to drive some people away from the church.  They feel that they have been judged and they had no input on the circumstances or what is going on.

Many people have had bad experiences with churches, especially those who have come out of prison or the criminal justice system.  Most churches make rules that remind you so much about prison or your criminal justice past that you tend to leave the church because you feel like an outsider and will never be accepted.  They require that you wait in the parking lot until someone comes and takes you to a specially marked off area. Then they require that you sit there, if you need the restroom you must be escorted to and from your seat and the usher will wait with you until you are finished. Then after the service you are escorted to your car and they wait in the lot until you leave.  Then there are other churches that won’t let you attend their church and will tell you that they are not accepting new members. This is not of the Lord and not acceptable to him.

Matthew 19:13-15 (NKJV) 13 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

Matthew 18:3 (NKJV)
3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

This seems to be misunderstood, and needs to be re-read and thought about very carefully. It is true that we are all the children of the Lord is it not? Then why do many of us throw road blocks in their way? We try to make them to be evil and unworthy of being saved. Yet the Lord Himself declared salvation for all.

The Importance of Humility (Matthew 18:1-6

Christ spoke many words of his sufferings, but only one of his glory; yet the disciples fasten upon that, and overlook the others. Many love to hear and speak of privileges and glory, who are willing to pass by the thoughts of work and trouble. Our Lord set a little child before them, solemnly assuring them, that unless they were converted and made like little children, they could not enter his kingdom. Children, when very young, do not desire authority, do not regard outward distinctions, are free from malice, are teachable, and willingly dependent on their parents. It is true that they soon begin to show other dispositions, and other ideas are taught them at an early age; but these are marks of childhood, and render them proper emblems of the lowly minds of true Christians. Surely we need to be daily renewed in the spirit of our minds, that we may become simple and humble, as little children, and willing to be the least of all. Let us daily study this subject, and examine our own spirits.     Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary.

John 3:16-17 (NKJV) 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

The church is a family of people who have come together to worship and serve the Lord. They are from all areas of life, good and bad.  There are some hypocrites and pious ones. Yet like in any family we pray for them all, knowing that our Father will take them through the changes.  Not just them, every member of the family will go through a transition. Each individual according to the level of relationship they have with the Lord himself. Even the hypocrites will go through a transition.  No matter what you think, once you hear the word of God, your life is forever changed.  You can’t return to the old life; you can only go back to something far worse.  If you embrace the change and accept your salvation you have something far greater than you ever had before.

We always fight against change because with change comes new challenges and new problems and we are afraid to move from our comfort zone and sometimes we just don’t want to give up all those fleshly pleasures we become accustomed to. Yet when we finally hit rock bottom we realize that change is necessary for our life and continued existence.

I know that we will always balk at radical change in our lives, yet we will change.

Important to Remember, you have not lost control of your life, The Lord gives you the Choice, to accept salvation or not.  It will always be your choice; he won’t force you to accept.  He will never force you or change your choice.  You have, by choosing to accept the Lord as your Savior, taken full control of your life for the first time.

I have found a church who helps you in your relationship with the Lord. Their purpose is to Extend, Equip, Empower, and provide Experience in ministry. They are more interested in our future and not the past.  They have the heart and mind of Christ and his agape love.  There are other churches like them and they are growing. They are growing because they truly serve the Lord and love him with all their heart.

It is important for us to find a good church home, a place that will help you to grow in the Lord and become the child that he created you to be.  Find a church home that teaches the Word of God, and Equips people to understand who they are in Jesus Christ, empowers people to serve others, Extends the love of God to people and helps them Experience the synergy of team ministry.

The Family of God is a team, and we are designed to work together, as both a team and a family. It is time that we begin to learn what it is to be God’s Children, his family here on earth.

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Change The Way You Speak About People

 So many angry people in this country, and the biggest question that comes to my mind is WHY?

Who are you angry at and why do you hate people who try to Help?

I run into this problem because people don’t know about each other or the problems that they face. I understand their fears and the solution that I offer to you is trust Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ has been my answer, and like many people it took me a while to realize that he is the only answer. I still have days when I don’t run to him and then when I finally do I see that I should have been in his presence from the very beginning.

I am a counselor and mentor. I don’t control people I just listen and help them find the answers and ease the pain of loneliness and misunderstanding. I can’t change their heart, I can only give them a hug, the love of God and an ear to listen.  Sometimes we just cry together, or glare at each other and occasionally we laugh together. There are times of silence. Then there is a conversation. Eventually we begin to make progress toward a better relationship with Christ.Yet remember that we too have our days when things don’t always go as they should. Counselors, mentors, and pastors also need to spend time with the Savior and their mentor as well

My point is that you cannot judge a book by his cover and yes being distant can lead to misunderstanding. Not all people are criminals or hoodlums, and we can’t assume the worst about people.  Instead we need to pray for these people lift them up. Your words do matter. They can cut to the heart or they can begin healing the wounds.

Every bad thing you say about them becomes real the more you speak it. We need to change the way we speak over people start being more positive up lifting and pray for them. We need to speak more healing and uplifting with encouragement and love.

Isaiah 55:11 (AMP) 11 So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Our word should be positive because it will not come back void. You speak your choice, health and future by the very words you speak over yourself and others. So if you are speaking negative Words about you, that is the way your life will become NEGATIVE, so change the way you speak over things, and people and include yourself.

Romans 12:18-21 (AMP) 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord. 20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. 21 Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.

It does not matter if he is your friend or enemy pray for them and pray with the love of God. Just begin doing that for everyone in your community, family and church Family and even those in the Service of our country. You will see changes not only in them but in yourself as well.

Remember this, you have no control over the decisions that other’s make, you only control what you do and say, so you can change the way that you speak and think about the things of this world.

What would Jesus do?  Isaiah 55:11. And remember also  Isaiah 43:25-26 (NKJV) 25  “I,even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins. 26  Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case,that you may be acquitted.

I need to stop and think about the things before I get to the point of speaking about them, or writing about them. That must always include praying about them and spending time with the Lord, and most important listening to Him.

 

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Food and Life

My thoughts By George McFatridge
In all the years I have been alive, they have declared eggs, pork, beef, chicken, all kinds of birds, dairy products, alcohol, water, oxygen and multiple vegetables bad for you. then they republish the list saying they are good for you. This goes on about every 10 – 20 years because they find out new things about the food we eat.
Then you have the Scientists who want to change everything by genetically altering the food for better production, making it bug and disease resistant. Yet all the have really done has changed the things that God has made, taking away from the food those things that were meant to nourish and heal.
The only seed they could not alter was the Mustard Seed.  It is so tiny and grows so large.  It is special to the Lord…. Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)
20  So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Luke 17:6 (NKJV)
6  So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Too much of anything is bad for you. Learn to eat sensibly and Pray over your food.  Remember that God cursed the earth. 1 Timothy 4:4,5
I am by no means perfect; I do know that the Lord Loves us and always provides for us.
Colossians 2:11-23 (NKJV)
11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
18 Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.
20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations–
21 “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”
22 which all concern things which perish with the using–according to the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.
1 Timothy 4:4-5 (NKJV) 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Besides you don’t know what the Lord has your fellow man doing in his Life. before jumping into the middle of someone’s diet or life check with the Lord. They maybe following the Leading of God. You don’t always see everything, only what is before you and even then you do not see or know everything that is happening in their lives.
You can read a book from cover to cover yet you will never know the whole story.
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