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Jesus: Concept or Reality

Posted: May 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

conceptI met a man the other day that called himself a backslidden Christian. He matter of factly stated “ I am a backslidden Christian, that’s just the way it is.” He further went on to say “I know the Truth, and I am what I am, that’s all there is to it!” I told him if he knew the Truth he wouldn’t just haphazardly make comments like “that’s just the way it is.”

I believe his statement was careless, but it was careless because of his understanding of God. You see when Jesus is just a concept or when our Christianity is just a good thing. A statement like that can be said without fear of consequence because we really didn’t believe in our ‘belief’ anyway. We saw it as a good thing for ourselves or even perhaps our family. In much the same way many parents send their children to church but don’t go themselves. They do this because that’s as far as their belief is willing to take them. It’s a belief that Jesus is just a concept, a belief that church is just a good thing. It’s more of a belief in a system that promotes morality and that’s as far as their ears will take them. Could it be perhaps that they were never ‘Born Again’?  That they have never experienced the new lease on life that Jesus gives us, maybe so. Oh how I thank God that He is so real to me. I know where I came from and what I used to be. I know, (not just believe) that Christ went to the cross for me and washed away my sins. I know that I am a new creature in Christ Jesus. I know that God the Father hears my prayers. I know what He has done for my family, and I know that He is coming back soon to take me home. I know that the bible is the infallible Word of God.

Friend if you’re reading this and realize that your understanding is just mere concept and not reality, it’s not to late. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time;
behold, now [is] the day of salvation.) You too can have the same surety in Jesus if you will only call on Him today. He is knocking at your
heart right this very moment. Open your heart and invite Him in!

Douglas Burrell
The Creators Clay!

The Great Escape

Posted: March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

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 Man was not meant to endure sin.  He was not designed with the capacity to function normally, emotionally, mindfully or physically with the ill effects of sin.  As humans, we have no mechanism to counter sin.  We cannot erase sin, we cannot hide from sin, we cannot pretend it never happened, we cannot function as intended while sin imposes its ill in us and toward us.

If we were not created with an ability to counter sin, then our Designer intended for us to live sinless lives or being omniscient, was aware of our weakness, and made a way of escape to point back to Him.  Free will is the culprit of our situation.  Free will was the catalyst of our demise.  His love was the reason for our free will.

What a great love, what a great design, an original design that granted us eternal life and relationship with our Creator.  A design that offered complete free will, then the Designer went even one step further and revealed a route that leads entirely away from Him.  If He hadn’t done that, He could have been called “controlling.”  However, along that path away from Him, the Designer placed one way back to Him.  That way is always there for us to choose, but choosing this way means giving up our way, a way that is designed by us.

We were meant to co-design and co-create with Him, not without Him.  Like a father and son working together on a car, the Father is a master mechanic who owns the necessary tools and possesses the total knowledge of how the car works.  The son can use his tools any time he needs, but also has at his disposal his father’s advice.  Together they can co-design and co-create a beautiful custom show car.  And all the world will marvel at the beauty and power of such a car.

Without the depth of the Father’s knowledge, together with His impassioned willingness to invest in us, His children, we would never have the capacity to accomplish the good He intends.

Get Out of the Mud!

Posted: January 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Sometimes we as people feel defeated when it seems our world is falling apart. Sometimes it makes us
feel like throwing in the towel. “Why even try if things are bad anyway! I mean since I’m dirty I might as well wallow in the mud. After all I’ve blown it over & over again, there’s no hope for me anymore. Maybe if I rub this mud all over me it wont matter anymore. Maybe all the mud will make me unrecognizable. Maybe God wont want to look at me anymore. Maybe He will just count me as a
‘lost cause’ and stop thinking of me so I’ll finally have some peace. Maybe this mud will make me so ugly, I will finally stop trying and just give up so I wont be tormented with this conflict in my soul anymore.”

My friend, this conflict is a ‘God Thing.’ Don’t try to erase the conflict, but instead GET OUT OF THE MUD! Covering yourself will only lead to separation between you and God. Jesus wants to be your covering. Only Jesus can provide you with the covering you need. The covering that makes you presentable to the Father. Zechariah 3:4 says Then He answered and spoke to those who stood
before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” Beloved wont you come out of the mud and let Jesus put on the robe of righteousness on you. All you have to do is let Him!

Kingship

Posted: August 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Cindy wrote this, truly amazing! I believe if we would subscribe to kingship, many things would change in our families and nation.


You, the target of verbal abuse, have one mission in your efforts to end verbal abuse: keep your emotions in check.

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Love without compassion is possessive, controlling, and dangerous.

The simplest definition of emotionally abusive behavior is anything that intentionally hurts the feelings of another person. Since almost everyone in intimate relationships does that at some time or other in the heat of an argument, emotionally abusive behavior must be distinguished from an emotionally abusive relationship, which is more than the sum of emotionally abusive behaviors.

In an emotionally abusive relationship, one party systematically controls the other by:

Undermining his or her confidence, worthiness, growth, or trust
“Gaslighting” – making him/her feel crazy or unstable
Manipulating him/her with fear or shame.
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“You shouldn’t spend so much on clothes, you don’t look good anyway.”
“Don’t complain about how bad you have it, no one else could love you.”
“Working and taking courses is too much for you; you can’t handle what you need to do now.”
“Your friends and family just want something from you.”
“I have to drink to be able to stand you.”
“One of these days you’ll wake up, and I’ll be gone.”
“You don’t know the first thing about raising kids.”

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Interesting read – Prophetshrek

Yesterday, I talked about a recent brouhaha over some comments by Douglas Wilson and Jared Wilson (no relation) over at The Gospel Coalition about gender and marriage. Jared quoted a book by Dougla…

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