Category Archives: Authenticity 101

Me or Jesus?

❤ “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature (Saul), because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart (David).” ~ I Samuel 16:7

Authenticity 101: I am neither tall, dark nor handsome. Thus, it wasn’t unusual for my being one of the last ones picked as a team member. I never went to Senior Prom or Homecoming either.

My senior year in High School, the Captain of the Cheerleaders squad stopped me in in a hallway, looked me in the eyes and said, “You would be one of the cutest guys in school if you weren’t so short!” (Sigh…)

My college business professor told me in front of the whole classroom, “You have brains, wit and improvisational skills far superior to most I know in the business world. The only thing holding you back is that you are not six foot tall. (Sigh…)

When I came to saving faith in Jesus Christ – the Spirit began showing me just how skewed the world really is – measuring a man by his outward appearance; what he looks like, how much money he has, his career path and the such. God however, cares for none of these things; rather favoring what a man possesses inwardly; richness toward Him, a contrite and humbled heart, a self-awareness of one’s own frailty and propensity toward sin and an acute need to thank God for His good mercies and graces given daily.

I have lived more a life than most men would live in three lifetimes. I’ve touched the beauty of relationship, adventure, career and fellowship and even His wisdom. The Lord has held nothing back from me; also allowing my wandering; being torched by my pride, desire and the resultant consequences that followed.

Let’s just say that I am no longer impressed with a woman’s outward beauty if that is all she can bring to a relationship. Nor am I impressed with a man’s business resume’; if he cannot also bring mercy, integrity or ethic to the table.

As for me personally? I don’t want to be that old man preoccupied with my physical or financial appearance for others sake. I want them to see Jesus in me. Nothing else.

“Father? Help me to run to the finish line. I see it more clearly now than at any other time in my life. I won’t make it without you sustaining me, guiding me and empowering me to the end. I need you more today than I ever realized previously. You have been kind, gracious and Holy towards me from the very first day I believed. Keep my in your firm grip. Thank you for affirming your value of me as an adopted son and friend. I love you so. In Jesus Name. Amen!” 💕

Be Kind… Even if it’s Your Enemy

☀ Authenticity 101: “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ Jesus has forgiven you.” ~ Ephesians 4:32

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I have to admit that, in my younger days, I would’ve simply decked the guy and moved on. But, alas, I was now a new babe in Christ Jesus and He told me – by this verse – to forgive that jerk in the same manner Jesus had already forgiven me. “Say, what? I don’t think so!” was my response to reading this verse.

Then God showed up and showed me the “Why” I had to obey His every instruction….

Flash forward a few months and it is now a very cold and bitter Saturday morning up in the backwoods of rural central Michigan. No one was traveling that day but me of course. As I inched along the icy roads, a man huddled against the wind had his thumb stuck up desperately hoping to hitch a ride back to his house. His car had stalled and he needed help.

So, having pity on the freezing soul, I pulled up alongside and motioned for him to get into my car. He quickly jumped into the passenger side of my vehicle and, upon closing the door, pulled off his wool hat. It was my nemesis!

We hadn’t even recognize each other until that very moment. I am sure he was thinking, “Say what? I don’t think so!” as I slowly pulled off the shoulder and back onto the slippery road toward his house.

After a few moments of awkward silence, my mortal enemy spoke up and asked, “Hey, I heard you are going to church now. Are you a Christian now too?”

And then, I remembered that verse.

Over the next few moments, I shared with him the new hope and life I that I found when Jesus forgave me of all the bad things I had ever done – and, granting me eternal life through the work He finished on my behalf on that cross long ago.

“John” quietly held onto every word I said and then, as I pulled up into his driveway, extended his hand toward me. I timidly shook his hand and then said, “God loves you buddy!”

Today, my former adversary is celebrating his 40th year as a “born-again” Christian!

“Lord, help me to never judge anyone as being disqualified from the possibility of becoming saved and forgiven – especially since you saved this little stinker. Amen!”

The God’s of Molech and Christian Silence

💦 Authenticity 101: Tis been a long while since I had posted this type of musing. So, hear goes:

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I awoke around 5:00 a.m. this morning to the reality that the state of New York has gleefully allowed “doctors and nurses” the “privilege” of ripping a full-term child from a mother’s womb.

My heart was telling me that our once lovely America – a nation already at the precipice of God’s judgment as it accepts homosexuality as the new norm, promotes the change of marital definition, celebrates the coast-to-coast consumption of drugs and sexual deviations and outwardly boasts of every evil thing as “good” but, every good thing as “evil” ~ has made the last turn from God’s grace and mercy.

Tearing out a full-grown baby from the womb is now being celebrated as “freedom”? My God! What have we, as a people, become? Where’s the church’s response? Why aren’t the pulpit preachers thundering out warnings of God’s impending judgments? Where are the mother’s vehemently protesting their peers murderous actions?

As a father, I held each one of my four sons – even before their own mother had – and, rejoiced in holding their precious lives in my hands. Not so with all those sons of bitches who cloak their selves in the garbs of “good doctors and nurses” and then, using those same hands, forcibly extract the lifeless, dismembered body of a child from the womb from a woman – an animal who is, herself, a willing murderer of the innocent.

I’m not sure if I am just damned angry right now or crestfallen or both. I am not even sure to whom I am more angered toward: the practitioners of death or the silent Christian whom “just wants to move on” and, “not talk about it anymore.”

Yes. I could mention that God is willing to forgive a person whom has done such a vile act of murder. But, that’s not what my post is about. It’s about our turning a blind eye and deaf ear to the obvious.

Dear God folks! We are butchering our own children right before our eyes! We are become a nation of moral slugs – concerned more about what the entertainment industry, career politician or news commentators has to say about morality – then what God Himself warns:

🔥 “You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so, profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.” ~ Leviticus 18:21

We, as a people in America – are traveling the very same road to God’s judgment as did of our counterpart; the Israelite people of long ago. At the height of their national power (and arrogance), God allowed a foreign power to invade them. The Babylonians proceeded to butcher the Israelite children, raped the women, murdered the elderly, took all the possessions and then, took the rest in to captivity.

I have a deep, unnerving pit in the deepest part of my soul that is telling me to prepare for the end of our nation as we know it. If God did not spare His own people, the Jew, why do we assume God will spare us? The LORD warns:

🔥 “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that is illuminated becomes a light itself. So it is said: “AWAKE, OH SLEEPER, rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore DO NOT BE FOOLISH, but understand what the Lord’s will is. DO NOT get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:13-18

Personally, I am no longer concerned as much with the direction of my own country but rather, my own direction and how I am living it – knowing that one day, I will give an accounting.

Better late then never…

🔥 “Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. If we deliberately go on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins remains, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and raging fire that will consume all adversaries.” ~ Hebrews 10:25-27

What are your doing, Christian?

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