Remorse?

I’d like to preface this post, with a dedication of this post to my Dad. It is based on a conversation we had, when The Lord had put it on my heart just to give him a call, you know, just to see how he was doing. Dad is eighty five, and doing well for his age, I can only hope I will be doing as well when or if I am blessed enough to reach his age. We shot the breeze for a while about how everyone was doing, and him being an avid RV’er, about his and my step-mothers, (of whom I must say is taking great care of him), up and coming trip to the coast of California. Without having to get too personal, we talked about the passing of my real mother, and how it came to pass, because of the condition of my Mother-in-law, whom I love dearly. I’ve been married to her daughter for thirty eight years, so I’ve known her for some almost forty years. It pains all of the family to see her going through the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. We solicit your continued prayers, if you believe in the power of prayer through Christ Jesus. My dad was saying, as he often does, if the conversation goes in the direction, that he, like so many of us do, regrets some of the decisions he made in the past, and some of the things he had done. After he was done, I commented on the fact that, and we agreed, not letting go of the past breeds a since of “Remorse”. Remorse, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt for past wrongs, and I will add, bad decisions. If you are not careful, remorse will not allow you to forgive yourself to the point you will find it impossible to find true peace in your life. It will eat at you, and the Devil, if you understand his reality, will use it as a weapon against you all of the remaining days of your life. This is the beauty of knowing Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. If you have sinned against Him or someone, the Word of God says, if you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins, and to cleans you of all unrighteousness, I John 1:9. If you believe in God and His word, you can be freed of all “Remorse”, and move on in peace with your life. Satan is the accuser of the brethren, and he will us whom ever he can to accuse you, or remind you of your past wrongs. But God will not, He cast our repented sins into the pool of forgetfulness. If you then can’t forgive yourself, you exalt yourself above the throne of God, which is impossible, and you shall never find peace in your life. Thus the question mark after “Remorse” in the title. Do have “Remorse” in your life, are you full of it to running over? Are you incapacitated by it? If so, it is time for you to meet Jesus at the cross. He is there waiting to forgive your sins, save your soul, and remove your “Remorse”.

Thanks Dad for the great conversation! I love you very much.

Romans 10:9&10

 

 

Be Not Weary!

Galatians 6:9,”And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” This is Paul the Apostles encouragement to the saints of God in Galatia, and is my mine to the saints of God wherever you are today. It has become obvious that the family, friends, and/or foes, of the saints of God are having an increasingly difficult time watching us enjoy, the joys of our salvation, to the point that they have found it necessary to, in some of the most insidious ways, attack us, their so called loved ones. I call them “so called” because you would not think that if you loved someone you would treat them with such mal-contempt. These family, friends, and/or foes, we’ll call them (FFF’s) from here forward, think we don’t recognize the evil things they do to hurt the feelings of the saints of God. Like witches, they conjure up evil deeds to do against their own loved ones, in the hopes we will turn away from the joy of the Lord, which is our very strength. We who have determined to bow our knees before The true and living God, who have humbled ourselves under His mighty hand, and have offered up no ill-will to anyone. We have only wanted to love all peoples. This love, the love of God thru Christ Jesus, so many in the world and many of our FFF’s have rejected, so they attack us with their evil deeds, thinking we are to ignorant to see what they are doing. They are snide, vicious, and wicked in their thoughts. They smile in our faces while the venom of hatred for The Christ that is in us drips from their lips. But we are meek and not week. We know what they are doing. God would not bring us to this place of love and adoration for Him without giving us the insight and weapons to war against this evil, against this spiritual wickedness in high places that would come against us, this darkest of evil that hates everything we stand for. The Prophet Jeremiah 17:9&10, said by the way of a word from God, ” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try tGalatians 6:9,”And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” This is Paul the Apostles encouragement to the saints of God in Galatia, and is my mine to the saints of God wherever you are today. It has become obvious that the family, friends, and/or foes, of the saints of God are having an increasingly difficult time watching us enjoy, the joys of our salvation, to the point that they have found it necessary to, in some of the most insidious ways, attack us, their so called loved ones. I call them “so called” because you would not think that if you loved someone you would treat them with such mal-contempt. These family, friends, and/or foes, we’ll call them (FFF’s) from here forward, think we don’t recognize the evil things they do to hurt the feelings of the saints of God. Like witches, they conjure up evil deeds to do against their own loved ones, in the hopes we will turn away from the joy of the Lord, which is our very strength. We who have determined to bow our knees before The true and living God, who have humbled ourselves under His mighty hand, and have offered up no ill-will to anyone. We have only wanted to love all peoples. This love, the love of God thru Christ Jesus, so many in the world and many of our FFF’s have rejected, so they attack us with their evil deeds, thinking we are to ignorant to see what they are doing. They are snide, vicious, and wicked in their thoughts. They smile in our faces while the venom of hatred for The Christ that is in us drips from their lips. But we are meek and not week. We know what they are doing. God would not bring us to this place of love and adoration for Him without giving us the insight and weapons to war against this evil, against this spiritual wickedness in high places that would come against us, this darkest of evil that hates everything we stand for. The Prophet Jeremiah 17:9&10, said by the way of a word from God, ” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try he reins, even to give every man according to his ways; and according to the fruit of his doings.” Galatians 6:7&8, states, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”. Even if our FFF’s don’t believe in
God, that does not make Him null and void. The time cometh, ” That  at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10&11. To you poor wicked people who have been deceived by old Satan to do the things you do against God’s elect, I give you in, book, chapter, and verse, from the Holy Bible, the authority of God for the saints to live our lives according to His every commandment. In  protecting  His people the Psalmist in 105:14&15, says,” He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophet no harm. To you our FFF’s, what is your authority, and from whom does it come from, and where is it written that you can do such evil and dastardly deeds towards the saints of God without fear of eventual condemnation from Him? Know this, the time cometh that we all will stand before God to receive our reward or condemnation. Repent and receive Jesus as your Lord and savior today, while there is yet a chance. He will forgive you of your sins and save you. Romans 10:13, ” For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. To the saints of God, His elect, His sanctified ones, be not weary in well doing for in due season ye SHALL reap if you faint not.

Romans 1:16

 

Tossed Like Waves

IMG_2523I have learned  in the last twenty-five years of my black life, those twenty-five years being saved by the grace of God, that the only real black experience is the experience that I have with God through His son Jesus, The Christ. When I was ignorant of my purpose in this life, which was to become an eternal life, I aligned myself with things I thought were purposeful, things that friends and society said were important. Even in my young Christian days I was still bound by some of those old thoughts and ways. As I have matured as a Christian, my desire is that my thoughts will become inline with what God says is right. If I continue to listen to the black self-proclaimed problem solvers, community leaders, professors, and worst of all, the Reverends, Pastors, Bishops, and so-called eloquent speakers like Louise Farrakhan, who are themselves still bound in their own ways an thoughts about their own black experiences, and the unfortunate experiences of our fore-fathers, I found I would never break free from the bondage of the past. I would always be defining my life by the experiences of those who have passed on long before me. Those who really in their time had a black experience that we today, who have never experienced the pain an sorrow of their time, can’t truly understand. It’s a shame that the blacks, or African-Americans, of today will hold on to, and walk around with a cheap on their shoulder about something that many of them have never experienced. The youth of today, even in the church, are being taught to carry a grudge over things they cannot even begin to understand. The “Black Lives Matter” movement, is a selfish movement that disregards all others because of the color of their skin. This new Black Experience has now become a racist experience, a separatist experience, where no other life matters except, Black Lives. Sounds to me like its time for repatriation. This movement when it is preached in the church is known as, “Black Liberation Gospel”, and what a pile of crap it is. It’s no more than black racism being disguised as some form of,” only for blacks Christianity”. Its time for the Black/African Americans in the church to get wise to the tricks Satan is playing on them. If we really want to know the truth, and to have a real life experience, no matter what color we are, we had better seek God and His righteousness. In the Holy Bible, in the book of James 1:5-8, the scripture states, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways”. Its one thing for the un-saved blacks in society to be unstable and “Tossed Like Waves” in the sea, but for the Christians, or professed Christians, this is unacceptable, no matter what color you are. The church has to set the example of being a stable minded people, a people that can pray and effect change in the world with their answered prayers. Its, (the churches) people, no matter what color they are, that cannot conduct themselves like the heathen, (un-saved), of the world. We must regard all men with respect, for God Himself is not a respect of persons. With God, all lives matter. So to you black christians that are caught up in this emotional mess, it would behoove you to seek God for wisdom about what you are doing, whether it is right, or wrong. I am sure you will find it is wrong, and you are being driven with the winds of an angry and ignorant society, and “Tossed Like Waves” in the sea of and untoward humanity. Paul The Apostle when speaking to the church of Corinth in his second epistle to them said, when enjoining them to separate themselves from evil associations, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord”. Let us, the Blacks/African Americans in the church not be “Tossed Like Waves”, but let us be still like the storms that are calmed by the presence of Jesus, and live ourlives in peace with all humanity.

 

II Corinthians 6:14-18

Our Poor Kids

Oh, “Our Poor Kids”. The kids of the  Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team, have come under the misfortune of losing their championship title Wednesday the 11th of February 2015, which they had won against the Las Vegas-based Mountain Ridge Little League team. This title allowed them to go on and play in the world championship game against South Korea, which they ultimately lost.

After reading story after story about the decision to strip the team of its title, vacate its victories, and suspend its manager, Darold Butler, and also to place the team on probation, not being able to compete in the tournament until its top leaders are replaced, I personally agree with the decision that was made. While the title was won by the kids on the field, it was the adults responsibility to make sure that the business off the field was put in order, apparently this was not done. I agree with the kids, they are true champions. The problem is with the adults in charge of putting things in order for these kids, they’re the losers. The worst part is not that they were either knowingly dishonest, or un-knowingly ignorant in how the team was put together. But now that they were caught by the League, or the league infraction has come to light, once again a racial foul is being called. I hope Mr. Victor Henderson, the attorney hired to determine the rights and wrongs of the case, will be the true voice of reason in this whole unfortunate situation.

“Our Poor Kids” deserve better. As a pastor, it is my responsibility to teach truth and integrity to all that will listen.Without doubt many of the families involved, whether they had kids playing on the team, or just involved in the support of the team, are Christians. If it is found that an infraction was done ignorantly, ( without proper knowledge of regulations), then it becomes a lesson learned for all involved. If it is found that dishonesty was involved in forming the team, then it also becomes a lesson learned, that cheaters will not prosper. The truth will come out eventually. Either way, “Our Poor Kids” deserve an apology. The un-reverend Jesse Jackson owes them an apology for once again leading them to the victim mentality. They need to know not everything unfortunate happens because of the color of their skin. Right is right, and wrong is wrong.

I realize there are inequalities in our lives, in our society. But in all things Jesus Christ becomes and is the great equalizer. We need to teach our kids that honesty and integrity produce champions. In Jesus we are not victims. We need not cheat to win, and if we make mistakes we must learn to admit to them, and be prepared to suffer the consequences. Some of these consequences may seem, as it was put in one of the articles, overly harsh. Being a true champion is in the heart.

Hebrews 13:18

COWARDS AND/OR HYP0CRITES ?

Cowards and/or Hypocrites, which is it. At the time of this post France has come under attack for its satirical look at Islam. Twelve people have been killed and scores injured. The media in the United States are trying to decide whether they will publish the images that got these poor people killed. The term, “freedom of speech” has come up of course, and grief is on display all over the world and the media. It is truly unfortunate that this has happened. In our country, the leaders of the nation are afraid  to confront Islam for what it is. What I think about Islam I will define in another post. But there seems to be no end to the restrictions and animus this country has towards true Christianity. No one seems to fear the consequences of coming against God’s elect, because we have become a nation of unbelievers. President Obama said it best when he said, and I quote, ” This is not a Christian nation”, unquote. This country is afraid of offending every nation and its leaders, but has no fear of God, and offending His elect. In case you don’t know, His people are His elect, the Christians that this nation is so quick to scoff at. So on the one hand this nation has become a nation of cowards, and on the other hand a nation of hypocrites. So I believe that answers the and/or question. The only other comment I will add to this post is, it is also a nation of reprobates. What is right in the eyes of God has become wrong to humanity, and what is wrong in the eyes of God has become right to humanity. And in this nation, don’t even mention Jesus, most people don’t want to hear about Him, let alone believe in Him. This thing that happened in France is just a part of the beginning of sorrows. As long as the cowards and hypocrites continue to defy The true and Living God and cast Jesus out of every aspect of their lives there will be no peace amongst mankind, whether you believe it or  not.

Isaiah 9:6&7

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Because We’re Black?

Everyone I know, is keeping up with the news on the Michael Ferguson case, The Bill Cosby Woes, and the financial matters that tend to follow the not so Rev. Al Sharpton. The latter of course is the one that has all eyes on what could become that worst event since the Watts Riots. And all of this, because we are black? In all of my blogs I come from a Christian stand point, while not being ignorant of the carnal word view of what is taking place in society. I understand that there is an unequal number of blacks in the prison system, our unemployment is higher than all other ethnic groups, and from what we see on national television, more young blacks are being shout down in the streets than should be allowed. Yes, Black people are tired of what’s been going on, we are frustrated with the inequalities of black life, and we feel it is time for a change. From my Christian stand point, the change came over two thousand years ago, His name is Jesus, The Christ. Instead of the black Christian community turning to God for wisdom and understanding on how to truly deal with these woes, we say we have, and continue using the same mantra, It’s because we’re black. I think the black leaders that are truly saved, have forgotten who they serve and are feeling sorry for themselves, they have forgetting that Jesus is the Great Equalizer of all oppressed people, no matter what color they are. We, because I  am a black Pastor, and am watching this pitiful spectacle take place, need to make sure we truly believe that, if God be for us, He is more than the world against us. We need to start being honest with ourselves about the spiritual deterioration of our communities and churches. We allow our young men to talk, dress, disrespect elders, and the list goes on, and then say it’s because they are angry with the white man for all the  injustices they have done to us, past present and future, we know are going the come, because we are black. Slavery, and the Civil Rights era were truly unfortunate. They left a lasting legacy that will be in history forever, even until Christ return. But now besides the memory of them, we most let them go. They are not friends and are to be put away like pictures in a book of the past. Instead, because we are black, we let them, the memories of the past, keep us bound in anger, hatred and even rage, being stoked be unfaithful and ungodly ministers with personal motives, that are not for the edifying of this nation. Besides these ministers, you have the so-called civic leaders who’ s pride will go before their destruction, and their haughty spirits before their falls. We need to spend more time loving our children, communities, churches and nation enough, and not necessary in that order, to tell them the truth. Because we are black, the filthy music, sloppy clothes, parental friendships, dropping  out of school, drugs, alcohol, unattended children, drama, and the list goes on and on, causes us to be stand outs in society. Where there is color, there is beauty. If we would allow ourselves to, We could shine. But because we are black, we have become our own worst enemies, woe is us, we’ll prove we’re somebody. We will destroy our own communities, attack innocent people, and disrespect authorities. And all of this because we are black, and this is our payback to society. I will end with this, I can expect this from unsaved and godless people, but not from the household of faith. Remember church, this is where judgment must begin, in the house of God. And this is not, “Because We’re Black”.

Acts 10: 34 & 35

Well Done!

Just recently while watching TV, I came across the movie, “Saving Private Ryan”. After having seen it in part on other occasions, I had the opportunity to see it in full this time, while on vacation in sunny southern California I might add, sweet! but I digress. I noticed something in the movie I had not before. At the very end of the movie as the now aged Private Ryan stood in a national cemetery with his family, for he had gone to visit the grave sites of those he had fought with, especially the site of the Captain that Tom Hanks had played. He reminisced on what Tom Hanks had told him as he was dying, he said, “earn this”. I took this to mean, don’t let the death of those that came to take you home be in vain. As the aged Private Ryan stood, his wife walked up to him. He turned and asked her, ” Have I done well”, and once again I took this to mean, have I lived my life in a way that is worthy of my fallen comrades? During those D-Day battles, I can only imagine the death and carnage that took place, and as graphic a movie as Saving Private Ryan was, it probably pales to what really took place. That leads me to the question I would like to ask us, ” Have we done well”? For the Christian, this life is also filled with death and carnage. Most of the tine it is in more of a spiritual manner. The warfare that takes place in the heavens, often times with the saints of God right in the middle of them, can leave fields of destruction in the physical realm. God puts it on the hearts of other Christians to pray for their brothers and sisters that  are caught up in these wars, our lives depend on those prayers. It’s like the solders that were sent out to bring Private Ryan back, the prayers go out to God to rescue and bring back saints safely. So how do we live our lives after the saints have prayed and God has come to the rescue? Have we done well? Are we living our lives so when the time comes we will hear the words form God, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord”? I pray so. We don’t want the prayers of the Saints that have gone on before us to be in vain. And ultimately lets not be any more guilty of the blood of Jesus than we already have been. Let us live our lives well.

Proverbs 3:3-4