How Many Have Truly Heard?…

I think many people have heard The Gospel or a variation of it. However, how many have truly heard it in ways they understand as it relates to them?


I ponder this as I think of both the people I have passed by or met and not shared it, or I shared it in a way they could not understand or accept it.


I sometimes get criticized by the way I dress during my casual hours, or among my friends in the Biker Community. I also get criticized by the types of music I listen to, or the places I hang out. For those that criticize they may not truly understand that the presentation of the truth is more important that wrapper in which it is delivered.
You see there are many who have heard the gospel, but hurt by the organization that presented it. Whether it was by unnecessary judgement, such as the way they look, talk, or dress. They may have been judged because of their vices, mistakes, or even being divorced. There have been people who also see Christianity as a tool for division, and yes, even war, as many wars were started or fought over both land and religion.


There is an old saying, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” I do not necessarily believe you do as the Romans, but you may certainly be more tolerated or accepted if you dress and speak more like them. Trust me in what I say that many of those turned off by the church, may know a whole lot more about the bible than those in the church. Never make the mistake of thinking otherwise. Walk alongside of them, speak in terms that are understood by them, in an empathetic, non-judgemental way. Often, all you have to do to build trust, is to be an empathetic listener, and speak in a way they understand. Jesus did this in parables.


Jesus didn’t say don’t go into the bars, or back alleys. He didn’t say don’t go to those that look, speak, or talk differently than you do. He said,


“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20


So if and what I am criticized for the way I dress, or whom I may be around, or the areas I go into or ride, I say, “I seek the follow the example of The Beautiful Outlaw in Jesus Christ.” And He never looked upon the outward appearance, he looked upon the heart.

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Somethings Make Me Cringe…

I am not going to name the “church” that make these signs and stand on street corners, but I cringe at their methods. To be honest, it angers me.


Allow me to preface that I am far from perfect. I confess I make mistakes, and fall into sin. I am thankful for a forgiving God to where I can repent, learn from my mistakes, and strive to improve. I am not making judgements, besides some ONE has that job, and I surely do not want it. However, I have never met anyone that came to a knowledge and understanding of Jesus by these abrasiveness, abusive, and basically caustic methods.


Granted, Jesus was direct at times, He even called the “religious” of that day, “Vipers”, and yes He turned over the tables of money changers in an aggressive manner at the temple, but I never read where he held up signs, screaming at people, or demonstrating a level of hate towards others living in sin. It was nearly the opposite to where he came alongside, spoke in terms they understood, and basically loved the hell out of others.


I do believe Jesus spoke with authority and confidence, but not out of hate, but that out of the love of God to be about His business. Even on the cross, suffering the ridicule, persecution, and eventually death, He said, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”


I confess when I was a new Christian and attended a certain denomination of church, I was rather aggressive, and spoke rather directly, without first being empathetic. Without first putting myself in the other person(s) shoes to understand their walk, and circumstances. I regret it. However, after I sought wisdom from digging deeper into the bible and the life of Jesus, I strived to be more like Him, not like any man made denomination. To me it is truly about a relationship with Christ, and not religion. There is so much wisdom in the way Christ lived, taught, led and served. This is the example we are to follow, and not screaming hate, beating someone up side head with a sign or a bible. It’s about loving someone to an understanding not just in words, but in actions and deeds. The way you live your life, is as loud as a message as any.


I have a friend who has a t-shirt that reads:


“Be a man, live like Jesus”


To live like he did, as well as the many examples of the apostles, to me is, being a real man. A man after God’s own heart. I have been known to re-quote this quote often by Johnny Cash,

“Being a Christian isn’t for sissies, it takes a real man to live for God, more than to live for the devil.”


It’s not easy, in fact it is tough, but it is good. To me it is what is right, sound, and it is all to be done in love. And, yes, sometimes love has to be tough, but it is never hate.


So what is love? What Jesus did on the cross He did out of love. But what does the bible define as love, well here you go:


“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”1 Corinthians 13:4-7


Unfortunately, this particular church and it’s members seem to have forgotten this verse, or how to apply it.

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Radical Alert

I have had people in & out of church say that I take my “faith too seriously.” Some have said I am kind of a “Wild Card“, or “Radical“, or “wear my faith on my sleeve.” I guess it could seem that way at times. However, I think it was “wild”, & “radical” that Jesus would suffer such a death on the cross for me.

Although I am not one to preach AT, certainly try never to judge, I am, however, someone to teach & empathetically preach truth with love. I am a believer that Christians shouldn’t separate their faith from who they are. It causes double mindedness. It’s not about being a Christian just on Sunday. It’s about a way of life every day. And your actions and deeds, can speak more profoundly than mere words.

I also think there are some things wrong with a church that prefers to please the masses, afraid to “offend” others. Those churches that prefer to be mass marketers, count numbers, financial campaigns, and driven to be more of an Entertainment Hall & Social Club, than preach and teach the Word of God, and how to apply those principals in today’s world. You cannot be double-minded as a Christian Leader, there is a hell, & there is a heaven, and Christ is the only way to God the Father.

I will continue being called whatever, & I am okay with that, as long as I am called to the Fathers House & be about His business. Besides if you are not “ruffling feathers” in a biblical sense, you are not doing something right. Jesus has been referred to as being “Wild“,’Radical”, “Rebellious”, the “Beautiful Outlaw“, so I believe I am in good company, until HE tells me otherwise. What I do, and how I live my life is unto the Lord, not mankind.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ”Colossians 3:23-24

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” – 2 Timothy 4:1-2

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“Where Did The Time Go?”

Have you ever watched a movie, committed to viewing it to the end, and later regretted it? Have you then thought that was a complete waste of 2 hrs of my life that I will never get back?

Allow me to preface something, I love movies. I am a huge “movie buff”.  I enjoy the mental entertainment of a good as well as a complex movie may provide. However, I also realize, as we all need too, that time is precious. Once it elapses, we cannot get it back, and we certainly cannot buy more time. It is priceless. Therefore may I make a recommendation as I try to implement myself. Take a few moments reading the about, look at the which actors are in them, review a few of the consumer, as well as critic, reviews. It may take 10 minutes. However, investing 10 minutes, to not lose 2 hours, is a worthy investment. Also keep in mind, as I try to, garbage in, becomes garbage out. If “you are what you eat into your body“, you may also quickly become what you put into your thoughts, and minds by what you have a tendency of making a habit of viewing.

Don’t believe me? You don’t have too, but it still doesn’t make me proven wrong. I know a bit about the subject, being involved and certified in mental health improvement. Look at what the 24/7 news media is doing and tending to make many Americans feel, possibly think, and believe.

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7 Signs That It May Be Time…

I have regularly attended and served in church for many years now. I adore being in community with others of faith. It is also biblical to gather, learn, worship, serve, grow and go out to share it. However, there is no perfect church, as there is no perfect person. So does that mean you continue at a church when you realize it is broken? Or that the message is not sound, or biblical? Do you continue to give of your time, talents and treasure realizing that your Holy Spirit is convicting you to speak up about it, or change it? Of course not. Allow me to share these 7 signs it may be time to respectfully address it, proactively change it, or move on.

1.) If your church spends more time and money trying to entertain you and become more of a Social Club than a biblical sound teaching and leading church, that’s most likely a problem.

2.) If your church invests a majority of it’s messages being critical or making fun of other denominations, church’s, Christians, or those in our out of church, that’s most likely a problem.

3.) If your church prefers to mass market & advertise what they do for their city, the country, others countries; while they have members or regular attendees unable to afford necessities, or sobbing alone in the corner from adversities, that’s most likely a problem.

4.) If your church says to you that they do not want you at, in or be involved at their church if you are not committed to tithing or going above tithing, that is most likely a problem.

5.) If leadership cannot accept constructive criticism by wise members of their congregation, or regular attendees, and seem to become quickly defensive, or retaliate in words, or actions, then that’s most likely a problem.

6.) If your children, who normally love and have been nearly raised in church, begin to feel uneasy, not even wanting to attend your church’s children’s church, then that’s most likely a problem.

7.) If chronic gossip, back biting, or unmerited / unnecessary favoritism is occurring, or regularly acceptable, especially by leadership, then something is very broken, and that’s a problem.

If this post is making you uncomfortable, maybe “cringe, or you are experiencing most of these rather often, then its most likely time to respectfully address it, proactively change it, or expeditiously move on.

If you would like to read bible references to any of these, please feel encouraged to Ping me.

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“This map isn’t about COVID. This displays human trafficking across the U.S”

Human Trafficking Map

“Nope. This map isn’t about COVID. This displays human trafficking across the U.S. IT IS SHOWS YOU VISUALLY WHERE HUMAN BEINGS – INCLUDING YOUNG CHILDREN AND EVEN TODDLERS – ARE BEING ABUSED, EXPLOITED, ENSLAVED, TORTURED AND KILLED!! Note that the red means those areas that are very active! And these are just the ones that we know of!

If we think this is not happening in our backyards, we are mistaken. If we turn our heads because it’s too uncomfortable, then we are part of the problem. Let’s stop pretending this isn’t happening because we can’t comprehend it! That is not going to be part of the solution!

Something so destructive to human lives deserves national attention. I wonder if we started actively reporting the number of children that are going missing everyday — like COVID cases — would more people start paying attention? Why isn’t the media talking about human trafficking? Why aren’t influencers and celebrities speaking out on behalf of our children? Why aren’t we asking why they are staying silent?

We keep hearing what is for the “greater good” and it makes me question who we are overlooking? Who is part of this “greater good”? What about people who are unsafe – physically and otherwise – in their homes? What about the children hunkered down to be “safe” who are now at the whim of they abusers 24/7?! Who are now being sold online because they won’t be going to school in the fall and now they will be “put to work”? Did you know that Covid has increased the number of exploited children online by 30%?!!! 30%!!! You do the math. If 2 Million children are trafficked each year and now there is a 30% increase in the sale of children online, that is approximately 600,000 MORE children who can be purchased by the click of a mouse.

Where are all the children?!! Why is no one talking about this?!! Why? Because it isn’t the boogie man that is stealing, selling and trafficking these children. It isn’t the movie kidnapping type stuff. It is happening all around us, in people’s families, in middle schools and in your neighborhood and when you understand the typical “buyer’s” profile, you will know why we aren’t hearing about it.

Educate yourself about this vile industry at polarisproject.org and ourrescue.org

Help by spreading awareness. Help by understanding this is a $100++ Billion dollar industry and the U.S. is the #1 producer and CONSUMER of CHILD PORNOGRAPHY!! Yes, that is porn with CHILDREN in it!!!!!

Wake up and help!!!

If you want to hear how you can get involved, contact me. If you want to know where to start, here are some ideas:

1. Text 515-55 “HELPTHEM” and complete Operation Underground Railroad’s 10 Day Challenge to gear up for World Day on July 30th against Trafficking.

2. Go to www.ourrescue.org and purchase an official “Rise Up” tee and wear it proudly with me on July 30th!

3. Become an abolitionist through Operation Underground Railroad by joining a tribe of 10,000 and growing people who are donating as little as $5/month to help make a difference in this fight. Go to www.ourrescue.org/abolitionist-club to learn more and help.

4. Get loud and join the fight against human slavery. No one should ever have to live a life of fear or cruelty. Help spread awareness!”

~ Christa Hughes

 

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Editorial Opinion…

I am proud to be an American and feel that I am incredibly blessed to be a citizen of this wonderful country, the land of the Free because of the Brave. I am an avid fan and support of our great Constitution which includes my 2nd Amendment Rights. I am relatively a conservative, however I do not categorize myself to one political party or the other. I am pro-life, and believe All Lives Matter which includes those that begin at conception. I am a fan of Free Enterprise, Ethical Capitalism and Constitutional Government. Which includes peaceful protests, not riots, damage of property, and violence upon the innocent. I am pro Small Business and believe it to be the backbone of America.
 
I do not believe anyone, owes any one, anything, except that of an employer to an employee for a hard day’s work and that of a parent to nurture, provide, & raise their children into responsible, God fearing, civilized, and mature adults. You cannot control who your parents are, where you were born, nor your ethnicity. However, you can control how you play the cards your dealt, and what you do with each gift of each new day. Once you are an adult, you are responsible for you, your actions, your time , and how you decide to invest, or waste it.
 
Although I do not feel worthy to be called a Christian, I believe in the One God of the Bible & confess Jesus Christ as my Savior. I am humbled, and so thankful HE thought I was worth it. Therefore I strive to chase Him, to Whom I call the “Beautiful Outlaw”. I read the Word & Pray every day for my country, family, & friends. I may turn my cheek once, but I leave second chances, or more up to God as I am no door mat, punching bag, & have no time or patience for toxic people or toxic relationships. Abusing someone physically, mentally or emotionally is all abuse and should not have to be tolerated, nor accepted.
 
I love my children more than words may express. It is the first part of my personal Purpose Statement, “To pour as much love and wisdom into my children as possible…” I will protect my children and family with all my skills, ability, and everything at my disposal with extreme prejudice. They are also taught & trained likewise. I also believe you respect not just your elders, but your parents whom helped give you life, and you make sure to be there to help them as they age beyond their golden years.
 
If I say I am going to do something, I do it. If I say I am going to be somewhere, I will be there. Chronic tardiness simply shows a disrespect not only for the other person’s time, but your time, and the testimony of your own character.
 
If I call you friend, I mean it. If I call you Brother (or Sister), it means you have earned my highest respect. If I tell you “I love you” I mean it. I never take those three words lightly. If I call you a combination of all the above, then there is just about nothing I wouldn’t do, within reason, to help you. Trust me when I state this, I take care of those who take care of me. It is not about a certain amount of friends, it’s about friends you can be certain of.
 
The importance of respect, (respect of wise elders and those in just authority), honor, integrity was taught to me at a young age, and I began teaching it’s importance and valor to my children at a young age. A person is only as good as his word, and it is something that cannot be taken from a person, unless that person, themselves lose it by their own actions and words. Similarly, although I try to use wisdom and empathy, if you do not want my honest opinion, or to hear the truth, then simply do not ask me my opinion or what I believe or know to be the truth.
 
I am also not easily swayed, nor led astray. Education, experiences, and the ability to learn expeditiously, as well as a few decades of life has also taught me a few lessons. I am not easily deceived, nor manipulated. I strive to verify, validate, and re-verify things, words, and circumstances. No one speaks for me, especially over paid athletes (who should just play the game when it is on my dime) and celebrities, I can certainly speak for myself, and will when necessary or Called.
 
No, I do not believe the COVID19 is some sort of “hoax” or “conspiracy”. I believe it is serious and taking lives. Think logically folks, all suffer in a Pandemic and shutting down counties, cities, states, and entire country. Every political power, small to enterprise corporation, and those involved in crime, all suffer revenue losses on large scales. However, I do believe the media, and possibly a political power, has blown it more out of proportion, and twisted the facts a bit to get subscriber, sell advertisements, or instill fear. I have grown a disdain for most cable/online news channels due to their inaccuracy and talking heads rambling winged & biased opinions. I rely on what I have researched and validated to be the most reliable. Want to know of them, then ask me.
 
No, I do not believe wearing a mask is taking away my rights, or some sort of “conspiracy”. If it may lessen the spread a minuscule, what is the big deal? I will wear a mask in public until a better solution or combination of solutions are provided. No matter if that solution may be or seem minor. Why is washing your hands often an issue? You should already be practicing good hygiene like this, just turn it up a bit. Stay 6 or more feet from people, for the interim. It’s not going to be forever. If you have symptoms, stay home, if they mirror COVID19, be wise and smart, and go get tested. Folks, at least for right now, this is simply called “adulting” in my opinion. Do not most of us have other more important things or activities to focus our priceless time upon than making a mountain out of a mole hill, screaming conspiracy theories, or get involved in un-productive, unedifying arguments or keyboard tirades to the point of physical violence?
 
I am a proud unapologetic American born as a caucasian with Irish and Cherokee descent. I stand to honor the USA flag, kneel at the cross, and will continue to vote for Constitutional Government.
 
If you do not like what I just wrote and posted or disagree with me. Well that’s your choice, your right, and well, your opinion. I simply shared mine. If it offends you and your face feels as though it may be burning up or your head may explode, relax “francis”. Maybe take a chill pill, visit your therapist, and take an inventory of your own life, logic, and priorities, Or you may simply scroll on by, or move on by, unfriend me, and I shall wish you the best.
 
Now I have to get back to loving my children, trying to earn something to provide for them and I, and embracing each moment of the gift of life that God has given me with purpose and passion.
 
Shalom!
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“Should Christians be trained for battle?”

I started training in Karate around the age of 13. I am also an avid advocate of our 2nd Amendment Rights. I made a profession of faith when I was around 15. I understood and applied Christian surrender in my early 20s and I remember a man that was active in our church at the time, get up and share in our Young Married’s Group how Karate was evil and we as Christians should not support or train in such violence. I happened to be serving in another ministry during that hour. However, I got some feedback shared with me by others.

I do not claim to know it all, and surely would never claim to. I strive to learn more, grow, and listen to other perspectives. However, as I have shared in the past, nothing tends to frustrate me more than arrogant ignorance. Now what I am about to share and post you may not agree with. That is okay, we can agree to disagree with grace & humility.

First of all, I am an advocate of any training that helps you enhance your physical, and mental health, as well as defend and protect yourself, and others. Whether it be the Martial Arts, Boxing, or how to shoot guns, and handle other weapons. It is not wicked nor evil to do so. It does not mean you believe or adhere to another faith. Most, I hope, are smart enough to determine the difference.

Secondly, the bible is full of very dangerous violent men of God who were trained to destroy, kill, and eradicate. A helpless man is not a good man, a good man is a very dangerous man who has it voluntarily under control.

Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;” — Psalm 144:1

He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” — Luke 22:26

In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” — John 2:14–15

When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.” — Nehemiah 4:14

“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” — 1 Timothy 5:8

“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe” — Luke 11:21

“And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” — Genesis 9:5–6

Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a warrior.” — Joel 3:10

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” Matthew 11:12

Later in that same church I began teaching Karate classes to some of the youth and young adults. I also took some of the older teenagers and adults in that same church hunting and to the shooting range. The thing is meekness doesn’t mean weakness. Being a person of faith doesn’t mean you are to be a door mat. As for me an my house, we will serve the Lord, and I will defend my house, and loved ones with all my ability, scope of influence, and within my disposal.

There is a saying I seen that I kind of like:

HOLY enough to pray for you, HOOD enough to swing on you.”

Meaning we strive to be men of God, and will love, pray, minister, serve…, but make no mistake, we will defend ourselves and our loved ones aggressively, swiftly if necessary.

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” — 1 Corinthians 16:13

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“Skulls are kind of scary…”

Some, if not many, in average society may relate the image of a skull to death or something evil. Some years ago, that may have been my typical thoughts as well.

So my son the other day shared that he didn’t understand the preference to skulls by some people, or groups. He thought them to be “kind of scary” from his perspective. This ended up being a great opportunity for a teaching and learning moment. So I began to share the history of skull images, what it means by different cultures, countries, groups, as well as the biker community.

Such as, by some, it was to actually ward off evil and/or evil spirits as the gargoyles or lion images we see on some buildings or gables. To some it means that we as human beings are all the same underneath our outward appearance, what we wear, ethnic background, etc… and that we will all return to death. In another culture it is to honor those that passed and their ancestors like you may typically see in what are called Sugar Skulls or skeletons. In another culture it is to demonstrate a statement of being different, unique and not of a mundane society expectations, and yes to instill fear to ward off others. While in others it may be an expression of their art, culture, and they are dedicated to their passions unto death such as riding motorcycles and/or for the brotherhood they built. Then again with others it may be a representation of their strong patriotism to defend their country, their loved ones to the death. While some the skull may be a representation of their deep faith, and commitment unto death as they have died to the ways of the flesh, and are new creatures, that the life they live now is of Christ.

I reminded my son of the skull ring I wear that has Galatians 2:20 engraved on it in which I purchased to support the organization “Hope Over Heroin” that the life I lived before my surrender to my faith is the old self, that I strive to die to that, and the life I live now is to chase the “Beautiful Outlaw” in Jesus Christ. To live, love, serve and lead more like Him. The Biker Skull Shirts, or “Lazarus Skull” my son sees me wear in support of a Christian MC is a representation similar, but they call that skull, Lazarus. After Lazarus of the bible that was raised by the dead by Jesus Christ.

My son soon connected the dots of all I was sharing with him, and said “yes, that is when Jesus wept. The shortest verse in the bible with one of the most profound meanings.” I smiled in pride not realizing how my son, as well as his sister, are rather observant, listen, and take in much. So the next time you see people wearing attire, jewelry, or adorning tattoos with skulls, it may not mean what you may think or assume. Maybe next time, just ask them what the skull means to them. You may find it not only surprising, but rather intriguing, informative, and profound.

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…wisdom, love, compassion, facts, empathy…

People have asked me why I have not personally voiced my opinion much on the matter of what is occurring in our country that has many ardently and expeditiously typing out opinions onto social media since I am nearly always connected, a Digital Marketer, and Writer. First of all, why do I need to react, and if I do feel it deserves a reaction, I much more prefer to do so with facts, not fiction, with love, and not in haste, certainly not in angry or resemblance of hate.
I also am not a doctor, certainly not a disease expert. I do not claim to be a theologian, and I am not a pastor of any church. Neither am I a lawyer, a politician, or a government official of any sort.
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I have, however, discovered who I am, what I am about, and to Whom I serve long ago which bestowed upon me a Mission/Purpose Statement which is, “To pour as much love and wisdom into my children as possible, and make a positive impact in the lives of others for the Cause of Christ. This I strive to do in what I say, how I say it, whether in written form, or verbally. Have I failed a bit, yes, but I strive to learn from those failures and not repeat mistakes.
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I am not trying to be perceived as “self-righteous”, nor “churchy”. I have actual been hurt, and deceived by as many people “in-church” as people “out of church”, maybe even more. Besides, going to a church, or saying you are a Christian, does not make you one. It’s about a relationship with the Creator, and how you live your life every day of the week, not just on Sunday. I believe the church was never meant to be a museum for saints, artifacts, statues, fancy sound equipment, large band, laser show, and pyro-technics.  It was meant to be a hospital for sinners, a gathering place for the broken who know they are in need of a savior, to heal, to repent, to mend, to learn, to worship, to grow, enjoy community, to get equipped and go out, so they too can show and share the hope in Jesus to a broken world.
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I am also not brain washed, certainly not delusional in my beliefs and faith. I am neither ignorant, uneducated, nor of low intelligence. If you know me, my walk, my testimony and the miracles I have witnessed, up close and personal, then you will understand why and how I have the faith that I have, write and share as the way I do. If you know me, you also know that I am not easily persuaded, nor led astray, nor listen to something or someone and take it immediately as fact. I research, verify, validate, and re-verify. To know me, is to know that I am not a blind sheep. I do not follow a church, a movement, a human being, I strive to follow Jesus.
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Do I have an opinion? Yes of course I do. Am I perplexed, as well as saddened, over what is, and has been occurring in the USA, as well as the world? Of course I am. Do I think I should get on some bandwagon, shout un-verified, un-validated rhetoric, chase a movement that leads to personal, material, or societal destruction? No I do not.
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I prefer to apply wisdom, display love, demonstrate compassion, recite facts, in a more empathetic way.
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I realize the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) may have been an overused “Christianese” statement, however it is as profound the day it was coined, as it is today. Truly, what would Jesus do? Want to know? Well maybe it is time to re-read the four Gospels, apply the wisdom of the letters of Paul to the churches, and apply the principles in the book of James or Hebrews. For those “in-church”, “out of church”, as well as those leading churches.  It’s all available as quickly as you can take to your keyboards, whether online, via app, or on your book shelf, or night stand.
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Whether we have enough wisdom to recognize it or not, we all serve someone or something. If you have faith as it is in the bible, as a believer, we strive to serve the Lord. If you do not have that type of faith or belief, then you may be serving yourself, or possibly an idol such as money, success, position, or power. Maybe a different God all together?  Regardless, you will have to choose to Whom or what do you truly serve.  We can point fingers, extend blame, make up excuses, give into the rhetoric, react in haste or anger,  join a bandwagon of perceptions.  Or we can truly be and live out the change we want to see in the world.
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I prefer to be the change in the world, and as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15). What do you prefer? How do you prefer to say it? Do it? Demonstrate it? Live it?
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I am a fan of profound quotes from wise people that I respect. Below is a really good one that is rather applicable as it was then as it is and should be today.
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