EVERY hero of the Bible

EVERY hero of the Bible, old and new testament, went through tremendous struggle. Their stories always identify with us. It is through those struggles their faith truly came alive. Just because we live over 2000 years from their lifetime, in a modern age does not mean the principle has changed. If we want God to use us in full capacity, we must go through brokenness in order to produce the faith to move mountains and restore His people. So be glad during the struggle that God cares enough for you to give you your heart’s desire to serve Him and His people.

You are blessed and it is in His blessing that you struggle. It’s a Biblical principal which we are unworthy of, but He calls us anyway.

The struggle always needs to lead us to Jesus in order for the principle to serve it’s purpose.

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New Year 2017 (Repost)

Good morning friends and family. This is the start of a new year. Many of us seem to have had a dark and disconnected 2016. Good things are in store for 2017, but we have to do our part. Today resolve to put your faith, hope & love in the right things – the eternal. We must have an eternal perspective or we will wash away in sin and despair. Let the world do it’s thing and we choose to live with God in our hearts, following Him, laying down our life for Him and our brothers and sisters. Choosing what is right, noble and honorable. Turning away from our destructive, unhealthy self-focus. All we need to do is make the decision to do this today. Then tomorrow, make the decision again. Just one day at a time. You deserve a good life, but you have to choose it and move forward in it. Be excellent to one another and yourself!

NOTE: Obviously this was written at the beginning of the year, but the principle works all year round.  Keep it real!

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Book Notes & Quotes: G. K. Chesterton “Orthodoxy”

G.K. Chesterton inspired C.S. Lewis. I was first introduced to Chesterton’s work through a friend of mine a number of years ago when I owned a used bookshop. We had a reading club focused on the writings of The Inklings (CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Dorthy L Sayers, etc.). We never really got to Chesterton’s work but my good friend Professor Jerry Bradford of Misericordia University and leader of the book club; who is in my opinion one of the most knowledgeable persons I have meet on literature written by these gifted storytellers, highly suggested further reading of Chesterton’s collections. Now many years later I am finally finding the place to begin to read his works. By Dr. Bradford’s recommendation I will start with this non-fiction piece called “Orthodoxy”. If you haven’t read this book I encourage you to. If you have read it and/or want to discuss the quotes, feel free to comment. Just keep it positive. I will be adding notes & quotes as I continue to read.


All quotes come from C. K. Chesterton’s book “Orthodoxy” first published in 1908. The copy I hold is the published from the 1934 reprint from Great Brittin by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, London and Beccles
A PDF version is available free at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/130 as well as many of his books.


“Complete self-confidence is not merely a sin; complete self-confidence is a weakness.” pg 5 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. I am not, as will be seen, in any sense attacking logic: I only say that this danger does lie in logic, not in imagination.” pg 7 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain. The poet only desires exaltation and expansion, a world to stretch himself in. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits.” pg 8 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“Their attitude is really this: that the man must stop thinking, if he is to go on living. Their counsel is one of intellectual amputation. If thy head offend thee, cut it off; for it is better, not merely to enter the Kingdom of Heaven as a child, but to enter it as an imbecile, rather than with your whole intellect to be cast into hell…” pg 12 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“The sane man knows that he has a touch of the beast, a touch of the devil, a touch of the saint, a touch of the citizen. Nay, the really sane man knows that he has a touch of the madman. But the materialist’s world is quite simple and solid, just as the madman is quite sure he is sane. The materialist is sure that history has been simply and solely a chain of causation, just as the interesting person before mentioned is quite sure that he is simply and solely a chicken. Materialists and madmen never have doubts.” pg 14 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“Mysticism keeps men sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; When you destroy mystery you create morbidity.” pg 17 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“Buddhism is centripetal, but Christianity is centrifugal: it breaks out. For the circle is perfect and infinite in its nature; but it is fixed for ever in its size; it can never be larger or smaller. But the cross, though it has as its heart a collission and a contradiction, can extend its four arms for ever without ever altering its shape. Because it has a paradox in its centre it can grow without changing. The circle returns upon itself and is bound. The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travellers.” pg 18 Chapter II “The Maniac”

May These Holy Days Fill Us with Strength, Not Guilt…

When our cross (our struggle, what we have to deal with) is all we can bare, remember we aren’t the only one in the struggle. Jesus has taken the cross before and walks with us in ours, as a source of strength. Receive that strength today as we focus on His passion. Remember like Him, we will have a resurrection and He will walk with us through that as well. Always in the victory and the struggle, He is there to strengthen if we are willing to allow Him. The key to survival is being willing and putting our focus on Him instead of the struggle, like He focused on the Father during His.

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Job’s Prayer

“Job answered God:

“I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything.
Nothing and no one can upset your plans.
You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water,
ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’
I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me,
made small talk about wonders way over my head.
You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking.
Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’
I admit I once lived by rumors of you;
now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears!
I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise!
I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.”

– Job 42:1-6 (MSG)

This is Job’s prayer after all the trouble he went through. I hope I am brave enough to keep this prayer close to my heart, “Regardless of where life leads me”. God, I will follow You. I will trust You. I will submit to You. I will give You my all.”

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Armor of God: Shield of Faith

“With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
– Ephesians 6:16 (NRSV)

Faith is the ability to trust that everything is going to be OK. We are going to survive. Nothing evil will overtake us because we trust that God has us in the palm of His hand. This does not mean we won’t be attacked, bad things won’t happen to us or some days we just won’t have things we feel we need. To have faith means we know God will walk us through those times, providing for our needs, caring for us, protecting us. During those times He will restore us and draw us to Him. We have faith to believe He is- or as the Old Testament calls God “I AM”. I AM is the the all sufficient.

The Shield of Faith is used both as a protective and combative instrument. Faith protects us. As the world ruthlessly spreads it’s lack of compassion, it’s foulness and it’s self-centered ideologies; we have a weapon called Faith. Faith leads us to know God is in control no matter what happens. Faith believes, hopes and loves regardless of the situation. It empowers us to be men and women of God no matter how much stress and difficulty we are going through. We can choose how we are going to respond through the power of faith.

I often envision myself in a round camping pop tent. Inside the tent with me is brother Jesus. The storm is raging outside. The enemy is shooting flaming arrows. The war is going on in the worst weather conditions, but I am protected by this tent. Everything is bouncing off the outside of this tent. Believe me I am frightened, but I am protected. This tent is Faith. But it’s not my faith really, it’s the faith of Jesus who is in the tent with me. I don’t have that kind of faith to believe everything will be OK, but He does.

Faith is the tool we have access to in order to manage life and get through the hard times. As with all the Armor of God, it is His faith that we live under. Our faith to believe is not much, but if we combine with His faith, then we can not only survive the storm but we can move mountains in the middle of it.

Faith restores us regardless of how broken we are, or from where brokenness originated- the world, natural disaster, from the enemy’s attacks, the attacks of another person or our own flesh and sin. Faith will give us the strength to recover from sin and truly repent of our actions. It keeps us from returning to sin. I pray all those who trust in our Father will experience true God inspired, God breathed faith.

“Father grant us your faith – the faith to truly believe you love us and you will always be with us no matter what we go through. Help us to know in our heart of hearts that we will be ok, even in the darkest trials. We want Your faith God. Thank you. In Jesus’ name.”

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The Pain and the Blame

Every time there is pain in my life
I am so willing to place the blame on You
I know the things which happen
Are the product of choices we make

Things we do to ourselves
Things we do to others
Things others do to us

But I am first to admit when they happen
I turn it around and blame You
I am wise enough to know it’s not Your fault
Yet the pain creates the blame

Why didn’t You protect me
Why didn’t You save me
Why did You let this happen to me
Why won’t You take this suffering away

But You did take the pain and released it
You did take my trial and saved me
Although it happened, You walked by my side
You are there to comfort me`
As long as I don’t let the pain create the blame
Because then I run

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