• The Narrow Gate – An Encouraging Word for Christians

    The Narrow Gate – An Encouraging Word for Christians

    “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Matthew 7:13   This passage of scripture in Matthew comes from the sermon on the mount. Jesus felt it was important to mention both of these gates, but put more emphasis on the broad gate that leads to destruction. Why? Because it’s quite easier to get through that gate. Think about the city, walled off by stone and there is a narrow gate clear down at the end and then there is a big expanse gate nearby… which would you be drawn to naturally? The one that’s larger and more accessible. I picked this scripture because it has been pressed upon my mind over the last week or so more than ever. Each time I see a supporter of things that oppose God, such as gay marriage, I think back on this scripture when I get that feeling like I need to right the wrongs in the world. There was a time in my life in which I was overly concerned and worried about all the people that were going by the way side and were incorrect in their beliefs. I felt, at the time, it was my duty to “fix” their thinking. I look back now and laugh a little at the thought I used to think I had any part in all this. God calls people to the faith and they accept or reject that call. Our job, as Christians, is to provide people with the truth by example and by His word. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 God’s word is alive and all we need to do is share it and live it with others. We don’t need to insult, degrade or belittle those of opposing viewpoints, BUT that doesn’t mean we cannot stand for the truth of God. The scriptures warn against denying Jesus (not standing for him). But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:33 While remaining silent might not be “denying” Jesus directly, you are denying Him by not taking a stand for His truth.Read more…

  • Filthy Rags

    Filthy Rags

      First off, welcome new readers! We seemed to have a boost in readers recently and I want to give you a special thank you for reading. Today we are going to dive into the topic of works and righteousness we have as Christians. I’ll give you a hint – we don’t have any outside of Jesus. Let’s dive in and look at Isaiah. All of us have become like one who is unclean,     and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf,     and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Isaiah 64:6 Everything we do in this life is like a filthy rag. Sure, we might do some good things and even be useful for God’s will, but at the end of the day we all still need a Savior. Jesus was our ultimate sacrifice and it is through his blood alone we have righteousness and the ability to have a relationship with our creator. Our sin is our bondage and Jesus is our salvation from that sin. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23 Not a few, not a lot, not some… but all. That means even us Christians are just a bunch of sinners. There is no difference between the pastor of a church and the homeless bum on the corner who’s a drug addict. Once you have Christ, you have salvation and inherit that righteousness found only in Him. The bum will need to repent and turn away from his life of sin, but he is of zero difference in comparison to the pastor when it comes to the glory of God. Both have fallen short. Salvation does not come by works, it comes by the grace of God and is a gift. There’s nothing you can do to be saved outside of accepting Jesus. And once our name is written in the book of life, it cannot be removed. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. Revelation 3:5 Why bring up these points? Because it’s important to know the truth that God’s word brings to light. With a world full of ideas, beliefs, cults and new age information, it’s good to keep a firm understanding of what is right.Read more…

  • Standing For What Is Right and Overcoming The World

    Standing For What Is Right and Overcoming The World

    If you are part of my mailing list, you might have seen the email that went out about the “Behind the Story.” It’s an inside look behind what actually goes on in the book writing process. In continued efforts to give my exposure to my actual life that goes on beyond the writing, I decided to start blogging about it. I’ll randomly update you on the happenings going on around the house when I see fit and have a message tied into it so it’s of some value to you. If you enjoy reading these posts, be sure to let me know. It’s always a joy to hear from readers. God has blessed me without measure! My life, is simply amazing. It’s not because it is easy or without obstacle, it’s because I serve an amazing God that I rely on daily. I married my best friend, Crystal, and we’ve been married for over four years now. Oh, and if you don’t know already T.K. is not my real name, my name is Benjamin. She’s amazing and I thank God daily for her being in my life. We (up until early April, more on that in a moment) live with my step daughter Emma. She comes from Crystal’s previous marriage. In early April we took on two additional children. These two young boys come from a family member that has fallen into a bad spot in life. While I won’t go into details about the situation, I will let you know one boy is two years old in June and the other is three years old in June. These children come from a broken home. After becoming homeless, the said family member came to us and said she had nowhere for her children to live, and resulted in us taking them into our home. While we love these boys dearly, it has been a challenge. Without any sense of authority, discipline or stability; it’s been through the power of God that my wife and I have maintained our sanity through the process. Every day that passes we see more improvement in both the boys and they are truly a blessing in our lives. At the end of May, we will be having the custody hearing to receive guardianship over the children until their mother is able to provide for them.Read more…

  • Family – The One Head Household Series Part 2 – Whoever spares the rod hates their children

    Family – The One Head Household Series Part 2 – Whoever spares the rod hates their children

    In continuation of the “One Head Household Series” (which was located at the old blog you can check out here.) in which we focus on the family. Today we will dive into the relationship dynamics between children and their parents. As you might recall we discussed previously in Part 1: Husbands and Wives we discussed the roles of women and men inside of a marriage.The title of today’s post might be alarming to some, but to others it has been a family tradition handed down from generation to generation. And while the Bible does speak of “rods,” the term is used as a metaphor in the bible (IMO) in which we are to correct our children’s misbehavior. While many in today’s day and age have distorted and perverted the ways of spanking to be a barbaric and old fashioned way of doing things, I have found it most useful and will continue the way of discipline for the younger children of the family. Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.  Proverbs 13:24 (NIV) This verse goes well beyond a simple smack of a spoon on the backside of a young rebellious child. It reaches from the early years of being a toddler up until their out of the house. A child needs, craves and requires boundaries in order to safely make their way through life. An example would be: imagine crossing a bridge with nothing to hold onto on either side. No railing, no support… and no boundary. You would be terrified, and depending on how far down the drop was, you might not even attempt it. Now give that bridge boundaries, railings, support. You’ll be a lot more comfortable crossing that bridge. Heck, you might even enjoy it! That bridge is life, and those railings are your parent boundaries in action. Sure, all of your children will grow up and move out into the real world and there is little you can do at that point… but when you pillow your head at night and reflect on the day, you know how you parented those children. Are parents perfect? No, never. But there are God given instructions to mothers and fathers in the upbringing of their children. Correcting the bad behavior is the first one. The second one is not exasperating them.Read more…