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There were good times, now bad times

Posted in God, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2009 by rylanreed

This is a little excerpt from Coach Dave Daubenmire on April 13, 2006 with NewsWithViews.com.  It talks about the good times three years back and how wrong things were actually going.

Nothing seemed beyond the reach of American ingenuity. By all appearances God’s blessings were abundantly visible. The Greatest Generation lived in a nation where Christ was honored. He was at the center of schools, the foundation in our homes, and the pillar of our government. But in their desire to do bigger things, they forgot to do better things. They traded their spiritual inheritance for a pot of stew.  They didn’t mind the store.

Somewhere, in the desire to conquer outer-space, the Greatest Generation lost control of America’s inner-space. Working to increase their wealth, they lost their values. They cleaned up the environment but polluted America’s soul. They transferred their prosperity to their children, but not their Faith. They stood silently by as Christ was removed from this nation.  Yes, my friends, they spent the inheritance.

Let’s be gut honest here, folks. There is no liberty in America anymore. Government has become the over-reaching tyrant that our Founders warned us about.  Christ, the only firm foundation, was strip-mined from America. Outwardly the ground looked the same, but underneath, out of sight, a new support system was in place, and America was slowly sinking into the swamp. The spirit of the world replaced the Spirit of the Lord. When the authority of government overthrew the authority of Christ, America lost her way.

I guess no one listened to him and took to heart what was needed to get done, cause now we are where we placed ourselves, in a hole and what looks like a pretty long way out. Read all of what he has to say, cause it’s worth it.

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He’s our Father

Posted in God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2009 by rylanreed

What does it mean to be a good father?  Taking care of his family, loving his family, providing for his family, directing his family in the way they need to live.  When most people think of what a father should be, it usually isn’t the last one on the list or anything spiritual.  Usually it is all about the father providing, in wealth, for the family and making money the priority, not specifically his family.

You get one of three kinds of fathers in this day in age, excluding a spiritual family, and even then these could be the same kinds found in those households too.  The first would be nonexistent. This is when the husband would always focus on work and wanting to get more on the next paycheck, that he would totally forget the different things that were going on with his family back home, or if he was at home, totally not be there mentally and thinking about other things.

The second kind would be the father that verbally or physically abuses his family in some sort of way that would make them be more obedient.  This could be putting a kid down for not playing at his perfection or using force to move someone to do something for him.

The third father would be the “not at all father.”  He got mom pregnant, but is not around at all and only pays mom when the court makes him.  All three of these examples are not sounding too much like a good thing, but there is one kind of a father that has his priorities straight and that is God.

God the father is calling all of us to be His children through the blood sacrifice and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   Its says in Galatians 4:3-7 “In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of women, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father!’ 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”

Paul uses verse three as an explanation for who we were when we were born, and then in verse 4 he’s not saying that Jesus came because we were born, but that He came in God’s right time for all who will be chose to find grace in the cross.  It’s really having nothing to do with our birth or the like.

For those that are called into His kingdom, the one’s that God chose before the hand of time, He calls us His children and we have every right to see Him as our Perfect Father and come to Him in any kind of situation and He will be there for us.  Here is a little excerpt from a friend of mine…

One thing that I had to face myself before I could even begin moving in that direction was a more intimate relationship with the Father (because we find our identity in Him specifically). Many of us view the Father as strict and distant even if we find it easy to relate to Jesus of the Holy Spirit. This is often because we project our view of our earthly father onto God the Father. Jesus came to restore us to the Father. Have the courage(cause I know that it takes some) to go to Jesus in prayer and ask Him to lead you to the gentle and loving Father whom wants us to call Him “Abba” or “Daddy”. It’s the start of something great!
– André Baladi

What’s the Point

Posted in Culture, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by rylanreed

This was passed through a couple of emails and I thought it would be good to share with anyone that would like to read it. It’s a good way to look at life…

Regardless of where you are spiritually in your life, the following is inspirational.

You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having ‘wealth’ from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren,
‘Purpose Driven Life ‘ author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California.

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:
People ask me, What is the purpose of life?
And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.
One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body– but not the end of me.
I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act – the dress rehearsal.. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.
We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.
Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one.
The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.
We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.
I used to think that life was hills and valleys – you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don’t believe that anymore.
Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.
And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for..
You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems:
If you focus on your problems, you’re going into self-centeredness, which is my problem, my issues, my pain.’ But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.
We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her- It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.
You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.
Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.
It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don’t think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease..
So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.
First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit.. We made no major purchases.
Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.
Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.
Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.
We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?
Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God’s purposes (for my life)?
When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn’t put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He’s more interested in what I am than what I do.
That’s why we’re called human beings, not human doings.
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.