Nailed It!

Sub-title: The Cross of Christ –

focal verse “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:14 KJV.

In the early 1800s a small dog was frantically running and barking along a backwoods Kentucky road. It attracted someone’s attention who followed the dog to an old cave. A landslide had trapped the dogs young master inside the cave where he was slowly smothering. The young boy was rescued in time because of his little dogs run for help. The boy was Abe Lincoln, and that little dog made the difference in his life, and possibly the difference in the destiny of this nation.

Likewise the cross makes the difference in our lives. The difference between light and darkness; good and evil; victory and defeat; heaven and hell. Everything hinges on a person‘s relationship to Christ work on the cross.

As for the Apostle Paul said, “God for bid that I should glory save in the cross of Jesus Christ “(Galatians 6:15)

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 KJV

“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20 KJV


“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:14 KJV.

My sins will not get in the way of reaching heaven. Why? Because I’ve been redeemed!

a. Blotted out my sin. 14a

b. Banished away my sin. 14b

c. Bolted down my sin debt. 14c!


Colossians 1:20-22

a. I was a foreigner – Now I’m a Citizen.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, Ephesians 2:19 NASB

The truth of the matter is I’m headed home. I’ll use my bible for a roadmap for my last stop is Heaven some sweet day!

🎶This world is not my home….

b. I was an enemy – Now I’m a Friend. Romans 5:10, 2 Corinthians 5:19

🎶Oh What a Friend we have in Jesus

Romans 5:10 NASB

2 Corinthians 5:19 NASB

c. I was stranger – Now I’m part of the family.

🎶I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God

d. I was astray – Now I’m His!

“He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,” Ephesians 1:5 NASB

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” John 1:12 NASB

I was lost and undone, without God and His Son but Jesus reached down for me; reached way down for me….

Romans 8:14-17 NASB

e. I was a slave – Now I’m Free!

Romans 6:16-23 NASB

i. Free from the penalty of sin

ii. Free from the power of sin

iii. (One day) Free from the presence of sin!

🎶I am redeemed by love divine, glory glory, Christ is mine!

d. I was condemned – Now I’m acquitted!


“and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” 2 Corinthians 5:15 NASB

a. He bought me for Himself

b. I belong to Him – All that I am


It is all about HIM!

‘Twas a life filled with aimless desperation

Without hope walked the shell of a man;

Then a hand with a nail print stretched downward

Just one touch then a new life began


And the old rugged cross made the difference

In a life bound for heartache and defeat;

I will praise Him forever and ever

For the cross made the difference for me

Barren walls echoed harshness and anger

Little faces ran in terror to hide;

Now those walls ring with love, warmth and laughter

Since the giver of life moved inside

Repeat Chorus

There’s a room filled with sad, ashen faces

Without hope death has wrapped them in gloom;

But at the side of a saint there’s rejoicing

For life can’t be sealed in a tomb

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Favored Aliens and a Happy God

Favored Aliens and a Happy God

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen

according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obeyJesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,

so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as theoutcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:1-9 NASB)

Have you ever come to a book so intriguing the more you read the more you wanted to get to the end to see what happens? That takes place with me when I read this specific passage of Scripture. It’s like a musical arrangement that builds and builds to a tremendous impacting concerto. It compels the reader to a place of extreme emotion that can’t help but impact you to your very soul. Your very soul!

This literature masterpiece lets me know I am an alien passing through a world in which I don’t belong. And God is happy with this. I read on and find out God chose me to be an alien. Now I know why I am not happy in this world. I don’t belong here! What an awesome revelation!!

How is it that God can be happy with this? It’s because He arranged it. He’s the One who provided for my death to take place in this world so I can be born again into another world. I am given the hope found in this old world. By reaching out to His Provision I became a recipient of a far greater inheritance.

And wow oh wow, what an inheritance!! The riches are untold, unseen, and unimaginable. My inheritance will not perish like an old sack of taters that rot and have to be thrown out to be remembered no more. My inheritance is not defiled. It’s pure like nothing you or I have ever experienced. More pure than a new born baby, More pure than refined gold.

But thats just a part of my inheritance. It’s going to last and last and last. It isn’t going anywhere. It will not fade away. And best yet, Glory to God, it is reserved for me. I didn’t place the reservation. It’s not like the time I called the wrong hotel and made reservations only to find out when I got to the hotel where I thought I had made reservations; it was the wrong one. This reservation God made is without error. There is no mix up here. Best yet is this reservation was made in the world where I do belong! Call it paradise, Canaan land, Beulah, or Heaven. Matters little to me because the One who ‘chose’ me wants me there with Him.

Wow oh Wow, what an inheritance! How can I hold on to such a gift? Don’t have to. Glory to God, He is protecting it by His own power. And just when the time is right He will reveal my inheritance to me. My Salvation.

God is blessed, that is He is happy, with this arrangement He has provided. Well guess what, I am blessed, that is I am happy, with His arrangement too!!

I have so much to look forward to. So no matter what kind of difficulties or trials and hardships I may be going through I can rejoice in the truth of what God has provided for me. All because I believe in Him. I rest my faith in Him. Rejoicing in all my circumstances in life just goes to prove how much faith I have in Him.

I gotta tell you, this just makes me want to praise Him. Praise God for what He has provided for me. I mean I really don’t deserve any of this but nonetheless God went ahead and did this for me. I have no money but I do have an inheritance. I couldn’t pay for it. God gave it to me anyway. He’s gotta love me!

All glory and honor to The Lord God Almighty! He has revealed to me who Jesus is and all Jesus has done for me. The cost of all I rejoice in is the death of Jesus The Christ, God’s only begotten Son.

It is only natural to rejoice and praise Him. My agony is not being able to express with all the emotion how I believe this, Provision of God, deserves. It is remarkable and beyond comprehension. God was pleased to do this. It made Him happy.

What is the reason God is so happy with this? And why am I so happy with God reaching out to me and doing this? It is because of the outcome: The Salvation of my Soul.

Want some really Good News. God did for you too.


The Outline


Aliens = strangers

🎼 “This world is not my home I’m just a passing through … 🎼

Chosen: I Pick You

I. The Reasons for God’s Blessing {vs. 3-5}

Blessed = Happy

In this instance God is Happy

Why is God Happy?

Verse 3

1. brought about the new birth [born again] {3}

Former President Carter wasn’t the first to use the phrase.

2. provides a ‘living hope’ [Jesus’ resurrection] {3}

Why is it a living hope?

Verse 4

3. obtains an inheritance {4}

a. Imperishable {4} Not like a sack of taters.

b. Undefiled {4}

c. doesn’t fade away. lasts forever {4}

d. reserved in heaven {4}

Ever made reservations only to have something go wrong?


4. For YOU {4}

a. Protected by the power of God {5}

Don’t hold on…Let Go! Let God hold You!

🎼 put your hand in the hand of the Man who stilled the waters… 🎼

Put your hand in the hand

b. For a salvation ready to be revealed {5}

II. The Reaches of God’s Blessing. {6-8}

Blessed = happy

In this instance God’s Child is Happy

1. Rejoicing {6}

a. during various trials {6}

b. proves your faith [valued more than gold] {7}

2. Praises {7}

a. Glory to God {7}

b. Honor to God {7}

c. When Jesus is revealed {7}

3. Love a natural response {8}

Originating from a supernatural spiritual source – God

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:7, 10 NASB,10.nasb

4. Belief in Him {8}

a. with joy inexpressible {8}

b. full of glory {8}

III. The Results of God’s Blessings. {9}

1. The Outcome {9}

a. based on your faith…

Notice it is not “faithfulness” but “faith”

b. the salvation of your souls. {9}

The main idea of verse nine is the love and joy of believers is rooted in the hope of eschatological salvation.

Until next time,


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Open The Window

I miss those days when Grandma would give the word, ‘Go open the window’. It was the days of screened in windows and screen doors. Raise a window or two to let the morning breeze in while having a screen to keep the bugs out. Open the screen door to view the beauty of another day God has given us. Did I tell ya I miss those days.

Times have changed. It’s not as safe to do that anymore. Especially on those hot nights.

I thought about those days yesterday as my Sunday School teacher was going over lessons from the Book of Daniel chapter 6. It’s the story of the lions den. Terrific true account of God’s deliverance and Daniel’s faithfulness.

Verse ten spoke of the open window. It reads, “Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.” Daniel‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Why an open window? I thought of a couple of possibilities.

1. Daniel wanted a clear unobstructed view of Jerusalem in order to focus on God as he prayed. He wanted to see out.

Isn’t that a lesson for us. Have you ever prayed without being interrupted by the devil. Other thoughts keep coming to mind. They flood through our thoughts interrupting our communion with God. It seems to be a challenge to stay focused on our prayers.

Our lives are too busy. So much activity. So little time. So much of what we think important doesn’t get finished. Prayers are relegated to later and then vanish altogether. Daniel wanted Focus.

2. Daniel wanted a clear unobstructed view so others could see in as he prayed to God. He wanted others to see in.

Isn’t that a good reminder of a New Testament lesson. “”You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭NASB‬‬

We are way too busy living for self and thinking about self when we are commanded as Christians to live for Jesus. Daniel wanted Focus on God as he did as was his practice. What a challenge for us to remain persistent in our devotion to God so others might see and give God our Father Glory!

Why else do you figure the window was open? What other lesson is there to be learned?

Until next time,


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Going Solo

You ever gone solo? Fly a plane solo or sing a solo? Maybe you went solo on a mountain hike, some safari adventure or the senior prom.

I dare to think most people would say they have not gone solo on very much. Singing solos are the predominant solo attempts I suppose. However, I dare even more so to say vast numbers of people have gone solo yet do not realized it.

You’ve gone “solo” on God. I came to this thought today as I heard a provocative statement. (Well it provoked me to think)

Some people who read my blogs will know to what I refer because they were there. I mean no ill intention or disrespect to any one. I do not mean to minimize the unpleasant experiences of others. It is real. The pain is real. My motive for sharing is primarily to give an elaboration of the statement from a biblical perspective. As others have a right to express their understanding so do I. Just be certain I’m not against anyone, just elaborating on the statement made. The statement made was:

“God will not put more on you than you are able to bear is a lie right out of Hell.”

There is no way I can pre-suppose how a person feels who has experienced awful tragedies in their life. I do not even begin to think I can say, ‘I know how you feel.’

What I can attest to is my own personal tragedies. We all experience them. Our life journeys take us into valleys of despair and disillusionment. It is no picnic. It is during those valleys many well meaning Christians will quote you verse 13 of 1 Corinthians 10.

“Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, ” THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY.” Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and, God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:6-13‬ ‭NASB‬‬

When I consider the tragedies of Jews in the concentration camps, the parents of elementary children who were gunned down at school, the horrific diseases plaguing our world causing excruciating pain; I can hardly fathom what they must have felt and even continue to endure.

I’m sure they did feel as thou God put more on them than they can bear. I think the scripture sited above is used to try to minister to those who are hurting. Two problems usually arise when using this verse.

1. The passage refers specifically to temptation. Limiting it to temptation withholds a broader application.

2. When it is cited it is left incomplete. This verse comes across like a ‘milk’ of the Word of God when it is more ‘meat’ than milk. Elaborate and explain the meaning.

Whatever the tragedy you go through understand God is with you. I propose God does not more on you than you can bear because God does not leave nor forsake us.

The problem is we want to compartmentalize God in our lives. When you embrace the Love of God by accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Savior and embracing the Holy Spirit God then you must allow them to permeate your life.

God does not put more on me than I can handle because I have Him to hand it off to! Please know my heart and believe I am not trying to come across as holier than thou. Trust me I’ve had my trust issues and times I tried to handle life’s tragedies instead of handing them off to God. Hey, he wants that from us anyway. Can you imagine the closeness with God when this is done. You and God partnering through life!

Temptation comes through trials, despair, hardships etc. Could that be why temptation is specifically mention? Are we not tempted to get angry at God? No we not seek some way to deal with life’s un-welcomed events? Often leaving God out of the equation except to blame Him for allowing it to happen in our life in the first place!

I don’t like tragedies. The struggles of life I’d rather bypass altogether. However you know as well as I it is in those times we grow. Spiritual maturity, closeness to God, personal assistance from the Holy Spirit are realized.

Isaiah 43:2 tells us God is with us when we are knee deep in tragedy, waist deep in hardships and despair, and up to our neck wondering what to do or where to go.

“”When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.” Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭NASB‬‬

You think Moses was tempted wandering in exile through the wilderness? You suppose Abraham was tempted? Indeed he was. He even tried to save himself by passing his wife off as a sister to avoid tragedy, his loss of life. On and on we can call upon biblical witnesses of tragic experiences and see what they did and how God handled it. King David, Jonah, Job, Amos, Gideon, and Jeremiah just to list some Old Testament examples.

The “more on you than you can handle” leads to the temptation to go against God.

There isn’t anything new. It is all “common to man.”

The “way of escape” is the same for us as it was for everyone else.

Jesus is “The Way, The Truth and The Life…”

Dear friend, I am not in the least dismissing the difficulties of dealing with the awful and horrific experiences you or I experience. I’m simply wanting to encourage you to understand this.

The only way more is on us than we can handle is because we are trying to handle it.

Let God handle it.

Until next time


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The Lost Doctrine

My church does a lot of ministries. Missions, evangelism, discipleship and special interest missions to name a few. We do domestic and foreign mission ministries. We do a lot. So do a lot of other church families. Praise God for that.

Speaking of praising God that’s what I’d like to focus on just a bit. Praising God has gotten to be such a special interest that we now have worship leaders to lead us in praising God. Praise teams are developed, praise songs are sung (often repetitiously from Sunday to Sunday and that’s okay. I prefer blended.)

Praise time takes on the atmosphere of a prep rally. Now I’m not knocking praising God. Not at all. We should be involved. And that daily. Not just Sunday Services.

There is a vast amount of scripture to support singing and praising God. The Book of Psalms is book of praises. The New Testament also teaches the use of songs to praise God. Ephesians for example. So there is a place for praising God in our worship services.

I think praising God is easy. When you only care about what God thinks of your praising Him, other limitations fade. It’s another area of worshipping God that I find missing. Is it because it is harder for people to do. Is it because we don’t place enough emphasis on it. The part I am referring to is brokenness.

There is not enough brokenness for personal sin. Sin that affect us personally, in our relationships, family, church, and nation. We should allow God to break us. We need God to break us. There should be a brokenness in our lives over the sin God reveals to us. Can you really praise God when you refuse to be broken over your sin?

Are some churches so preoccupied with praising God that there is little emphasis on bringing people to a humble sincere broken spirit because of sin? When was the last time you experienced people going forward in a worship service with tears of genuine brokenness and making things right with God?

Here’s your challenge. Praise God and praise Him often. He alone is worthy. However, praise Him long enough to have your heart broken. So broken that tears of repentance flow like a stream that cleanses your soul because God is doing a work in you.

It is the lost doctrine in most of our churches, the Doctrine of Repentance.

Until Next Time,


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Conscience Vs. Holy Spirit

Recent exposure to a prominent pastor who appears to equate conscience with being Holy Spirit has stirred me to share this blog. The prominent pastor doesn’t come right out and say it but his presentation leaves you to questions, particularly if you happen to catch his subtlety.

Created in the image of God means we all have an ‘understanding’ of right and wrong. This understanding should come from the teachings of the Holy Bible buts let’s face it. All too often that is not the case. Your conscience is influenced by what other people, generations, and cultures think.

To “let your conscience be your guide” is a nice little slogan but it is not biblical. The apostle Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 4:3-4 “But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.

Christians are brought to life through a “spiritual” rebirth created by the grace of God. We are told the ‘old self’ has been put to death with Christ, but not necessarily “the flesh.” The flesh continues to wage war in us against what God wants to do in us. “knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;” Romans‬ ‭6:6‬ ‭NASB

“that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:22-24‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Our conscience, as a Christian, has been nurtured and influenced for years before becoming renewed by the Holy Spirit. That means there will be times when God’s Spirit and our conscience are at war. Certainly not all the time but some of the time. Our conscience must be brought under subjection of the Holy Spirit just as our flesh and our will are also subject to Him.

How do you tell the difference between the conscience and the Holy Spirit? Simply by knowing what the Bible says. The Holy Spirit will never contradict the Word of God. It is His role to point you to God the Father through the Word (Son) of God who renews and redeems. This is why sometimes people are torn in a decision. God’s Spirit is urging in one direction and the person’s conscience in the other.

“When you became a Christian, a change began to occur in your conscience. The basic moral code that everyone has at birth started to be overhauled. The Spirit of Truth took up residency in your heart. Then, whether you were aware of it or not, He immediately set about to reprogram your conscience. Whereas before you had a general sense of right and wrong, the Holy Spirit began renewing your mind to be more specific and complete truths (1 Corinthians 2;10-13)” Charles Stanley

Please understand our consciences are pliable (easily influenced, bent) but the Holy Spirit of God does not change. Your conscience can be an extraordinary gift, but it has no standard on its own. The Spirit of God is God and as such has a standard of life and holiness; the Spirit’s standard won’t change and when rightly listened to, can change the conscience.

Every time we read the Holy Scriptures, attend a worship service, be involved in a Christian community (church), memorize a verse and pray, we renew our conscience. The Holy Spirit uses all of this input to change how our conscience evaluates every opportunity, thought, invitation, word, and deed. But it remains a conscience and not the Holy Spirit.

I have asked myself why this particular subject has bothered me so. Why make such a big deal about our conscience? And what others say? I came up with this list to name a few.

  1. The human conscience is depraved, unholy, and is not to be trusted.
  2. The state of humans is directly related to less of the Holy Spirit guiding our actions, understanding of right and wrong, than other venders.
  3. If the Holy Spirit was our guide in the way intended much of the evil and wickedness of society would go away. Not all but the world would be a better place.
  4. Prominent pastors need to be mindful of the subtle theology they teach.

I will close with this. You will notice where this comes from. It’s not our conscience.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians‬ ‭5:22-25‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Until next time,


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What is Real?

What is real? Does it depend on perception? If you perceive it as real, does that make it real? Maybe all that is required is for someone to declare it as ‘real.’

Webster defines real as ‘not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory : genuine real gold; also : being precisely what the name implies a real professional’ as one of its definitions.

Do you ever question the reality of what someone claims as ‘real’? I ask because within the spiritual biblical arena there are qualities given to us from God which the Bible calls gifts, spiritual gifts. Some of these are listed in Romans 12 and in 1 Corinthians.

I believe one of my spiritual gifts is discernment. Therein lies the current problem. I have discerned what someone has presented as a spiritual and even biblical event to be “about being real” as actually short of the mark. It’s not as real as presented. The Spirit simply isn’t bearing witness in my heart that it is real.

What do you do? Exercise your spiritual gift and call into question the reality? I mean God gave you the gift to be used! Or do you just stay quiet, remove yourself from the situation and leave it to God?

What do you think? What would you do?

Until next time,


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