The One Word Standing In Our Way

“Only God can judge me.”

“Who are you to tell me what I can or can’t do?”

“Mine your own business.”

“You think you’re so good, just a ‘holier than thou’ religious fanatic.”

These are only a drop in the bucket of excuses you hear from people when confronted with their personal sins. Their sin is their private matter and not anyone else’s.  They fail to see where their sin affect the people around them. The sins of a parent affect the children just as those of the children affect the parents. Same is true between spouses. 

Let’s go a step farther and repeat the position claiming the sins of church members affect the whole church. Is it not true? Warning, this was a rhetorical question.  It is true. There is no such thing as an isolated sin.

Have you noticed statements similar to this being repeated the last few months? They go something like, ‘our nation needs to get back to God.’ The church is calling on the world to repent but the world is not listening because the church has lost its intergrity. The world is calling on the church to repent and clean up their own house! The church needs to repent. The world sees no accountability in the church. There is no difference between them and threatrical productions. The gospel is not used to draw people into the church. Rather it is celebrity preachers, performers, and personalities. The focus is on entertainment not evangelism, singers not salvations, benefits not baptisms and doctorate degrees instead of devoted disciples. 

Strangely, there is a great mass who agree repentance is needed. However, I proposed, there is one word we must get past if there is to be genuine repentance. That one word is REBUKE


Nobody likes it. Doesn’t matter if you are saved or not, in church or not, active disciple or not. No one likes to be rebuked. To rebuke another person is to invite their contempt. Their anger swells and the comparisons begin. I’m not as bad as …! 

Some of the ones who coil up at being rebuked are the rebukers. Namely, pastors. You try to rebuke a minister; get ready for it. Passages from the Holy Bible become weapons of attack and justification. These preachers motto is, I can preach (rebuke) you but don’t you dare try that with me. 


It’s no wonder the world looks at the church with disdain. Preachers smoking like coal factories, consuming alcoholic beverages with the best of them, flirtatious adulterous shameful displays of worldliness. They shame the face of Christ. 

There is not going to be a revival of repentance and Christ-centered living until all the people of God are willing to hear rebuke, accept rebuke, and settle the issue. Do I dare call out your sin? Do I dare rebuke you? Do I dare hear rebuke for my own sin? Only with the Lord’s help. 

 

The devil is not the only one who needs to be rebuked!

Until next time,

Hoss

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God talked to Himself

As a child I was told that it wasn’t good to talk to yourself. As I grew older I learned others say it was okay to talk to yourself, just don’t answer yourself. Doing so may land you committed to an institution! 

Get the room ready because I not only talk to myself, answer myself, but also carry on a complete conversation with myself. It’s all done quietly within the brain waves bouncing around in my head. I personally think it is a good thing to talk to yourself, to answer yourself and to even carry on a conversation with yourself. Doing so can keep you out of trouble! 

Imagine my surprise when I read where God talked to Himself. God talked to God. There are many instances in the Holy Bible. The following is one instance. 

16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. (‭Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬ NASB)

Every time Jesus {God the Son} prayed to God {The Father}, He was talking to Himself. Wrap your head around that. Doesn’t sound right does it? However aren’t they both God? What do you think?

Incomprehensible.

Until next time,

Hoss

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God is Real Hope

Our world, your life, is filled with heartache and despair. If not right this moment, just give it a little time. The Ole preachers of days gone by would say you are either in the midst of trials and troubles, coming out of them or headed into the valleys of trials and trouble. That my friend is the true reality show. Display the family, the person, the church and visit the trials they are all going through.

From children killing and getting killed, to crime in the workplace, infidelity now a recreational sport, and the church throwing away words like sin, repent, hell, and the blood of Jesus. I had the sad experience of sitting where the pastor went nine weeks without telling the complete gospel story and didn’t speak of sin but of how to behave better and for an invitation to suggest the people go see someone else if his “lesson” leads them to want to “talk to someone.” The pastor shouldn’t be the only person to go to but should be One of them! 

The people of God who seek to live as such can be so caught up in the tragedies of life that hope begins to wane. I truly believe the answers to our tragedies and the despair in life is hope. Naturally, or should I say spiritually, it is the Hope of Jesus Christ. Living like Jesus desires for us will not take away all trials but will lessen despair and provide what is needed to live a victorious life. 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NASB)

1. The Resource for our Hope. (God)

You can look in the self help books but hope will not be found there. 

Neither will you find it in religion, other gods, nature or each other. 

Only in your personal, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ as your Savior will you know true hope. 

God IS THE SOURCE OF ALL HOPE
2. The Results of our Hope. (Joy and Peace)

Galatians 5:22-23

Joy and Peace may not come at the same time! 

Just how many people do you find in your daily paths who display a real peace and spiritual joy? 

Do you?
3. The Requirement for our Hope. (Belief)

The crux of the matter of living, nourishing and sustaining hope is found in our relationship with Jesus. To have a relationship with Jesus YOU must believe. 

The requirement is in this one word: BELIEVE. 

You simply can not just talk the talk but walk the walk!

4. The Reaches of our Hope. (Abound)

The meaning of abound: Abundant, very plentiful. 

Hope found in Jesus Christ reaches beyond the end of your earthly journey. 

It reaches into our despair, 

It reaches into our disappointments, and 

It reaches into our eternal destiny.

5. The Renderer of our Hope. (Holy Spirit)

Hope is empowering. 

It strengthens, 

It encourages, 

It indwells the believer with confidence. 
The reason is the power of the Holy Spirit. 
You are not without help! You are not alone! You are empowered with the might of Holy God!

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
When darkness veils His lovely face,

I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale,

My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood

Support me in the whelming flood;

When all around my soul gives way,

He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh, may I then in Him be found;

Dressed in His righteousness alone,

Faultless to stand before the throne
Refrain:

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

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Social Injustice: A Proper Response (And it’s not kneeling during the National Anthem)

Social injustice merits our attention. It cries out for protest and acknowledgment. Social injustice is not anything new to history. It has been with us throughout ages past and will be found in ages future but only until Almighty God, the Supreme hater of social injustice sets up His new Heaven and new Earth. 

Take the time to read the Old Testament book of Amos and you will find God’s view of social injustice. Consider especially chapter four. The mistreatment of His created humans is not forgotten. God will bring justice! 

In the meanwhile there’s you and me. What should be our response? While there is not enough space here to fully treat this subject, I do want to focus on one particular act which is not appropriate. Yes we should protest social injustices but kneeling during the National Anthem is not the place nor the way. It isn’t appropriate. It’s not the venue to make your statement. It should be frown upon instead of tolerated. 

I’m asking decent Americans to respond to people in recent days who kneel at sporting events, sing while kneeling and wearing a ‘black lives matter’ t-shirt to do just one thing. That’s all, just one thing. No comments, no fighting, no slandering, no retaliation etc. 

Respond to these public displays by turning your back to them. Literally turn your back to the person singing the national anthem while kneeling and wearing a ‘black lives matter’ shirt. Turn your back to those sport figures kneeling during the singing of our National anthem. Once they are done with their attention getting inappropriate actions, turn back to the sporting event etc. The same practice ought to be used on those who speak at engagements and decide to turn it into a fight against social injustice whenever the nature of the event is not focusing on social injustices. 

What do you suppose would happen if God fearing, America loving people were to practice this one act? What would the news media do? Again, a simply act of turning your back without arguing, fighting and so on will speak volumes. 

Until next time,

Hoss

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Flawed From The Start

The phrase ‘flawed from the start’ has been running through my head for a few days. Not sure why. I know it started while watching the Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It occurred to me when I read where someone stated they were not watching the debate and I thought they would be dependent on media and other outlets for their information when they could have gotten it firsthand. 

These are the only times you can get an unedited, commercial free, beginning to end exposure to the candidates simultaneously. That’s important to me because sound bites, video clips and interviews are so easily edited and manipulated to say what someone wants them to say. Sound bites, video clips, and interviews are flawed from the start. They can’t be trusted. You can not put any faith in them. Social media is filled with photos of people and a quote as though they said it. Videos are edited to such a degree that a sensible person has to question the validity of them. 

I have no reason to give credibility to the person who didn’t watch the debate when they want to comment. The reason is they will be making statements based on edited versions whether it be media, mankind, or other manipulated material. 

Media is flawed from the start. So are you and I. I’ve seen first hand our local television investigative reporter share on the news distorted facts and the anguish it has caused. I do not trust news agencies! I do not trust their reporting. They report what they want to report. They stay away from reporting negative news about companies who advertise on their network etc. 

I don’t trust people in general. You can’t trust people. They have their own agenda. People use you, abuse you, and manipulate you. Why? Because they are flawed from the start. The bible calls it sin. Theologians call it ‘depravity.’ Being born in sin means we are all flawed from the start!  

Not paying your bills is a sin. (Not paying your bills because of you not getting paid adds to the frustration) A local business owner I know is going through a very difficult financial time right now. Part of the reason is because people have not paid what they owe the business. Other businesses have not paid what they owe. Why? The people and the businesses are all flawed and as such have taken advantage, manipulated, and outright lied about what they were going to do when paying what is owed. Thank goodness there are some people who have shown themselves trustworthy.

However, basically you cannot trust people, including family members. ‘I’ll pay you this weekend.’ Yeah, right! You cannot trust people, even some who profess to be Christians. It is one thing to profess and quite another to possess. Since when does one who claims to be a Christian go to another and tells them they are going to “destroy” them? Where is the biblical principle driving that kind of action? Is it the Christian thing to do? 

The holy Word of God tells us to put no trust in man but all in Him. Psalm 20:7 (KJV), Psalm 118:8, Romans 3:4. 

My conviction is the bible is teaching us to consider every person a liar until that person proves himself trustworthy. Why? Because mankind is flawed from the start. People see an opportunity to get money through allegations based on untruths and they dive right into it. Let’s sue everybody for everything. McDonalds sells hot coffee. If I order it I expect it to be hot. So how in this world can a person sue when they burn themselves with hot coffee? It is because they are flawed and were flawed from the start. 

A Sinless Person I’m Not! Perhaps I should have made this statement sooner. Let’s make it clear. I Am not Sinless. I have the same responsibility as any other person who wants to be trusted. I have to continually each and every day show myself as a trustworthy person. That I am worthy of your trust. 

Since the media cannot be trusted. Since sound bites, video clips, man-made manipulated comments cannot be trusted, what are we to do? It boils now to relationship. 

First you must have a good enough relationship with God through Jesus The Christ with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to discern what the will of God is and to surrender your will to God in order to do His. 

Second, you need to cultivate good relationships with people and discern who can be trusted and who cannot. God will help in that effort as well. 

Don’t vote for President of the United States who you want to be President. Consult with God (prayer 🙏) and follow his directives (bible 📖). 

Trust me! 👨

Until Next Time,

Hoss

P.s. This article is mine and mine alone. It may offend. My hope is it doesn’t. My desire is for you to understand where I am coming from. Should you be offended, make your offense directed towards me alone if you are the kind of person this article offends. I realize not everyone likes to be told they can’t be trusted. However true it is. Consider this your opportunity to prove yourself trustworthy. 

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A Summer Like None Other

This summer has been one for the books! Not sure why such misfortune has come our way nor the lessons to be learned but I believe God has a purpose in all He does. 

I still affirm Him and claim the promises of scripture that “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” 

Just far this summer my family and I have experienced, not necessarily in chronological order and not an exhaustive list…

  1. Riding mower quit working. The cause still not diagnosed. Cutting our lawn with a push mower is like a personal iron-man competition. 
  2. Increased stress level at our jobs. For Real!!!
  3. Health issues abounding
  4. Motorcycle wrecked. Praise God no one got seriously hurt. The hit and run driver in the car fled the scene, later identified and not charged. One word against another. 
  5. $ spent to replace plastic on motorcycle only to have…
  6. Someone steal the motorcycle. Thief caught but released on ‘personal recognizances’ bond. Now I ask you, how can a thief be expected to keep his word when he lied in the act of stealing? 
  7. Kia Sorento returned to dealership for refusal to honor their warranty. No way were we going to make payments on a vehicle needing costly repair that was under warranty and Kia Dealership refused to make right. Paperwork provided proved our role in maintaining the vehicle. Only 38,000 miles. Thanks Kia Motors! 
  8. The remaining ride being shared by the three of us is an Envoy (has +209,000 miles). It was taken for an oil change and returned. A day later My wife and I noticed the cruise control stopped working, the check engine light on, and a warning light of ‘reduced engine speed’ coming on. 
  9. Downturn in economy adversely affecting our small business. Income taking a drastic hit! Ouch!
  10. There’s more but you get the picture. 

However, we will get through all this because ‘with God, all things are possible.’ He will ‘supply all our needs according to His riches in glory.’ God will do this because He promises. I can state it, expect it, pray for it and hope for it. However, it is for God to decide the when, where and how. Our position is to trust God. 

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Kneeling for the National Anthem of the USA

Appropriate Responses: 

Pastor Jerry Vines was the Co-pastor of Jacksonville First Baptist Church when he testified of an occasion when he and his wife were invited to the White House for dinner when Bill Clinton was president. In honor of the office of the presidency, Brother Vines and his wife stood when Bill Clinton was announced and entered the room. In protest of Bill’s relationship with Monica they did not clap. Appropriate Response. 

I propose a like-minded response to those who refuse to stand for the National Anthem of the USA. Just as a person protests a speaker by turning his back to him whenever they speak, I propose the fans turn their back to Brandon Marshall, Colin Kaepernick and the others who will join the bandwagon, whenever they are performing. 

You don’t have to agree with everything going on in America to show honor and respect to its citizens. It is a general statement of allegiance and not a specific act within America to stand with dignity during the national anthem. Any one of us can find some atrocities within America. In spite of them I respect and honor the fighting men and women of our armed forces both past, present, and future. 

Untill Next Time,

Hoss

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