He Has A Plan

She was born in 1981. The only child of a young married couple. She wasn’t very old at all, just beginning to walk well. The first incident was a trip to the country to see relatives. As it would happen Uncle Bobby was expecting his first grandchild. Because of that he asked the young father if he could spend some time with the young girl. He was excited about seeing his old grandchild very soon from that day.

As family members scattered throughout the house and the young children played in the yard, Uncle Bobby walked the little girl around the house. Suddenly she disappeared! Just vanished! Thankfully Uncle Bobby was focussed on her and ran to the opening in the ground and was able to grab the child by the collar of her shirt and pull her to the surface. 

Her life was saved. For what reason? Is there a specific reason? Dad hovered over the child, cleaning and calming her. The experience was traumatic for her and Uncle Bobby. Not to mention the parents.

Jump forward approximately three years. The young parents are caring for their three to four year old daughter. The same parents and child mentioned earlier. On this ocassion the parents are custodians, caring for a camp designed specifically for a special group of folks. 

The place was vacant except for the manager and his wife who came by to spend a day or two. The child’s father worked on the grounds while the child and her mother sat by the in-ground pool to keep the manager company while he was swimming laps. 

Mom decided to let the little child sit on the steps going down into the pool. Apparently when the little three to four old daughter got up she slipped into the pool. She went under the water. She could not swim. Mom stood there frozen. The little girl was drowning. Mom yells. 

The man in the pool reached towards the little girl, still under the water, and raised her up. He immediately began caring for her. Two things about the man you should know. First he was totally blind. He could not see at all. The child was not making any thrashing sounds because she was under water. Yet, the man went directly to her. 

Second, the man in the pool was also a Masseuse. He gave massages as a trainer for the YMCA. He knew what to do to treat the child.

God provided a watchful eye to be alert as the small child fell into a hole. God provided a blind man and directed him to a drowning three to four year old. Why? Doesn’t it seem her life was spared. 

By now you know I’m the father of the young girl. I’d like to say she grew up and is living for Jesus. That she has made full use of the life God has given her. I can only ponder what will she do with her life and what plan God has for her. 

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Within Arms Reach

[The following is the beginning of some sermon notes in a message I’m preparing. Embraced By The Spirit, by Charles Swindoll served as a resource along with the NASB version of John 14 and my own application. This is a work in progress. Pray with me for Holy Spirit guidance. Thanks.]

There are certain things you want nearby. You may not want them all the time but you at least keep them within arms length. Things like a fly swat, wasp spray, car keys, credit cards and your cell phone (no, the cell phone is usually connected at the hip). But you get the idea. That’s the way it is with the average citizen. How bout the church goer? 

The church is filled with people who long for a more intimate and uninterrupted relationship with God. They desire to be ‘in sync’ and regularly sense His presence, and experience His power. Most people in church live with a persistent, nagging fear that they are missing out on something in their walk as a believer. Their intellectual faith is in tact–but their intimacy with God is missing. Truth is, intimacy with God is within reach. 

I read some years ago a church sign which said, ‘You have as much of God as you want.’ The implication is it is up to you. The real problem is not what’s implied but what is actually kept ‘at arms reach.’ It is the Holy Spirit which is kept at arms length. The fear is getting labeled as ’emotional’ or ‘falling into error.’ Explaining the Holy Spirit is acceptable and encouraged; experiencing Him is neither acceptable or encouraged. Embracing Him is out of the question.  

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:16-18 NASB 

The Spirit of God was sent, ultimately, to be engaged in our everyday lives…to be experienced intimately. God intended our relationship to be close–growing in depth and nearness. The Holy Spirit is interested in transforming us from the inside out. 

How many Sunday’s have you left the church house having entered to reach a more intimate relationship with God and left no different than when you walked in? Who is responsible for that?

Until next time,

Hoss

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I Know Your Name

That is what God saids to you. It is one of my favorite Old Testament scriptures. 

“But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1‬ ‭NASB‬‬

When someone knows your name and calls you by your name it tells you…

  • You have been acknowledged
  • You are somebody, not just a number
  • You have been remembered
  • You matter

When God calls you by name it tells you all of the above but most importantly it says… You are loved

I want you to put yourself in a place where you can hear God call you by name. It will change your life forever. You will worship God with intimacy. To will go beyond knowing God, To experiencing God. 

Until next time, 

Hoss

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Duck and Cover

I have been exposed to a training technique referred to as “duck and cover.” Part of the training involves placing your hand over a fake knife to “cover” it before exposing it long enough to assimilate taking a stab or a slice from an opponent. 

I think of this technique when I look at the strides anti-Christian and anti-decent people have taken against what was once held as appropriate Christian behavior, conduct and practice. The prevailing emotion of fear seems to ooze from individuals who do not wish to conform to God-like character. Venom trickles from their lips against any attempt to place their conduct beside God’s Standard. It is as though they fear God or at the very least dislike Him! 

Therein lies the problem. The Standard of God has been attacked by the duck and cover. The LGBTI community has removed their knives from the cover and taken a slice out of Christian principles only to duck back for a later assault. After numerous years of this war on appropriateness and Christian behavior, the unthinkable is now acceptable. Freedom to do and live as one pleases without the guidelines of holy scripture is the apparent intent.

The recent decision of the Supreme Court of the USA to make same-sex marriages the legal law of the land does not negate the Law of God. Therefore I will obey God’s Word where it conflicts with man’s law. I believe with all my heart that Gays, Lesbians, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and intersex individuals ought to be able to see the love of God in me as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I should and am taught in God’s Word to love one another. While my love and respect is offered, it should not be regarded as acceptance. I am just as called to be true to God’s Word as I am to share God’s love

The destruction of the Holy Bible as the “Single” standard for conduct, worship and love has greatly influenced the decay of good morals and conduct. The United State of America is far from “United.” Someone placed a pic of the United States flag on my social media page with a call to ‘like’ and ‘share’ the picture if you are proud to be an American. I saw no one take up the call. 

Can a Christian really find much to be proud of when they look at the state of affairs the USA is in? Respect is lost when members of the LGBTI community goes into the White House and raises the middle finger to a picture of a former president. 

A vast number of American citizens see the legalization of same-sex marriages, the current squabble and pending removal of the Confederate Flag from the state capital in South Carolina, the nurturing and embracing of illegal immigrants in America as slaps in the face of decency, heritage, and honest ethics. 

As mentioned earlier, one of the reasons the Unites State of America is no longer unitied and an embarrassment is the removal of the holy and just standard which helped form this nation. A second reason the USA is in a disgraceful and deplorable condition is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Christian churches sending conflicting messages. 

The Christian community is taking daily slaps in the face with rainbow colors lighting the White House to honor Gay Pride. The freedom to hold religious convictions and the free exercise of those convictions are avenues for lawsuits and I would suggest are governmental hate crimes against Christians. 

I’m embarrassed to see my country and my state move further and further away from God. It shames me. It convicts me. While I hear others point out the wrongs amidst few rights, I don’t hear any remedies from them. I have voiced what I’m convicted to be a major step which must be taken to bring America back to God. 

  • Families, (presumedly lead by Christian fathers), teach your children the biblical definition of marriage and acceptable sexual activity. Denounce adultery, fornication with the same fervor you decry homosexuality. 
  • Families teach your home the true meaning of love and the absence of hate for your fellow mankind. 
  • Families promote honesty and integrity and noble living against lying, wicked and disloyal lives. 
  • Families strengthen your home with the resolve to know God’s Word and to live according to His precepts.

In closing I’ll say this, I fear America is moving towards socialism. When that happens America will self-desruct. Then perhaps the question as to why America is not mentioned in the last days of the rapture, etc will be answered. 

This world is not my home. I do not like it. I am a stranger who journeys through with little desire to remain in it. 

Until next time,

Hoss

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A Blog With Questions

God Gave Them Over

I post this not for argument nor debate but for serious, mature, and respectful dialogue. It is clear where I stand. I also respect the opinions of others. I give a listen, especially, if they are shared with decency. I have shared from the only source I believe where right and wrong can be justly determined. God’s Word is the standard. So varying insights should reflect a basis on God’s Word. 
A starting point…

18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 

19. because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 

20. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 

21. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 

22.Professing to be wise, they became fools, 

23. and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 

24. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 

25. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 

26. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 

27. and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 

28. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 

29. being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 

30. slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 

31. without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 

32. and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32 NASB)

Are we seeing the results of God giving them over?
If God gave them over then should we not also do the same?

  • this would mean to focus on that which is righteous more than unrighteousness?
  •  ignore sin? 
  • not to cast pearls before swine, so to speak? 

Are we opposing the lifestyle or the forcing of our acceptance of the lifestyle?

  • since God doesn’t embrace it, should we?
  • Christianity isn’t forced but encouraged. It has eternal results. 

Should we expect advocates of polygamy, pedophilia (where parental consent is given) to become acceptable? It is not as far a leap as some might think. However, just as deplorable. 

Should we be tolerant knowing it is received as acceptance more often than simple toleration?

Is accepting the lifestyle showing God-like love? 
Christians are told others will know we are the disciples of Jesus if we have love for one another. Does that mean Christians cannot being loving while opposing what God opposes?

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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I Will Not: But I Will

For The Record…

I Will Not: 

I will not regard the Supreme Court of the United States of America decision to allow same sex marriage to be legal as a mandate that I must be willing to officiate such unions. I will not perform such anti-biblical services. 

I will not regard the Confederate Flag as a symbol of hatred. I will view it as a part of the history of America and keep it in the contents of which it belongs. 

I will not hate African Americans because of race. In fact I will seek to love all my neighbors as myself in accordance to biblical standards. 

I will not respect the current president of the United States of America, Mr. Obama, but will respect the “Office” of the Presidency. Individuals earn respect and lose respect. Just as any person is free to disrespect me for my principles, so am I free to do likewise. 

I will not support a church which puts forth their intention to worship Jehovah God and seemingly does otherwise as indicated by their actions. Dear church where do you fly your Christian flag in relation to the American flag? Is your pulpit a sacred desk for proclaiming the Word of God or is it an avenue of political pondering so? Does your pastor teach self-help or ‘thus saith the Lord?”

I will not trust the federal government, state government, and local government. I put my trust in no man but in the God-Man Jesus Christ. 

I will not blindly sit under a church pastor who refuses to share the good news of salvation and be a pastor to his flock. This world is in a deeply depraved enough state now as it is; so why listen to a man tell stories on how to live without leading the congregants to a deeper walk with God! They tell about Jesus without bringing the listener to Jesus. 

I will not accept the killing of a life being formed in the womb as an act of anything but murder. It is the Creator’s business to give and take life. We take life two primarily biblically accepted ways; just war and just punishment . 

But I Will:

Respect mankind as all being created in the image of God and therefore equal in His eyes. God is no respector of persons.

Judge matters of biblical significance as a voice of one crying in the wilderness and as a watchman to warn my fellow mankind of God’s standard. God has final say and that is His business however His children are called upon to ‘test the spirits,’ ‘judge the fruit they bear’ and ‘mark them which cause division.’ 

Acknowledge the right for others to have their viewpoints though we may disagree on certain matters. 

Remember I have “Not Arrived” thus am still a student of my Lord Jesus Christ. A student, I might add, who has much to learn.

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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A Dead Child or A Dead Lamb, That Was Their Choice

Can you imagine knowing there was going to be a death in every home on one given night? Can you imagine the choice being your child (firstborn) or a lamb? 

The first Passover recorded in Exodus 12 sets the perimeter for deliverance. Either you sacrifice a lamb which met the standard and placed its blood on the doorposts of your home or your child (firstborn) would die. Seems like a simple decision. Of course I’d kill the lamb! However, doing so meant a great more than the death of an animal. I’ll leave that discussion for a later time.

I want to see how many actually read this and answers a couple of questions from this blog. Consider this a greatly reduced focal point of the first Passover and the Passover observed in Mark’s gospel chapter 14 where Jesus is the presenter. 

At the first Passover there were three elements to the meal. What element is significantly different in Mark’s account and what does it mean?

I ask this question because it is vastly important to your identity, relationship, and understanding of Jesus. 

In the first Passover, the choice was your child (firstborn) or a lamb. The choice is somewhat different for us now. Therefore, question number two. What is your choice to the New Passover initiated by Jesus?

Until next time,

Hoss

Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household. Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb. Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste-it is the LORD ‘ S Passover. For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments-I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. (‭Exodus‬ ‭12‬:‭1-13‬ NASB)

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?” And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him; and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”‘ And he himself will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; prepare for us there.” The disciples went out and came to the city, and found it just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover. When it was evening He came with the twelve.

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (‭Mark‬ ‭14‬:‭12-17, 22-25‬ NASB)

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