A Sunday Reflection

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That is a bold and amazing statement!  Jesus is the only One who ever claimed to be the resurrection and the life.  He is the only One who ever died for our sins to be forgiven.  That is also a very serious question He asked Martha and His statement and question are still valid for all of us in our time.  I am here to testify that Jesus is alive and everything in the Bible is true!  That statement and question that Jesus spoke have the power to change your life and your eternity!  He makes beauty from ashes and His light defeats darkness!  Jesus truly is the resurrection and the life!  He proved that to me in the most miraculous of ways!  If you believe in Him, you will have eternal life!  Wherever you live in the world, please consider these powerful words of Jesus and ponder His question with all of your soul.  God is love and He loves you!  He does not want you to perish!  It all comes down to faith and it is through faith in Jesus that we are saved!  What an awesome gift of amazing grace!

Grace and peace to you all in the Name of Jesus!

 

 

Mystery Blogger Award

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I would like to thank my friend and sister in Christ Dee at Sealed In Christ for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award!  I dedicate this award to Jesus!  He deserves all the glory and praise and He is the sole reason for my blog!  Definitely check out Dee’s blog!  She preaches the truth with joy and you will be encouraged and blessed!  God bless you Dee!

The creator of this award is Okoto Enigma.

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

-Okoto Enigma

Rules

Put the award logo on your blog.

List the rules.

Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.

Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

Nominate 10-20 people.

Notify your nominees.

Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, specifying one weird/funny question.

Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Myself

I love Jesus with all my heart!

If I were a food, I would be considered sweet and spicy.

I love being a husband and father and I love my wife and kids with all my heart!

Dee’s Questions

Q: What advice would you like to give to your 10 year old self?

A: Yes, God is real!  Jesus really does exist, He is alive, and He loves you!  Receive Him now, so you can rebuke that demon the very second you move into your new home in Illinois in 3 years.  Yes, that move will be hard, but when you know Jesus you will have the power to have victory over your challenges.  It will make it much easier not living with a demon, so be sure to know Jesus and rebuke that evil out of the house in the Name of Jesus!  Don’t live with it all through high school!  One more thing, stop hanging out with thugs and do the right thing.  You have friends that care about you who want to do good.  Go hang out with them.  Also, keep your eyes on Jesus.  He loves you and He is going to work everything out for your good.  One more thing, I love you!

Q: What is your goal in life?

A: To be a faithful soldier for Jesus by submitting to His will to fulfill the Great Commission, a faithful husband to my wife, and a faithful father to my children.

Q: If they produced the story of your life, what genre would it be?

A: Man, my life has been crazy!  Angels, demons, Holy Spirit miracles, and more!  The genre would be part supernatural thriller part action film and part drama with a little romance!  Yep, thank You Jesus, amen!

Q: Are you happy with what’s happened in your life so far?

A: There are things I would like to do over, but I have learned from all of my mistakes and grown from them.  I have been married for 17 years to the same woman I fell in love with in college.  We have two awesome kids who are having a great time growing up in a peaceful neighborhood, and we are very thankful to God for it all.  Of course I didn’t like being diagnosed with Celiac seven years ago and there are days I still struggle with the disease, but God has been so good and faithful to me and my family and He always lifts us up.  He has brought great healing to my body from where I was on 1-6-12, and He has given us peace and blessing after seeing us through terrible suffering.  Thank You Lord!  I am so thankful that He chose to use me to share my testimony and publish a book through me (One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life) and I am so thankful for this blog!  So, yeah, looking back on all my amazing memories of growing up in Colorado, my time in college where I accepted Jesus, preached on campus, and met my wife, outdoor adventures like climbing mountains and snowboarding, starting a family (seeing our daughter and son born was amazing), all the supernatural experiences, and everything that has happened in the last 22 years following Jesus, I would say I’m happy with what’s happened in my life so far.  Thank You Jesus for everything you have done for me in my 40 years on earth!

Q: What Marvel superhero would you love to be?

A: I absolutely loved Spider-Man when I was a kid!  I had a Spider-Man chair and a Spider-Man big wheel.  I still love that character, so I’m stickin’ with good ol’ Spider-Man!  It would be awesome to climb and swing through buildings like that!  I would have a lot of fun fighting crime and protecting people in that rad suit!  So cool!

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My Nominees

Fractured Faith Blog

Beauty Beyond Bones

Becoming His Tapestry

Daily Hopeful

Benjamin Moore Blog

Melissa McLaughlin

Sister Betty Jo

Mitch Teemley

Michelle at Blessings by Me

Nicole at Trophy Of Grace

I like these 5 questions (orginally from Racheal’s Novels).  Have fun answering them!

Link To My Best Post or Posts

That is a hard one.  Not sure which I would consider the best, but if you would like to know about my testimony of the supernatural way I came to know Jesus and why I love Him so much, then please check out the links below.

Heart Poured Out

Real Talk

My Lazarus Moment

Remember that time when…

A lot of people liked this one too: My Friend Bill & The Holy Spirit

A lot of my favorite posts are also listed on the “My Beliefs” page.

Thanks again Dee for the nomination! 

Grace and peace to you all!

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”

Romans 8:1-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I Could Only Pick 3 Bible Verses

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Over the last couple days I have had a recurring thought in my mind.  If you met someone who had never heard of Jesus or the Bible, but you could only share 3 verses with them, which 3 would they be?  Tough thought from the Lord, so I have been praying over it.  I am not including the Scripture pin verse in my choice of 3, but that verse is my focus for the 3 verses I chose.  The whole Bible is summed up in what Jesus Christ did for mankind at the cross.  It is through faith in Him alone that we are saved because He is the only One who died to forgive our sins.  It is His blood that washes away our scarlet sins, so they are white as snow (Isaiah 1:18)!  Thank You Jesus for paying the price for our sins in full (John 19:30)!  Thank You for Your forgiveness and love!

I was also thinking about how a person who had never heard of Jesus or any of the verses in the Bible might not understand words like “sanctification” and other Christian lingo we believers get used to saying.  If I was given the opportunity to share Christ with someone like that and only use 3 verses while I share, then I would want to go back to the basics and make it as simple as possible.  It’s all about what God did for us in Jesus Christ in His love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness for all of us!  It is simply our calling to share what He did with the world (Matthew 28:18-20).  It is every believer’s great honor and blessing to share that great news in the power of the Holy Spirit!  God does not want anyone to perish, but for all of us to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)!  That is the best news anyone in the whole world could ever hear!

Here are the 3 verses that have been on my heart.  I use them a lot on my blog because they are foundational to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is that we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.  To be saved means that our sins are forgiven and we are given eternal life in Heaven through faith in Jesus!  This salvation is a gift from God that we could never earn.  He gives us this awesome gift because He loves us and it must be received by faith.  There is no boasting in Heaven.  We are NOT saved by works as if we are on some kind of point system or as if God owes us something.  Our salvation is secured and guaranteed through faith in Jesus alone.

#1: Back to the foundational verse of the entire Bible.  Every prophecy and everything that is written from Genesis to Revelation all points to Jesus and this verse sums it up beautifully!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

That is powerful truth straight from Jesus!  If that was the only verse that a person ever heard, it would be enough to lead them to faith in Jesus and be saved!  God loves us and if you believe in God’s Son Jesus Christ, you will not perish but have eternal life!  To perish means to die in your sins.  We all need forgiveness and if you believe in Jesus, then God will forgive all of your sins and you will not perish!  You will be saved and have eternal life!  May that verse go out and bear fruit as we know it always does Lord Jesus, Amen!

#2: How do we receive this gift of salvation by faith?

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

That is THE answer to that question folks!  This is where I would explain sin and how we need forgiveness and why Jesus died for us.  I would explain that God is holy and perfect and because of our sin we miss the mark of His perfection.  How nothing we could ever do in our own efforts to get to Heaven would bridge that gap, so God became a man and died for us to forgive our sins and give us eternal life.

#3: I would want the person to understand that salvation is a gift from God that could never be earned by works.  I would explain that no amount of sacrificing of animals or chanting or meditating or burning of incense or offerings or good works or any other effort of man would ever be enough to pay the price for their sins.  I would explain that Jesus Christ died for us, so that all of mankind would be completely forgiven and there is no longer anymore need for sacrifice or any other kind of sin cleansing ritual.  I would explain that the God of all creation took care of that Himself and it is through the blood of Jesus Christ that we are forgiven and saved.  And God did it all because He loves each and everyone one of us!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

There are so many other verses I could have used (Romans 3:23, 5:8, and 6:23 for example), but these would be the 3 that I would use if I found myself ministering to a secluded tribe in the Amazon or something and I could only use 3 verses for some reason.  My heart is filled with so many verses of God’s truth and I would want to say so much more, but even if all I had was John 3:16 it would be enough.  All I have to do is get out of the way and introduce them to Jesus.  His Word is powerful enough!

Which 3 verses would you choose?  Let me know in the comments!

May we all focus on Jesus in all things at all times in all seasons of life!  Amen!

Grace and peace to you all!

Showing My Face

Many of you have shown pictures of yourself, so I thought I would share a photo of myself.  I have been blogging since August 10, 2018 and I don’t have many photos showing my face.  I am usually either wearing sunglasses or a hat or my face is turned.  I am an introvert by nature, so that has been on purpose.  Showing myself is like being on stage in front of a crowd.   I have always been uncomfortable getting my picture taken.  I’m actually pretty nervous posting this.  I just want to be in the background and disappear.  I was always the guy who sat in the back of the classroom and stayed quiet.  It was challenging when God called me to preach the Gospel on stage almost every Friday night at Campus Crusade for Christ during my entire 4 years in college!  Praise God for the power of the Holy Spirit!  So anyway, I need a haircut, but here I am.  Hello and God bless you all!  Most people don’t believe I am 40.  Had some people at a shop we go to tell me I looked 25.  Funny, I’ve always looked younger than my age.  If they only knew all I’ve been through in 40 years!

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I come from mostly Irish and German ancestry and we even have a little Seneca Native American in us due to a German ancestor (on my Mom’s side) marrying a Seneca Princess.  I have gained weight in the last week and I am around 144 pounds right now!  Thank you all for your prayers, God is answering them!

I am a pretty chill and gentle guy.  I hate fighting and conflict, but as you know I can get feisty at times.  I do have that Irish in me after all!  Above all else I love Jesus with all my heart and I am not ashamed of Him!  I rest in His grace and mercy every day as I lead my family in Christ and I belong to Him!  May His will be done in all things!

Grace and peace to you all!  Don’t ever forget that God is love and He loves you!

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“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 1:3

 

 

A Beautiful Sunday

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Rocky Mountain Sunday Morning January 13, 2019 8:42 a.m.

Hello everyone!  God bless you all!  Many of you know that I like using my good Canon PowerShot camera and I take a lot of photos just about every day.  At times, I’m kind of like a photography blogger.  I suppose I’m a writing, picture taking, Gospel preaching blogger for Jesus!  My Mom was really into photography when I was growing up and she would always take us up to cool places in the mountains to take pictures.  She is still really into photography and she is great at it on a professional level!  Those of you who read my post about our sledding day Saturday know that we had a great weekend.  We also had a lot of fun on Sunday!  The kids made their snowmen and we also took them to see the new “Mary Poppins Returns” movie.  The movie was actually quite good.  Cute and clean with a good message about faith.  Cool message about believing and not giving up hope.  The songs and dancing were good too.  I promised the kids that I would do a post showing their snowman and snowgirl, so here you go kids, I love you!  I also want to share some other photos I took from Sunday and a few from Monday and today.

First, check out this cool hawk that was just chillin’ on our back fence Sunday morning.  The hawks love to hunt the open space behind our house.  We are very thankful for them because they eat the mice and snakes of which we have dealt with both.  I chased a little mouse out of the garage a couple months ago and I’ve killed snakes in the backyard and even the garage.  One hissed and lunged at my wife’s legs as we were coming into the garage a couple summers ago.  Thankfully it missed her.  I chopped it with a shovel and that was that.  I prefer the hawks get them!

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Look at those eyes!  Such a cool bird of prey!  Praise God!

Here is what it looked like that morning around 8:42 a.m. just after I took the pictures of the hawk:

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Pike’s Peak blanketed in fresh snow

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We go fish the Platte River beyond that ridge.

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Okay kids, here come your pictures!  The next photos were taken between 11 a.m. and 12 noon Sunday.  The sun is so bright here and the skies are so blue because we live at high altitude.  Denver sits at 5,280 feet hence the name “Mile High City.”  Our home sits at 6,115 feet about 20 minutes southeast of the city.  The air is thinner here in Colorado.  That’s why everyone is so chill.  It’s just like the Sherpa folks in Nepal.  You adapt to the thin air and your body chills out to conserve oxygen.  Also, when we get fresh snow, it is incredible how bright the reflection is.  It is blinding and you have to wear dark sunglasses.  With or without snow you need sunglasses here every day.  My kids wear their snowboard gear and goggles when playing in the snow.  We get serious UV rays here and I have seen many vacationers with sun burns because they didn’t put any sunscreen on while skiing.  Big tip: When coming to Colorado to ski or ride, please bring sunglasses and sunscreen!  And drink plenty of water!  The high altitude and dry air are hard on your body when you are not used to it (just watch the opposing team on the sidelines huffing oxygen when they play the Broncos here in Denver).  You’ll thank me later!

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Thank You Jesus for shining on us with all your awesome blessings!  You are Lord!  Thank you for my wife and kids!  I love you guys with all my heart!

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My son said he made an 8 year old snowman since he is 8. He said it’s his little buddy. Great job son! My son is throwing up the deuce for the photo too!

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A little park called “Spring Fawn Park” in the open space. The kids love rock hopping over there. We just jump our back fence and head over.
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Our daughter putting the finishing touches on her snowgirl. Lookin’ good sweets!

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So cute, great job honey!

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A few minutes later, our daughter added one more thing to her snowgirl…

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A smile!  I love it!  Awesome job kids!  I love you with all my heart!  That was such a fun weekend and I am looking forward to our 4 day weekend this weekend!

Oh, and one more thing!  I’m glad you guys enjoyed the Mary Poppins Returns movie.  That was fun!  Here is a movie poster for you!  Love, Dad

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Now I would like to show you some pictures I took on Monday and this morning.  The first set are of the local family of deer that live in our neighborhood.  Can you guess why they call the open space Spring Fawn Park?  I took these photos around 7:28 a.m on Monday morning.

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Look at those thick winter coats.  They stay nice and warm because the Lord cares for them too.

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He’s having a little pine needle snack.  We love those deer!

The next set of photos I took this morning between 7:36 and 7:48 a.m. as the sun was coming up.

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Pike’s Peak shrouded in God’s glory!

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The sun is up now and shining brightly in the bright blue sky.  Here is what it looks like right now from our back deck (looks like it did on Sunday).  I just took this photo at 11:13 a.m, Mountain time of course.

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I truly hope and pray you are blessed and encouraged in this beautiful day the Lord has made and I pray we would all rejoice and be glad in it!

Grace and peace to you all!

“Trust in the Lord and do

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dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”

Psalm 37:3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Forgive Me

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I want to take a moment and apologize to all my friends and family and to all my friends here on WordPress.  This blog is supposed to be a place of encouragement where I help people come to Jesus and minister to people in love.  I don’t ever want to push anyone away from God!  I am truly sorry if I have ever discouraged or disappointed you.  That is not my intention on this blog.  You expect more from me and I expect more from me.  I want to always speak the truth, but I need to do that in love with gentleness and respect.  I want to walk humbly with God.  He has been so merciful and forgiving to me!

I can’t remember which blog I learned this phrase from, but I agree with him that I don’t need to be having what he called “man baby fits.”  It’s so true and so funny!  I watched a John Wayne movie (I love those) the other day, and it reminded me that I need to man up regarding Celiac and constantly give it to God.  I am here to preach the Gospel and help people because that is what the Lord told me to do.  Despite the thorn in my flesh, this blog is for Jesus and Jesus has all authority over this blog.  He has all authority over my entire life!  I am here to do His will, so may His will be done!

Just like Paul said, I am not perfect.  I am a sinner saved by grace and I desperately need the Lord’s grace and mercy every day.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:12-14

Thank You Jesus for your mercy and grace!  Thank You that You never stop pursuing us!  Thank You that You never give up on us and nothing can snatch us out of Your hand!

We all stumble at times.  Just get back up in the Lord’s grace, brush the dirt off, and keep on going!  Never give up!

I love you all in the powerful love of Jesus!

Grace and peace to you all!

P.S.

Here is one of my favorite Lecrae songs.  It is called “Get Back Right” off of his new album “Let The Trap Say Amen.”  I know not everybody likes rap or hip-hop, but this brother loves Jesus and his ministry is awesome.  He plays skillfully to the Lord as he uses his gift for God’s glory.  This song is about how we all fall off and lose our cool sometimes, but when you have real power you can’t lose!  Fun fact: By God’s grace I can keep up and rap along with just about all of Lecrae’s songs and I also like to beat box.  Enjoy this Holy Spirit anointed song!  Turn it up, the bass is strong in this one!  God bless!

 

Saturday Sledding At Wipeout Hill

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Hello everyone!  It has been a busy day and I am finally able to sit down and write a post, praise God!  I want to share some photos with you of the sledding day our family had on Saturday.  It was awesome!  The sun came out and it was a beautiful day with all the fresh snow.  I had been wanting to try out this hill for years.  It is on the other side of our neighborhood in the next subdivision just north of us.  We ended up nicknaming it “Wipeout Hill” because it was way steeper and faster than I thought and it was gnarly!  I should have brought my snowboard.  One of these days I’m hittin’ this hill on my old school Never Summer Legacy!  You’ll see why we named it the way we did in the pictures.  Enjoy and God bless you all!

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Our little girl

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Our daughter was great at slowing herself down, so she stayed in control.  My son and I on the other hand just went straight down!  Here is our son comin’ in hot…backwards!

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Nice one son, you went all out!  He wasn’t hurt by the way.  We had a blast!  Even I gave it a try, and on my first and only run of the day I went big and for a moment I got the same stoke (that means rad encouraging feeling) that I get when I’m snowboarding.  Smiles all day brah!

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I was aiming for the little jump and I leaned into it and that’s where it started to go sideways on me.

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And here we go…

Check it out, I’m still holding the sled!  I’m used to being attached to my board.  I figured I would roll out of it easier if I just stuck with it.

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Laughing all the way as I got slammed after doing a back flip down the hill.  Not bad for a 40 year old dude, thank You Jesus!

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My little sweetie made sure I was okay.  Our kids thought my wipeout was pretty sweet, so that was a great run!  Shaka!

 

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Here is my wife and son going down together.  They didn’t wipeout.  Just a nice final ride down Wipeout Hill.

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Somebody in the neighborhood has a good sense of humor.

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Back home we enjoyed a perfect sunset to end a perfect Saturday full of the Lord’s blessings.  I just want to say that I am so thankful for my wife and kids!  I love them so much and I am so thankful to be alive!  Take time to enjoy the ones you love and cherish every moment.  Thank You Jesus for loving us so much!

May the Lord bless you all abundantly in all things!

Grace and peace friends!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 (Jesus speaking)