Trash Day

No record of wrong

Today is Thursday, and that means trash day in our neighborhood.  I took out the trash this morning and I am glad it is gone!  I figured since today is trash day, it would be a good day to throw out all of our past regrets, mistakes, and sins too!  Many of us beat ourselves up over things we have done wrong in the past.  Myself included!  The Bible is clear that love keeps no record of wrongs in 1 Corinthians 13, so we should not be keeping a record of wrongs on ourselves either!  Repentance=forgiveness=freedom!

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails…”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Jesus cleans our past, so our sins are as white as snow.  Since we know God is love (1 John 4:16) and love keeps no record of wrongs, then God keeps no record of wrongs on those who have trusted in Jesus for their salvation!  We are clean in His eyes through Jesus, and that promise is for every person on earth!

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Not counting men’s sins against them!  That is fantastic news!  I pray everyone in the whole world receives that precious gift from God!

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Hebrews 8:12

Remember them no more!  Take that record of wrongs and throw it in the trash today!  Thank you Jesus for the freedom you give us!  Hallelujah!

Grace and peace to you all!

Romans 5 v 8

 

 

Brothers Reconciled Quickly!

Proverbs 27 v 17 iron sharpens iron

I want to share some very good news!  The Lord has squashed the disagreement I had with my good brother in Christ, and we are reconciled in the love and forgiveness of Jesus!  Folks, that is how true brothers in Christ love each other.  I respect this brother very much and I am very happy and encouraged that we are okay now!  I love you brother, thank you for your kind words of encouragement!

It is okay to disagree with each other.  The Bible says we only become sharper through the friction of what I call “strong fellowship.”  I already feel sharper and better for it.  I am just really pumped that the evil one never has a hold on us and he can’t keep good brothers down!  We are victorious in the Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Hallelujah!!!

Hey, listen, we are real brothers and we had a pretty good brother fight!  It’s all good!  I have a younger sister, but my friends and I sure would go at it when we were kids!  I remember plenty times rolling around on the ground wrestling it out or hitting each other with sticks!  It got nuts sometimes!  Don’t worry, I won’t wrestle or hit any of you with sticks.  My point is that real trusted brothers disagree sometimes and sometimes we have to engage in strong fellowship to work it out, and that is okay…as long as we do what my brother and I did–forgive and move forward in love.  Boom!  Jesus is Lord and He reigns up in here!  That’s how real brothers in Christ do it!

I hope you read this tonight brother!  Grace and peace to you!  You will always be my brother!

Forgive and love each other folks!  Grace and peace to you all!

Ryan

Proverbs 27 v 5 & 6

I am not a prophet, & I don’t have any fancy titles or phrases

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I just want to make it very clear to everyone in the whole world that I have never in my life claimed to be a prophet and I don’t have any fancy titles and I don’t use fancy phrases.  I never went to seminary, and I am not a pastor.  I have served Jesus since October of 1996 and I’m just me.  I did receive four years of training in the Bible, discipleship, and evangelism through Campus Crusade for Christ when I was in college (’96-2000), and that solid foundation of training has been a blessing in preaching the Gospel and ministering to people in need.  I am currently medically unemployed due to Celiac Disease and I don’t pretend to be anybody.  I am nothing.  Just dust and breath.  A sinner saved by grace, and nothing more.  I don’t pretend to be anything.  I received salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Freely I have received, freely I give.  If you would like to read my testimony, please click the link below.

Heart Poured Out

I have been open and honest about who I am and who I was before I knew Jesus.  I have never hidden my “true nature” from anyone.  I have been honest about my sinful nature and how God saved me.  From the day I started this blog, I have been straightforward about my life and my faith.  I have shared stories and pictures of my family.  I have shared my struggles.  I have preached the truth in love.  I don’t have to hide from anyone.  I am a redeemed child of God!  Be careful who you judge and the kind of judgments that come out of your mouth.  Calling someone a “false prophet” is very serious!  I don’t know any prophets and I’m sure not one!  I am just a man who God has called to preach the Gospel like He has with many Christians around the world.  That’s it.  I rebuke anyone in the Name of Jesus who calls me a prophet or false prophet!  I am neither of those titles and I never will be!

I have never given myself a fancy title and I never received one from God or man.  I don’t use fancy phrases.  I just write how I write.  If you feel that is fancy, well okay, I’m not trying to be.  This is just how the Spirit writes through me.  All the glory goes to God for everything that is written on this blog.

It is sad when Christians try to justify their sins and mistakes instead of repenting.  It is hurtful when brothers in Christ lash out in sinful anger.  For instance, cussing is cussing.  The D word, The S word, The F word–yes, all of those are cussing and considered “unwholesome talk” (Ephesians 4:29), and if you don’t know that or if you use those words and try to justify using them, then you have a lot more to learn.  As I said in my post titled Tongue of Fire, I struggled with bad language for a long time.  I do not judge anyone.  I leave that to the Lord and His Word.  His Word is convicting enough!  If you want to fight God over His Word, okay, enjoy that.  You are going to lose that fight.

I am just a sinner saved by grace striving to live out His Word, and I pray for the strength to do it victoriously.  Am I perfect?  No, but I keep moving forward in His grace, forgiveness, and love every day, and so should you.

Grace and peace to you all!

Galatians 6 v 14 boast in Christ

 

Jesus Doesn’t Change

Boulder weather change
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

There is an old saying here in Colorado, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.”  The weather can change rapidly and viciously here.  Blizzards, lighting, and the notorious Colorado hail are among the worst.  I love my state, but we have to be prepared for the ever changing weather that comes down from the Rocky Mountains.

Do you know who doesn’t change though?  Jesus!  He doesn’t change like the finicky weather.  He is the same today as He was almost 2,000 years ago!

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8

That is great news folks!  That means His love for you remains the same.  He does not change like we do!  I love that stability from Jesus.  I can trust Him completely!

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.”

Jesus speaking in John 10:27-30

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name.”

Hebrews 13:15

That is what I am going to do today.  I am going to focus on Jesus and praise Him for His love for me that never changes!  I love our ever changing weather here in Colorado, but I am very glad that is not how Jesus is.  He stays true to us forever, and no one can snatch us out of His hand!

You can trust in Jesus!  Salvation and Life are in His hands!

Grace and peace to you all!

James 1 v 17 perfect gift from above

 

Christian Brothers Disagree Sometimes

Love deeply verse

Good evening brothers and sisters.  I wanted to take a minute to explain a few things.  I had a good Christian brother that I met here on WordPress disagree with how I honored the victims of 9/11 today.  He blocked me on his twitter and stopped following my blog.  That is unfortunate, but it happens.  Sometimes Christian brothers disagree on things.  Peace to you brother.

I want to thank everyone who has been reading my blog!  I appreciate you all even though we sometimes have different views on things.  This site is a place where you are going to hear the truth.  Some of it might be hard to hear, but I won’t apologize for speaking the truth.  We are to preach the Truth of the Gospel and speak truth to power regarding issues in our society.  Jesus and the Apostles did the same thing.

I honored my mother in law who passed away six years ago today.  I also honored our fallen brothers and sisters today by encouraging people to seek the truth, sharing Bible verses, and saying prayers.  My posts regarding 9/11 were not meant to be offensive in any way and I was not talking about politics.  I was speaking truth regarding something I care deeply about because I love my country deeply, and I want justice for those who died.  It had nothing to do with politics!  I want to make that very clear.  I was told what I was talking about was the same thing as talking about politics at a funeral.  That is not at all what I was doing!  I rebuke that sinful assessment of my writing in the Name of Jesus!

I have made it very clear many times on my blog that I will always be real, open, and honest about what I believe.  I am not going to back down from that.  If I offended you in any way, it is always your prerogative to leave my site.  Just don’t tweet angry emojis or cuss in your blog posts about it.  You are wasting your breath, you will just need to repent later, and it’s not going to phase me in the least anyway.

Nobody is going to step on my ministry, and I will just keep marching for Christ.  I have been serving Jesus and preaching the Gospel for almost 22 years and I am not stopping now!  The better way to confront me would be to speak to me directly in an intelligent conversation.  I am always up for a good conversation and I don’t mind hearing how someone might disagree with me as long as it is respectful.  As Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  We have freedom of speech and I am going to speak freely on my blog without fear of persecution or judgment, even from other Christians.  I hope you do the same!

I know who I am in Jesus, and I am confident in Him.  I know the Word of God and I am confident in that too.  I will pick the truth up when it falls in the street, I will dust it off, and I will send it on its way.  That applies to the Bible and to issues in society.  I strive to speak the truth in love, and it was in love that I wrote all of my posts today.

I didn’t expect such harsh judgment from another brother in Christ.  I love and forgive him.  May God’s love wash over our hearts and may His will be done.

Grace and peace to you all!

In Christ Forever,

Ryan

Alaska northern lights with dogs
This picture is in memory of my Mother in law Bev.  I spent the day remembering her and those we lost on 9/11, and I did it with great respect and love in my heart!

 

Remembering My Wife’s Mother Today

Alaska best

Six years ago, on 9-11-2012, my wife’s mother Bev passed away due to Alzheimer’s Disease.  She was only in her 60s.  Bev loved the Lord and she was an awesome lady!  I am forever grateful that I met her and grew to know and love her as my mother in law and friend.

My wife is from Alaska, and she is Alaska tough just like her Mom was!  Her mother was an outdoor girl growing up.  She absolutely loved the outdoors and she was not afraid to venture into wolf and grizzly country.  Bev went hunting in the dangerous wilds of Alaska with her father as a young girl, and she could shoot a rabbit in the eye at 100 yards with iron sights!  They hunted and planted great organic gardens, and ate what God provided from the land and sea.  My wife’s Grandparents were pioneers to Alaska before it became the 49th state (on January 3, 1959) of these United States, and her Grandpa and Dad built many of the houses in their neighborhood, including the one my wife grew up in.

My wife grew up living off the land in much the same way.  Bev kept a lush garden and green house in the backyard, and they harvested what they needed from both.  No need for the store for those things.  Her Dad hunted deer and moose, and they harvested kings and halibut from the sea.  My father in law even built a little smoke shack in their backyard to smoke the salmon–so good!  My wife grew up in such a cool way!

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Alaska Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). My wife has seen this happen. She said the lights make a swooshing sound in the sky!
Deshka River
Deshka River, Alaska

I loved fishing with Bev!  We went on an awesome king salmon fishing trip on the Deshka River many years ago with my wife’s parents.  By the way, my father in law is a great guy, and he is the most generous man I have ever known!  I have learned a lot of very useful skills from him too.  It was amazing fishing the Deshka with 24 hours of sunlight!  I think we fished for over 10-12 hours straight!  I will never forget the giant grizzly bear paw prints along the river’s edge where we fished.  I am sure they were there watching us the whole time…we just couldn’t see them!  I caught the biggest river fish of my life there too.  Those king salmon are huge!  I highly recommend visiting Alaska at some point in your life!

Homer boat dock
Homer, Alaska, Boat Marina

On a different trip, we had a great time at their family cabin in Homer.  We did some amazing halibut fishing on the open ocean and filled the giant cans with them!  My father in law’s boat is great, and it was the first time I had ever fished like that.  You have to club those halibut real good or they won’t stop flopping around!  I was so sore after that trip!  Back at the cabin, Bev and I fished for little dolly varden fish right off the beach and we were catching them one after another!  It was hilarious and Bev and I were laughing as we kept reeling them in!  We had a great fish fry that night!  That time fishing with Bev is one of the best memories of my life!

Bev was a real joker too and she got me real good one time.  This was back when I first met my wife’s family after college.  We were having dinner and I asked her Dad what the scar was on his shoulder.  Bev said, “he got bit by a shark in Hawaii.”  I knew they did a lot of snorkeling there on family vacations, so I believed her and I was amazed as I asked about the event.  Bev started laughing because I fell for the joke so hard.  The scar was only from rotator cuff surgery.  I always laugh thinking about that.  Bev had a great sense of humor!

Bev was a fun lady to be around and she cooked the best grilled king salmon and fried halibut that I have ever had in my life!  We miss her and we love her, and we find great peace knowing she is at home with her Savior.  We love you Bev!

I pray this post is a blessing to all who knew and loved Bev.  Grace and peace to my wife and all of our family as we remember her today!  Grace and peace to you all!

“Be still, and know that I am God..”

Pslam 46:10

Alaska picture beautiful