Fall time is approaching slowly, but steadily. It has been a hot summer here in Colorado! We had fires in the mountains all summer, and some of them are still burning! Fortunately, the cool winds of change are coming down from the Rockies at night signaling the first peek at fall. Rain and snow will be coming soon. It’s harvest time!
We have lived in our current home for 12 years. I planted a small peach tree when we first moved in, and now it is full grown. It is a beautiful tree and Colorado is well known for growing great peaches. The Western Slope has some of the best peaches in the world!
Our peach tree had not fruited peaches for several years. One big problem we have with the weather here is our crazy springtime! In April and May, we can get nasty snow storms and freezing temperatures just as all the plants are trying to wake up from winter and bloom. Many times, it will be warm and sunny and the peach tree will have buds and it will be doing great, then we get a heavy slushy snow with plunging temps, and boom, no peaches. The tree goes into shock and won’t produce fruit that year.
This summer was different! We received a bunch of nice humid moisture from the storms in the Gulf of Mexico that brought much needed rain and humidity to our dry high desert plain climate. For about a week we could smell the moisture in the air and feel it on our skin, and that is not something we usually get.
All the plants loved it, especially the peach tree, and it responded by producing fruit! We were all so excited that a bad storm didn’t shock the tree again! It was beautiful!
There is something very gratifying about working your land and producing something valuable for your family. Caring for your plants, tending to them, watering them, defending them, and protecting them as they grow is a labor of love. Sometimes I have to prune branches that didn’t make it and are holding the tree back. Other times I have to prune it to give it shape and make it stronger. However, the tree remains. Even when it stopped producing fruit for years, I still kept it and our family enjoyed its presence, shade, and natural beauty. I still cared for it and prayed it would produce fruit.
God loves us like that. Sometimes He has to prune us, discipline us, and make us better. Sometimes that hurts, but God knows it is for our good, and He does it out of perfect love. Once you are His by believing in Jesus, He will never leave you nor forsake you. God knows what we need. We do not have to beg. He knows our hearts. We cannot pretend. He loves us perfectly, and that perfect love drives out fear.
1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.”
Are you a Christian who is feeling disheartened or in shock? If so, welcome to the club! We have all felt that way at times! Walking with Jesus and pursuing holiness in a world full of sin is not easy, and that is an understatement! I want to encourage you…God has not given up on you!
You might be in a season of pruning or discipline from the Lord, or maybe something happened to you that has you in a state of shock, but take heart, He is with you, He is working on you, and He loves you! You will produce fruit again just like my peach tree! Keep walking with the Lord. Listen to His soft whisper. Make your heart known to Him in prayer. He knows exactly what you need, and He cares for you.
Don’t give up, keep going, and give the fight to God! It is hard being a Christian in this world. Remember, it was harder for Jesus first. He knows our struggle and He is with us! I encourage you to lean into Jesus. He will show you the way to go every time!
God bless you all!
In John 15:3-5, Jesus tells his disciples:
“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
I posted a pretty long piece this morning titled “Heart Poured Out.” What I did this morning was share my testimony of how and why I came to believe in Jesus. I am writing this as an addition to that post in order to expand on a few things.
This site is not about me or for my glory. This blog is to bring fame and glory to Jesus Christ by telling people what He has done for me. I know my testimony is strange. I know when somebody talks about angels and demons that person is going to look crazy. Look, I know. I was the ultimate unbeliever, very worldly, and I used to hate Christians. All I can do is tell people the truth of what I know, and hope and pray that people listen. I can’t force you to accept Christ and I can’t make you listen. What I can do though is serve God with my whole heart and tell people openly and honestly about the supernatural events I have lived through…and not just me, but what my whole family lived through (Dad, Mom, and my younger sister). My hope is it will help you make the best decision you could ever make regarding your eternal soul.
What would people rather I do, not tell them? What would you do? What if you had moved into a house haunted by a demon when you were 13 years old and had to live with it all through your High School years? Would you tell anybody, or would you hide it out of fear of rejection and ridicule? Nobody wants to look crazy, right? What if you had accepted Jesus your freshman year of college, and you had defeated the demon in the power of the Holy Spirit? What would you do if angels rescued you from a violent man? What would you do if you had stopped breathing at age 33 and Jesus saved you yet again? Would you tell anybody then? I sure hope so, and that is exactly why I wrote my book (One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life) and started this blog! That all happened to me and more, so I have devoted my life to Christ and I tell people.
Not telling people is like watching a man drowning and doing nothing to help save the man’s life. What kind of person would I be if I kept what I know about the spiritual realm and Jesus to myself? I would be just like the coward who does nothing to help the drowning man. The world is drowning, and I have the life raft. I’m trying to help save you!
The Lord told his disciples in Matthew 28:18-20:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
That verse is called the Great Commission and that is exactly what I have been doing since I met and received Jesus in 1996. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords, and He told us to share the Gospel and spread it to all nations. I am obeying the Lord, trying to help the lost, and I am not ashamed of Jesus (Romans 1:16).
Ephesians 6:12 explains perfectly what is really going on in this crazy world.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
That means our struggle is not against each other. It is against real evil on earth! Satan, a.k.a Lucifer, really was the lead angel of music, he really did get kicked out of Heaven when he rebelled and fought God, and he and his army of demons (fallen angels) are still here on earth. I know, I used to think it was a bunch of bologna too, but it’s not! That is why we need God! We absolutely need Jesus and the Holy Spirit or we are naked and weak before evil. We need Holy Armor to be protected and to be able to defeat those spiritual forces of evil. That is not some metaphor folks. There are actual demons on earth and they attack people, invade homes, and invade people too. I’m not trying to scare you, but if it does it should if you don’t know the Lord.
You understand that just because you might not believe in something, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or isn’t real, right? I didn’t believe in it either…until my family moved into a haunted house and we were terrorized for four years poltergeist style. That is what led me to Jesus. It wasn’t until I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior that I had the power to overcome evil. It wasn’t until I read the Bible that I found the answers to what we had lived through. I didn’t want anything to do with Jesus or church or any of it up until that point.
The real enemy is the evil one! I listened to Satan’s lies for years, and all he ever tried to do was kill me!
In John 10:10 Jesus says,
“The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
1 Peter 5:8 warns us,
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
Jesus defeated the evil one when He died on that cross and He defeated sin and death too. The Power of Jesus is still here today. It is available to you at anytime. All you have to do is repent and receive Him. He will receive you as His own and forgive you just like He did for me. You will also be empowered by the Holy Spirit to overcome sin and evil. It is so awesome that my writing couldn’t even hope to capture that power in the most perfect prose!
God bless you all, and remember, nothing is impossible with God!
“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.”
It is Sunday morning here in America! It’s a big day today! Why? Just because it’s Sunday! It’s a morning for pancakes, waffles, and bacon (mmmm bacon)! It’s a day for family and rest! I love Sunday!
All across America Pastors are getting ready to preach their sermons and millions of Americans are getting their families together for church. I am praying for you Pastors! Don’t forget to pray for your Pastors, they need it too!
It’s also the early start of fall right now, which means the start of football season! No, not the world cup “bend it like Beckham” kind of football (although I like that too). I’m talking head cracking, bone crushing American football! Sunday used to be a time when we would all come together. Together for church and together for football. Republican, Democrat, rich, poor, white, black, cop, civilian, it didn’t matter! Fire up that grill and let’s watch some football! I know, I know, a lot of people in America are mad at the football players right now. Not many people watched the games last year. It got crazy on all sides. Folks, please listen, we must move forward together as a country in peace. We have all had our say and everyone knows where everybody stands on every single issue we could have ever talked about in politics, and we will continue our individual and collective struggles until Kingdom come. Politics in this country swings on a fickle pendulum. It goes left, it goes right, and sometimes it kind of swings in the middle. Politics in America is like the weather. If you don’t like it at the moment, don’t worry, it will soon change.
So, please, for the sake of everything good and right in this land, let us respect each other’s differences and viewpoints and move forward together. From my Christian perspective, what is the alternative? Hate? That is an awful choice, and we all know it. When all is said and done, men are still going to play football despite the risk of CTE brain injury, people are still going to watch football despite kneeling players, and players are still going to kneel even though the owners forbid it.
I don’t respect somebody disrespecting my country’s flag or any other country’s flag for that matter (there are better ways to prove your point), but I do respect their right to do it. That is America folks! We can disagree, and we can blog about it, write about it, preach about it, protest about it, and say whatever we want to say and I love that! There will be people you don’t agree with. I say this with all love, we have to learn to get over it. I call it strong fellowship like when you have an argument with a loved one. It hurts, but as long as we learn from each other and respect each other, then real change can come through mutually beneficial understanding, and life will get better. There has been a lot of good that has come out of the last several years of real strong fellowship we have been having in this country. People are awake and listening to all types of issues they never knew about before on all sides. That is the beauty of freedom.
People have their right to free speech here, and I love that! I am a writer. I can’t imagine living in a country where I didn’t have the freedom to speak my mind! Take note of that Google, Facebook, and all the other big tech companies, and stop trying to censor people you don’t agree with! You will never take our right to speak freely without fear! The human heart is unstoppable with all its passion, desire, and wildness! Even if they killed the internet, people would start printing presses in their basements and the truth would still get out! Amen.
Why am I writing about Sunday, church, football, and free speech? Bit heavy for a Sunday morning, I know. Well, I have been up since 4 a.m. due to issues with Celiac Disease and I have been praying and thinking a lot since then. Our country is broken right now. It has been for quite some time. I love my country deeply. I was born in the Heartland near the Mississippi River where Huck Finn floated down for miles on his wooden raft, and the humidity is so thick you can spoon it right out of the sky. I am a country boy at heart! I grew up in Littleton, CO though near Santa Fe and Littleton Blvd. I had friends of every color and religion. I even had a friend who was from Native Aztec lineage, and I even knew some gang members. The schools were tough and I grew up learning to earn and show respect.
It hurts my heart to see my country so angry and hurting. It hurts to see the constant hate baiting comments recycled 24 hours a day non stop through our media networks. Most of it is not true, and only serves to fire up whichever side it is written for, but I digress. What is my point here?
My point is that we all desperately need forgiveness. We need to forgive each other, and that is not easy to do for most human beings no matter what race, color, creed, or religion you are. The number one thing that has helped me be forgiving more than any other thing in life is one simple verse from the Bible. The Book of Ephesians is a letter from Paul to the church at Ephesus, which was an ancient Greek city. Paul is writing the believers there to encourage them in their faith and give them wise advice on how to live a righteous life and be imitators of God. In chapter 4 verse 32 Paul writes, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
That verse stops me dead cold every time! “Just as in Christ God forgave you.” That is how much we are to forgive! It doesn’t say forgive if you feel like it, or if it is easy. He says to forgive like Jesus does!
Let me help put this into perspective by explaining how Jesus forgave us and what He had to do to make that happen. This is one of my favorite sections of scripture and it is fitting for this fine Sunday morning:
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Intense huh? What that means is that God came down to earth and made Himself a man, His Son Jesus. Yes, I know that is weird. How can somebody be two people at once? Well, the simple answer is because He is God and all things are possible with Him (Matthew 19:26). Also, it’s not just two in one, but three in one, the trinity. Don’t forget about the Holy Spirit. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work together and are all part of who God is. God literally came to earth to die for us, so we could be with Him forever in Heaven. That is how much He forgives and loves us!
Let’s dive a bit deeper into God’s forgiving character.
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember there sins no more.”
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”
“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
So, what do we learn about God’s character and how He forgives? If we ask for forgiveness, he will forgive us and purify us completely. He will remember our sins no more (1 Corinthians 13:5 reminds us He keeps no record of wrongs too). He lavishes us with grace as he forgives us and we are redeemed. Finally, He removes our sins from us completely and we are completely forgiven!
Next time somebody wrongs you or you wrong somebody else, remember how much we all need forgiveness. Let this Sunday morning be a morning of forgiveness. Tell shame to pipe down! Tell regret to go home! Today is today. It is not yesterday and it is not tomorrow. Take a deep breath. You know what that really is? A fresh start, a new beginning, and another chance! Don’t waste it being bitter. Our time goes way too fast down here for that.
Here’s to Sunday morning sermons and Sunday afternoon Football, and here’s to forgiveness for everyone! Cheers!
Bless you all!
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
Hello World! Welcome, and grace and peace to you! This is my first ever blog and first ever blog post! I recently published my first book on Amazon.com called “One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life.” Colorado, USA is my home base where my wife of 17 years and I raise our two awesome kids together in peace. I am an Independent Christian Author, Evangelist (meaning I share the Gospel any chance I get), Minister (meaning I love and help people), and Freelance Writer. I created this site in order to connect with readers and seekers of truth from around the world. My prayer and purpose for this site is to reach out to a hurting world and be available as an online minister to anyone in need. My passion in life is to help people come to know Jesus, and help people understand the Bible and apply it in their every day lives.
I have had a very strange and supernatural life, and that is why I have dedicated my life to serving the King of kings and Lord of lords. My book is a memoir and my testimony of how I came to know Jesus. It is not your typical Christian testimony and I am definitely not your typical Christian (if there really is such a thing). I came to Christ in October of 1996 after living through my High School years engaging in drug and alcohol abuse, and living in absolute terror in a house in St. Charles, IL. I learned the hard way at a young age that everything the Bible talks about is true!
After I accepted Christ, the supernatural events continued, but they were different with Jesus. This time it was much more peaceful and beautiful than anything I could have ever imagined I would live through. The Lord showed me clearly that I belong to Him now. I have been walking with Jesus for almost 22 years now, and it has been an amazing journey! He is alive, He loves us, and He is moving in power among us still today!
I wrote my book and I am writing this blog because I have a great burden to tell people the truth! You need to know that the spiritual realm is real. You need to know that our souls are eternal. Most importantly, you need to know your Creator and your Savior, and I am telling you right here and now that I am living proof that God exists and His Son Jesus is alive!
I invite you to contact me. If you need prayer, have a question about my testimony, God, faith or anything at all, or you just want to comment, I am available. It is my hope and prayer that this blog shines the light of Jesus so brightly that it cuts through the darkness that is so prevalent down here in the valley of the shadow of death. Jesus rescued me and my whole family from that darkness, and He will do the same for you!
God bless you all!
Unashamed for Life!
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” -Jesus