Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in America. We have been enjoying spending time together on our Thanksgiving break this week. It has been a rough year for many of us around the world, but there are still so many blessings to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is a time to acknowledge those blessings and give thanks to God who graciously blesses us with them. May we all remember the goodness of God this year, and give Him the gratitude and praise He deserves.

The photo above was taken by my Mom at our old house in Colorado. We have a different kind of turkey down here in Florida known as Osceola Turkeys. There were a couple in our backyard in July. They are big funny birds, and we see them all the time in our neighborhood.

Photo by Ryan, Florida Osceola Turkey in our backyard

Since today is Thanksgiving Eve, we have been spending the day cooking and preparing for tomorrow. My wife is making her famous homemade cinnamon rolls, and we will be making cookies soon too. There are wonderful scents of cinnamon, brown sugar, and maple syrup in the air, and we are all looking forward to enjoying those delicious rolls. My wife says they are more like sticky buns because of the special glaze she cooks them in, so I suppose they should be called sticky cinnamon rolls. They sure are good, no matter what you call them.

My wife preparing the cinnamon rolls. Notice the delicious sugary glaze, yummy.

God has been so good to us this year. He has given us victory over health challenges, and seen us through many trials and troubles. He is so very faithful, merciful, loving, and forgiving, and we give Him praise!

“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” -Psalm 103:1

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” -Psalm 107:1

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” -Colossians 2:6-7

I know many of you are suffering and are in the midst of serious trials right now. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Let us not forget our brothers and sisters who need our support and prayers. Please pray for our good friend and sister in Christ, Vivian. Her husband Mark has been battling brain cancer for many months now. Please pray for them and their four children. Vivian has specifically asked for prayers for peace. We know God can do all things, and He can heal and perform miracles at anytime. Please lift up their family to the Lord.

You can also bless them financially through PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/helpoutviv

As we go through hard times, may the promises in God’s Word encourage and refresh our hearts, and may the peace and comfort of the Lord be with us. The Lord will never leave us nor forsake us. He will be with us always to the very end, just as He promised.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” -Jesus speaking in John 14:1-4

Count your blessings this Thanksgiving, give thanks to the Lord, and love each other deeply from the heart. From our family to yours, have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

Grace and peace to you all!

So Thankful!

Photo by Ryan, Venice Beach, Sunset

Hello friends and family, and God bless you all! This will just be a quick post to follow up on my prayer request regarding my health. The doctor called me today to discuss the blood work and ultrasound results for my thyroid and liver, and he gave me good news. Everything is normal and healthy, and no further testing is necessary! Praise God!

Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement! I am so thankful to the Lord for the excellent news! My heart, liver, thyroid, and all my enzyme levels are okay and functioning properly. They even checked the common bile duct and the area where the gallbladder was removed, and all of that looks great too. It is very comforting to know that my body is still working right even after all I’ve suffered with Celiac. Glory to God!

Now I just want to move forward and get back to writing consistently for the Lord. Thank You, Jesus, for all You have done for me and my family! Your grace is truly sufficient in all things!

No matter what you are going through, keep trusting in Jesus, and never give up. He’s got your back and He will see you through it to the very end!

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Grace and peace to you all!

Veterans Day 2021

Today is Veterans Day. It is the day we give thanks, honor, and respect to all our brave veterans who have served and are serving our country in the armed forces. Thank you all for your service and sacrifice in defense of our freedom and security. God bless you all and your families!

The service of the courageous men and women in our military reminds me of three Bible verses regarding what Jesus did for us, how much He loves us, and how we should love one another. These verses teach us about the character and humility of Jesus, and show us what love truly is.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” -1 John 3:16

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” -Jesus speaking in John 15:13

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Jesus speaking in Mark 10:45

Jesus set the highest example of love and service when He died for us on the cross to save us from sin and death. Our veterans are the epitome of this love and service as they have laid down their lives to serve our country and protect our people. Jesus deserves all the glory, praise, and honor for laying down His life to save our souls, and our veterans deserve respect, honor, and gratitude for courageously following His example.

Grace and peace to all of our veterans! Thank you for your service and for loving our country so much you were willing to lay down your very lives for us!

Grace and peace to America! Grace and peace to you all!

“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

Health Update & Prayer Request

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Hello, friends and family. God bless you all. Just wanted to give a quick update on my visit with the doctor regarding my heart, and ask for prayer again regarding some of the things we discussed.

First of all, thank you all for praying for me. The doctor gave me mostly good news about my heart and blood work results. There is a small amount of build up in my aorta showing a bit of atherosclerosis, but he said it is minor and normal for my age. The echocardiogram and stress test didn’t show anything serious. He said my heart is fine and joked with me that I could live to be 150 with the heart I have. He wasn’t sure what caused the chest pain back in March, but he thought it might have been due to the gallbladder infection and stones I was suffering at that time. Remember, I had that removed just a few weeks after the chest pain episode.

Anyway, my cholesterol and triglycerides are excellent, so the atherosclerosis is just hereditary. It’s something he will check in 2 years, but nothing he was worried about. Praise God my heart is okay!

He said my vitamin D levels and sodium were low, so I need to start taking a D supplement and adding a little salt to my diet, but my glucose, and red and white blood cell count were excellent. It’s actually pretty amazing I’m only deficient in vitamin D after 10 years fighting Celiac. He said he could tell I eat very good, and told me to keep up the good diet.

The only discouraging news was that the blood results showed my thyroid and liver enzymes were too high, so he was concerned about that and ordered more tests. I had to get more blood drawn this morning, and next Wednesday I’m having an ultrasound done for my liver. I am really tired of all these medical appointments, especially getting jabbed for blood work. Please pray for healing for my thyroid and liver. He is hoping it was just a fluke in the lab results from a little dehydration, but he wants to make sure it’s nothing serious.

The worst thing I am still dealing with is the terrible hemorrhoid pain I suffer at times. As embarrassing as it is, I must ask for prayer for that to be completely healed. It is awful and it is really affecting my quality of life. Several times a week I have to lay on my side for a few hours because I can barely walk or sit down. I’ve already seen doctors and specialist surgeons about it, and surgery is not an option for me. I cry out to God every day to heal me of it. On top of everything else I deal with, it is truly a painful and humiliating ailment to suffer.

History records that Martin Luther also suffered terrible hemorrhoids, which actually gives me a sense of closeness and fellowship with him. It also makes me respect him and his reformation ministry even more knowing the pain he was going through during his preaching and teaching. I’m sure he asked the Lord to heal him many times.

In all my suffering, I am trusting in the Lord to see me through it victoriously. I get very discouraged and feel a deep hopelessness at times, but I know God can heal me at anytime and He can do all things. Nothing is impossible for the Lord. He has done incredible miracles in my life, and I know He can heal me, restore me, and make all things new. May His will be done.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and encouragement. I know many of you suffer from chronic illness. I am praying for you too. Let us never give up hope! Someday the Lord will take away all the pain and wipe away every tear. May that great hope overflow in our hearts as we wait for the Lord and trust in Him. He will never leave us nor forsake us, and we will see Him in eternal glory very soon!

Grace and peace to you all!

Praise Report!

First, I want to thank everyone who prayed for me regarding my surgery today. Guess what?! The cyst has been getting smaller and healing, and when I went in this afternoon for surgery the doctor said I didn’t need surgery anymore!! Praise God!! God is so good!!

The doctor said it is resolving naturally and it will go away in time. What an awesome answer to all of our prayers! Now I just have the appointments for the blood work and the tests for my heart. I pray for continued good news with that too!

I am so glad I didn’t need surgery today! I have been so tired from all the health issues. This is a huge blessing from the Lord! I pray it completely heals and never comes back!

May we all praise God for His goodness and faithfulness to us! He cares for us deeply, and He heals our wounds. He takes our anxiety and comforts us. His love is truly amazing! We can trust Him with all our hearts, no matter what we go through!

Thank You, Jesus, for Your love and faithfulness! Thank You for healing me and delivering me from the surgery! Thank You for Your grace and mercy! Thank You so much, Lord! I love You! Amen!

Thank you all again for praying for me! Jesus hears our prayers, and our prayers in His Name are powerful! Don’t ever forget that. May we always trust in Him and believe He can do all things!

“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, ‘ declares the LORD…” -Jeremiah 30:17

All blessing, praise, glory, and honor belong to Jesus! May we glorify His Name forever!

Grace and peace to you all!

Please Pray For Me

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Hello, friends and family. God bless you all. I had a concerning doctor appointment yesterday, so I am reaching out for prayer.

The main reason I went to the doctor was due to a painful cyst on the back of my upper right thigh. The doctor examined it and he will be removing it on Monday. He also put me on an antibiotic. Please pray the surgery goes well, and the Lord protects and heals me. It was the first time visiting this doctor because we have new insurance, so he did a complete physical wellness check on me, including an EKG to check my heart. The EKG showed an anomaly in my heart that concerned the doctor, and my heart rate was also below 60.

The doctor asked if anything had happened recently where I had any pain in my chest because the EKG showed something serious had happened. Some of you may remember the event I had back in March where I thought I suffered a heart attack. I told him about that day and how I had a gripping pain in my heart like someone was squeezing it, and how my left arm had gone numb. I let him know I didn’t call for help or go to the hospital, but it lasted for several hours, then went away. He said I should have gotten help because I most likely had a heart attack.

Based on the EKG and what I told him, he set up appointments for me to have blood work done, and have an echocardiogram and stress test to examine my heart. On top of everything else I have suffered over the last almost 10 years with Celiac, and my recent gallbladder surgery in April, this is all a bit shocking and discouraging. I don’t know what happened to my heart, but it’s not looking good.

Please pray prayers of healing, strength, and peace for me. Please pray for my wife and kids too. My daughter asked me last night, “Daddy, you’re not going to die, are you?” I reassured her that God is in control and He is with us. I told her the Lord determines when we take our last breath, and I don’t think I’m going anytime soon.

I have been dealing with fatigue since the gallbladder surgery. I thought it was just from nutrient deficiencies due to Celiac, but maybe it’s my heart too. I don’t know, but whatever the doctor saw on the EKG was enough for him to know I had suffered something with my heart, and he wants to find out what is wrong.

I have been through so much pain and suffering since I was diagnosed with Celiac on 1-6-2012. I am very tired from it all. Please pray the Lord lifts me up and restores me to good health. I just want to be here for my wife and kids. I’m only 43. I hope it’s not my time yet. If it’s the Lord’s will to take me home when I’m young, then so be it, but I pray He heals me and blesses our family with many more years together.

Jesus has brought me this far, and He has been with me through every step of this fiery trial of suffering. I trust Him and love Him, and I know He will never leave me. May His will be done in all things.

To all my brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you for praying for me and my family. May we always make the most of each day and be found pleasing the Lord.

Grace and peace to you all.

25 Years Walking With Jesus

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Today is October 11th, 2021. 25 years ago, at the age of 18 in 1996, I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I actually don’t remember the exact date, but I know it was a Friday in October, and I’m pretty sure it was the second Friday that month, which was the 11th. It was the day my life changed forever when God took a confused and hurting teenager, and turned me into a Gospel preaching man of God. God has been so good and faithful to me, and I give Him all the glory and praise as I celebrate my salvation anniversary!

When the Lord called me and drew me near, I was utterly lost in the darkness of drugs and alcohol. I loved to party, and I hated God and Christians. Thinking back to who I was, and how God still loved me and wanted to save me reminds me of a famous verse in Romans.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8

I am so grateful for God’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness! The depth and power of His love is truly great and beyond comprehension! Nothing in my entire life compares to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus! Thank You, Lord!

1996 was my freshman year in college. I had just come from a terrifying ordeal that lasted 4 years all through high school, and I desperately needed the Lord. Many of you have read my book and you know my testimony. For those who don’t, those 4 years were horrific. My family was not saved at that time. In the middle of my 8th grade year we moved to Illinois, and we ended up living in a house that was possessed by a demon. It was an extremely dark time for us, and it almost ruined our lives. You can read all about it in my book, “One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life.” I have also written about it here on my blog. Check out my post:

“Remember that time when…”

I have indeed had a very strange supernatural life. Even now, I don’t fully understand why, but for whatever reason God decided to use the spiritual realm to save my soul and strengthen my faith. Two years after accepting Jesus, the supernatural events continued when I had two miraculous encounters with angels in the summer of 1998. Then in 2012 I suffered anaphylactic shock, which caused me to stop breathing and die for a short time. I left my body in the Spirit, I was with Jesus for a moment in perfect peace, then He put me back in my body in the powerful wind of the Holy Spirit. The last 25 years have been truly amazing to say the least!

One thing I have learned without a doubt is that nothing is impossible for God. He can do anything at anytime, and He will do more than all you can ask or imagine! Jesus Christ is Lord, and He is alive! He is still the Resurrection and the Life, and He still performs miracles on earth! I give You praise, Lord!

“Jesus said to her, “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?” -John 11:25-26

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” -Ephesians 3:20-21

“For nothing is impossible with God.” -Luke 1:37

If you would like to know more about the day I stopped breathing and came back to life, check out my post:

My Lazarus Moment

I don’t know why all these amazing things have happened to me (and I stopped asking why a long time ago), but I do know God wants to use it for His glory to help people come to Jesus. People need hope, especially now in these dark times we are living in. I am here to tell you there is still hope! A great hope and joy that overcomes this dark world! God loves you and He wants to save your soul! He loves us so much that He gave us His Son to die for our sins, so we could be forgiven and spend eternity in Heaven! That my friends is the greatest hope of all!

“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

Another thing I have learned in my 25 year walk with Jesus is that everything in the Bible is true. The angels, the demons, the miracles, Jesus dying for us and raising to life, all of it! It’s all true! God’s Holy Word is His love letter to us, and every word in it is inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is living and active among us, and reading His Word will change your life in the best way possible!

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” -Hebrews 4:12-13

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” -Jesus praying in John 17:17

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” -2 Peter 1:20-21

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17

“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:31-32

God’s Word will lead you to the salvation of your soul and set you free! We all need forgiveness for our sins. Nobody is perfect. The Bible says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The great news of the Gospel is that God freely offers salvation to us by His grace through faith in Jesus. Eternal life in Heaven is the greatest gift God offers all of us. Do not make the grave mistake of rejecting that precious gift! Come to Jesus today and receive His beautiful mercy, grace, forgiveness, and love. He will accept you as His own and save your soul!

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” -Romans 3:21-24

“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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” -Romans 10:9-13

“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

Most of all, I have learned that Jesus is loving and faithful, and we can trust Him 100% to fulfill all His promises. I have not always been faithful to the Lord over the last 25 years, but He has been absolutely faithful to me. Where I have failed, He has corrected me, forgiven me, and picked me up again. He has never left me or forsaken me, and He never will. Jesus is pure love and devotion, and you will never know a greater love or faithfulness.

If you do not know Jesus, I pray the Lord opens your mind and heart to the truth, draws you close to Him, and saves your soul. God truly loves you more than you can imagine, and He does not want you to perish. He created you to know Him, be loved by Him, and spend eternity in Heaven. Come to Jesus this very moment, and He will fill you with His peace and love by the power of the Holy Spirit, and give you eternal life!

“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” -John 7:37-38

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6

Always remember, Jesus loves you and He will save your soul!

Grace and peace to you all!

The Condemnation Attack

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Some of you may have noticed that I have not been writing as consistently as I once did. It has been very difficult for me to write over the last several months due to physical and spiritual battles I have been going through. On top of dealing with pain from chronic illness, there has also been a great deal of suffering from homesickness, feelings of hopelessness, and horrible condemnation attacks from the enemy. The evil one loves to constantly accuse those who belong to Jesus, and remind us of times we have sinned or fallen away from the Lord. The attacks of condemnation are brutal, and many times are accompanied by dark thoughts of shame, guilt, and even suicide. It can leave a believer in Jesus feeling like a complete failure, and feeling isolated, alone, and abandoned, but we must remember who we are in Jesus. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!

“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

It is not easy talking about our struggles, but I write this in hopes that it will help other believers who are suffering the same attacks. None of us have followed the Lord perfectly since the day we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. Even the Apostle Paul was very open and real about his struggles and encouraged us to “press on toward the goal.” None of us are perfect, and of course we should never abuse the grace of the Lord or use our freedom as a cover up for sin, but the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us even if we slip. It is the evil one who tries to make us feel condemned and abandoned. Those types of thoughts are not from the Lord.

“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” -Romans 6:15

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” -Galatians 5:13

“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

If we fall into sin at some point during our walk with Jesus, there will be discipline and correction (and that can be painful), but the Lord promises to never leave us. He will finish the work He started in us, and He will fulfill His purpose for us. He will treat us with love in His discipline, and restore us in His wonderful grace, mercy, and forgiveness. He will never condemn or abandon us!

“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” -Hebrews 12:4-11

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 1:3-6

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;

your love, O LORD, endures forever–

do not abandon the works of your hands.” -Palm 138:8

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.” -Hebrews 13:5

We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus, and Jesus promised us that once we belong to Him nothing can snatch us out of His hand. Nothing can separate us from His love, we are sealed in the Holy Spirit, and He will never leave us! Through faith in Jesus, God does not treat us as our sins deserve. He forgives our sins, removes our sins from us, and remembers them no more! Just like the paralytic in Matthew, we can always and forever take heart that our sins are forgiven!

If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,

O LORD, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness;

therefore you are feared.” -Psalm 130:3-4

“The LORD is compassionate and gracious,

slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse,

nor will he harbor his anger forever;

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.” -Psalm 103:8-12

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” -Hebrews 8:12

“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

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” -1 John 2:1-2

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” -Ephesians 1:13-14

“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

“Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” -Matthew 9:1-2

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39

Amen! Thank You, Lord Jesus! Thank You so much for loving us, dying for us, and saving our souls! Thank You for Your discipline, and thank You for Your unending mercy, grace, and forgiveness! Thank You for never leaving us nor forsaking us! The condemnation attack is nothing compared to You, Lord! When those attacks come, help us remember Your Holy Word and Your promises! Help us draw the Sword of the Spirit, and cut the lies of the enemy down! All blessing, praise, honor, and glory be to You, Lord! In Your Holy Name, Lord Jesus, amen!

Always remember the Lord’s great mercy, grace, love, and forgiveness. Shame, guilt, and condemnation are attacks of the enemy. The sins we committed before we knew the Lord are painful, but it is the sins we fell into after knowing the Lord that the enemy uses against us the most. The condemnation attack is meant to make us feel separated from the Lord, forsaken, and abandoned, but those lies will never be able to stand up to the Truth of God’s Holy Word or His promises to those of us who believe in Jesus. If you have fallen, repent and run back to Jesus. He has never left you, and He never will. He is waiting for you with open arms to restore and heal you just like the father of the prodigal son.

“I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father.

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” -Luke 15:18-20

“I have swept away your offenses like a

cloud,

your sins like the morning mist.

Return to me,

for I have redeemed you.” -Isaiah 44:22

If you believe in Jesus, you will never be condemned! Remember His great love for you! Remember, and be at peace in the Lord! If you don’t know Jesus, today is the day of salvation. Come to Jesus this very moment, and your sins will be forgiven and your soul will be saved!

“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

Grace and peace to you all!

The Gospel Is Not Complicated

Photo by Ryan, Sunset, Venice, FL

I’d like to ask you a question. Do you want to go to Heaven? Most people would answer yes, and I hope you do too. The answer to how do we get to Heaven is only found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Gospel is not complicated. Jesus is the only One who died to forgive our sins, Jesus is the only Way to Heaven, and it is only through faith in Jesus that we can be saved and go to Heaven.

Most of my posts are at least a thousand words or more. This post will be short because I want you to focus on the simple truth of the Gospel, which teaches us that we must believe in Jesus to be saved. Saved from what, you might ask? Saved from eternal separation from God in the lake of fire. When we believe in Jesus, our sins are forgiven and we are given eternal life in Heaven.

As Jesus taught us:

“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 answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6

How do you put your faith in Jesus? Here is how the Apostle Paul answered that crucial question:

“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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” -Romans 10:9-13

Amen! That is the simple, powerful, and eternal truth of the Gospel. Believe in Jesus this very moment, and you will be saved!

I could write so much more, but as I said the Gospel is not complicated. We must come to Jesus by faith, and it is only through faith in Jesus that we are allowed into Heaven. If you would like to learn more about Jesus, the forgiveness of sins, and salvation, please check out the posts below:

Worth A Thousand Words

Jesus Died For The Sins Of The Whole World

If You Were To Die Today

May the Lord bless you, draw you to Himself, open your mind and heart to the truth, and save your soul.

Grace and peace to you all!

Happy Independence Day

Photo by Ryan, Venice Beach Fireworks show

To all my friends and family here in the United States, Happy Independence Day! I am publishing this late because we just got back from enjoying the best fireworks show I’ve ever seen. I waited to write a post, so I could add pictures and video from the show. They launched the fireworks from the jetty near Venice Beach, and we were standing right next to the launch site. We had a front row view, and we could feel the explosions in our chests. It was a beautiful and powerful display of Patriotic love for our country and we had a great time.

Our country is 245 years old today, and Americans all across America are celebrating freedom with joy in our hearts. As a nation, we are not perfect and we have many sins we need to repent from. We are also divided on many issues, and we desperately need God’s love and healing to flow through us all. Despite our problems, we as believers are called to love our neighbor. This whole country is our neighbor, and I love this country with all my heart.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” -Matthew 22:37-40

May we never give up on loving each other and praying for our country. You cannot love your neighbor if you hate your country. We can hate the sinful direction many in our country are pushing for, but that is not the direction everyone wants. Always love our country and never give up praying that the Lord will lead many more to repentance. Never give up praying for righteousness and healing to spread through our land.

This is still a country full of God’s mercy and blessings, and He still loves us. We are still a free people, and we must fight the good fight to remain free and honor all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Never give up standing up for righteousness, truth, and holiness. Never give up standing strong in God’s Holy Word. Nothing is impossible for God, and He can and will unleash great blessings on our nation as we seek Him and turn from sin.

As I watched the awesome fireworks show tonight, my heart swelled with love for my country, and I was reminded that we still have plenty of fight left in us to make things right. Keep preaching the Gospel, keep loving your neighbor, and keep standing strong in God’s truth. May His love never grow cold in our hearts. May it always burn brightly for His glory!

Check out this video from the finale of the show. I pray it encourages you to love our country and be thankful for the great freedom we enjoy every day.

Video by Ryan, Fireworks finale

God bless America, and may America bless God!

Grace and peace to you all!

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