Incoming -What is Happening

I know that it has been a while since I last wrote a blog, but I thought this would be a great time to let you all know of the incoming issues that are happening in our lives.

A couple of months ago, my wife went to the dermatologist because of a “mark” on her nose that wouldn’t heal. Come to find out, that “mark” was skin cancer. Well as anyone should do , we had it removed, it was cancer but it was the “least” dangerous of them all, because she took care of it right away. As I am writing this ( Dec. 6, 2013) she was cleared in the morning, in the meantime, this past Monday, she went for a mammogram and the doctor called her right after she was finished with the dermatologist and told her that he saw a lump. As you can expect, she was a little devastated (cancer does run in her side of the family). That leads me to this. So the Lord for the last couple of weeks or so has been showing me stuff through the Scriptures but I really had no idea why, until today with the news that Sherry received about the lump they found in her from her mammogram. So let me share with you all what He showed me.

It started right after Thanksgiving on Nov. 30 with this: Why do We (I) suffer? Why does God allow it? I have to remember that nothing ever happens to me or Sherry unless God allows it. I my never understand why but I need to live by faith. Believe and trust that the Lord has His reasons for it to happen. If I (Sherry too) can look past the pain for the moment and pray to see the bigger picture that God has for us, that we can find hope and even peace in what we (sherry) is going through. Then this Scripture was linked to this for me

1 Peter 5:10
After you have suffered a little while, our God, who is full of kindness through Christ, will give you his eternal glory. He personally will come and pick you up, and set you firmly in place, and make you stronger than ever.

Then on Dec. 2nd God revealed this to me: As a follower of Christ, we will go through hardships. The Lord has chosen to develop Sherry and I through difficulties and hardships just like he did with the Apostle Paul. God can’t mold and shape our lives unless we are willing to surrender and to be transparent before Him. We need to remind ourselves to learn to rest in His care and allow Him to work in our lives to the fullest. Not only will we grow to be like Him, we will be a testimony of His grace and hope to a dying World.

II Corinthians 1:4-5 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

Then finally on Dec. 4, two days prior to hearing the news, God shared this with me. The most powerful message I can give isn’t a sermon, it is a life I live when the pressure is on, temptation is tremendous, or buried deep of problems. The world needs to be exposed to believers who are obedient. By showing peace instead of anxiety or practicing patience rather than speaking a harsh word. A Follower of Jesus bears witness to the beauty of the gospel. I (we) attract unbelievers to Christ through our words and actions. We need to live with spiritual eyes. Jesus wants our eyes fixed on Him and our decisions and choices to please Him in His sight.

I write this for two reasons, the first, I have been keeping a log of my daily time with the Lord for over a year now and without this I would have not been able to remember all that He has done. I encourage you all to start writing down each day what God shares with you, you will be SURPRISED when you can look back and see how God has worked in your life. The second reason is because when God does something in your life we are told to tell others.

Luke 8:39 “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.

I hope that this brings encouragement and hope to you all and maybe I will write other things God has shown me in my life over the last year.

Food For Thought (Things that I am going through)

Where do I start on this day, oh yea right, from the beginning…..

The last few weeks I have been soul-searching. I know what God has called me to do in the past but recently I am not sure. So I want to share with you how He has been dealing with meImage

What direction should I go in? I have not been happy with the way my life has been for the last couple of weeks. I mean not with my marriage, I LOVE my wife with all my heart (25 years in may) and would not trade that for ANYTHING. I am talking about my job (career as I like to put it, yes there is a difference but for another time).

I am not sure where or what God wants me to do, I LOVE building relationships with students for the long haul, but I do know that missions is second. I am right now in a confused state and have been for few weeks and have been asking the Lord to talk to me and trying to hear His voice with nothing happening. I thought He wanted me to move on to another church, but that has not happened. I can’t see myself doing anything else but working with students full-time (people have suggested that maybe I need to become a pastor of a church, I just don’t see it). I am in a sadden state with our church and the no growth of it and even questioning myself as maybe I am part of the problem. Maybe I have reached my ceiling with reaching students, as you can see many thoughts are going on in my head at this moment.


But God has been slowly working with me (as always not as fast as I would like) so let me share some things that He has been showing me.

He started me with these verses

Matthew 11:29-30

Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

He also showed me some stuff out of Psalm 143:5-12, just today.

I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done.I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Interlude. Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me.Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

And from this, I learned to this. George remember my excitement and passion I had for youth from the beginning. I want you to reach out to me for help. But Lord I need an answer quickly as I am becoming sadden more and more everyday. I want to trust You but I need to hear from You, so I know where to go and what to do. Help me Lord to get rid of my doubt and confusion (enemy). Tell me so that I can stay in your Will. I am your servant, so please take this sadness away. 

Lastly I was shown this today in my devotions from Tony Evans:

Remember these seven keys as you trust in Christ to overcome the insurmountable circumstances in your life.

– Rest and prepare yourself for God’s service.
– Make sure you have a compassionate attitude.  
– Remember that God is interested in building His Kingdom through your situations.  
– Live so that non-believers can see Jesus through for you.
– Always give thanks for what God has given you, so He can use you to bless others.    
– Trust God during the impossible circumstances of life.    
– Remember that He works through weak things to make miraculous things

In closing, I am not sure where God is working in my life at this moment but I will “try to wait on Him for the answer.

Also I am not sure where you are in your life and what decisions or trails that you are facing but I hope that this will be you some encouragement.

No Control

I wrote this way back in June and never published it. I was wondering why until today. As I am writing this I really do understand about having no control, after losing my uncle at the beginning of August to near the end of August losing my mom (Both our with the Lord) and now recently my brand new truck getting hit. So having No control is more evident in my life than ever. Going to the Lord with all this has helped immensely. I do not know how people can go through life without the comfort that only God gives us.

So as you read this from back in June I hope that you find encouragement and hope that God can and will help you through all the areas where you feel No control.

The other day I went somewhere with someone else and they were driving. Can I tell you a secret, for the most part I do not like being the passenger in a vehicle. Now don’t get me wrong, believe it or not, I don’t mind if it is my wife driving, well maybe a little but I do like to take the opportunity to check out all the scenery while in the passenger seat but there is nothing like getting behind the wheel and just driving.

Sometimes I like to take adventures, my wife would say that we are lost but I look for the positive’s in that. Hey you really get to see different things when you are one an adventure (Lost). So why do I not like being the passenger? Well when my friend was driving, he would almost wait till he was about to rear end someone before he would apply pressure to the brake. I was on my side secretly pushing my brake, you know the one that we all have on the passenger’s side. The imaginary one that when we push on it, it does nothing but tense us up, but I digress. He did this for the whole 2 hours that it took to get to our destination.

At least when I am driving I do not think that I am waiting to hit someone but my wife might disagree. I like to be in control, and if we are honest with ourselves we all like to be in control in the car because we all hit that brake when others are driving.

So that brings me to this. We like to be in control in our lives as well and when we are not we think there is something wrong with us, when we are not in control with our lives we like to hit that imaginary brake to take control. There is “stuff” in your lives that you have no control over but yet you think you do. In my life I love control but I have noticed when I am not, it is God that is. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t always like God in control of my life but I know reluctantly that He knows what is best for me. If you don’t let God take control then what you are doing is letting the devil take control. Here is a saying that I use from time to time. “Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive”

Why not let God do the driving all the time. When life isn’t going how we’d like, and we don’t trust God, it’s easy to try to take the wheel from Him, to boss Him around, and try to force Him to do things our way. Sadly, this will land even the best person in an emotional and spiritual ditch. Why not let God drive your life instead? Here are several benefits of doing so, especially when life is hard.

Peace: Psalm 46:10 says “Cease striving and know that I am God.” (NASB) I don’t know about you, but I have never had any success trying to boss someone around while attempting to trust them simultaneously. Trying to be in control and relinquishing control at the same time just doesn’t work; they can’t co-exist inside the same heart. When we let God drive our lives and trust that He knows best, we are able to rest and stop striving, which means that we will ultimately experience peace.

In the original Hebrew language the phrase “cease striving” indicates giving up by letting our hands down. When my son was learning to drive I would jerk the wheel if I thought he was getting to close to something but ultimately I could not drive and let him drive at the same time. This means that you can’t hold the steering wheel and let God drive at the same time if you want to experience the peace that comes from trust. Nope, you’ve got to let your hands down. Let go of the wheel if you want peace

Rest: When you trust and decide that you will let God drive, there is a natural rest that will occur. You will be able to notice the “scenery” that is around you and you will be able to enjoy what you see.

Contentment: There are a lot of things that I like to do, but there are some that I don’t. I don’t like to stay up for days without sleep, and I don’t like to read books about quantum physics. Why? Because God didn’t design me for foregoing sleep and reading books that make my brain feel like it’s been put in a vice. And because God didn’t design me for these things, if I did them, they would make me feel exhausted, fatigued and lifeless.

When we try to take the wheel away from God because we don’t trust Him, it will lead to emotional and spiritual fatigue. Why? Because we’re doing something that we weren’t created for. God made us to lean on Him in dependence—to let Him drive—which leads to contentment, and the confidence that we are exactly where we need to be, doing what we need to do, and fulfilling the role He created us for.

And lastly Communication: Have you noticed that it’s difficult to effectively communicate with someone who you don’t trust? When you are trying to take the wheel from God, it’s a for sure thing that you won’t be talking to Him the way you would if you were letting Him drive.

Have you ever been in a car and you have the “backseat driver”, you know what I am talking about the one that keeps telling you that your driving is terrible (that is putting it nicely), you know watch out for this or that. All they do is tell you all the wrong things to the point that they want to take over.

When you’re trying to steal the wheel from God, your communication with Him will be hindered. Words of gratitude will be replaced by complaining, and praise will be ruined by criticism. You will find that you won’t be able to communicate with God easily because you’ll be thinking that He should be driving you better or somewhere else.

Are you convinced that allowing God to drive is best? If so, I challenge you to let God take the wheel. Granted, this can be hard, especially when life is tough and you’re not sure where the road may lead. However, moment by moment, if you choose to trust Him; if you let go, you’ll find peace, rest, contentment, communication. You’ll also stay out of the emotional and spiritual ditch in your relationship with God—and you’ll get to sit in the passenger’s seat and enjoy that refreshing drink. Could there be anything better?

Some of these was taken from an article Trusting: Let God Do the Driving Copyright 2009 Shana Schutte

Excitement and Anticipation

Yesterday I wrote a blog (I know writing 2 days in a row, what is wrong with me) about how confusion and doubt had sprung upon me. And truly it was from my heart to anyone that would listen (read).
Well let me tell you what happened after writing that blog.

As normal, my routine is to have my time with the Lord and so I did but it was after a very long then normal prayer to Him. As I was reading His Word, God revealed to me some AMAZING stuff. So I want to share with you a little of it.

Now mind you some of these verses are out of context but what God showed me was not.

I was struggling with understanding why God was allowing certain circumstances to continue in my life and so He gave me this verse
The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. Psalm 14:2

Well in this verse He wanted me to seek Wisdom and should ask for it. But when God answers, believe that answer and do not Doubt.

Continuing on, I wanted to know more about my circumstance and again He gave me this verse:

But you have received the Holy Spirit,and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. I John 2:27

In this verse I wanted to know more and He was telling me that the Holy Spirit that He gave to me would teach me all things, how to start, if you will Red His Word and study it. Pray and ask for the things you want to learn about. Ask questions that you want answered. get up every day with an attitude of faith and do not allow the enemy to tempt me with his lies. (now this verse alone I know that it does not seem much also I knew what He was showing me, I mean I have read that verse many times but when I finish telling you my story it should make more sense)

next I said about my confusion and maybe even a little fear of my future, okay maybe a little more than little. So the next verse that He showed me was this.

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.” Acts 18:9-10

I realized that I was struggling with thoughts that maybe of stopping, But He showed me that He knows my heart and that He will minister to me at my deepest level and as He shows me I need to go and speak as He leads me.

And lastly which put the puzzle altogether was these verse.

How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Galatians 3:3

He showed me to look for the promises but not live for them. If God gives me a promise, it is His responsibility to fulfill it.

In all of this has He showed me what I wanted to know, not exactly but He has lifted my spirit to the point that I m ready and I will be looking for the promise to be fulfilled but not to live only for it.

God will answer and my prayer maybe not when I want but only when He wants and finally I am ready to move on.

I just wanted to share my last couple of days with you all in case that if you are struggling with anything know that God is willing and able to get you out of it.

Confusion and Doubt

I am on a road of confusion and doubt. I know what or at least I think I know what God wants me to do. But I am confused on the place of which I sit at. Many crossroads, many directions that are in front of me or at least in my mind.


But God has not given any direction to which one. I am listening and maybe there are things that I need to take care of first before He will tell me. Maybe I am not listening very clearly to His voice. Maybe, maybe. What if He has told me and I for whatever reason have not listened or maybe I don’t like what He has told me.These are questions that I am fighting.

Now don’t get me wrong, I trust God knows what is best for me BUT am I trusting myself to follow through.

I have doubt and normally I am an optimistic person, but recently I have notice on certain things that has changed to be a pessimist. I know that is not what God has created in me but I am human and it is not that simple. I can read my Bible and pray and I hear what He is saying but even that doesn’t make it better.

My God is an AMAZING God and I will trust Him BUT that does not change the fact that I am not happy all the time, not to be confused with joy, because I am very joyful as to what He has done by saving me and my family, and some of my friends from this dying world and seeing students living out their faith .

God I want to be happy and I want to clear my head of all this junk and for You to show me the direction but more importantly for me to listen and follow through.



The Unchurched

Sorry that I have been neglecting my blog but life is busy for me and unfortunately my blog has not been on my mind, so today I was thinking about it and this is one that I had saved in my folder since February and I thought it would be a good one to give out today since my church is going through some of these issues currently.

I was wondering what was going on in the United States with our churches and bringing people into the church. A few thoughts came to mind but before I give you my thoughts, I want to share with you some stats that I have come across.

For those who never attend church, the study revealed this group is least likely to pursue purpose and meaning in life or to think about the afterlife:

– 19 percent strongly disagree that there is more to life than the physical world and society;
– 33 percent strongly disagree that there is an ultimate purpose and plan for every person’s life;
– 63 percent strongly disagree that they think often about what I must do to experience peace in the afterlife;
– 50 percent never wonder how they can find more meaning and purpose in their life;
– 68 percent never wonder if they were to die today, do they know that they would go to heaven.

This study was done by LifeWay Research

By looking at these stats, you might be wondering what do these stats mean? Let me give you a few thoughts of my own.

First, people is this study really do not care about the afterlife. I know all about that, because before I became a follower of Jesus, I also didn’t care what happened to me after I died. So I get it. So what made me change? So what brought me to Jesus?

It’s not so much of people asking me what would happen if I died today, because my response would have been I don’t care. It was the love people had for me and cared for me that brought me around. So we need to love on people, and how do we do that? By being Christlike.

Second, people do want to hear. Researchers at LifeWay indicate that the survey is also reflected in previous studies done on young adults ranging from 18- to 29-year-olds. The most positive news appears to be about people’s willingness to hear about another person’s faith.

In his book, Lost and Found, LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer found that 89 percent of unchurched young adults agreed when asked, “If someone wanted to tell me what she or he believed about Christianity, I would be willing to listen.”

So my suggestion is that we keep telling them what Jesus has done for us and how He has changed us.

One last thing, previous research has shown that the unchurched are willing to discuss spiritual topics, so Christians should not shy away from sharing the purpose in life and salvation that Jesus Christ provides, but it helps us to know where they are to start that conversation

Am I Ugly?

When you look at this title, I wonder what you were thinking. Maybe you were saying to yourself yes, or was it no, or even why in the world he would ask such a question? But if you are a follower of YouTube, then it is a good chance that you have seen this video.

or this one

There are more out there like these.

What are these girls thinking? Why would they do this to themselves? Why would they make there lives so vulnerable to the WORLD?

I can not answer why these girls and others like them would do that except maybe they have low self-esteem and they are looking for approval (which if you read some of the comments, for the most part they did not get that) Oh there was a few that would say that they were not but overall not very good in the comments. So what did that do to them? Did it make it worse?

We live in a society that looks down on people and makes fun of them. And whoever came up with the phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me”, must have never been truly hurt with words.

I love what the Bible says in I Samuel 16:7
….The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Isn’t so good to know that man might put us down but the Lord never does. God created us in His own image (Gen. 1:27)

God does not make Junk and we are not junk. If I was able to speak to these girls and any guys that might not think they are pretty, I would love to tell them about God’s love for them.

I could continue a whole lot more on this subject but I am eager to hear your thoughts? Please comment on what you think about this and what would you say to these girls?