Matthew 21: 28-32

28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Since it has been a little while since I have posted I wanted to share something that I heard while working the other night. I was cleaning a classroom and listening to Matthew when this parable caught my attention. So many times people want to put forth an image that does not belong with their attitude. Just as the Pharisees thought they were so much better than regular Jews because of their flaws. The truth of the matter is that we all have flaws. It’s the grace of God that gives us the forgiveness that makes us worthy.

We all have worked with that one person that wants to get up in the boss’ face and make all these huge promises. The problem is that they never carry through with what they say. Then there are those that are standoffish that quietly go and complete the jobs needing to be done. In the end, people have to be willing to put forth effort without worrying about the credit.

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Getting Back on Track

Finally, getting things back on track with being able to post more often. Procrastination was about to get the best of me. This is something that many of us struggle with at some point in life. I thought and prayed how to break the slump I had gotten into about writing in general. I believe that God showed me to just write and the words will be there when I need them. I found I was letting too many excuses to be my justifiable reasons for neglecting my writings. The key word here is excuses, in reality I believe an excuse is our reasoning for being lazy.

My wife, God bless her, has been supportive to a certain extent, but now she is pushing me to get back to writing. So with the grace of God I will push through and get my words down on paper.

Luke 7:1-10 Faith of a Gentile

Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

Jesus appears to be impressed in the faith of the centurion which I think makes a few interesting points.

  1. The centurion expressed his belief in the authority of Jesus by comment. When he expressed that the he was able to order people to do things and then they did them. He was showing that he believed that Jesus had the authority to order the illness to leave his servant. This faith and recognition coming from a Roman leader was not the normal practice of the people at the time.
  2. Jesus expresses the fact that he has not found such faith in all of Israel. The people that God has chosen to be His people didn’t have the level of faith that a Roman leader had.
  3. Many of the Jewish people believed that had to see and/or touch Jesus before he could heal them. A centurion had faith that all Jesus had to do was will the healing. In fact, the centurion felt that he was unworthy of Jesus coming to his home, but he knew that Jesus’ presence was not a requirement of the healing.

The lesson that I take away from this story is that faith is key to increasing our personal relationship with God. We must believe in God’s will, grace, mercy, and love that He has for His creation.

Thank You, God

Recently, my wife and I have been so blessed in so many ways by God. From stress about bills to stress about family, we have been delivered by God. I believe it is because we agreed that we needed to turn things over to God and let His loving hand guide our decisions. (Our decisions offered little to no relief.)

I think that we hinder the plan that God has for us by thinking we need to be in control. So, we decided it was time to put all our cares on Him and things have improved for us. Faith is so crucial in our relationship with God. I believe that when we lack in this relationship that it is failure on our part.  This happens by having weak or restricted faith.  

Once we understand that complete faith in God is only way to go, then the way is made clear for the changes that are needed. Deliverance comes from God and not from self. No matter how good things may seem in the beginning, the solidify factor will always be our faith in God.

God’s Grace

My wife finally got the phone call she was hoping for and she starts her orientation on Monday. We are both so grateful to this deliverance from God which comes through His grace. Things had gotten type around here, but we kept our faith that it was all a part of God’s plan. I think that at times we create more stress on ourselves because we refuse to turn things over to God and let Him carry us through. This was something my wife and I discussed on several occasions and continue to agree on.

There was an opportunity that came open at the BOE that I decided to apply to and turned in my application today. Now we are praying that if it is God’s will I will get the call. If not then I still have my current position, blessed either way. Because of God’s grace and love for us we are provided ways out of the problems that we get ourselves into. Pray for me and my home when it comes upon your heart. God’s grace is all we need.

Feelings

I woke up this morning and my kids has missed the bus. This was my fault for turning off the clock and going back to sleep. So I owned it and took them to school. On the trip, they were talking about their feelings on different topics. So I dropped them at the front door and headed home.

It was at this time i thought about feelings and how opinion has changed over the last century.  We now live in a society where a man can feel like he is a woman and the rest of the world should enable the delusion. Human feelings are taking precedence over scientific fact? How is this possible? When a person says they feel the presence of God, society thinks they are delusional. 

Take the theory of evolution, which is a theory because there is no scientific proof of evolution, or a big bang. Because people feel this is the appropriate solution It is considered valid. Again, how is this possible?

To those who hate the idea of God and all that he stands for, hate is a feeling. Your feelings are a form of validation, so by your own reasoning there must be a God.  You can’t hate things that don’t exist since feelings are so important to this society. 

The Interview

Today I drove my wife to an interview at a Healthcare Facility. Since it is in a neighboring county we were not familiar with the address. Thinking it was a good idea to use our phones to navigate, we followed the directions.  The problem was that the phones were not giving good directions. Eventually, she ended up calling to get the right directions.

This got me to thinking about other aspects of life. How often do we rely on things that fail us? The only thing we can rely on that won’t fail us is God. He loves us and will be with us all the rest if our lives. The choice is ours if we want to rely on Him or rely on the temporary, fallible things of this world.