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Vengeance Is Mine

Posted: June 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

There is so much evil in the world but this is nothing new. From the moment Eve’s teeth pierced the skin of the fruit, evil prevailed. It has resided among us for centuries but the invention of the Internet has given it a broader stage.

We are instantly aware of evil the moment it occurs. Social media allows people to broadcast their opinions to the masses. Opinions once kept to themselves, now free to blast from the safety of their keyboard.

Immorality is the rampant topic of the day. Right is wrong and wrong is right. We are fooling ourselves if we think this will ever right itself. This world is ruled by the enemy of our soul. The enemy of our God and Savior.  We cannot expect anything less than pure unadulterated evil.

We must face this simple truth,  if we claim Christ we paint a target on our chest. We are the enemy. We are what’s wrong with the world because the world is evil and we are lights exposing it. We do not belong here. This is not our home. We are foreigners, aliens among  the citizens of this broken world.

We will never fit in and that’s okay because we were not meant to. We don’t go with the flow. We do not take the wide road with the many, but the narrow path with the few. We will suffer and we will rejoice because our Savior suffered for us. He died so that after we have suffered in this life we will rejoice for eternity in his presence.

Do not shrink in the face of persecution but boldly face it, but in love not retaliation. When they hurled insults at Jesus he did not open his mouth in defense but entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. God is your defense attorney and the judge of those against you. But if God is for us who can be against us for greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.

Put on your helmet of salvation and strap on your belt of truth. Clothe yourself with the breastplate of righteousness and protect yourself from the enemy with the shield of faith. Take up the sword of the Spirit and slay the enemy with the truth, in love.

You are in God’s army. You will be attacked. Don’t be surprised.  There will be casualties but you will awake in the arms of Jesus. So boldly take up your cross and follow the example Christ gave us. Die to self so you live as Christ. Fight the good fight while the light remains for darkness is upon us and is ever present. Stay alert for your enemy the devil is a roaring lion seeking to devour you. Stand firm great is your reward.

2 Thessalonians 1:5-12New International Version (NIV)

 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might  on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you. With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

As we approach this years conference I decided the was appropriate.

Regener8td's Blog

The title to this blog could mean one of two things; first I think attending a Christian writer’s conference is a waste of time and money or I believe they are not a waste of time and money.

I just returned from my annual trek to Langhorne Pennsylvania where I attend the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s Conference and I decided after attending this conference for the last 5 years, it was time to put my thoughts on paper so to speak.

I have realized several things over the years:
If I was not a writer I would be a writer’s conference groupie. I would go just to hang out with some of the most amazing people I have ever come to know and love. I am so very blessed by the friendships I have made. The four short days we see each other seem to fly by in seconds and…

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Is God really in control?

Posted: June 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

Is God really in control?

Does He really know what He is doing? Can I trust Him to do what is right? Is He making this up as He hovers above the earth is a distant dimension? Does He even know what’s going on down here? Does He even care?

If I was God…

I’ve heard people say this many times, “If I was God I would…” then they spout off all the things they would do differently. I always want to to say, “Well we can solve that right now, you are not God.”

I’ve heard people say, “If God does not come soon then He owes an apology to Sodom and Gomorrah.” As if they are sitting in judgment over God’s actions or seemingly lack thereof.

I read countless posts on Facebook from Christians, complaining about our government and our President. They say he should not have been voted in for a second term. They say that he is ruining America and will destroy our religious freedoms. They cast stones at him and his character. They call him names. And urge fellow believers to take up their cause to impeach him.

To all that I ask again, “Is God in control. Did God allow our President to be voted in again? Could he have prevented if He wanted to? Could he have caused him to have a heart attack? Could he have allowed someone else to win?

The answer to all of these questions is, YES. But apparently God allowed Barack Obama to win for a reason. A reason we might not know or understand. It’s God’s plan, not mine and not yours.

Wrong message

When we carry on and complain about what is happening in our world, we send the wrong message to unbeliever’s. We are calling into question whether or not we truly believe God is in control.

We place ourselves on the Throne and insinuate we could do a better job if we were God. Our words fall on God’s ears like a fist shaking in His face, “Why don’t you do something.” When in fact what we are really saying is, “Why don’t you do things the way I want you to?”

We see a tiny miniscule piece of a very large puzzle and we think we have it all figured out. “This is how I would do it if I were in charge.” Well guess what? You are not, God is and always has been and always will be.

Apples and oranges

Trying to compare how you would do things versus how the God of the universe, the Creator of all things, would do something is just plain ridiculous. Comparison is futile.

But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'”

Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? (Romans 9:20-21)

Did you get God’s memo?

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.… (Isaiah 55:8-9)

I started out asking you some questions and I want to leave you with the answers.

Yes God knows what he is doing:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13)

Yes you can trust Him to do the right this…always:

For the word of the Lord is right and true;

   he is faithful in all he does.

The Lord loves righteousness and justice;

   the earth is full of his unfailing love

(Psalm 33:4-6)

No He is not making things up as He goes along:

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times,

what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ (Isaiah 46:10)

He is very aware of our current situation:

The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)

And yes, yes he cares about you so much that when someone asked Jesus how much he loved them, Jesus spread out his arms on the the cross and said, “This much.”

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)

Sleep well

God is in Control

No matter how many times I read the Bible something new always pops out, like I’m reading it all over again for the first time. This happened again just a few days ago. I was reading the Parable of the Sower, which is my favorite parable, and I feel like the Spirit revealed something to me that I never saw before. Here’s the parable.

The Parable of the Sower

Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” (Mark 4:1-8 NIV)

    I’ve read this parable many times and even spoke on it a few times but in this last reading I thought about the farmer casting seeds on the rocks, along the path, and even in the thorns. What farmer does that?

I see farmers out tilling the soil with their big tractors and then planting corn in the fertile soil but never once in my whole life did I see a farmer planting corn on a bunch of rocks, let alone thorns. The farmer in Jesus’ story didn’t seem to be a very competent farmer.

As I pondered why Jesus would use this farmer as a role model in a story about planting seeds the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and revealed a new truth to me.

The farmer in Jesus’ parable was not only competent but doing the evangelistic work we are all called to. Jesus was giving us an example to follow.

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    The farmer, by the world’s standards is crazy because he’s out there casting seeds in all sorts of places we know ain’t nothing gonna grow. We’re like, “Dude what’s up? You are wasting your time planting seeds in all these bad situations. Stick to the good looking soil buddy.”

But the farmer ain’t having none of that. He just keeps on throwing seed in every direction. We shake our heads and say, “what an idiot.”

But here’s what Jesus was trying to tell you and me; Scatter seed everywhere. Scatter seeds over the rocky lives of drug addicts, prostitutes, alcoholics, thieves, murderers, EVERYWHERE.

Jesus is saying, “Don’t prejudge. Don’t prequalify. It’s up to me where the seeds grow, you just plant. That’s your only job and when I’m done growing who I want to grow, you can pull in the harvest. For now plant the seeds of salvation everywhere you go to everyone you come into contact with. Get to work farmer.”

Remember you get credit for scattering seeds, whether or not the seed sprouts so scatter as many seeds as you can.

Manure is good

    Manure is good for the soil and stimulates the growing process. The people we tend to avoid have a lot of manure, (so to speak), in their lives and they are usually the ones who grow into the strongest believers when Jesus is sprinkled on them.

Scatter seeds into the manure of people’s lives

stand back and watch God work