Hello my name is Robert and I’ve been involved in ministry for 20 years. I want to take this opportunity to clarify a few things for you. First I want to apologize on behalf of the “persecuted Christians” who are attacking you and slinging hateful words at you. If you noticed my air quotes around the words persecuted Christians it’s because theses people do not represent the Jesus of the Bible and to be considered a true Christian you have to imitate Christ. But these people believe they can be “Christian” without being Christ-like. I know I’m as shocked as you. They want to be called followers without really following. Crazy ,I know. If they read their Bible,which is the instructions God gave us for living for him, they would see that Jesus said to love people. Everyone. Even our enemies. He told us to pray for people who persecuted us, which if taking Merry Christmas off coffee cups counts as persecution, makes you their enemy. PS it doesn’t. And if someone can afford a 5 dollar cup of coffee to begin with, they really have no idea what persecution really is. Try having your head cut off because you serve Jesus. Try watching your children murdered in front of you for not renouncing Christ. Now that we understand what persecution is, I will move on.
Jesus said that the world will know that we are his disciples by how we love each other, but they did not read that part either. Jesus commanded us not to judge people outside the church. He told us that was his job. The people attacking you did not get the memo. Sadly we are known more for what we stand against than who we stand for. For this I apologize. For this I am ashamed. I stand for Jesus. Jesus loves you. He died for you. That’s what we should focus on. But some “Christians” prefer to follow their own agenda. They are veneer Christians practicing veneer christianity. It looks decent from a distance but unlike the real thing, it’s thin and cheap like the faded Jesus loves you bumper sticker on the back of their cars. The Bible says we can give everything we have and be burned at the stake but if we don’t love, it was for nothing. But once again they did not read this either. It’s because they don’t have time to read their Bibles because they are too busy on social media writing hate filled status updates. Please don’t make a decision about Jesus based off these veneer christians. On behalf of Jesus, God bless and Merry Christmas.

You Hungry?

Posted: August 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

So check out the Book of John, chapter 6, verses 1 to 15 and read the story of how Jesus fed 5000 hungry dudes plus all their wives and rugrats. I can’t even begin to comprehend something so insane, but I want to focus on part of the story that often gets overlooked.

Yes, it’s totally amazing that Jesus took 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish and multiplied them into a feast to feed probably 15,000, including men, women, and children. I’m not going to take away from that, but let’s look at a seemingly insignificant character in the story.

I have justifiable reasons for calling this person insignificant. What are they and who am I talking about? I’m glad you asked these important questions. Let me enlighten you to my reasoning.

First, the person I’m speaking of is the boy with the fish sandwiches. And to answer your question about his insignificance, the Gospel of John is the only book that even records his actions. The story is told in Matthew, Mark, and Luke also, but they do not mention the boy.


It seems the authors of these books were more focused on the miracle itself and not what made the miracle possible. But I think this young boy’s actions warrant some discussion, at the very least to open our eyes to what is possible when we give what we have to God.

Be prepared

Out of 15,000 people, it would seem the boy was the only one prepared. He brought a lunch just in case he needed one. Five loaves of bread and two fish would be quite a lunch for a small boy, and might even provide dinner, if this teacher talked into the night.

Give what you have

So here he is, a young boy clutching his sack lunch, surrounded by 15,000 unprepared, hungry people. How many of us would say, “Too bad, you should have planned ahead,”  “It’s not my problem,” or even had legitimately said, “I only have enough for myself.”?

The boy did not say any of these things and if he had these thoughts, he did not act on them. He took the little that he had and gave it to the disciples who in turn gave it to Jesus. If you think about the scene for a minute you will understand the significance of his actions.

Picture this

You’re out in a field with 15,000 people. You’re just a small boy and cannot even see Jesus. Your field of vision, just a sea of butts. Some men are working their way through the crowd and you hear that the Teacher needs food. Your stomach has been rumbling and you were just thinking about breaking out your bread and fish for a nice meal.

Something in you makes you give it to the men instead. They immediately whisk you through the crowd, pushing people aside. Finally you are standing before the Teacher. You are so close you can touch him. They take your lunch and give it to him. Goodbye lunch.

You have no way of knowing if it will make its way back to you. But you just knew that this Teacher, the one you heard amazing stories about, needed your lunch.

The boy willingly surrendered all he had to Jesus, expecting nothing in return. It got him so close to Jesus, literally.

Jesus did the miracle, but without the boy and his willingness to give what he had, things would have gone differently. I’m not going to say that Jesus could not have turned rocks into bread but what I do know is God always works through a surrendered life.

Trust Jesus

We are the hands and feet of Jesus and we need to always remember that important fact. We need to remember that Jesus can do more with a crumb than we can with a whole bread factory.

We need to trust that Jesus will take care of us when we put our life in his hands, whatever that looks like.

We need to remember that Jesus’ will is better than our will. His plans are better and bigger than our plans.

The boy John introduced us to ran his race to win an eternal prize.

“Here is a boy with five loaves of barley and two little fish, but that is not enough for so many people.”

John 6:9

What If God Was Hacked

Posted: August 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

Unless you live on Mars, you have probably seen the news over the last 48 hours about Josh Duggar and the Ashley Madison debacle. For those few rock dwellers…

Quick Recap

AshleyMadison.com is a website that pairs married men looking to have a discreet affairs with woman looking to provide certain services to fulfil these desires.

Recently they were hacked and the names of this website’s 32,000,000 client, including Joshua Duggar, were released to the public. Every man that used these services has been outed. Wives are fuming and business is booming for divorce attorneys everywhere. Now you are up to speed. You are welcome.

Feeding Frenzy

Whenever someone who claims to be a “Christian”, pastor, or televangelist, (and celebrities alike), suffer a moral failure, the wolves viscously attack. The media has a field day when good men or woman fall. The sharks smell blood in the water and relentlessly attack. They show no mercy and that’s to be expected.

The enemy of God rejoices when a believer stumbles. It’s good for business. People now have another excuse for why they don’t believe in God. The word “hypocrite” gets tossed around a lot.

Here’s My Problem

Like I said, it’s to be expected that the media and the world will bash a Christian when they fail morally. The thing I take issue with, though, is when fellow believers take swings at a fallen brother or sister.

I’ve seen countless Facebook posts by self professing Christians, attacking Josh Duggar for his sins. Let me state I DO NOT condone his actions but it’s not my job to condemn him nor is it yours.

If you are still struggling with this concept, let’s see if Jesus can clarify things for you:

“Do not JUDGE, or you too will be JUDGE. For in the same way you JUDGE others, you will be JUDGED, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

Jesus does not stop there though. He has a knack for going straight to the heart of the matter. He reminds you that you are in no position to be casting judgment on others. He reminds you of all the sins you commit on a daily basis. Yeah, those sins. The ones you commit in secret that you think no one knows about because your heart has not been hacked and all your sins have not been exposed on the internet for the whole world to see.

Jesus has a status update for you

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You HYPOCRITE, first take the plank out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)

God’s Job 

God is the only one qualified to condemn Josh or anyone else, including you and me. That should be good news to your ears because that means you don’t have to run around pointing out everyone’s sins and posting a bunch of negative statuses about it on Facebook.

This will also free up time for you to start reading your Bible. Then you will learn a lot of other cool things Jesus and many others wrote as to how we should live as a follower of Christ, like this lesson on slandering:

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks a brother or sister or JUDGES them speaks against the law and JUDGES it. When you JUDGE the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in JUDGMENT on it. There is only one Lawgiver and JUDGE, But you-who are you to JUDGE your neighbor? (James 4:11-12)

What If God Was Hacked?

The only reason our church friends think so highly of us is because God’s database of our unrepentant sins cannot be hacked. But what if it could? What if someone hacked into God’s database and released all your sins to the public?

The ones you committed this morning The thoughts you had about that scantily clad woman. The things you did last week with your boyfriend on your weekend getaway. The porn video you watched with your wife last night. The lies you’ve told at work.

What if your friends suddenly started posting all your sins and debating whether or not you really loved God? What if they attacked you viscously on their social media sites?

Would you be hurt? Would you lash out at them? Would you unfriend them?

Think about your sins and how you would feel if the whole world knew what only God knows about you. Think about what Paul said before you make that post or comment:

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass JUDGMENT on someone else, for at whatever point you JUDGE another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass JUDGMENT do the same things. Now we know that God’s JUDGMENT against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass JUDGMENT on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s JUDGMENT? (Romans 2:1-3)

Don’t Condemn Yourself

Don’t judge someone because they sin differently than you. Err on the side of mercy. We’ve all got too many skeletons in our closets that we don’t want God holding against us. We can’t afford to judge others for their sins and receive the same judgement from God for ours.

Next time you want to throw stones

Remember we all live in glass houses

Keep Planting

Posted: August 18, 2015 in Uncategorized


So I was reading the parable of the sower this week for like the umteeth time and something struck me today from the story that I never paid attention to.

This is going to sound stupid but I never claimed to be a rocket scientist. So what did I overlook a million times in the parable of the sower? The sower. The farmer planting the seeds.

Crazy I know, right? How could I overlook the sower? I mean it’s right in the title. Nevertheless I did. I was always focused on the soils receiving the seeds. I thought that was the crux of the parable and maybe it is, but humor me for the next minute or two.

Without the sower dude, there are no seeds being sown and without seeds connecting with the soil, it won’t matter how much sun or rain the soil receives, ain’t nothing going to happen.

So the sower/ farmer dude is the most important element in the cycle of growth. And in the parable who do you think the farmer guy casting seeds, represents? Yeah you got it, You and me.

So my mind started doing that thing it does when a spark of insanity strikes and I started kicking stuff around up there and after the dust cleared out I got some clarity.

If I owned a farm and had lots of acreage and lots of fancy machinery for planting crops and harvesting them, but I never planted a single solitary seed ever, would you or anyone consider me a farmer?

Or what if I only planted one seed on my thousand acre farm. I would be a fool to expect a big harvest. You get what I’m saying?

I noticed three key points about the sower in the parable:

1.) He kept casting seeds even when things did not go the way he hoped. Birds ate them. Some did not take and others started but died. But he was not deterred. He knew if he just kept casting seeds eventually he would harvest.

2.) He cast seeds everywhere. Along the path, in the rocks, even in the thorny places. He didn’t want to miss any place that might produce growth. He didn’t prejudge the soil.

3.)His perseverance paid off. He enjoyed a huge crop many times over.

So what’s your take away from this?

When you plant the seeds of the Gospel in someone’s life, sometimes their friends or family will destroy the work you’ve done. They will talk them out of following Jesus. They will tell them you are crazy or part of a cult.


Sometimes your friends might receive what you are saying, say a prayer and be excited, only to go to school and be ridiculed by their peers. They will turn back to their old ways to avoid persecution.


Sometimes your friends will listen, get excited and maybe even come to church a few times, but then social media, attractions to the opposite sex, sports or work and the pursuit of the next IPhone will drown out their zeal for God.


And if you diligently keep planting you will eventually find good soil in the hearts of your friends and something miraculous will happen and they will become sowers themselves and together you will bring in the harvest.


Then he, (Jesus), said to his disciples,

“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

Ask the lord of the harvest, therefore,

to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Matthew 9:37-38

Thank God I’m not like these losers

Well that’s harsh but sadly, though they may not voice it, many self-professing Christians feel this way about unbelievers. We seem to pass through a wormhole that erases our pre-Jesus memory.

We not only forget that we are (STILL) sinners, we want to forget we were ever unbelievers. Suddenly we are too holy to associate with filthy sinners. We are quick to judge their actions while we judge ourselves by our intentions.

History repeats itself

This self-righteous behavior is nothing new. Jesus dealt with this situation when he walked among us. He was quick to point out this sinful behavior and even told of dire consequences that awaited those with this line of thought. Let’s check the Good Book.

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:  “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

(Luke 18:9-14)

Status update

This could have been ripped from any number of Facebook statuses today. I have seen many people who claim Christ put down and judge unbelievers. They bash lifestyles and I’ve even read some that said they could not wait until these people burn in hell.

What stinks?

The Pharisees were all about appearances. They worried about how people perceived them. They dressed the part externally but internally were rotting corpses. At least that’s what Jesus called these self exalted posers.

Jesus saw right through them to their hearts.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

(Matthew 23:26-27)


What a terrible, yet accurate, assessment of these men. They put so much effort into looking good and it was all for nothing. They made their fellow man their standard, not the Son of Man.

Obey the Pharisees

What did Jesus just say? Obey these people he just called rotting corpses? This can’t be right. Let’s investigate.

“So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. BUT,” (and it’s a big BUT), “do not do what do, for they do not practice what they preach.”

(Matthew 23:3)

Does this robe make my butt look holy?

A lot of Christians today dress nice and say all the right things when in public but behave completely different when behind closed doors or their keyboard. Jesus had a scathing review of the Pharisees for this same behavior. I’m sure his opinion has not changed.

“Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long, they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues.”

(Matthew 23:5-6)

They dressed the part, but inside were black, maggot infested, rotting dead flesh.

Scripture minute:

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!

You clean the outside of the cup and dish,

but inside they are full of greed and indulgence.

Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

(Matthew 23:26)

   Don’t drink from a dirty cup

What Are You Feeding Your Soul?

Posted: August 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

Comfort food

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese…evil incarnate. Why do I declare these seemingly innocent food dishes evil? It’s because they are what I turn to during times of stress and anxiety. They are warm, familiar and inviting. They provide me with a false sense of comfort, and they wreak havoc on my plans to have abs of steel and a chest of iron.

Every time I start a diet, without fail, some sort of turmoil arises in my life. I’ll start my diet like a boss; pumping iron, sweating through cardio, drinking gallons of water, eating lots of protein, and feeling the burn. Then, 20 minutes into my new diet and exercise program, I fly off the rails due to some stressful situation. I’m cruising along and then boom, a commercial for dark chocolate covered chocolatey chocolate balls cereal hits the market. I can’t handle that kind of stress man, you feel me? I need a five pound meatloaf stat, and don’t forget the side bucket of mashed potatoes. Do you have any hot buttered rolls?

Off and on

I take pounds off. I put pounds on. I take pounds off… It becomes a vicious cycle. I do well and see improvement but something sends or sucks me back to my old ways. It becomes, to me, a losing battle. Why try? I know the outcome already.

I’m not alone in feeling this way. Millions of people join gyms on January 2nd every year, with hopes of this being ‘THE YEAR’. The gyms are packed solid all over the United States, but come the third week in January, we are talking Zombie apocalypse. The gyms are desolate arenas of failed dreams. The fitness fanatics get sidelined by life, come week two and limp through week three, only to give up and say, “There’s always next year.”

What you know

It’s easier to return back to what you know, than to continue into the unknown. My old life is right there where I left it, patiently waiting for my inevitable return. It’s welcoming and familiar, and like mom’s meatloaf, comforting.

I rationalize. I’m six foot tall and 170 lbs. Not so bad. I tell myself I made it my whole life without Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s muscles, so do I really need to be buff? I make lots of excuses and rationalizations for not following through. I look around at my friends and none of them look like “The Rock” either. We are all ordinary and I find solace in that. I lower my standards from “The Rock” to the standards of those around me.

I want to be in shape, but I don’t want to do what it would take. I do not have the discipline to go the distance. Back to business as usual. Pass the macaroni and cheese, please.

When we turn from our old lives, we leave behind the familiar and head into unknown territory, We might be leaving behind friends who were part of our past but would only hinder your attempt to break free from your old life. You will miss them, but you need to move forward and they will only hold you back.

You make new church friends. You start getting into this whole God thing and it’s pretty cool. People are nice. Everybody calls you brother and hugs feel great. Your meeting new friends over coffee. Yeah, life is good.

Que the enemy

Boom, three weeks into your new life, the road gets rough. Maybe your girlfriend just ain’t in to this whole Jesus thing. Your family doesn’t get it. The road ahead looks like an IED went off in the middle of it. You don’t want to crawl through all the mess. Who knows how long these troubles will last. You look back, and suddenly, your old life looks like a nice big plate of meatloaf.

You start thinking about going back to the comfort food of your old life. There’s friends back there you’ve known your whole life. They get you. Maybe you can still salvage your relationship with your girl. Going back to the familiar seems easier then going forward into the unknown.

But none of your friends are living for God, and instead of raising your standards to Jesus, you lower them to those around you.

Satan’s meal plan

Satan wants to be your dietitian. He wants you to stay in your comfort zone, eating comfort food. His plan to accomplish this is extremely simple. He will send trials, persecution, troubles, stress, worries, fear, anger, even a dash of hate, and mix it all together in a big bowl with an egg, and some salt…BOOM! You have got yourself a comfortable meatloaf.

He drizzles some guilt over the top of it to seal the deal. You turn back to your old life, feeling unworthy and realizing you don’t have what it takes to live for God. Your old friends welcome you back with affirmation, “It’s okay. We knew you’d be back. Let’s go get a beer.”

You are right

Right there, when you realized that you could not live for God, you were closer than you thought to successfully living for God. We are screw ups, but guess what? He already knew that. We need to surrender to God and admit we can’t do it. Every second of every day, we are to live dependent on God in order to live for him.

We need a daily diet of scripture intake. We need daily intake of the living water. We need to be in daily conversation with the Lord of our life. That’s the only way we will successfully stay connected and persevere in our walk with God; the only way it will last a lifetime.

Psalms 119 gives us a blueprint for a successfully consistent lifetime walk with God

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word (Psalm 119:11-16)

Satan knows you are a failure. He just wants you to think God is too. You will fail in your own power. Thankfully God does not expect you to live in your own power. Don’t eat Satan’s lies.

You can’t out exercise a bad diet

We don’t need good kids

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. You did not misread the title the first or second time. I said “Stop raising your kids in a good Christian home”. We don’t need anymore “good” kids. We need more Godly kids.

I just read a news article about a 15 year old boy shot and killed by police. Yes, this is tragic. In the article his sister is quoted, “He was a good person. He would just be there to brighten your day.”

Let’s take a look at the circumstances of the shooting as outlined in the news article:

The 15 year old boy had a prior conviction for grand theft auto when he was 14. He was put on probation, but then broke that probation. They required him to wear an ankle bracelet. The article said that from the boy’s social media posts you could tell he was in to trouble. In this current situation that led to his death, he had car jacked someone and drove around firing a gun out the car window.

Police pursued him into a cul-de-sac where he proceeded to ram them. Two accomplices fled. The 15 year old then tried to run police down in an effort to escape. Three officers opened fire, striking him. He exited the car, dropped his gun, collapsed, and died.

His mother is pleading with the two accomplices to come forward, “We don’t know who else was in the car with him, but we’re asking you, could you please come forward? Because you saw. You saw something. You saw them shoot him, you saw them chase, you saw something.”

They are blaming the actions of everyone but their son.

Good isn’t good enough

This “good person” moniker is not the exception but the norm. Many people who commit mass shootings and murders are often described as being raised in a “good” Christian home. We try to teach our children morality based on the standards of this world. The only problem with this is the simple fact that the world’s system is flawed.

Paul said our good deeds, our goodness, is filthy rags before a holy God. We teach our children how to live good lives by obeying the 10 commandments but this school of thought is based on sinking sand.

Here’s why

The 10 commandments were given to use as proof we cannot live up to God’s standards because we are born sinful and depraved. The 10 commandments were given to show us our need for a Savior. We cannot raise good kids by teaching them the law. Our goal should be to raise godly kids by connecting them to Jesus.

While teaching law is building on sand, connecting them to God is building on the Rock.

Let’s face it

You messed up as a kid. You still mess up. You break the 10 commandments, we all do. The only thing that produces real change in us is to connect personally with the one who has vested his life personally in you.

Don’t raise your kids to be good because according to Jesus, there is no one who is good, except God.

Raise them to be Godly. That’s all that counts in the end.