Confessing Sin

charlie 3I am guilty of expecting perfection of others.  I know, it’s wrong.  When someone disappoints me and I express it, they are instantly hurt to the core.  I hate it when I do it, because I don’t want to hurt anyone, especially the ones I love.

I am trying, by asking God to help me replace expectation with mercy.  Then, when one makes a mistake, I will express mercy, and they will feel love.  Our Heavenly Father does this very thing for us.

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36 NIV)

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When God Kills You

Charlie 2I once wrote, the act of dying doesn’t hurt.  I am learning it does, when you die, while you are still living.  What in the world am I saying?  I thought I had fully surrendered everything to God, and then I moved to the Philippines following his direction.  Now, he is requiring more of me.  To give up my self-reliant attitude.  Living in a foreign country, where they speak some English, but not fluently, and I only know about 12 Tagalog words.

Now I am reliant on others to help me know what is being said, where to go to purchase basic needs, etc.  I am not used to this, nor do I like it very much.  I have grown accustomed to doing what I want, how I want which I think is very productive and effective.  I’m dying.  I believe God is asking me to give up, give in, and give way to his Holy Spirit.  To be humble, ask for help, and when things don’t go as I think they should, to smile graciously and be thankful that someone cares enough to try to help me.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8 NIV)

Do I have to die?  No.  I can go on living as I am and probably hurt more people along the way.  God is most likely removing this from me, so when the next chapter in my life starts, I will be ready.  In that case Lord, kill me.

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The Only One

Charlie 1The only one, you need to ask, is the One who already knows what you have need of.  “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  (Mat. 6:8 NIV)

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When Others Say, “What?”

wayWhenever you sense God leading you into a new direction, and more questions rise than answers, it can be difficult to say, “Yes” to him. If you share the plan with some others, their lack of knowledge of the power of God can cause them to react in a negative way. Don’t be offended. Don’t let them discourage you. If by now you have walked with God and you know his voice than by all means head it. No matter how crazy it may seem.

Their reactions come from not knowing God’s voice for themselves, or their fears, projected on you, probably stem from a lack of trust, perhaps from young faith. Never-the-less be obedient to God, and let your success be a testimony to them of God’s mighty hand.

My pastor, Joel Budd, of RiverGate Church in Tulsa, OK., has taught me a couple of things regarding this:

  1. Be wise in who you share what with. You do not have to tell everyone what God has directed you to do.
  2. Come up with short phrases to share the plan, or mission. For instance, when I recently moved to the Philippines, I told people I was getting married. Yet I believe there is a whole lot more God wants me to do while I am here than to only cultivate a young marriage.

Following God, no matter what, and letting the results speak for themselves, is wisdom. A healthy fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10)

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“Joseph, call Clarence.”

its timeYes, that quote is from the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Why am I referencing it?  Well, for the last two weeks I have been working many hours a day to prepare for a major move in my life, and I have witnessed God’s mighty hand all along the way.

For instance, I rented my house in ten minutes.  My fiancé found us an apartment in one hour that met all of our requirements and came in way under budget.  I lost my wallet on a city street and after walking away one and half blocks I realized it.  I hurried back to find it on the ground, undisturbed.  As this adventure with God has begun, I have seen one miracle after another.  I would hear the Holy Spirit whisper who to talk to and when.  I made the right calls at the right time that expedited my needs being met, but my favorite testimony is this:

I was stacking my belongings in my storage unit.  I had a ladder so I could place items all the way up to the ceiling.  I climbed up the ladder with a sofa cushion and was trying to put it in a spot up high.  I couldn’t reach it, so I placed one foot over on a pile of furniture, thinking it was stable.  It wasn’t!  I fell from about six feet up and landed, on my back, on the storage unit’s concrete floor.  The fall scared me.  I laid there expecting pain, blood, a broken bone, something, but there was none of that.  I got up and kept working.  Even the next day I had no pain from the fall.

The funny thing was, when I recounted the incident, it felt as if someone had caught me and laid me on the concrete floor.  If that’s true then I think in heaven the conversation went something like this:

“Excuse me God, but it’s almost that time on earth when Mark is about to make that bone head move in the storage unit,” said Joseph

“Yes, it is isn’t it?” replied God “Whose turn is it to go down there to help one of my children?”

“Clarence sir.”

“Joseph, call Clarence”

Now I don’t know if the angel’s name was Clarence, and I doubt my blunder got him his wings.  But I do know this, living for God, and allowing him to guide, direct and be active in our lives really does make for a wonderful life.  I wouldn’t want to live life any other way.  If you have not accepted God’s gift, Jesus, his son to forgive you of your sins then do it.  Begin right now experiencing what I have learned, and lived for a long time.  And thanks to God I have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

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Why Were You Made?

2beYou weren’t made to stare at your phone.
You weren’t made to be all alone.
You weren’t made to sit and worry,
or hate others on social media in a flurry.

You weren’t made to hoard lots of stuff.
You weren’t made to barely have enough.
You weren’t made to work your life away,
or made to all day only play.

You were made to be with God and walk.
You were made to be with God and talk.
You were made to worship him freely,
and seek him out for guidance completely.

In his image you were made.
He intended your love for him to never fade.
You were made to first seek him,
And to live eternally in his presence and win.

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The Purge

pinkYes, that is the color of pink my fiance wants to paint our new apartment, but I have gently, with the help of her aunt, convinced her it is not practical.  I’m relieved!

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably noticed I did not post a new one on Saturday.  First time in five years.  Why?  Well, to explain, we’re going back to the Pepto bottle.  Yep!  All weekend.  I feel like I was prepping for a colonoscopy for the last two days! (If you are not 50 years old, you may not understand that last sentence.)

While I as sitting in my new “man cave”, and regretting I had never put a TV in the bathroom, I realized there are things in our lives God desires to purge.  It may hurt, or be uncomfortable, but if we allow him to do a work in us it will help us be more like him.  Through some current life circumstances he is doing this in me, and honestly, I’m not enjoying it, but I am trying my best to accept it, becuase I’m sure it is preparing me for the next chapter of my life.  So, “Thank you God for loving me enough to change me.”  I’m sure, once the purge is completed, I will be relieved.

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INVITE!

yiThere is something powerful about an invitation!  Receiving one can strike a number of emotions within us.  It all depends on what we are being invited to, and who is giving the invitation.

Invited to join a pyramid scheme, doesn’t invoke a good reaction.  Being asked to come over for dinner, feels good.  It says, “I, or we want to spend time with you.  You’re valued.”  A personal phone call, “I want to hear your voice and catch up.”  Invited to join a company, “I see potential in you and I want you to help us grow the business and financially meet your needs as well.”  You’re invited to our wedding!  “Come and help us celebrate an important event in our life.”

There are lots of types of invitations, but some can have eternal results.  There are three ultimate invitations:

Jesus invites us to rest. Wow!   “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. (Mat 11:28 MSG)

Jesus invites us to follow him, what an honor.
Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” (Mar 1:17 MSG)

Jesus invites us to accept him.  “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.  (Joh 15:4 MSG)

I hope, when Jesus invites you to accept him, if you haven’t, you will.  There is one more invitation that you can make and it will change your life! That is inviting Jesus to participate in your life.  To talk, comfort and spend time with you.  To lead, teach, guide and help you discern the best decisions for your life.  Invitations, can be life changing!

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2019

I wanted to share a post from Ava. She is a fifteen year old young lady, from my church, who is an amazing follower of Jesus Christ, and a great writer. Be blessed by the words God led her to share.

a collection of sunsets

Well, my main goal in 2018 was to write one blog post every month and I am proud that I accomplished it! (December 31st, 2018 / 11:24 p.m.) I promise I posted this when it was still 2018 😉

Even if this year has been hard for you or people you love, we can still be thankful for it. We must learn to dance in the victory that we believe is coming even while tears stream down our faces. The Lord is teaching his children to dance on disappointment. Whether you experienced the greatest joy or the greatest sorrow (or a mixture of the two) God is with you, fighting your battles. understanding that we have a Father who knows us and cares about us is so important; his reckless love and power are always there to rescue you. he is fighting your battle, you need only to continue to…

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