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This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24 (KJV)

CHRIST-MAS!

Dec
25

MERRY CHRIST-MAS my dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ!

short-merry-christmas-wallpapersI hope you are all having a lovely holiday today, I am just simply trying to enjoy it as best I can and look back on times gone by, it is quite amazing how much time can change things isn’t it?

Each time I start to write one of these blog posts I try to shoot for about 500 words or more because I just feel that is what they should be, not too long, not too short but something good and soul providing, encouraging, uplifting, inspiring (I hope) and good food for your spirit!

Don’t forget what the season is truly about, it’s about these simple attributes below:

  • Christ
  • Giving
  • Love
  • Peace
  • Joy
  • Happy-ness
  • Kindness
  • Caring
  • Sharing
  • Togetherness

If we ever forget that we will lose all sight of the holiday’s, and I’m afraid there are too many people that have already forgotten, as I said in my last actual radio show, CHRIST-MAS isn’t really ALL about gifts, fancy dishes, a lot of food, super savings at the grocery store, egg nog, it’s not about how much ‘stuff’ you get at all. CHRIST-MAS first and foremost has always been about CHRIST.

Now if you’ve been paying attention you’ll notice that I have been spelling Christmas like the following – “CHRIST-MAS” why is that? Simply because if you look at that last word “MAS” in Spanish, it is then translated to “MORE” am I right? I don’t know much Spanish, but I know that  much to tell you, yes I am right! So looking at it with that mindset, Christmas is really one or as matter of fact THE biggest season of the year and it is possibly the one day out of the entire year that CHRIST is recognized MAS than he is any other day of the year!

When CHRIST-MAS is celebrated in that context.

Which I believe for many, many, many many, many years now it always has been, people have always celebrated CHRIST-MAS to honor and glorify – CHRIST!

Now don’t get me wrong, I do not doubt for one minute that there aren’t people who are caught up in all the “stuff” people that ‘worship’ Santa, the elves, the tree, blah blah blah.

I’m pretty sure there are some and we know for a fact that more and more each year our beloved Christmas becomes this commercialization about business making more and more money while people kill each other to save less, it is increasing at a rapid speed, people going crazy about the ‘stuff’ rather than the true meaning.

And we cannot deny that the majority of all the world recognizes Christmas as CHRIST’S birthday and he IS glorified by, he IS, it’s just a ‘fact’ even sinners have to recognize him that day because when Christmas is celebrated the way it always has been, and the one that will  really comes out being glorified is GOD and while I believe the spirit of Christ-mas lives inside each and every single one of us all throughout the year, because I believe it is just the TRUE love of Christ.

It just for some reason takes the actual season of CHRIST-MAS to activate it, then it begins to work outside of us, so what do you say my friends? Are you going to embrace  CHRISTMAS spirit this season? And if you do, why not riding it all throughout  the New Year as well?

And possibly throughout the rest of your life? (Just a wild thought)

I know many have their criticism of Christmas but I will continue to celebrate it, as my favorite parts are the lights and Christ said he is the LIGHT of the world, so why let your house be all dark, gloomy and Scrooge-y this Christmas?

Just to let you all know, again, after today I will be taking a 5 day break from the social world and my phone/internet/laptop and most all electronic devices other than TV to watch some shows and movies with my family.

Celebrate Christ more this Christ-mas!

God bless you all!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

SHALOM –

A Christmas Eve Catastrophe

Dec
24

And so it began nearly two years ago, the beginning of another Christmas Eve

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I’m pretty sure I started that morning with some type of exercise, maybe even a walk as you know temperatures are fairly warm in East Texas even around this time of year,  when I got home there were cookies to be made, chicken salad to be prepared and pecan pies to be made as well!It all started like any other day, quiet, peaceful, calm and mystical as you could just feel the Christmas magic all around you in the air. The Christmas tree was glowing from it’s many strands of lights and beads that were carefully wrapped around it and presents were neatly stacked at the bottom, things were Christmas-y indeed.

I began making the pecan pies, I believe this was the first year I had ever attempted to make one on my own (and I’m not much of a baker to begin with) nevertheless I embarked on this mystical baking journey and set out to make two homemade pecan pies from our very own pecans right here on our own Texas abode!

IMG_2622However I’m pretty sure that they flopped the first time, but we intended on eating them anyways because we can never let anything go to waste (that is considering we have  done without things in the past) so we went on to place them aside to cool and supposedly “set up” (which they would have done, I just hadn’t baked them properly).

Time For A Present!

Usually we wait until we get back from looking at Christmas lights to do this but somehow this time was different and it was decided that we could open “one” present on Christmas Eve that is usual tradition in our home and I’m sure many other homes around the world as well, now, this was the night that I happened to obtained my very first condenser microphone ever for my radio show!

I surely have put it to good use over the past two years, I think, and I believe that I have gotten more used to it and better even, having bought two real XLR cable condenser microphones this year I mainly use them now, but I still from time to time use my very first USB as it’s just easier to set up for short projects and it can compete pretty well with my new professional equipment.

And of course it will always be my first microphone that I will always cherish and keep with me, who knows, maybe one day It’ll mean something to someone else besides me you think? You never can know I suppose…

Well Enough of my rambling, onto the rest of our evening.

The Return Home:

After gazing at Christmas lights for the past couple of hours (which happens to be a family tradition of ours) we then decided to make our journey home, what we didn’t know is the surprise that would be awaiting us when we got there.

It just so happens my friends that I forgot to mention that not too long before the holidays my grandparents had picked up this rescue dog on their way back from a funeral one day in North of Arkansas I believe, a black German Shepherd (at the time named Titan but we renamed him Samson) he had been mistreated by some old lady that kept him in a cage and starved him when he was a puppy.

Something we had forgotten that you’ll understand here in just a moment, a police officer had took him in and posted an ad that he needed to get him to a good family and sure enough my grandparents just all of a sudden decided to go pick him up that day.

It was quite frustrating for me too because I had worked all day on cleaning the house and all of a sudden they barge through the door and I get pounced on by a dog licking my face like a wild maniac, oh well, anyways…

Onto Christmas Eve…

It just so happens that we had put him in a cage not thinking much of it, it was a very big cage and we knew we would be home soon enough, we really didn’t think it could be that bad but sure enough when we returned home, well…

Let’s just say it wasn’t too pretty, he ripped out of that sucker…

(Photo Below)

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We had gotten my grandpa donuts for Christmas that year and that is what he opened on Christmas eve, the dog just so happened to get into some of them, he also opened a few other presents as well that we had wrapped for him, (naughty little booger) he also managed to get into the mini beef franks we had planned for pigs in a blanket on Christmas day or in this case it would of been (Cows in a blanket) and he of course got into those beautiful pecan pies I had made.

But get this, he didn’t just eat one whole pie, he had to eat half of each one! We were all very frustrated indeed, but we knew it probably wasn’t such a good idea to put him in a cage given his past experiences, we just didn’t want him getting into the food (which he happened to do anyways)

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Needless to say that was the last day he spent in the house, he made a pretty good house dog for awhile and even is house trained, he would go to the door when he needed to go out and I don’t believe he ever gave us any trouble there unless of course we didn’t pay attention to his plea to go out, he’s got short hair so his shedding wasn’t too bad but it was still a bit of a task to maintain.

However after we came home to that “Christmas Eve Catastrophe” we decided it was best he stay out side from then on, who could blame us, and who could really blame the dog? It was best for everyone I believe and he still loves us just as much as he did before.

With that said, I hope you all have  a very Merry Christmas eve and an even better Christmas day! My family went out Christmas light looking early this year, yesterday so I suppose we will be staying in tonight enjoying the magic that is Christmas Eve.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

What Is Love?

Dec
12

Love, a word that has been tossed around and spread across our paths so many times in life.

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A word that can move mountains even, not just a word, but a feeling, a thought, an action, a tear, a pain, a small piece of writing from one to another, a crafted gift made by hand, whether it be a small act or HUGE, love… True love, has the power to change the course of history, lives, hearts, minds, it can impact the spacetime continuum, it can lift up, encourage, strengthen, it is there when all else has failed and it never seems to fail.

When true…

But love false can harm, love false can break down, love false can tear up families, love false can hurt relationships, it can destroy, crush, it can cause more heartache than an unkind word, because love false is the worst betrayal of ones trust that can ever be done to a person in this life.

Love false can sometimes even bring the most violence, love false can be bad, it can be deceiving, scary even, love without truth can be even more deceiving just as the truth without love can be brutality, one may say “How can love ever be false? How do you differentiate between the two, what do you look for in true and false love?”

A lot of people like to use “LOVE” when preaching the Gospel, which in fact is the entire basis of the Gospel, it’s the very core of the Gospel, but when preaching that love, let us review the things in past time, when Christ shed his blood out of love, when he was tortured and ridiculed for us.

I happened to receive a comment the other day about the blog post “Where Is God?” one I had written a week or so ago, and the comment said this:

 

That’s right. John 3:16. It  ALL began with love.

Without love, we have nothing – not God, not a Savior, no Calvary, no resurrection, nothing.

Love. It started with love and will end with love – or the lack thereof as Revelations 2:4 states…

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

 

It did indeed begin with love, a love so powerful, a love so strong  a love so big, so great, so amazing, so extroadinary that it can change, transform, and save even the most wicked vile souls that ever walked the face of this earth, but why?

How you say?

These people preach love, but they do not know, they do not comprehend and truly must not even understand what love it is they speak of.

If people could grasp ahold of Christ’s love more often like they SHOULD, more lives would be transformed, because that’s what his love does, it transforms us, because when we recognize the sacrifice he made for us on the cross out of LOVE, we open our eyes and recognize that love, maybe for the first time in our lives whenever and wherever that may be.

And when we truly recognize that love he gave to us on the cross and gives to us today, that is when we look up and say:

 

“Ok Lord, you died for me, I will live for you, I love you, I will obey you, and I love you because you first loved me, which gives me even more cause to strive to be more like you, to strive to be better.”

 

That’s the beauty of his love, that’s the beauty of John 3:16, that’s the true power of his love.

When we come to Christ we come to him empty, broken, shallow, completely destroyed and surrounded by sheer darkness, we come to him restless, without hope, without peace, without ‘love but then we turn our eyes to him, we read his word, we see that we are dirty, we are filthy, we are nothing without him, worthless, yet he seen us worth it all.

We see that we are in dire need of a Savior, and we see that God is reaching out to us, out of ‘love‘ offering us another chance, to make ourselves right with him, we are given a chance that we don’t deserve, yet; so many seem to take those chances of his ‘love‘ – for granted.

Scripture says:

 

Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. Matthew 27:26 K.J.V.

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Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.

They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,  and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head.

 

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They put a staff in his right hand.

Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.

They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.

After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him.

Then they led him away to crucify him. – Matthew 27:27-31 K.J.V.

Nails were hammered into his hands and into his feet…

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We read the story over and over again, but do we REALLY understand? Christ, our Lord, our Savior was one to talk of love, to preach love, to command love, and he was one who LIVED love.

He showed us he could not only “talk” and “preach” love, but that he could LIVE love…

Thank you Jesus…

So my friends, THAT’S “how” THAT’S “why”

THAT’S:

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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13 K.J.V.

 

So many of us are quick to proclaim Christ, we are quick to say we ‘love‘ him, but do we, do we really?

 

If ye love me, keep my commandments. – John 14:15 K.J.V.

He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. – 1 John 2:6 K.J.V.

 

True love, that is the love our Lord and Savior displayed, and that is the love he seeks from us, the ONLY love he will acknowledge is a genuine love.

I am so thankful that he didn’t let us go, he could of said no but he didn’t, though we weren’t worthy, he chose to endure.

And because he lives (LOVES), we can face tomorrow.

We will strive to be more like him, we will strive to live better each day, we will turn away from all things dark and begin to be more of a reflection of him, (the TRUE light.)

Because we love him, we keep his commandments, we obey him.

Because we love him, we love others, and because we love others, we share truth with them in love with BOLDNESS… WITHOUT compromise, it CAN be done, I’ve seen it and experienced it myself.

True love, there is nothing like it, and once we grasp ahold of HIS TRUE LOVE…

THAT is when we will truly be shaken at the very core and turn our life over to him completely…

Love speaks.

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The photo above speaks a lot for me personally, especially around this holiday season…

Those of you that have read my blog, followed me on youtube and other social media sites all know that my grandparents have pretty much raised me my whole life given the circumstances with my mom.

With her not being around (yet again) I am most certainly blessed to have my grandparents in my life who truly knows what the definition of TRUE love is, they have been there for all of us, even my mom no matter what she had done, my grandparents would always reach out to her again and again in love forgiving her of her trespasses against them..

Only to be hurt over and over, this last time has surely done one over on us all, but nevertheless we press on, comforted by the TRUE love of Christ…

I thank God that he loved me enough to give me such caring grandparents that have always fought for me, that have always done their best to take care of me and that have never left me, or their own children.

They have instilled in me (as they always strive to) what TRUE love means…

It means exactly what I just wrote above:

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(And SO much more…)

Thank you all for reading,

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and remember!

John 3:16

SHALOM –

ALERT – U.S. History

Dec
03

Well it’s time for a little U.S. History lesson about America’s flag!

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On this day, December 3rd 2014 marks the very first day the very first (unofficial) flag of our country was flown. The flag of the colonists, with the Union Jack placed initially where the stars are placed today. It does however have the same 13 stripes representing the 13 colonies.

This marks a very unique and sadly much overlooked day in U.S. History, I seem to find the American flag a fascinating thing, and it gives me great joy to be able to display this lovely piece of history in my front yard today, in remembrance of the very first day it was ever flown 239 years ago.

Many people are actually unaware it was ever an American flag at all!

And to be honest, when I first seen it, I had no idea what it was either. But with a little research I quickly fell in love with it! Some people get mad seeing the British flag in the place of our stars, but that is indeed the flag our country used at one time and it was at one point an American flag. Unofficially that is.

It is actually the first flag that was flown into the Revolution and it is the flag for July 4th 1776, that is the date it was named the unofficial flag of our young nation. Making it in essence, (unofficially) our Nation’s  first flag.

That being said, if you plan on making a correct 1776 history play, do use the genuine flag that they would have used, because it wasn’t until 1777 that the Betsy Ross flag was introduced and adopted as our official flag.

June 14th 1777 (Flag Day)  to be exact!

I hope you have enjoyed this brief U.S. History lesson, and who knows; perhaps I’ll be giving one again soon!

You can get your very own “Annin”  Grand Union Flag (the very best!) for displaying, simply by clicking the image below:

Until next time…

SHALOM –

Where Is God?

Dec
02

Interesting question right? Now, I’m sure many of you might of taken to that a different way.

Where-is-God-HDBut fear not, just listen…

Because I know for a fact that there are many out there who genuinely ask that question every single waken moment, with all the blood, the guts and absolute most wicked vile events taking place in our every day life. How can you NOT ask yourself that very simple question,

“WHERE IS GOD?”

For some believers it’s hard to understand that sometimes.

Now, just imagine how much harder it is for someone that DOESN’T believe, Eh. Catching on yet my friends? Imagine how much more difficult it is for someone who has never ever in their lives experienced God’s love, his grace, his compassion and his light. Imagine how much more impossible it is for them to see the good in today’s world. To see HIM in anything.

The fact of the matter is, it all goes back to “Free Will” man is just evil, wicked and vile in nature. Now, we can either choose to live a sinful life of hatred, murder, crime and filth.

OR – How About:

We choose hope, we can choose to live a life filled with God’s love, his hope, his kindness, his mercy, his never ending sufficient grace. Yes, we can indeed make the world a better place all on our own, I’ve said this many times. But we have simply got to stop worrying about what everyone around us IS doing and start to ask ourself “What are we NOT doing?”

What is it that I have left out in my every day life that could better this world? What is it that I could do today to make someones life a bit less stressful? Could I give them some money? Buy them some food to eat? Give them a nice warm coat this winter? Put them up in an apartment to help them get back on their feet? Give them a family for the holidays? What if I don’t have money though, then what can I possibly do? Can I do anything at all then?

The answer my brothers and sisters is YES, YES WE CAN!

We can smile, we can offer a listening ear, a shoulder for them to cry on, a heart to give them love, a message of hope from their maker above.

A simple “Hello, how are you?” will do just fine. It’s not about the quantity of who we help that matters, it’s about the “quality” of our help to them that matters. It doesn’t always come in gold, green, silver or fancy cars and millions of dollars.

Sometimes the greatest gifts and the smallest acts of kindness can mean so much more to someone than any of those things, all it takes is US reaching out to a dying destitute world that is asking “WHERE IS GOD?”

So, I guess the answer to that question would be this, my friends…

God is right there within you, If you are a Christian today, asking yourself where God is in all this mess, just look in the mirror,  he’s supposed to be dwelling within YOU. YOU are his hands and feet, YOU are the one who can make a difference if YOU just will. That’s where God is, he’s inside of YOU and me, and the rest of those that follow him.

To those who don’t believe in God and for an unfortunate reason don’t see God in his proclaimed followers, do me a favor. Please, KEEP looking. SEEK and you WILL find him.

He’s right there my beloved friend, he’s reaching out to you in more ways then one but because you are so resistant to him you are purposely blinding yourself from him and he wants you to see him, but you choose not to look for him.

Do please choose today to start looking again, if you’ve somehow stumbled upon this blog and my website, I hope that you can see God in me and the words I choose to share.

 

For God So Loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever BELIEVETH In him should NOT perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE. – John 3:16

 

That scripture stands true for you today my friend, he’s reaching out to you, don’t give up, it’s worth it; just keep trying.  God loves you my dear friend, and if you need to contact me personally, you can do so by clicking HERE.

May God be with you this moment, wherever you are. He loves you.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

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