Nathan Tune

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

Love & Shame Of America

Jun
27

During the whole ‘unlawful’ ‘legalization’ of ‘Gay Marriage’ (whatever that is) I have seen quite a few people speak the phrase “I’m ashamed of my country” That is a phrase that I have a hard time getting around. I must ask myself, we must all ask ourselves. “Are WE ashamed of our country? Am *I* ashamed of my country?”

grunge_bless_america___precut_png_stock_by_somadjinn-d727784For me, the answer to that question has got to be, ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. I will always have a great love and patriotism for the core values of what America was founded upon, what America used to be. How we once stood up and defended freedom, justice, equality, liberty and all of that good stuff. How we took a stand against terrorism and put an end to it right then and there when it was the darkest times the world had ever seen. How we were that shining city on a hill, a leading example for the world. A place where people looked to for freedom, shelter and a better way of life.

A place where people could actually make something of themselves, not get any benefit under the sun if they came here as an immigrant, but where they could be anything they wanted with hard work and determination. That is what makes me proud to be an American. The men and women before me that actually built this country, instead of just ‘talking’ about building, they actually did. The brave men and women that died defending it’s founding principles to the bitter end. Even if it meant their life, they stood for what was right. Not like us wimps today. So no, I’m very proud of my country. Or well, what it used to be.

I Am Ashamed –

But today, I am very ashamed of what it has become. Of what her people have become. You cannot say “God bless you’ without someone curling up into the fetal position with their feelings hurt. You can’t have Jesus in school because it’s ‘unconstitutional’ so he is removed. Yet when anything goes wrong the first question anyone asks is “Where is God?” the answer to that is that he wasn’t allowed on the premises. Could it of been avoided if he was? That is a high possibility. He does defend his people. Those that call on his name.

What was once unthinkable is now acceptable in many peoples minds and they don’t even care how it affects them or are country. They don’t even care how each so called ‘victory’ in the Democratic party is just another loss for all of us as Americans as far as freedom is concerned. So yes. I am very ashamed at what America has become, because everyone has become a bunch of wimps. I am ashamed of our leaders.

Mothers young sons died fighting for freedoms and religious liberties so we could wimp out. I think not. Christians are too afraid to get political but I believe it is a Christian’s duty to be concerned with these issues. Americans in the beginning dealt with two things very seriously. God and Politics. Many people think the two can’t collide and they are right. In the wrong way they can’t, but in the right way they can.America was based on freedom, morals, values. Ethics. Now we bow down to everyone under the sun.

We are weak and feeble. We have no backbone anymore. We put the desires of other cultures before the founding principles of our own. Our founding Fathers was be sickened with disgust of how weak we have become. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t blame them.

We deserve to be spat on in the face for our ignorance.

In Conclusion:

With that said, what do I believe about Gay Marriage? I believe in what the bible says, (and no, don’t give me that garbage about shrimp being worse then gay marriage. Either you can’t read or you don’t know how the bible defines things) the bible tells us that marriage was a sacred bond created by God. A bond between a man and a woman.

Therefore, I do not believe in ‘Gay Marriage’ nor do I support it. I would not ever vote to make it legal. HOWEVER, this is a big however by the way. I do believe that the STATES have a right to choose whatever it is that they want when it comes to this issue.

I believe as a Christian and a Conservative that these two beliefs are based upon freedom, liberty and free will. You can’t very have freedom, liberty and free will when it is being oppressed. So, while I myself personally do not support the idea of ‘legal’ ‘gay marriage’ I do support a persons right and free will to live however it is that they please. Which means this.

The Supreme Court should not have any right to tell individual states what to do in this matter. If states want to vote for gay Marriage, fine, let them have it. Don’t force them to stop it. If states don’t want it, don’t force them to do it. Simple as that. And lastly. Don’t sue Bakeries, T-Shirt Companies, or Photographers for not participating in the wedding ceremonies because that goes against their ‘religious’ beliefs and that is wrong. Do not make them out to be this awful ‘bigoted’ hateful people when all they are doing is refusing to participate in a gay wedding. After all, it isn’t like they are cutting their heads off or anything. (Oh wait, I’m sorry. That is from places like Saudi Arabia and Sharia Law where that happens. Which happens to be the same location of many well known Liberal owned companies. HA how hypocritical) makes me sick.

Stop being such wussified hypocritcal babies and stand up for what you believe. Not in hate, no. Do it in love. With truth. And with boldness. That’s what it’s going to take. Where we can find common ground, for the sake of ALL our lives and all our freedoms and our country lets find common ground. Lets stand together. Let’s stand strong.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

Let’s Just Be American

Jun
23

It is often debated the terrible issue of ‘segregation’ in this country, well it is if you still live in the 50’s but if you are a strong American Patriot that has moved on from those mistakes and learned from them then you realize that segregation is a horrible thing, especially for us as people of such a great country that is “The United States Of America” so why is the political left still trying to segregate us all, pitting us against each other like we’re dogs?

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Because the truth of the matter is, is that I believe that each of us are Americans, I don’t care exactly what it is that someone might believe or how it is that they might even feel about my beliefs and I certainly do not care about the color of their skin or where it is that they may have an ethnic origin from, that is not a problem for me at all. I love America and because of this I love Americans, though we often disagree from time to time, why is it that we can’t just all be Americans? Why do we have to segregate ourselves with titles such as “Asian – American” or “African – American” why is this even a thing at all, why aren’t we just fully American citizens of the United States? Even if someone be gay, or straight or whatever, if they are someone that truly wants to better this country for the good then they are Americans nonetheless, and the only ones that keeps segregating us in such a dramatic way is those who want power.

We don’t have to continuously fall for these lies that only breed more and more hate towards each other, hate towards whites because they are white and to the blacks because they are black, hate towards Asians because they are Asian, none of it makes any sense at all and none of it is even necessary at even the slightest, it is ridiculous. I find it hard to believe that people these days are still falling for this, I find it hard to believe that deep down people don’t want to be something more, something greater, something better than just someone that is being divided into categories like we are all slaves or pigs, I believe that people really want to just live their lives as American citizens.

There Is Hope –

I believe that regardless of what the mainstream media tells us, that we most certainly can come together, we might not always agree on every single little issue and we may never agree on every issue. But where we can find common ground let us find common ground, and no matter how impossible one may think it is, it isn’t, I have seen time and time again where no matter of race, faith or whatever differences it is that people may have they have came together and stood with each other against the Government that stands to threaten and take away ALL of our liberties, I have seen gays stand with Christian bakers and Christian Pizza shop owners and Christian T-Shirt makers, I have seen them stand together when their businesses were being threatened by people that only want to divide us more.

I have seen miraculous stories about Americans coming together in love, and standing with one another so that we all might be able to live a little more free in this country, because I believe that there is hope, Raven Symone who most of you may know was on the Cosby Show and on Disney’s “That’s So Raven” once made a statement almost too hard for the big O’ (as in Oprah) to handle.

“I don’t label myself. What I really mean by that is I’m an American,” the actress continued. “I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with black. … I connect with each culture. … Aren’t we all (a melting pot)? Isn’t that what America’s supposed to be?” – Raven Symone

Yes! Exactly, that is exactly what America is supposed to be, the left and the right get so caught up in a strict political view that they often forget that we are still humans, we are still people and we are still Americans. We have all different kinds of races mixed in us and we have diverse families, friends and it is not a bad thing, I was amazed the other day when I was talking with an elderly colored woman and she couldn’t believe that I was talking to her in public it was like a throwback in time, I do not deny that racism still goes on and I don’t defend it in any sense, but we really have come a long ways in many good ways, in some ways we have grown better and in other ways we have grown worse.

So let us take great notice of our accomplishments and let us fix our failures from where we have fallen.

In Conclusion:

Whatever you believe, whatever your race is or wherever it is that your heritage may come from let’s not let that matter as much as who we really are as a people, I have mostly Apache blood in me, I have some Hispanic blood as well, I have Dutch and Irish and a lot of other races mixed in me, I’m a melting pot in one body, though I can’t for sure tell you exactly where my ethnic origin truly is and I can’t really tell you much about my tribe as an ‘Apache’.

But I can tell you that I was born and raised in Southeast Missouri of the United States Of America with a long desire in my heart to move out to Texas where I now reside, I can’t tell you what types of food my ethnic origin might have but I can tell you that I like good ole’ American cheeseburgers and fries with a nice ice cold American Coca Cola to wash it all down with. If you ask me what race I am or where I’m from or what my ethnic origin is, though I am mixed with many, I’m most likely to simply reply with a great big smile on my face –

“I’m American, and I’m from Texas.”

Thank you for reading today’s post , I hope that you are blessed beyond measure and until we blog again…

SHALOM –

The Best Job

Jun
16

Those of you that have followed me since I started this blog, you know that I have struggled since the day we moved here to get a job. It has taken me almost 3 years, but finally I have got a job. Not just any job though, the job that I have wanted since the day we first moved here.

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I do not know what it is that I have felt a pulling to this place since the first day I saw it, but I have. As soon as I got settled in to our new home, I began calling to see if they would be hiring. The first minute that they were I went to them and got an application and filled it out and even landed an interview. However, I did not land the job that time. I was quite discouraged, but I continued on looking for a job anyways. I just could not understand and I still can not understand why it is that everywhere I went I could not get a job no matter how hard it is that I tried.

I went dressed up, I went dressed down. I wore casual, business casual, suits, ties, no tie, my shirt tucked in. You name it, I tried it. I searched for a job within a 50 plus mile radius from our home and at all manner of places. I tried “Whataburger, Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, Dollar General, Family Dollar, local grocery stores.” Anywhere and everywhere that I thought I could work, I put in an application. Though I did make a few exceptions. I would not put in an application at Wal-Mart, Kroger, Walgreens or even CVS Pharmacy (it was called CVS Pharmacy when I was applying) because I would not and will not sell people Alcohol or Cigarettes, I can not consciously sell people something that I believe is wrong in a moral and health matter. CVS Pharmacy may have stopped selling Cigarettes and now they call themselves ‘CVS Health’ but they still sell alcoholic beverages, such as beer, which can be very bad for ones liver, it has nothing to do with health.

All In Due Time –

After much prayer, much fasting and much effort in searching for a job. I finally decided to just give up the search and do my best to help my Grandparents with what I could and after awhile I got back in to searching and then I just stopped again. Then one day, I was riding home with my Uncle from another little town not far from us, where we had just seen the movie called “Home” for whatever reason I felt urged to stop by our local movie theater to see if they were hiring and to pick up an application, I do not know why. But I do as I feel led. We pulled up in there and I asked them if they were, it turns out that they were. I filled in another application and turned it in the next day, I did a check up on it the next week or so and then the day after that I got an interview.

After my interview, I did a few more check up calls, I really was interested in the job. I wanted that to be shown as much as possible. After all, I’ve been really interested in a job there since the day we first moved here. (That’s right, this is the job that i’ve felt pulled to since day one) Why it is that I could not get a job there sooner I do not know, but what I do know is that God always has his reasoning’s, he always has his purpose. He always has his perfect timing. We may not know when, we may not know why. And we may not know how, we may never know. But we do know that all things work together for the good to them that love God.

In Conclusion:

It was Monday, May 25th. Memorial Day, I had just finished taking some burgers off the grill and I was making lunch. I had already given up on actually getting the job, because I did not get a call when I thought I would. So I was very surprised to receive a call that day. I got the job! With what seemed like only moments after that, a tornado came through and really tore up the town. I wasn’t able to go pick up my paper work to fill out until a few days after, and I started Monday the 1st of June. I have to say that this job is actually everything I imagined it would be and much more, if I was talking about you I would say that it’s an “OK” job. But I’m not talking about you, I’m talking about me and this is what I think.

I believe it is the best job ever. For me. I love the clean up of theater rooms after each of the shows, and I love the cleaning in general. I love the people, I love serving the people and I love seeing their reactions to the films when they come out of one and I just love everything about the environment. Some people may think I’m completely insane, and that’s OK. I don’t mind, It wouldn’t be the first time that someone questioned my sanity. I really do enjoy every little aspect of this job, I’m still new, I’ve still got much to learn and I will continue giving my best because I hope to work here for a really long time. As long as possible. I drive to and from work with a great big smile on my face.

The best job is not necessarily the one that pays the most, or one that has the most benefits. But it’s one that you benefit from the most personally. One that you are passionate about, one that makes you truly happy. That’s the best job. All of my co-workers and managers are great, they help me out really well. They teach me with good patience and they are understanding and everyone is fantastic. I am really glad to have been blessed with such a wonderful work place. I do not know what else God may have in store for me in the future, but until then. I’m going to keep doing my best while hoping for the best. Thank you for reading this post today.

Enjoy The Show!

There Is Still Hope

Jun
09

When you have taken the last step that you think you can take, there is still hope. When you have reached what you say is absolutely the very last destination you will ever reach, just let me take a moment to remind you of something that you might have forgotten while on your journey, there most certainly is ‘still’ hope. Though it seems that all hope may be lost, when you least expect it, it is there for you.

11271140_1141879335837580_152668578_n If you feel as though you have given the last bit of advice you can ever give, there is still hope for more, if it seems as though you are no longer able to care for anyone at all, there is hope. There is hope for you when no one else thinks there is, there is hope for you in the darkest pits of this world, and yes I have to say that absolutely there is hope even when you don’t deserve a second chance, even if you have failed at everything else, you still have hope. Somehow it’s there when you need it the most and deserve it the least, could it be that God cares about his children that much, that he would be so gracious and kind to extend hope to us even though it is certain that we do not deserve one ounce of mercy?

Absolutely, it most certainly is. Why? 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) “Everlasting” Eternity, Forever, on and on and on and on and on and on and on! IF – ONLY we would just BELIEVE that HE IS, he is what? He is our LOVE, he is our LORD, he is our GOD, he is our LIGHT he is our JOY, he is our STRENGTH he is the TRUTH, he is the WAY, he is the LIFE, he is EVERYTHING, he IS ‘EVERLASTING’ he is the beginning and the end, he is eternity he is forever, he is HOPE. When we least expected it he was our hope, he came into this dying world and he SAVED it, he gave us new life, he gave us new faith, he gave us new air to breath, new light to see and my friends, he gave us HOPE.

Our Hope Lies In Christ –

I may have mentioned this before on my radio show, but I do not believe that I ever have written about it on my blog post, there is an old song (bet you thought I was gonna say ‘there is still hope’ didn’t ya? Fooled you.) that my grandparents often sing, they learned it from one of their old Pastor’s from when they first got into church, (many moons ago, no, just kidding, only one.) it explains how there is only one hope that we have, and that would be hope in Jesus Christ. It is entitled “Jesus My Hope Is In You” in the lyrics it goes on to say that there is no one else who could possibly carry us through (and if I may elaborate) no one else could ever carry us through such dark times of this wicked world that we face as Christ can, no one else has the power to help us overcome evil with good and no one else deserves praise and honor as he.

Though there are times when satan may try and tempt us to give up and walk away from the path that God has set out before us, we cannot allow him to fool us into believing that what he says is true. He will try and trick us into believing that there is no hope, that our lives aren’t worth much, or anything for that matter. He will laugh at us and get us to feel terrible about ourselves, he will ‘try’ and make us worry about every little thing that you can imagine and he will try to make you think that God doesn’t care about you, that God does not love you. That you aren’t able to be saved from all your sins and before you know it “IF” you let him get in your head, you will soon become a victim to evil mind play of the devil himself.

In Conclusion:

When you’re down and discouraged, and feeling alone, a beggar an outcast, or a man with no home, know that in one special moment your life can be made new, because there is still hope. In Jesus alone. The other day I became worried about something, so I decided to call and find out the outcome so I wouldn’t have to worry anymore, when I got off the phone with the people I wanted to talk with it became clear to me that there was no reason to be so worried, not just yet anyways. And what became even more clear to me was the fact that there was still hope for me. Thus the inspiration for this blog post was born, we all need a little hope in our lives, living in these days don’t we?

We could use it. If you find yourself in a predicament that causes you to start worrying, fear not, remember that even if it doesn’t seem as though it’s there, it is. Hope will always be there, and you will always be able to find it, no matter how big or small the situation is or no matter how unlikely it is that there be any chance at all. I promise you that even if it’s a very small thread, it will be there and it will be something that will help you make it through, it will be what gets you to your next destination and it will be what gets you to the finish line of this race to glory.

Thank you for reading today’s post, I hope that it has blessed you in some special way my friends, until the next time we blog I pray for you to be continuously be treated the way that you treat others on a daily basis. God bless and as always…

SHALOM –

Growing Up

Jun
05

The little boy stares at the new remote controlled toy truck displayed in the toy stores window, with such childish awe and amazement he begins to slowly reach up and touch the glass, dreaming of the day that he could own the toy himself, however, he knew that such a dream was absolutely foolish. You see, Mike’s parents were very poor at the time and could barely afford to take care of themselves.

The-Land-of-Ooh's-and-Ahh'sMuch less afford something so grand for Christmas, yes. Sadly, Mike’s hopes of ever owning such a nice toy was nothing more than that – just hope. “Why do we have to be so poor, God?” Mike thought to himself. “Why do my parents have to work twice as hard as any of the other families on my block yet only make half of what they make, it isn’t fair God, it isn’t FAIR!” He began shouting and kicking the trash cans outside of the store and the store owner ran out to see what all the ruckus was about, when he found that little Mike was to blame he was shocked. See, Mike isn’t known for getting into trouble, he’s actually quite a nice boy, he does what he is told when he is told and he does so with the utmost politeness, he is very mature for his age, (that would be 8 by the way) he likes to drink a lot of chocolate milk and play in the dirt with his ‘friend’, Bill.

The only serious trouble he’d ever gotten in was not cleaning up after himself one evening, he’d never made such a mess before in his life, most certainly not intentionally anyways, when Mr. Pine found him standing there he quickly began to question why it was that our friend, Mike had so angrily knocked over his trash cans, when Mike explained his frustrations with Mr. Pine, Mr. Pine just gave a slight grin and a small tear started to stream from his face, because you see, Mr. Pine knew all too well the struggle of being poor, so he got himself back together and he told Mike not to worry, “You be a good boy like you always have Mike, you pay attention in school and I promise you that one day it will all pay off.” “Now, let’s get this mess cleaned, what do you say?” Mr Pine said with a laugh.

50 YEARS LATER –

It had been 50 whole years since that short encounter with Mr. Pine, who is now long gone, our friend Mike has grown up to be a fine businessman and though he never became filthy rich, he always managed to have everything he always wanted, except, he never did seem to get that Blue remote controlled truck that he had dreamed of many years ago in the window, now this being his 30th Holiday with his family, they all agreed that it was time to get their dad something that he had still always dreamed of, but never made the time of getting himself, come Christmas morning he was just excited to wake up breathing, but when he started opening his gifts his eyes filled with tears as he saw the toy truck under the wrapping paper.

He began crying and remembered the day that he had stared into the store window, asking God why. – He remembered that it wasn’t easy growing up the son of a farmer in the middle of the hardest times his country had ever faced, he remembered that it was often difficult, but he made it through, he grew up, he came out something wonderful, like a diamond he was given just the right amount of pressure to come out worth more then he could have ever imagined.

In Conclusion:

We often ask ourselves “Why God?” why is it that we work so hard but seem to get nowhere, or why is it that we can’t even afford the simplest of things, much less a little toy? Personally I have to say, even though my family has had it rough at times. I have to say that there has never really been a ‘bad’ Christmas, we may not of always had ‘everything’ but you know what? Most of the time we do not need ‘EVERYTHING’ we always had just enough, somehow, we managed to get what we wanted and somehow we always managed to get by, I have always been amazed at that. We all change, we all grow up, it’s just a part of life, I remember when I was little running down the hallway on Christmas morning shouting at the top of my lungs “It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas!” My eyes getting real big as I seen the gifts and stockings full, the candy, the tree, the music, the hot chocolate, the food, all of it, somehow everything was just right even when we didn’t have much, it couldn’t have been better.

There may be times that we wished we could go back and change things but we have to ask ourselves, in growing up, is there really a lot that we would change? How much is there that we would change and if so, what exactly would we change? For some I am certain that there are many things that they would change, but for a lot, myself included, I have to say that I would not change much or any little thing at all, because even though there are rough and bad times throughout our life and for those that grew up in far worse conditions than myself, even though there are bad times, it is those tragic events in our life that make us who we need to be, well I could put that in a different set of words, it is what gives us the power to be who we need to be, whether we choose to do the right thing is another story entirely.

But that’s also a part of growing up, thank you much for reading (the story above the conclusion is entirely fictional written by Nathan Tune for the purposes of this blog) I hope you have been blessed by it in some way.

SHALOM –

Travelin’ On…

Jun
04

Hello everyone, I titled this post “Travelin’ On” however, I do not know entirely what I am going to say on the subject and please let me warn you ahead of time that I may stray away from topic here and there, I just needed a nice little title for the post so I thought that the one above was a perfect fit. You see, it becomes ever more difficult to find inspiration to give inspiration, to be an inspiration!

airplane-wallpaper-3I am often weary from thinking of what to write next even though I try my hardest to keep these posts scheduled way ahead of time so in a sense I am working each day to travel on with this blogging mission that I have taken upon myself, I do enjoy writing and posting what it is that God has given to, and I love reading all the feedback that I get whether it be negative or positive (though the positives always outweigh the negative) I enjoy being able to shed some kind of light in someones darkest hour and I love to bring hope to the world in some way each day that passes us by. Because I know that there are so many who doesn’t feel as though they can continue traveling on, as matter of fact they feel as though they might have hit their limit, ran their last mile, spent their last ounce of strength and lost their last drop of fuel to get them through.

This may be true for some, however, I am here to say otherwise. It’s my job now isn’t it? Otherwise. There, I said it. You heard me, yes that is correct. OTHERWISE. Otherwise what? OK, how about this. What if you haven’t spent your last ounce of strength or your last drop of fuel, what if you are seconds away from a pit stop and if you give up now you will feel so foolish when you could have gone a few more steps ahead and rejuvenated yourself to keep moving on, but instead you gave up because you didn’t think you could go on any further. When in reality, God had otherwise planned, there was a way, there is always a way. We must find a way to make a way to live the way.

Hold On –

Keep holding on no matter what, we know that it is hard, we know that it isn’t easy, we know that things can become tiresome from time to time but we must not forget to keep holding on to our faith, to hope. Because there most certainly is hope, there always is hope my friends, when we least expect it, hope comes around the corner and slaps us in the face with a wake up call and we are amazed at the way things start to turn. Because when we thought about stopping only seconds from a pit stop, we didn’t, we kept going, we got a rejuvenation and went back out there until our next checkpoint and we kept going.

Along the way we may have faced some dark valleys, some mountains and some storms, we may have had to endure freezing temps and brutal heat waves, we may have had to endure slippery slopes and rugged hills that were almost too hard to get over but by the grace of God we made it and we continue to each day.

In Conclusion:

In the words of one of my favorite TV Ministers of all this world, though he’s not a real Minister at all, rather just a Character from one of my favorite TV Shows called “7th Heaven” he most certainly was an amazing Pastor in the show, and though the man that had the honor and privilege to play the role of “Reverend Eric Camden” has recently had some bad stuff come upon him from some awful things he did in the past. The Character is still the character and the character is amazing.

“You live, you learn, you learn to cope.” – Reverend Eric Camden

And that is so true, in this life we all go through hard times in the struggle we pray for a life line, needing someone to show us the way but we’ve got to have faith. We must continuously grow stronger in our faith each day, because God is our mighty defender.

Thank you for all who have read, may it have blessed you in some way. (Rev. Camden’s quote may have been slightly paraphrased for the sake of not being able to find the actual quote and not being able to remember it fully)

SHALOM –

What Is Love?

Jun
03

Guest Post By:  Sarah Grosjean

In our day and age it’s hard to determine what love is because our society has blurred the line between obsession, attraction, lust and love.

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I looked up the definition of love in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and here was the definition they gave me:

love Noun
:a feeling of strong or constant affection for someone
:attraction that includes sexual desire : the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship
:a person you love in a romantic way

Now, I don’t know about you, but that does not satisfy me.  They’ve clearly defined love as a feeling.  But I would like to argue that love is not a feeling, but rather an action.

Let’s look at what God says love is.  1st Corinthians 13 is often called ‘The Love Chapter’, so I thought we might look at that first.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8King James Version (KJV)
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

There’s the Biblical definition.  Let’s look at it a little bit closer, and break it down a little bit.

vs. 4 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind…” The word Charity in this passage is love.  Love is long-suffering, and is kind.
“…charity envieth not…” Love does not envy.

“…charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up…” Love is not prideful. Love is humble.

vs. 5 “Doth not behave itself unseemly…” Love acts in standards of decency.
“…seeketh not her own…” Love is selfless, and thinks of others first.
“…is not easily provoked…” Love is slow to anger.
“…thinketh no evil…” Love does not think evil of others.

vs. 6 “Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.” Love is not happy when something bad happens, but rejoices in the truth.

vs. 7 “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
Love bears burdens, love believes in people and hopes the best in people, and edures until the end.

vs. 8 “Charity never faileth…” Love does not fail, or fall out.

As shown, love is not felt, but rather shown, and does. We are given the perfect example of love when we look at Jesus Christ.
Look at John 3:16, which is perhaps one of the most well-known verses in the Bible.

“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.”

You see how it says He loved, and so He gave.  It doesn’t say He loved, and so He had butterflies in His stomach.
I see so many people, young and old, who confuse attraction, obsession or lust with love.

But there is a world of difference between those.  Maybe the reason why so many marriages and relationships end in failure is because people have forgotten the true meaning of love. And when the initial attraction fizzles out, the “fall out of love”.   But that’s simply not how real love works. Loving is making a choice to do something without thinking of ones self, or what we’ll get in return.  It is not an emotion, even though sometimes when we love we have emotions.

Jesus demonstrated that perfectly.  He came to live a life on earth so He could die so that we might have forgiveness, and reconciliation with Him in Heaven.

“Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friend.” (John 15:13)

That’s exactly what He did.

In conclusion, we are given an example of love.  Now examine your heart, do you love like you’re supposed to?  I think if you are completely honest, all of us can say we’ve come short of loving fully, without thinking of ourselves.  I know I’ve fallen short of perfect love many times.

But with this example, we can strive to be more like Jesus, and love others every day the way God does for us.  But remember, it’s only by God’s grace that we can do it.

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God Bless The Police

Jun
02

I do not intend for today’s post to be as long as usual, however I never intend for them to be that long so we will just have to see how it goes, the title I’ve chosen is chosen from the recent turmoil in U.S. Cities such as, Ferguson, and Baltimore, where hate towards those who put their life on the line for our protection has been rising more rapidly than I would like to admit, my friends.

police_tape_ss_img_3I remember as a kid that I would always be very loving and respecting of all police officers, whether they were a city cop, deputy, state trooper or whatever, I had great respect for them because I knew at such a young age and understood what type of job it is that they had. Their job is to die defending the law, criminals may die from time to time and in many incidents it is a sad sight to see, however it is a great difference in dying while defending the law and dying while breaking it, I’m here today to tell you that cops lives matter very much. Everyone wants them to go away but no matter how horrible we may treat them at times and no matter how tough the job can get, they keep right on protecting and serving, that is the job.

Is this to say that there are NO bad cops out there? No, absolutely not, that is not what I am saying. However we must remember that there are bad apples on every tree, it’s just a fact of life, you can live in the sweetest universe you can think of and i guarantee you will have some type of villain out there trying to ruin everything, like look at the old “My Little Pony” cartoon, even those folks in a land of puff and fluff had to face their enemies. We know that there will be bad cops, I have seen them myself, but that still does not change my opinion about police officers, nor does it take away my respect, it angers me to see bad cops making a bad impression on all the good cops just as it angers me seeing bad Christians making bad impressions on those who really put their hand to the plow without looking back.

Blessed Are The Peace Makers –

Jesus tells us in the Bible that the peacemakers are blessed, and that is true, and police officer are peacemakers, that is their main job in law enforcement. To help keep the peace, to maintain all situations so things do not escalate out of control and to keep us all from being seriously hurt.

Scripture:

 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 KJV

A poem I have written in honor of all the brave men and women that serve us every day and that deserve our respect.

God Bless The Police
Copyright 2015
Written By: Nathan Tune

He’s a young man, she’s a young girl, she’s a sister, he’s a brother, he’s a father, she’s a mother, they’ve got sons and daughters and their someone’s son and someone’s daughter too.

Out the door they go with a badge pinned on their chest, keeping their head up high putting their own life on the line. They do it every day and we don’t even bother to say thanks, most of the time.

To the mother, to the brother, to the daughter and to the father, to the son and the sister, to the families and to the giver, to the one who puts their own life on the line, you’re one of a kind.

What you do it ain’t easy, you knew that from the start, you’re judged on every little move you make and there’s so many that may hate but I hope you know that no matter what, we thank you, we thank you for your service, we thank you for your courage, we thank you for protecting us when no one else was. We thank you for keeping the peace and if I could real quick please, God bless the police.

Now it may seem like you are unappreciated, and it may feel like you’re not wanted, and maybe in some cases that’s true, but please don’t let that get to you, don’t lose your care and your love, because you are still needed and what a few folks say don’t count. So please dear police, don’t leave us now.

God bless you.

No conclusion for today’s post, that is all. Thank you for reading and I hope that it has blessed you in some special way, always keep in mind that when in doubt, do not pout, God will pull you out somehow. Until next time…

SHALOM –

Brokenness

Jun
01

We often spend our life trying to protect our most valued items, we store them in a cabinet, on a high shelf far from little ones grasp, or we have them wrapped up in plastic bins out in the garage. Only to use them once a year maybe during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Birthday’s, Wedding Anniversaries, because we don’t want them to get broken, we don’t want to break them.

BrokennessThere is just one thing wrong with that, the most valuable possessions are usually those that are easily broken, because you see my dear friends, even the best can become broken eventually. What is it that I am getting at? Do you feel like you are broken today with no way at all to describe the pain that you feel from all the times you have been wronged? All the times that you have blatantly been lied to, abused, provoked, used, mistreated and deceived by the goodness of your own heart towards mankind, you were only trying to help, you were just trying to be a friend to someone in this dark cold world and all you wanted was to be there for somebody and here you are now, broken to little pieces and you don’t know what goes where.

But God does…

Broken things can many times be easily fixed, other times it takes a little more time and patience, but don’t worry, when it is your life that we are talking about always remember. God is the creator of that life and if anyone can fix it, he can. Will it ever be the same as it was in the beginning? Will things ever go back to normal? That is uncertain, we must always remember that perfect to us may be something far different than what perfect to God is, we may see a burnt pile of a dilapidated building lying on the ground and God may see something so much more beautiful that we couldn’t even begin to imagine the beauty of what that burnt pile of nothingness could be, because we see a burnt building, what God sees is what it once was and what it can be.

RESTORATION –

Allow yourself to be restored, allow God to pick you up in his gentle hands and allow him to begin the process of putting you back together the way that you were supposed to be. Because unlike a broken pot or a broken vase, God won’t use super glue, he’ll take time mending our wounds, he will comfort us and help make us stronger so we aren’t easily broken by the afflictions of this world the next time that they come around slapping us in the face. With their mockery and their laughter of everything that we stand for, everything that we claim to live in and all that we are, with the help of God we will no longer allow evil to overcome us, we will no longer allow it to break us down into little pieces of nothingness, we will overcome evil with good and we will break it down in our lives to little pieces of nothingness.

We will rise above the situation in our life no matter how tough it may be, no matter how rough we have to get and no matter how dark it may get, we will shine our way through and we will come out in victory over the enemy, because if we don’t then we will not have a single chance of making it anywhere, not in this life or the next, we have to be as bold as we can be and we have to realize that being broken is not always such a bad thing. We also have to learn that we can’t be so afraid to use the most valuable items in our house because we are afraid of breaking them.

I was washing the dishes the other day and I’ve noticed that my favorite McDonald’s Coca Cola glasses keep going down in number and the reason for that, is because we keep breaking them, not on purpose of course. There are accidents that occur which cause us to break them without any way of stopping it from happening, I was thinking of not using them anymore but then what is the point of having a glass and not being able to use it? Ahh, you see what I mean by that? What is the point of having this vessel and not using it?

In Conclusion:

What is the point of dedicating this vessel to God and not allowing him to use it? Because we are too valuable, too vulnerable and will be oh so easily broken? How in any way or in any life is that at all an logical excuse? It isn’t and here’s why, yes it is true, the most valuable things are those that are easily broken, but, those that are of the highest quality are not. What am I saying? By allowing God to have full control of our lives and every decision that we make he can make us far more valuable then we ever were, because we are of far more value to him then we are to anyone else in this world.

And he can also make us of a higher quality, does that mean we will be better than others? Does that mean that we will not be able to be broken down like others? Of course not, I didn’t say that things of a higher quality are NOT broken at all, I simply said that they are not so EASILY broken, meaning that through God being made of a higher quality then we were before we can be made stronger and much more durable to withstand against the wiles of the devil, we will become broken from time to time, yes. However, when we do, each time we will grow less and less likely to break again.

Thank you for reading today’s post, I hope that it has blessed you in some way.

SHALOM –

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