The closer I get to Jesus Christ, the more spiritually I am thinking of things. Today I saw a preacher speak on it and it clicked. What is released in the world right now is this strong demonic leviathan spirit at work because it is the end times. This spirit uses pride of men and women and even children to control their minds and cause division. It uses tactics of division and false convictions and misunderstanding through a lie filter to divide and conquer and control. The purpose: our annihilation and taking as many to hell as possible when he is forced there by Jesus’ eminent return. The counter measure is constant prayer and Bible reading. And when anger rises up in you and misunderstandings are looming, immediately take away the evil spirit’s power by humble prayer and Bible reading, pray for a discerning Holy Spirit and go about your business for the kingdom of God. We are given a reprieve via President Trump’s fighting for our rights and freedoms and punishing evil ones who have given in to the leviathan spirit to spread the Good News of Jesus and do what we can do to spread truth. This is our opportunity to enlighten masses and remind them of the simple truth that “United We Stand and Divided We Fall.” The beautiful news is that God is way stronger and He wins. We stay close to Him and we win.❤
Hear me out. Christianity is Jesus – centered if it is as God intended it and written about it in the Bible. And that means conversations about Jesus, teachings of Jesus and the Bible, worship of Jesus, prayer in Jesus’ name, communion remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus and so on. But my deepest annoyance in so many churches I have attended or seen on TV or heard on radio stations or conversations have focused on this illegitimate hybrid of humanism (worshipping ones’ self or another human as god) and Christianity (worshipping Jesus as God – which He is). So you get concepts like “What has He done for me lately?” Or “I am angry at God” or even “God needs to answer my every whim and prayer in this way or I will not go out of my way for Him”. I have also witnessed many worship services where the songs are more about themselves (usually talking about the first person’s feelings) than Jesus or Jesus’ name not even mentioned.
This is dangerous territory. Here is why. It is based on a lie, a false premise, some stupidity that people want to buy to feel important. As much as we would like it to be, we humans are not God and can in no way every be as important as He is. In fact, our importance in its greatest form is entirely based upon God saying He made us and loves us and we matter. That is it. God is God and He is Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit and we are not Him. We cannot make a person except by the means He built into us when He made us. We cannot control the weather. We cannot even keep from catching a virus. See the problem? That we are on the same level as God is the stupid prideful lie that Satan himself believed to fall from heaven and God’s grace. And now this enemy is wanting us to land his same fate, eternity in turmoil being separated from God. But we can fight this lie by worshipping Jesus again, focusing on Him again, obeying Him again, just plain saying close to and focusing on Him again. He really is a big.deal, He is everything, in fact. All He does is perfect and true and loving, how He is built. Jesus needs to be the focus. ❤
So, we had a beautiful experience yesterday, a truly great day. Here is why. Our nephew was ordained as a Jesuit priest and was giving his first mass. We are not Catholic it but we are all Christians, so we wanted to encourage him. We took a break from our service at our church and went to support him. Turns out just about everyone else in the family did the same thing. There were about 40 family members there to support him! And he did an amazing job, best mass I have ever been to. Being Father’s Day, he spoke on fathers and compared them to trees rooted in the Lord and branching out to protect and provide for their families. Beautiful. And afterward, we ate together. What a beautiful fellowship and so very sweet to be in church with family. It was truly special and I feel so blessed to have been a part of that. ❤
The greatest gift we can give our children is Jesus because He is the way to eternal life in heaven. Those who teach their children about Jesus or take them to Sunday School to learn will be rewarded now or later and those who do not will be held accountable. Please remember that in all love and gentleness. It is on you. Your kids can’t get there without you. It is important. ❤
So, I have a few, mostly female, 4th and 5th graders I teach Sunday School for. And we have this cheesy lesson plan that is as helpful as a box of rocks because they come in with a sister who is bipolar and tries to kill herself and another girl whose uncle is in jail for molesting a minor. And of course there is the girl scared of her dad and the family has a restraining order against them. And here I am, thinking that instead of a normal city crowd I accidentally stumbled on an inner city crime scene club. And I wonder where the kids I grew up with are. We’re we this oppressed and didn’t realize it? Or has evil upped it’s game? And why are the “good kids”, the kids that are “normal” not in Sunday School? None of my kids have their original parents together. None of my kids know days through school where someone wasn’t really hatefully mean to them. And here I am teaching them with a garbage lesson plan that is not relevant to their lives. So I put it down and we read about spiritual warfare from the Bible and talked about it in great depth. They need to know why. They need to get how it works and the great importance of God and the Bible and Sunday School and prayer. They need to see what deep unconditional love looks like. They need to be saved and empowered by Jesus. They need to know their Maker. Never follow a textbook or lesson plan when a kid really needs love. Follow love and the Holy Spirit will guide you and work out the details. Kids are valuable. Treat them well and teach them what they need for this world here. Be there for them and for heaven’s sake, take them to Sunday School. ❤
We all (Zach’s baseball team and family) got together for a pizza party and trophy handout and afterwards a kickball game. It was great fun! It has been raining nonstop for about a week, so it was a mud bog. A few minor injuries but lots of fun was had by all. I made vanilla cupcakes from scratch that they must have liked because there are only a couple left. And it was wonderful to get together and play without the pressure of a game (which they kept score of the kickball game anyway lol). And we all enjoyed it very much, having been together all season. Loved it. Baseball is underrated and fun with friends is too. Get together with someone, have them over, put the phones down and play, talk, whatever. It is invaluable experience. Makes all of life better. Church is the same thing for the same reasons but adds the dimension of spirit, so important. ❤
Churches suck lately. They are not supposed to suck. They are supposed to be vibrant, serving each other and the community, spreading the hope and love of Jesus, teaching the way/God’s way of love, reading God’s Word together, worshipping from the same heart together, etc. Now it is as full of dogma and traditions and time frames and unspoken perfection expectations and silence your kid and dumbed down messages to be so seeker sensitive you don’t actually say anything worth finding and full of cliques you feel cozy in because they are just like you, etc. And I am so super sick of that. I teach Sunday school out of the box and get weird looks. I do not care. I serve God and teach Him to my kids and I answer to Him. Raise your perfect eyebrows at me and I will still teach out the box. I will love those kids with Jesus’ love and not mold them into unrealistic expectations of dogma that does not matter eternally. Wake up, church! Stop sucking. Stop being wordly. Wake the freak up. Read the Bible unashamed, pray together and really pray, worship together, throw the clocks away, be God to the world. Revive, oh church! Get off your cozy, lazy behinds and be the church God designed with wondrous diversity and assorted gifts and talents shared in concert for God’s glory. Be who He designed you to be. Be beautiful and vivacious! Be God’s! ❤