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When A Church Sends You Running for Cover

  When A Church Sends You Running for Cover Many people who are raised in the Church, end up wandering astray. We are filled with the stories we don’t understand. Threatened with hell and damnation for our unavoidable sin, why would anyone want to stay for that. We go to church to please our parents, fighting to keep our eyes open, and our minds shut. With all the pretentious and better-than-though mockery, we turn up noses on our appearances. No longer does it only matter that you are there, it also matters what you wear. Your mind wanders on this man, they call Christ, if he loved the least of these, why not these that follow him. Starting to question the need for the Church, where is this faith when the world is full of pain and hurt. Just as many do, I began to make excuses. Whether I stayed out late, or just didn’t feel like going. I would rather sleep in than go to Church. Beginning to think that all these scriptures were meant for the real sinners, not me. I quit, quit going to church, quit praying, quit believing. The world was my oyster, I had my Sunday mornings free. I woke up to headaches and hangovers and not preachers or Bible thumper. My life was mine to live, no one was going to tell me what I could or could not do. The new-found freedom was the beginning of my fall. I wrecked myself into my apocalypse of spirit where no Church could reach. Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted […]

Faith, Freedom and Fireworks

How Faith, Freedom and Fireworks became a Holiday Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago we adopted the Declaration of Independence and in turn walked away from the sovereign rule of Great Britain.  We now celebrated this day with parades, barbecues and fireworks. Where we now fill our day with picnics, baseball and reunions with family or friends once were filled with mortar shells and bullets as our forefathers defended our newly founded country. July 4th almost never happened you know… I don’t mean the day or even the separation from our motherland.  The actual separation happened on July 2nd,  but it took Congress until the 4th to come to an agreement (and have yet to really agree since) on what is known today as the Declaration of Independence. John Adams, even he declared back then that the day would be epoch and “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forever more.” (source: Had a declaration letter) Even as this day was being established so many years ago it was speculated that we should have bonfires (barbecues), parades, sports (baseball), illuminations (fireworks) and well we all know people tend to fire guns in the air thinking they won’t […]

Steps to Unleashing the Warrior (Part 2)

My personal journey of becoming a warrior continues with more Steps to Unleashing the Warrior .On day two the Promise Keepers Unleashing the Warrior event began with a similar bang as had the night before. Only this time the men were even more ready to freely give themselves to the spirit and there was a different level of energy and comradery in the room. The first speaker of the day was Bruce Wilkinson,  who has written more than 60 books that have been translated into 30 languages, including several books that reached the number one spot on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Bruce’s breakout book, The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life , remains the fastest-selling book in history, with worldwide sales exceeding 20 million. He started the day out on a subject that every man avoids like the plague… purity.  He spoke of failings of men who succumb to the dark abyss of pornography.  He challenged the men in the audience who were addicted to porn to imagine themselves looking at their mother rather than the girl on the screen, many of which are victims of sex trafficking. Better yet imagine Jesus seeing through your eyes all that you see. Wilkinson also told the men that were living in sin with a woman who are unwed to go home and move out…today.   If they were addicted to pornography…quit…today. Whatever your weakness or addiction…quit…today.  The only way to become a warrior they would need to be released from the sin that […]