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Life Lessons

Learning to unconditionally trust the Lord opens the door that peers into eternity. Here you discover that no treasure on earth compares to the treasure of Christ in your life.

Resting in the assurance that you are unconditionally loved and treasured by God.

Faithfully and boldly confronting anyone or anything that hinders the existence of God’s Kingdom on earth.

Both love and integrity permeate your daily existence. Neither accolades, criticisms or personal pride defines who you are, or what you are capable of accomplishing. The cornerstone of your identity is the King of the Kingdom— Jesus Christ.

This identity births the wisdom to reign victorious in life, even during times of turbulence and uncertainty. As striving becomes a fading memory. God’s wisdom releases His peace and the confidence to live a life of divine significance.

The Lord earnestly waits. Expecting, looking and longing to be gracious to you. Therefore He lifts Himself up. That He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice.

Blessed are all those who earnestly wait for Him. Who expect and look and long for Him. For His victory. His favor. His love. His peace. His joy. His matchless, unbroken companionship!

Isaiah 30:18

Amplified Bible Classic Edition

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Campfire Christianity

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I wonder what Martin Luther King would think of today’s America.

Where an African American was elected president.

Where African Americans can pursue the American Dream.

Where little black boys and black girls are able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

What would Dr. King say?

“But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold. Which leads into the palace of justice.

In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy, which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people. For many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low. The rough places will be made plain. And the crooked places will be made straight. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed. And all flesh shall see it together.

We will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children— black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual.

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty! We are free at last!”

America, we need to change the narrative. Only in Christ can we be one.

This is what God says. The God who builds a road right through the ocean. Who carves a path through pounding waves. The God who summons horses and chariots and armies. They lie down and then can’t get up. They’re snuffed out like so many candles.

“Forget about what’s happened. Don’t keep going over old history.

Be alert. Be present.

I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?

There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.

Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’ —the coyotes and the buzzards. Because I provided water in the desert, rivers through the sun baked earth.

Drinking water for the people I chose. The people I made especially for myself. A people custom-made to praise me.” Isaiah 43:18-21 The Message

You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with His label on it.

All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ. Everyone is included in Christ.

So, chosen by God for this new life of love. Dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you— compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness.

Let the Word of Christ— the Message have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives— words, actions, whatever be done in the name of the Master, Jesus.

Thanking God the Father every step of the way. Colossians 3:11-15 The Message

“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty! We are free at last!”

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The Paternal Friend

I love epic movies such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Braveheart and Elizabeth. Brave men and women engaged in a battle to the death.

Boldly confronting the evil of the day so others are freed from tyranny.

Saying no temporal rewards and yes to sacrificial living.

Heroism is deeply embedded in our DNA. As children we fearlessly question all assumptions. Trust in our ability to solve problems. Envision a world of endless possibilities.

Sadly, the day comes when many children begin imitating adults in their environment. No longer valuing heroism. They toss it into the trash with their other childhood toys.

Would you like to be heroic?

Be strong in the Lord. Be empowered through your union with Him. Draw your strength from Him. That strength which His boundless might provides.

Put on God’s whole armor— the armor of a heavily armed soldier. Which God supplies. That you may be able to successfully stand up against all the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood. Contending only with physical opponents but against the despotisms. Against the powers. Against the master spirits who are the world rulers of this present darkness. Against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly supernatural sphere.

Therefore, put on God’s complete armor. That you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day of danger. Having done all the crisis demands. To stand firmly in your place.

Stand therefore. Hold your ground.

Having tightened the belt of truth around your loins.

Having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God.

Having shod your feet in preparation to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability. The promptness and the readiness produced by the good news of the Gospel of peace.

Lift up over all the covering shield of saving faith. Upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked one.

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields. Which is the word of God.[1]

God has provided the weapons, but you must learn how to use them. This is why the Lord allows trials and temptations into your life.

All talk and no action creates a spineless, weak and ineffectual believer!

Instead of complaining and being depressed, we are to rejoice in our afflictions. Because we know that affliction produces endurance. Endurance produces proven character. Proven character produces hope.[2]

You may be thinking, “Easier said than done!”

True, but you are not in this fight alone.

Do not be fearful as the disciples were. When they sensed their time with Jesus was drawing to a close.

Questioning, rather than trusting God.

Wondering what would become of them once Jesus was gone.

Who would answer their questions?

Who would tell them what God wanted them to do?

Who would save them from the storms of life?

Who would speak words of comfort and reassurance when they failed?

Sensing their fear and concern. Jesus lovingly reassured them.

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter. Counselor. Helper. Intercessor. Advocate. Strengthener. Standby.

That He may remain with you forever. The Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him for He lives with you constantly and will be in you.

I will not leave you as orphans. Comfortless. Desolate. Bereaved. Forlorn. Helpless.

I will come back to you.”[3]

Read that again.

You ARE NOT ALONE!

The Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit lives in all disciples of Christ.

How do you become a disciple of Christ?

It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the Kingdom of God.[4]

In many American churches today, God is frequently depicted as a doting grandparent. Giving you whatever you want if you simply ask Him in the right way.

As if our happiness is God’s primary concern. By the way— it is not.

God’s primary concern is His Kingdom and its manifestation here on earth. Doing whatever it takes to ensure this happens.

This includes strengthening your character through trials. So you can assist Him in His Kingdom building project. Using you as He did Nehemiah. Influencing and motivating others to return to God and His ways— His righteousness.

Although reared in Babylon, Nehemiah remained faithful to the Lord. The God of his Hebrew ancestors who had been taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar.

Nehemiah (Jehovah comforts) would restore Jerusalem and the hearts of her people. Beautifully illustrating the Holy Spirit’s role in the restoration of humanity.

So fear not! You do not have to wield a sword to be heroic. Within each disciple of Christ is the Holy Spirit.

Enabling disciples to live fearlessly.

Focusing on what needs to be done today.

Intentionally living a life of honor and service.

So you disciples of Christ. Arise every morning. Do something to save the world!


[1] Ephesians 6:10-17 Amplified Bible Classic Edition
[2] Romans 5:3-4 Holman Christian Standard Bible
[3] John 14:16-18 Amplified Bible Classic Edition
[4] Acts 14:22 Holman Christian Standard Bible

(Excerpt from I AM The Paternal Friend)

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Continual Salvation

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