So many gods to choose from…

The question I get asked the most by friends of mine who are unbelievers is, “Out of all the religions in the world, how do you know yours is the right one?” This used to be a question that scared me. I just didn’t know how to respond . And I feel that most Christians are the same way. So now that I’m a bit older/wiser… Let me share with you my opinion.

First, all the claims in the Bible are based on public events that can actually be historically verified. Any other religion, out the hundreds we see today, can’t be historically tested. You have to just have blind faith alone to believe it!

Think about it like this, someone of the Islamic faith has to trust fully in an encounter that Muhammad had. And there is no way at all to verify that this encounter ever happened! Buddhism and Hinduism aren’t historic faiths, and they have no claims of events that can actually be investigated by their believers. You can either adopt their philosophy or not. You can apply this logic to ANY religion other that Christianity and you will see, There are no historic events that lay a foundation of faith, and, none give historic details to important events.

Christianity was started after a PUBLIC ministry by Jesus Christ. Then He was crucified PUBLICLY. He then rose from a PUBLIC tomb and then PUBLICLY showed himself to a group of PUBLIC people! Then these people went out and told everyone they could! This was all verified by many witnesses and documented.

Every single other religion besides Christianity was started by, a PRIVATE dream about god, a PRIVATE idea about god, or a PRIVATE angelic encounter with god. Then that ONE person would go and tell people what they themselves saw.

The amazing thing about Christianity is there is so much historical data that can be tested! It’s absolutely amazing, and we are the only religion that can provide that!

Another point I like to make when questioned about this is, If Christianity isn’t real, If Jesus was just a man, and if the Bible is just a “book”, then why is the world so afraid of it? Why do other religions want to behead us? Why do they want to burn our book? Why do they want to take our ten commandments down from the front of our capitol building? Why can’t we talk about it or teach it in schools? Why are Christian’s being targeted and shot here in the US? The reason is, Satan is real, he roams our Earth and he hates us! People who don’t have Christ in their life have a sin nature and they hate the TRUTH. No other religion is targeted like us because they don’t have what we have!

If you go deer hunting in the woods and you see a dead deer on the ground, that’s not the one you shoot. You’re looking for the one that’s alive and moving. These other religions are left alone because they are dead. But Christianity, the Bible, and Jesus are so full of LIFE that we will constantly be attacked by those who don’t believe because Satan has blinded them and trained them to reject the truth!

And my final thought is this. I have a relationship with Jesus. He talks to me. I hear him. He loves me. I feel him. I had a physical disease on my face and he healed me the day I was supposed to go in for laser surgery. We canceled the appointment. This is just me. I have heard thousands upon thousands of other stories greater than mine of how Jesus healed them, delivered them, spoke to them, changed them, made their lives better! But I haven’t heard ONE story like that from a Muslim, Buddhist, or a Mormon.

I have no doubt my God is real, alive and with me everyday. If you cant say that about your god…. You may want to rethink what you’ve got yourself into. #justsayin



Remember your past? Jesus Doesnt.

I’ve met so many Christians that actually think that being born again just means to change your ways. To act better. To straighten up. And yet over time I see them go right back to their old ways. To the person they used to be.

The reason is, they haven’t grasped the concept of 2 Cor. 5:17 that says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, He is a NEW Creation! The old has passed away; behold the NEW has come!” What this means is that once you receive Jesus Christ as the lord of your life, there is no more BEFORE! You have to truly see this as being born again! When a baby is born, he has no past. Nothing to compare to. Everything he does and learns is brand new! All a baby knows is the love of his parents! That is what the Bible is trying to show us. When we accept Christ, we no longer have a past. All we have is His love and a bright future!

It makes me sad to see people try to earn what has already been given to them. God is not about behavior modification. He is all about soul transformation! When I see people try and earn Gods love and salvation it reminds of an adult at Christmas. We try to think who will be buying us gifts. How much will they spend? Then we go out and try to buy those same people gifts for as close to the dollar amount as we think they will be spending on us. We are not giving or receiving out of love, but rather obligation. When truthfully, what God wants is for us to be like a child on Christmas morning! Tearing through gifts so fast with such great joy and extremely thankful that all this is for him! He never stops to think if he needed to get anything in return. Or maybe now he needs to do some extra work around the house to make up for all the money that was spent on these gifts. No, he receives freely with no condemnation or guilt whatsoever! WE need to be like that.

We need to realize that no matter what our past looked like… Its all gone now! Jesus knows your entire past and your entire future and he will NEVER hold either of them against you! One of the greatest scriptures in the bible has to be Romans 8:1. There is therefore NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. How powerful is that?! That scripture is so freeing! Why should you sit around and feel horrible about all the things you USED to do when Jesus isn’t even thinking, or worrying about that!

So now, once you realize that you are truly brand new, you have to walk it out! You need to live your life daily with a spirit of excellence. Because thats what God has given you!

Something I have really grasped recently is that you do not have to beg God for what he has already given you! This is a part of being a new creation that I am just fully recognizing. When I learned this a few months ago it was a mighty revelation to me! It has completely changed the way I pray. I am now thanking God daily for what His word says I have! This first day I started doing this I woke up speaking how blessed I was, and how His favor was on my life. I said that allowed and to myself all day. That evening I had a complete stranger tell me he felt like God wanted Him to bless me with $100! I was completely blown away! I couldn’t believe God was so quick to honor His word!

Now, I know it wont always happen like this. However, I felt in this instance God was just saying, Yes! This is confirmation that you get it! You’re doing it right! This is what I want for you! Every day since, I start my days by thanking God for what He has already set aside for me. I let Him know I choose to walk in His blessing and favor!

But there is a flip side, because I understand that every time you are given a revelation, you will be met with a challenge in that area. So while thanking God for being blessed and receiving his favor, He gave me a new job. I had been looking for 4 months and He brought me a job with the exact amount of money I need and the hours I need. However…. I do not like the work. I don’t like the location, the drive, the uniform, etc. So the first few days I started to complain, and let everyone know how much I hated it. I told God this is not what I was looking for!!! Then he showed me that this was a gift. This was where he needed me right now. And my attitude changed. Now I look forward to every opportunity while I’m there to talk about Him! To make this job a true blessing! Amen!!

So, all I’m really trying to say is, being a “New Creation” to me means, I have brand new start with Christ in my life! My past failures and mistakes don’t matter anymore! With Christ I can now chart my course with victory and success! I am not condemned and He who has begun a good work in me, WILL see it through until the day of completion!

Be blessed!! I AM!

Kelly K



Can I have some food? This completely broke my heart…

Lately I’ve been praying and asking God to break my heart for the things that break his heart. And I will tell you, don’t pray that unless you are serious about it, because he will answer it!  I’ve been driving down the road and just start crying thinking about people I want to help. It’s been intense.

Needless to say, THIS video completely broke my heart. As I watch and see people who seemingly have it all together not being able to give,  and then see someone who seemingly has nothing give what little they have made me wonder…. Why? 

And I remembered Luke 31 where Jesus says,  “Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then take the initiative and do it for them!”

I think the reason why the homeless guys were so open to give is because they understand this concept better than most of us. People who “have it all together”  don’t seem to need much from others so there is no need to take the initiative and do something to help someone else. But the people who have the most needs,  they know what it’s like to struggle. They’ve been  there before. And their hearts go out to others in need.

The Golden rule of do unto others as you would have them do unto you is an ACTION not a REACTION.  It’s something you have to make a part of you. It’s a choice. It means find reasons to help. Find reasons to give. Imagine what you would wish someone would do for you today,  and then go do that for someone else!!

I challenge you today,  pick something you want in your life and do it for, or give it to,  someone else. The joy you’ll receive is amazing and the blessing God will return to you will be well worth your time. And remember,  love needs to be an ACTION, not a REACTION.


How to get “LUCKY”

I would be willing to bet,  at some point today, you heard someone say one of these phrases…

He’s lucky! It’s my lucky day!  I wish I was lucky!  That was all lucky!  Lucky you!  Good luck! 


I’ve noticed people put a lot of value in luck. Everyone wants it,  and lots of people are jealous of those who seem to have it! 

Well,  it’s YOUR lucky day today friends! I’m going to show you how to get lucky….  Or, if you’re familiar with my writings, you may already know what I’m REALLY going to do is try and show you another perspective of what luck really is…..

Sometimes we see people who one day had nothing, was a nobody, nothing going on,  and then it seems in an instant they’re famous!!  Such as,  maybe there is band you had never heard of before and now everytime you turn on the radio that’s all you hear!!  And people always say, man that band was an overnight success!!  Or an actor who you had never seen is in everything now!  Wow!  An instant celebrity! Or let’s even take it to our level…  A guy at work gets a huge promotion over you…  He was so lucky!  Or the girl at school who made the team and you didn’t,  she must have just been lucky… These things happen all the time and I’m constantly reading on Facebook and Twitter about how jealous people are of other people’s “luck”. 

But God has been teaching me something…  And it’s so basic that we should all recognize this,  but we miss it so often in our everyday lives… When we see someone become a success, to us, it happened in that instant. But to them,  they may have worked for years for that moment to finally happen!  What you and I just called luck,  they may call perseverance. Or persistence.

Let me show you an awesome example of what I’m talking about… Last year in the NFL, Odell Beckham Jr caught an amazing, one handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys and he scored a touchdown. This catch looked nearly impossible!  It was an unbelievable catch! 


For weeks and weeks people talked about that catch. ESPN talked about it constantly! Everyone was saying what a lucky catch that was, and they can’t believe he got so lucky!!!

But what a lot of people didn’t see, was before the game,  they were also filming Odell Beckham practice. Take a look at this video HERE.

This was nothing new to Odell!!!  This is how he practiced!  This was something he had worked and worked and worked to be able to do!!! 

But we don’t see what goes on day in and day out. We don’t see that band that’s on the radio play in crapy bars for 5 years working and writing songs until someone finally notices them. We don’t see that girl who made the cheer team practice back flips and cartwheels all day every day in her back yard. We don’t see the guy who got the promotion coming in to work early and staying late. All we see is the moment of glory when they finally get the reward they have been working so hard for,  and then we call it luck!!

So I want to tell some of you who have been consistent, who have been faithfully serving God, you may be looking and waiting for that moment for God to bless you or show up in your life and make something happen. And I want to encourage you,  don’t stop what your doing!  Your time is coming!  What feels like hard work and a struggle today is going to turn in to an amazing moment for you,  and people are going to say, you’re so lucky!!  I wish I was lucky like that! And you can tell them,  it’s not luck! It’s God!! It was dedication, hard work and perseverance!!

God wants to give you everything! He wants to bless you beyond your imagination, but you have to be prepared and ready to handle it. He is the gardener, and to get you ready for the calling and blessing he has for your life He has to do some pruning first. It may not feel good at the time,  it might sting sometimes, but the fruit you will bare because of it,  will make people want to ask,  how did you get so lucky? Then you will have an amazing story to share about how awesome your God is.

I have dreams and I know I’m called to preach some day. I plan to preach to arenas and millions of people.  But this year the largest crowd I’m preached to was maybe 25. I preached a sermon to 14 kids not long ago. I read my Bible for hours and write blogs and lessons that God teaches me that maybe 50 people will read or maybe no one will read. Some days I cry to God and I tell him,  this is not what I had had in mind when I accepted what you’ve called me to do. When I told you I would serve you. 

But then I remember…  I have to go through the pruning, the learning,  the practice,  the struggles so that when the day comes,  that God puts me in the place he’s called me to be,  when he delivers on the promise he made  I’ll be ready for it!  And I hope someone says, he’s an overnight success!

It makes all the since in the world to me now when I read what James said,

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

So to those of you are are with me where I’m at in my life right now,  I say,  don’t give up!  Let’s stay dedicated to the cause!  Our “LUCKY” day is coming!  And the best part is,  when your luck is actually Gods blessing and favor,  it will actually last, be permanent, and sustain you!! 


If your source is Jesus, you just found a way to make your entire life lucky, from now until eternity.

God is good.

Q&A – God can use just about anything.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes an idea will pop into you head,  in my case, ask people on Facebook for questions to write a blog… And you think the idea is as simple as it sounds, just ask for questions and answer them…  But then God shows up and you realize it was never actually about just asking questions and giving answer for a fun blog,  it was really about God setting up a situation so that he can do something awesome? 

I’m pretty sure that’s what’s happening here. Several of you responded to my post with questions yesterday for me answer. Some real, some humorous. But then last night I got a message in my inbox with a question, a serious question that had a weight on it that pulled at my heart, and God immediately said to me,  this is what this was for.

So I will answer the questions on my post, but I want to first take care of the matter at hand… 

The question is,  “I know every marriage is different and I know, no two problems are the same. I’m struggling, I have thought about turning to God to help me find a way throgh this.  My question is, how do u guys make your marriage succeed? If you had any advice for one sided marriage what would it be? I am desperate and ready to give up. You and Lindsay seem so happy, how do you make it work?”

First I want to say,  DON’T GIVE UP!  The main reason Lindsay and I are even where we are today is because when things got brutal,  and when things looked like they couldn’t get any worse,  and when we thought it was hopeless, we didn’t give up.

When you see our relationship on Facebook, or anyone else’s really,  what you’re seeing is the best moments. The moments we feel comfortable sharing. You don’t see the hours of crying and pain and heartache that went into the last 5 years to make those moments we post seem so amazing.

If you really want to know how we make it work,  you were already on the right track…. GOD.  Without God in our marriage I truly believe we probably wouldn’t be together today. We went through some extremely difficult times in our first 3 years of marriage where I think we were both at the place you are now. But in those moments,  I cried out to God. Even when I wasn’t really living a God focused life like I am now,  I would still cry to him and ask for help. Ask for his grace, and ask what to do!

And here is what is so cool about that… God LOVES marriage! He wants your marriage to succeed!  Even if you got married without seeking God or asking him if this what you should do,  he still wants to bless and honor the covenant you made!  So,  if you ask for his help in this, HE WILL HELP YOU!  He has an amazing way of changing people’s hearts that you wouldn’t believe!!  He will pour so much grace and love onto you that you will be able to get through this time! I know this for a fact because God did this for us!

Every marriage that has ever failed was due to 1 of 3 things.  1. Selfishness 2. Selfishness or 3. Selfishness.
It really is as basic as that. The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s selfishness. Some people. Say marriage is 50-50. And I say no it is not. It’s 100% – 100%. You both have to be giving everything you have to make it work. Even the Bible says in 1 Corinthians,  Marriage is not a place to “stand up for your rights.” Marriage is a decision to serve the other…

And if you’re in a one sided marriage, and you’re the only one who wants to make it work,  you’re going to have to give that to God. Plead your case. Let him know you want this to work and ask him to change your spouses heart!  This is a simple task for him and I know he will answer your cry. I have learned that anytime I have an issue with someone,  if I pray and ask God to help change that person,  sometimes. He actually makes a change in me, and it turns out that’s what I needed to make it work with that person.

In conclusion, Lindsay and I have an amazing marriage. Now. It wasn’t always like this. And there are still times when we have issues. But now we are confident that God can help us through anything we come against because He has already proved this to us time and time again. So we don’t worry about if we are going to make it anymore,  we know we will,  so that gives us the freedom to work on the issue without the thought of, oh no,  arr we gonna get divorced!?  We know that’s not even an option so it allows you so much more freedom to work through issues.

If you align yourself under God,  get under his protection not only will he help your marriage work,  he will bless it beyond what you could ever have imagined it to be.

I’m going to be praying for you and your marriage, and I want you to know you can talk to me anytime. But I urge you,  talk God. Seek Him. If you don’t know how to pray, just say God,  I don’t know what to do!  And lay it all out. It doesn’t have to be elegant or religious. He is listening. I promise.

Now to the other questions…. 

“If the presidential election were held today, who would you vote for and why?”

If the presidential elections were being held today and I had to vote, I would vote for no one. In fact, in the 14 years that I have been of legal voting age, I have not voted in one single presidential election. I’ve taken a lot of crap for that over the years and I’m sure I will now as well. But I feel, and I have always felt, the presidential elections aren’t won, they’re bought. SO what good is it going to do me to go and check a box on who I think is best suited to lead our country when I don’t even feel that it matters at all. So I guess if I had to vote though, I would vote for Goldman Sachs.

“What is the single deepest regret you have from the past ten years?”

The greatest regret I have over the span of my entire life is that I waited so long before I decided to serve God with my entire heart, soul, and life. However, every bad decision, or stupid thing that I did in that time, I don’t exactly count as a regret now only because it’s one more thing that qualifies me to reach another person and help show them the love of Jesus. Because now maybe I’ve gone through what they’re going through or maybe I’ve messed up the same way they’ve messed up. But if I had to choose only one thing in the last 10 years that I truly regret, that if I could do it all over again….  It would have to be that I gave up on my weight loss goals a year ago. I had worked so hard last year for 5 months losing 50 pounds and I felt better than I ever had in my entire life. I was proud of myself, I was starting to enjoy being more active, I was feeling more confident, and then I let my life get too busy and I gave all that up. I think about it daily and it depresses me that I was on such a good track and I let it all go. That is the one thing or the one mistake that I’ve made that I can’t see working out for good in any way at all.

“What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?”

The answer can be found HERE, but in short… The average cruising airspeed velocity of an unladen European Swallow is roughly 11 meters per second, or 24 miles an hour.

“What question do you hate to answer?”

This one.

“When are you gonna get your ass to Cali and reunite with your old childhood friend of 18 years who misses you oh so much?”

As soon as possible!!!  I miss you too and I want to come see you guys!!  I want Lindsay to see Hollywood and the beach too,  so I really do want to plan a trip to see you!!  I will try and make this happen!!!!

Annnnnnd there ya go!! 

Good times….. Good times….


THE WALMART FIGHT – why so many will watch and not one will help.

I have watched this Walmart fight video too many times today. I have read about it,  and I’ve seen it posted all over twitter and Facebook. I wasn’t going to write on this at all,  but as I lay here in bed, I just keep thinking about it…


Why film when you can help?  Why are so many people seen standing around watching this go on?  Why wouldn’t anyone step in? 

As I lay here trying to go to sleep,  those thoughts just won’t let me.

If I would have been there, I know without a doubt I would have jumped in and tried to stop that horrible mess from continuing on. Especially since a child was present.

But it makes me so sad to think that the way we treat others now is to stand back and watch. Try and get it on film and get a million views on YouTube. Try and catch the show!  I’m not saying if it were men fighting it would be ok,  but this was women fighting and men were just standing there watching!  What kind of man is that to let that go on! 

The more I thought about this, the madder I was getting at our society…. But then it hit me. All this is, is the devil, satan, the enemy,  whatever you want to call it,  trying to sift us away from what we were taught and make us so numb to what’s going on around us, that he can dismantle us piece by piece as we sit by and silently watch him do it without ever batting an eye! You don’t need war, and terrorists, to destroy our country if you can have the regular everyday citizens destroy each other with hate and apathy!

All I see and hear about on a daily basis just scrolling through Facebook is post after post of someone who has filmed some horrible act that one person has done to another. Why!?  Why are we filming these things and posting them on the Internet?!  Did you really feel you were helping more by just documenting the incident rather than trying to help? 

Now it seems, we are so numb to violence and hate, that as soon as we see it, we break out our phones. If someone is pulled over on the highway for speeding it’s normal now to see a guy on the other side of the road stopped with his phone hanging out the window, just hopeing this cop is gonna screw up in any way possible so he can catch it on film! 

This all blows my mind day after day!

Now,  I wouldn’t say all this without a point. It’s not just a rant, I promise. The title, and name of my blog site is, ” Love like your life depends on it”.  That is from one of my favorite scriptures of all time and I truly try and make that my  goal every day. We have all heard love others,  and do unto others as you would have them do unto you….  But why don’t we? 

If we would spend even a fraction of the time loving people,  that we spend on hating and trashing people, this entire world would be a different place. No this is not some hippy,  peace, philosophy thing I’m trying to preach…  I’m just saying,  if we could even just focus enough energy on only loving people enough to protect them from horrible things happening to them instead of just watching,  we could shift this entire country back into the right direction. It may not be much,  but it would be a start! 

Something has to happen. It has to. Or our country will tear it self apart from the inside out. We are turning into our own worst enemy. But the only way to prevent it, is to see what’s going on, be aware of it, and make a conscious effort to do what it takes for ourselves to make it better.

And maybe you think,  no,  not me…  I’m not numb to all this…. I’m not blind to what’s going on… I love people…. I help…  I’m doing what needs to be done….  Well, Let’s do a quick. “love”  check up…..

We have all read or heard 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 before….  Love is patient love is kind etc.  But now let’s read it with the word LOVE taken out, and YOUR NAME in its place….

______ is patient, _____ is kind. ______ does not envy, ______ does not boast, ______ is not proud. _____ does not dishonor others, ______ is not self-seeking, _______ is not easily angered, ______ keeps no record of wrongs. ______ does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. ________ always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. ______ never fails.

So….. Does that sound like you?  Me either…  I’m a long ways off from making that a true statement with my name in the blanks.

But can you see now?  Can you see how if we would each try and make our name fit into those blanks, how we could change our entire city, country, and even possibly, the world!?  And all we really did was help ourselves! 

It’s so easy that it’s incredibly difficult.

I’ll end with this…  I cant change everyone’s mentality, or their perspective on how to treat others or how to behave. But maybe I can help you change yours…  And maybe you can help someone else…  And maybe they can help another…. And so on and so on and so on…. 

We could sit here and ask, why did no one help break up the ladies fighting?? Or perhaps we could take a minute and just show someone why, maybe, next time they should….

Love as if your life depends on it.  Because it does.

Here’s a shovel full of GRACE for you bro…

Ok,  so first off,  if any of you reading this know me personally then you probably know my rage and anger against other drivers. Mainly because in my mind, most people drive like complete idiots. Except for me…  (maybe I need to change my perspective..)  (that’s another blog I’m working on)

That being said I’m TRYING  to be much better and not yell, scream, swear, and tell people to pull over so much anymore.

So last Sunday at church there was an illustration where the speaker had a shovel in his hands and was showing us how when God gives us,  and shows us grace, that’s how he does it. He shovels it all over us all the time!  Then he took a spoon and said,  but this is how we distribute grace to others. God gives us so much,  but in return we don’t give to others anywhere near the same as it is given to us.

This was huge to me!! I’ve literally thought about this daily since I heard it. Then this week,  someone in my life showed me a HUGE amount of grace. They blessed me in such a huge way that I didn’t even deserve. And it was amazing.

Then today, as I’m working I needed to come out to my truck to move it to another side of the building. And this is what I saw.


I was instantly filled with a rage and anger that I can’t even express into words!!  Furious is a walk in the park compared to what I was feeling! I couldn’t decide if I was going to shatter this guys window, or key his entire car. (both, regrettably, I have done in the past.) I finally settled on keying his car. I got a key ready that I wasn’t to worried about destroying, and I walked to the side of his car.

Then God said,  “man,  you’re not even going to use a spoon?”

And I just froze. In my mind I thought, BUT GOD!!!  PLEASE!?!  LOOK WHAT THIS JERK DID!?!  and He said, “but look what I did…”

So….  I fought for a few more seconds in my mind, then I walked to the passenger side of my car. I was about to climb over the seat to get in my side and I said to God, I can’t let him off without AT LEAST knowing about this… So I found some paper and I wrote this note to leave on his windshield.


Now, I’m not saying leaving the note was right. Maybe it wasn’t. But I didn’t damage his car. I took the time to listen to God and reflect on what he taught me.

It felt good.

So as I still struggle to show grace and love to people on a daily basis, who I may feel don’t deserve it… I’m still trying. I’m making the effort to use the shovel instead of the spoon.

I want to encourage you all to do the same. Everyday you’re going to have an opportunity to show someone grace…

Will you use a shovel,  or a spoon?


To those who use well what they have been given…

I’ve been on a mission lately to try and share my faith with as many people as I can on a daily basis. Not to try and push my beliefs on anyone,  but just to try and be a good example of the love of Jesus Christ.

In doing this I’ve had numerous people tell me things along the line of,  I’m not a Christian but I try and treat people the way I want to be treated. Or, I was saved a long time ago,  I don’t go to church or anything but I have my own sort of thing goin with God. Or,  yeah,  Jesus was a good guy, he had good principals. Or even, yeah I go to church,  so I’m saved. Basically lots of people are very willing to admit that they KNOW Jesus in some form or fashion,  and they want it to be known that they are good people. And don’t get me wrong,  there is nothing wrong with being a good person, or trying to live a good life. Those are both awesome things!! Let the record show,  I am for these things… Haha

However,  I wonder how many of us actually know there is more to it than that? Once you KNOW Jesus or even know ABOUT him, you now have a choice to make… 1. Serve Him.  Or 2. Don’t. There really is no in between.

Now I’m not trying to say everyone needs to be a preacher once they know Jesus, or you have to become a missionary now…  Nothing like that. But decisions have to be made and there should be a conscious effort on your part to do something with the knowledge you have about how truly amazing Jesus is.

Let’s take the story Jesus tells in Luke 19:12-27 for example. I want to post the text but it’s extremely long. So I will just give you the story in my words but I encourage you to read it on your own as well.

Jesus is basically telling a story to explain that he will be going away to heaven to be crowned but will then be coming back for us. But he has a job for us to do in the meantime. So in the story a man is going off to be crowned and prepare to rule the country. Before he leaves he calls his servants to him and gives them each a coin and tells them they are in charge of that till he comes back.  As soon as he leaves, a bunch of people in the city try and make a petition to not let him become the ruler  because they hate him….  Finally the man comes back,  crowned and ready to rule the country. He calls his servants that he gave the coins to and has them come back.

The first servant comes to him and says,  here I’ve doubled what you left me in charge of!  And the man says good job!  For that I will put you in charge of 10 cities! Then the second servant come and says, here, I’ve gained a 50% increase on what you left me in charge of!  And the man says,  good job! For that I will put you in charge of 5 cities!  Then the third servant comes and says,  I know how you are about your things so I hid your money while you were gone and kept it safe for you. Here it is,  exactly what you left me with. This made the man angry and he said, if you really knew me,  then why wouldn’t you have at least put this in the bank so it would have at least made a little interest!?  Then he takes away what he had given him and gave it to the servant who had doubled what he was in charge of. The people who were around were like,  he already has a bunch,why give him more?  And the man says,  to those who use well what they have been given,  will be given even more. And those who do nothing with what they are given,  even the little they have will be taken away. Then he address all those who tried and petition for him not to be in charge and he has them all removed/killed…  Depends on what version you read….

Anyway, this story is essentially a very plain and simple vision of what we are expected to do and what will be our reward for doing it.

Jesus was obviously the man going off to be crowned. Meaning he’s going to heaven but will be back soon. We,  as Christians, who claim we know Jesus are the servants. The coins he gives us are an example of the work he wants us to do.  Meaning, he has given us something very valuable and he wants us to make the most of it and increase what he has put us in charge of. Then lastly the people who hated him are the representation of the people who choose to deny or not follow Jesus. 

So God is giving us these coins. He is giving us a job to share with the world the amazing,  valuable, unbelievable love of Jesus. And one day he’s going to return for us. And he will ask us,  what did you do with what I gave you? 

If you look at your life right now, from the moment you decided to serve Jesus till today….  What have you done with that investment?  Have you shared it?  Have you helped grow God’s Kingdom?  Have you shown love to those who Seemingly don’t deserve your love?

I don’t know about you, but on the day Jesus asks me what I did, I do not want to reply that I hid his love away. That I kept it all to myself. I want to come running to him,  happy to show him what I did!  And again,  it’s not about being a minister or a missionary. It’s as easy as helping someone who needs help, praying with someone who needs prayer,  loving someone who feels unloved, inviting someone to church….  Its all very basic and it’s all very easy, but I think sometimes we get to busy, or feel to uncomfortable, and we let these moments and opportunities slip right past us.

So today I want you to remember what Jesus said,  to those who use well what they have been given,  will be given even more. The more you do for others, the more God wants to do for you!  On earth and in heaven!  God will most definitely bless you now for the work you are doing, but you’re also storing up rewards in heaven!! 

And also remember the flip side, And those who do nothing with what they are given,  even the little they have will be taken away. I can’t pretend to know the full extent to that statement, but I also don’t want to find out. I know that when God can trust us with little, he will give us a whole lot!!  So only makes since that if he can’t trust you at all,  it can easily be taken away.

I’m not into Christian scare tactics to lead people to Jesus. I’m just all about loving people and showing them they don’t need to change they just need to meet my amazing God. So don’t think I’m saying all that to scare you into telling people about Jesus. What I’m Actually trying to do is get you to focus on the awesome blessings God has for you for doing something that’s extremely easy and that you should want to do anyway!!!

I want to encourage you all today, to show someone how amazing Jesus is! In whatever way that is for you!!  Because I know for a fact,  that blessing someone else’s day, will actually bless yours even more!  And not to mention, God will be so pleased with even the smallest of actions, and I love to please the God who gave everything so that I could be free and saved forever! Amen!!

God is good,  oh so good!


You are qualified, NOW!

Did you ever have a friend in high school that you really didn’t know why you hung out with them? Like, they were just mean to you for no reason but you still hung out? Well,  I had Michael. He was a JR and I was a Freshman. Michael and I loved the band CAKE, so when the new album came out, it didn’t take long for us both to have it memorized from start to end. He used to give me rides to school, lunch, and just pretty much everywhere I needed to go back then,  and the new Cake album was the CD we would always listen to on a daily basis.

Quick side note….  maybe something you didn’t know about me…. I’m pretty much a professional…. No a prodigy… of air drums! Oh yes! When I’m in my car, I give the performance of a lifetime every other mile! My wife tries to hide in the seat, my kids laugh, but I know what I have is truly a gift from GOD and I will not waste this gift…

Anyway, back to Michael and the CAKE album… when we would be in his car, I would want to bust out singing these awesome songs and just let loose with my PHENOMENAL air drum skills. But that’s not what happened at all… Track 1 starts to play, we both break out into air guitar… we notice each other, but say nothing. The song really starts to kick in… BOOM, We both lay into the air drums simultaneously! I catch a little look of hate out of Michael’s eye… (He can probably tell my skills are far superior to his.) Then the vocals, “WE KNOW OF ANCIENT RADIATION….” And Michael slams on the breaks, and pulls the car over! He turns off the radio and looks me directly in the eyes, points in my face, and says, “from now on you ONLY sing the back up parts, and You can ONLY play air keyboard or air trumpet!” Air TRUMPET?! Are you kidding me?! There is NOTHING cool about air trumpet! But he was older and It was his truck, so I had to oblige.

After that, you could catch me and Michael ridding around with him singing all the awesome songs, playing the best drum and guitar parts, and then there was me…. AHhhhhhh ahhhhhhh AHHHHHH ahhhh… It was absolutely HORRIBLE!

Whats funny is, I still like to play that record sometimes now on long road trips and my wife cant figure out why I’m pretending to play trumpet and keyboard and singing only Oohs and Aahs….

I tell you all this to say, I let Michael DISQUALIFY me from the good stuff. I let him tell me what I was and wasn’t good enough for and I let him dictate what I could and couldn’t do.

Now this is a funny story, but what I’m trying to get at is,  a lot of times, we let people put labels on us that dictate how we live our lives. We live in the most insecure generation in history that begs for others to tell us who we are or how good we are. Then we go live our lives based on what they said about us.

This may be my favorite thing to teach people right now, and I really want you all to dig in deep to what I’m about to share with you. I think God is about to give you a new revelation of who you are what you’re supposed to do with your life if you will be open to let Him.

Write this down somewhere. Post this on Facebook. Tweet it. Just don’t forget it. “WHO I AM IS NOT DEFINED BY WHAT I DO… ITS DEFINED BY WHO JESUS IS TO YOU”

I could say that over and over and over again… In fact, when I first heard Carl Lentz say it, I did. I repeated that so much that I made it a permanent thought in my mind even to this day.

So in order to know who Jesus is to us, we need to know what the Bible, which is God’s holy word, says He is…

Who is Jesus to you? To me… He is my Strength. I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

I also know that, HE who began a good work in me will carry it on until the day of completion. Philippians 1:6 So I know everything is going to work out for me in the END!

I also know that my God will supply all my needs according to HIS riches and Glory! Philippians 4:19 So I know I will have everything I need!

Therefor, if you know and believe all these things God said about us, (and there are many, many, more awesome things in the Bible God says about us) Then you no longer need the labels of this world, cause you’ve already been labeled by your God! It doesn’t matter what anyone else says about you, because you already know what God proved to you!

Maybe some of you have been clinging to, and holding on for so long what someone else has said about you, or said to you and you’ve let that be your identity. Maybe someone has said you’re not good enough. You’re not smart enough. You’re not tall enough. You’re not rich enough. You’re not thin enough. You’re not pretty enough. Etc. And maybe its not even what someone else has said about you, but its what YOU have said about yourself that you’re believing! Maybe you have been holding onto what your parents said about you as kid, and you continue to still think those things today. Or maybe its what your boss said, or what you overheard said about you, or what you read online…  And this world can be mean and brutal place, but the truth is you can stand SOLID because you know what God has called you to be! It doesn’t matter what ANYONE else thinks of you!

The fact of the matter is, HE qualified you! Some of you need to get a clear picture of that, YOU ARE QUALIFIED! It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, or where you’ve been, You are qualified right now. Just as you are at this very moment!! The things you have done and gone through are going to help You reach people I never could! My sins and issue are going to help me reach people you never could!

Don’t miss this! This is huge!

Some of you have been waiting for some big event, or some special moment to come before you start serving God. When in reality, He’s ready for you now!!!

Im sure youve heard this story a million times, but lets look at the story of Zacchaeus real quick…

Luke 19 1-10 MESSAGE

1-4 Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.

5-7 When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?”

Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor—and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.”

9-10 Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”

So, if you notice here, Zacchaeus never did ONE thing right EXCPET collide with Jesus! He never went to church, never went to church camp, he never went to bible school, no prayer meeting, no life group, no online devotional… He just MET Jesus! That’s all he did, and his life was completely changed in an instant!

This is an awesome story and a great example of, you never know who might be “wanting to see Jesus”. Zaccheaus was a bad dude. It says he was a tax man, but if you know anything about tax collectors in those times, youll know that they were pretty much like gangsters now, or even 70s, Vegas style mafia! Zacc was one bad dude!!! He was feared by everyone including his own family! Who would have known he wanted to see Jesus? Who would have given him the time to even find out? There may be people you see everyday, or talk about everyday that you think are just bad people, or you think they would never want anything to do with Jesus or being a christian… But you never really know who may actually be wanting to get a glimpse of who Jesus is.

Jesus and the disciples weren’t planning on changing Zacchaess’ life that day when they woke up… well, maybe Jesus was… the point is, Jesus turned a point A to point B trip into a revival. A simple walk changed someones life forever. And all Jesus was to those people was a carpenter! No label, no nothing! He Just had the knowledge that he brings heaven with him!! That he has the hand of God on him! That he was qualified!

I know this getting extremely long, and I hope you’re still reading at this point, but I feel this is extremly important and I dont want to leave any of this out.

What if you stopped waiting to be qualified and thought maybe Gods qualified me NOW?

What if all the weakness in your life are the very things God’s going to USE to lead someone to Him?

What are you waiting for!?

I want you to know that God has labeled you. He has labeled you FORGIVEN. He has labeled you ACCEPTED. Some of you may be thinking, OK, cool, I’m gonna get my life together then Ill serve God, Then I’ll start living different, then I’ll start trying to help other people. As soon as I get over this addiction… As soon as I stop drinking… as soon as I quit this job… as soon as I… YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET YOUR STUFF TOGETHER, HE GOT IT TOGETHER FOR YOU!!!!

So I want to end with this… I’m gonna give you 2 words I want you to remove from your vocabulary…. Ready??


Those should be like curse words to you from now on! Some of you think, Someday I’m gonna get involved, Someday I’m gonna talk to my friend about Jesus, someday Im gonna make a change…

Or, Almost… I almost prayed for that person. I almost went and helped them out when they needed me. I almost went to church this week. I almost told them about Jesus…

All I know is I’m glad Jesus didn’t ALMOST save me!! He did!! He didn’t ALMOST die on the cross for my sins, HE DID!! He didn’t almost give everything so that you and I could be free, HE DID!! He wont SOMEDAY come back for us, HE WILL!!! He wont SOMEDAY bless your life, HE WILL NOW!! He wont SOMEDAY give you a peace and joy beyond all understanding, HE WILL NOW!!!!

So you really have no other reasonable response than to say Jesus you gave it all for me, Im gonna give my all for you!!

That is technically the end of the blog, however I want to pray over anyone who felt this was for them. If you feel that you have been living under the lie that someone has spoken over your life, or under a lie you’ve been telling yourself and if you wanna break that off, and start living under the truth that God is the one who labeled you accepted and forgiven. Or maybe you’ve been waiting for that big moment to finally give your life to God, and start serving Him and you realize now that you’re already qualified and you want to give your life to Jesus today… If you are either of those people then keep reading, this prayer is for you.

Jesus we thank you so much for your amazing grace and love. God we thank you so much for giving your Son as a sacrifice for our sins. God, I thank you even right now that you are breaking off all the lies that have been placed on our lives from others and ourselves telling us we aren’t good enough. God you told us who we are. God you labeled us accepted, forgiven, good enough, loved and qualified . God I thank you that we no longer have to look to anyone or anything else in this world for validation because you already gave it to us! God you are so awesome and holy! I think you God that from this moment on we can live knowing you are proud of us, you love us, and you’re ready to use us every single day!! And God, for those giving you their lives today, I thank you that you are making your home in their heart and qualifying them even right now as they say this prayer with me…. Dear Jesus I thank you for dieing for me. I thank you for giving your life so that my sins could be forgiven. Jesus take my life. I give everything to you. I realize you are all I need and I’m ready to give you my heart. Thank you for qualifying me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for labeling me accepted. I’m so happy to spend the rest of my life with you! In Jesus mighty name, AMEN!!

I would love to hear from you if you gave your life to Jesus today! I would love to praise God with you on making that amazing decision and I’d love to be praying for you! God is going to do so much with your life! Get ready for one amazing ride!!


You are qualified!!

* I would like to site sermons by Carl Lentz and Judah Smith as reference for some of the teachings and quotes in this blog.


Today I want us to look at a scripture I’ve read many many times that spoke a little more to me this time when I read it. Also,  just to clarify, most of the time when I post scripture it will be from the message Bible, unless stated otherwise. I’ve heard many arguments about NOT using that version of the Bible, and we won’t get into that today. Just know that my opinion on the most holy version of the Bible, is the one you will ACTUALLY READ!

So,  let’s get started!

LUKE 5:4-8

4 When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.”

5-7 Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come
help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch.

Have you ever felt like you were doing what you were supposed to be doing, but not getting the results you hoped for? Not getting the results that maybe you felt God had promised you?

Me too!!

I’ve been there before and that’s exactly where Simon is in this story! It says
he had been out fishing HARD all night, and hadn’t even caught a MINNOW!!

That’s how it is too isn’t it?! Sometimes were expecting a Jaws size blessing and we don’t even get a minnow!!! So many times in our lives we hear God tell us to do something and at first we are
quick to respond,  but then when we don’t see the results WE hoped for
as SOON as we had hoped it would come…. And we stop doing what it
is we were supposed to be doing!!!

It may even be as simple as serving at church, Going to work everyday,
Tithing, Hanging out with your kids, Not screaming and cussing out the
guy who just cut you off!! It may be something that seems totally trivial to you at the time, but you really don’t know what God is going to do in those areas of your life if you JUST STAY FAITHFUL!!

You may feel like you’ve been out working HARD all night and haven’t even caught a minnow!!!

But the key to this whole verse is what Simon says next!!

Yes, I’ve been out working hard all night, and haven’t even caught a minnow, BUT IF YOU SAY SO, I’ll let out the nets…. BUT IF YOU SAY SO Jesus, Ill try again!! And it was no sooner said than done and he caught a HUGE haul of fish!!! So big it was breaking the nets and they
had to call over another boat!!!!

You may feel like, I work hard everyday, I’m doing every day what God has asked me to do and I see no reward! I see no change!!!! But I want to challenge you right now, even in those moments, when you feel beaten down, when you feel behind, when you feel at a loss, just say, BUT IF YOU SAY SO…. I will keep trying IF YOU SAY SO…. Ill keep pushing If YOU SAY SO….

You never know when God is going to turn your persistence into a miracle.  You never know when God is going to use your faithfulness to bring in the BIG catch. You never know what all God is lining up for you while you’re not seeing any changes. I want to encourage you to keep going. Stay strong. Stay persistent.


I lost my job a few years ago and I was collecting unemployment. It was only about $300 a week and that was not even close to enough for what I needed to pay my bills. But it was at that time I was really pressing in on God and He told me to start tithing. I argued at first
trying to explain to God that I really couldn’t afford to do that right now, and he let me know I really couldn’t afford not too.  He told me that if I tithe all my needs will be met….

I was very hesitant but I started tithing.  Every week I gave $30 and every week
I said God, if you say so… God you know my needs…. If you say so…

I did this all month. The 31st of that month was on a Sunday. I gave my
tithe that morning and that evening I told God, tomorrow is the 1st and I’m about $2000 short of all I need to pay my bills tomorrow. I needed rent money, phone bills, Internet bills… you name it…

I remember praying that night, God I did what you said, and You said you would take care of me. I gave it to him and I went to bed. The next morning I woke up, still $2000 short and I just praised God and thanked him for the day and let Him know that I trusted him with my situation.

It literally wasn’t 10mins after that prayer that my mom called and said she and her Husband had gone to the casino last night and she had won $50,000 and she wanted to give me a couple thousand dollars…

In an instant I went from not having caught a minnow all month to having more than my nets could hold!! All month it looked hopeless, BUT IF YOU SAY SO!!! I kept my promise to God and he answered! God was there waiting for me on the other side of my faithfulness and he is there for you too!!

It might haven taken a little longer than I
wanted, or even a little longer than I hoped. I may have had to sweat it out a bit, But God came through with the promise he made me in His perfect time!

I have tithed every week since that first day, and since that day my bills have always been taken care of. I’m not rich; I don’t have tons of money to blow extra every month. But I’m taken care of.

So just remember, when it seems like you’re working hard, day and night, and not even catching a minnow, Stay faithful to what you’re doing. Keep saying, IF YOU SAY SO… Cause you never know when God is going to turn that situation into the biggest catch of your life!

God is good!!