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

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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

 

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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.

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“WHOSOEVER” – Dylann Roof included?

You know what I think is awesome?  Of course you don’t know,  so I’ll tell you!

Everyone knows John 3:16. If you’re confused, that’s the verse that comes pre written on football gloves and baseball mits…  Ha.  However as well as we all know that verse I think there is one word in there we all skim over without giving it the proper credit…

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

We all understand the importance and the main point of the this message,  that if we accept Jesus we will have external life.  But what I think is so awesome is the “whosoever”  part.

Do you realize how amazing that is?  That means ANYONE who wants to be saved can be.

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That means gay, straight, black white,  murderer, thief, good person,  bad person,  liars, rich,  poor,  Bruce or Caitlyn Jenner,  or even Dylann Roof….

Oh…  That kind of stings a little…  Cause he just shot and killed people in a church… Would God really forgive HIM!? 

Well,  he actually already did. Even Dylann Roof is included in that “whosoever”.  Now, I’m not saying God is pleased with what happened,  and I hope I dont get more comments about why do bad things happen…  Cause I don’t know why. But I know John 16:33 says,  “You will have suffering in this world.” He didn’t say you might – he said it is going to happen.

Anyway,  God doesn’t condone our sin, but because of Jesus dying on the cross,  all our sins are paid for,  so we can all be a part of that whosoever.

Now I don’t know if Dylann Roof will take advantage of this amazing gift,  but I do know he has the option. And if he calls on the name of the Lord,  and asks for forgiveness, weather anyone on this earth wants him to have it or not,  God will give it to him. Because Jesus paid for it for him so long ago.

I only my write all this because of this quote I read in this article HERE.

“I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you,” a daughter of Ethel Lance said. “And have mercy on your soul. You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people but God forgives you, and I forgive you.”

As I read that, I tried to put myself the best I could in that situation…  Would I be able to forgive him if he had shot my wife?  My son?  My mom?  As I sit here now and type this and think about it,  it brings tears to my eyes. The thought of someone so selfishly taking away someone I love for such selfish reasons… Could I forgive them?

I’ve been  thinking about this for over an hour as I work my booth at the trade show today and the  all of a sudden I looked up and saw this sign 2 booths down…

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There’s another whosoever… So I as I ponder could I forgive him?  God straight-up told me,  “why not?  My son died for that already….  The same mercy and grace I’ve been extended in your life can belong to Dylann Roof just as easily.”

So as takes over the country,  and we all post horrible things on social media,  I want to challenge you to spend the time you were going to use posting that status to say a prayer instead. Pray for Dylann. Or pray for another “whosoever”  that you know that may need Jesus and his love and grace. 

I don’t want to downplay the horrible tragedy that took place. It was horrible. Absolutely. I just want to show you another perspective on how to react to it…

God has enough love and mercy and grace to cover us all. And weather we except it or not,  all our sins have already been paid for. You are the whosoever that John 3:16 is talking about.

Remember that,  John 3:16 was written about YOU.

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…

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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.

IF YOU SAY SO…

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.

IF YOU SAY SO…

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!!

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Take 5!

So, this is my first “BLOG” in over 5 years! I used to write blogs and things all the time but honestly, when MySpace died, so did my blogs… I tried a few blog sites over the years but I never felt they had the traffic that MySpace did.

Anyway, my wife has started blogging recently and I really enjoy reading hers, So I thought I would start again! However, when I would write before, it was all strictly for comedy and trying to make people laugh!! I still love to make people laugh but my main goal in life now is more on showing people how much God loves them! So that’s what I intend to do here! And if I can make you laugh, that will just be a bonus… haha.

What I really want to do here is help people have a way to stay connected, or growing in Jesus. I completely believe most people go to church on Sunday and worship God and have every intention to get closer to him during the week as well, but then by default and being busy with life, we forget to actually do it. It can be hard to remember to grab your bible in the morning, or stop to read it through out the day… Or to even remember to go to a daily devotional website…. However, we all seem to find the time to go to Facebook and see what others are posting, or click on funny video links… So what I want to do is make this very accessible through Facebook and twitter so that you can take 5 mins in your day to click on the link and actually get encouraged by the word of God or get lifted up by something written here! Then hopefully you will share it with your friends as well!!

I remember in the 90’s there was a commercial on TV that said “Take 5 to stay alive!” meaning take 5 seconds to put on your seat belt and it may save your life. Well, I feel we should use this slogan again in our everyday life, meaning, take 5 minutes a day with God and STAY ALIVE! I totally believe if you aren’t growing, you’re dieing. Being close to God is so much more than going to church on Sundays. But for so many, that’s all we do. If we even do that…  We need to get into a habit of spending time with God every single day, even if its only 5mins a day. And I also believe, if you will commit to giving God 5mins a day, you will start to see your life change!! And then,  that 5 minutes may actually turn into 15, or 30, or even an hour! I remember when I first started trying to spend time with God daily, it seemed so difficult!! Even for just a couple of minuets it was so hard! I would get distracted, I would fall asleep, I wouldn’t remember what I read… But as time went on it got easier and easier. Now it is no problem for me to spend hours at a time reading the Bible and praying! It consumes me, its all I want to do!!

Now I’m not saying I want you all to spend hours a day in prayer or reading the Bible… I mean, unless that’s what you want… haha… I just want to give you all an easy way to spend some time learning about God during your week. Commit that much to God and see what he starts to do in your life! I hope to be able to post praise reports along the way and I want everyone to know you can contact me anytime with questions, prayer requests, or anything else you may need!

I hope that this blog will encourage you and help you through your days, as well as encourage me and help grow me into the Preacher of God’s word that I feel I am called to be!! I have a lot to teach, but even more to learn!

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God is good!!