Category Archives: religious conviction

Why My Kids Make It Worthwhile to be a #DadsOnMission

I love the United States of America. I am heartbroken at what we have become. The American nation, and the American church for that matter, need a spiritual revival and renewal. But I am extremely thankful to live my convictions and share those with my kids.

We have begun Bible quizzing with my oldest son. He is 8 years old. He took highest-scoring quizzer in his first tournament, and he won 2nd place team in the tournament along with a buddy.

It has been an emotional roller coaster getting him to study. He simply has not wanted to do it. Tonight, even after winning this past Saturday, he cried as soon as we mentioned studying his Proverbs. Thirty minutes later we were able to start, and after an hour he had settled in and learned 5 new proverbs.

Once we finished studying, out of nowhere, he wanted to have church in his room. He ran to get his bath over with, then set up a chair for a pulpit and pillows on the floor for his brother, mother, and me to sit on. We prayed and sang songs. He asked me to lead the opening prayer and his mother to lead the closing prayer. We all shook hands, hugged, and greeted one another.

He even named the church- Spring Creek Pentecostal Church, after the community we live in. I truly believe that it is a foretelling of things to come. Spring Creek needs an Apostolic church. I think one just started.

imageLittle brother is joyful and does everything his brother does. We spent all of 2014 working as a family on a pro-life initiative called Yes On 1, to pass a state constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for the unborn. A few weeks ago, as his brother and I were working on quizzing, he set up a chair as a display table, with pamphlets and a “Yes On 1” sign, like we did dozens of times at churches and events. Then he said to me, “I need somebody to walk by so I can tell them vote yes on 1!” It was a heart-wrencher, seeing him do what he had seen us do, and having that be important to him at this stage in life, just because it is important to us as his parents.

I don’t write this to convey that my wife and I are super parents, because I, at least, am not. Julie instills so much in the boys that I never could because she is a work-at-home mom, constantly there for them. I need more help as a parent than my sinful pride will allow me to admit. But I am encouraged, and I grow daily, and I ask God for help and cover them with prayer.

And because of the way I see my sons growing, I will continue to be a Dad On Mission, reaching and teaching, to make sure I hand them a baton worth carrying to the finish line.

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Life is the Issue, Evil is the Enemy

(The featured image via Twitter @HuffPostMedia is murdered journalist James Foley, beheaded by ISIS in an act of terror that should be cause a declaration of war. Thoughts and prayers for the Foley family. Steven Sotloff, the 2nd American journalist murdered by ISIS, was depicted being beheaded by an ISIS militant in a video released Sept. 2nd. Prayers for his family as well. May we do what is necessary for justice.)

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭23‬ AMP)

Racism (here, here, here, and any number of articles on Ferguson), religion, misogyny, political incorrectness, and many, many more are blamed for ills in our country and around the world. The loss of life attributed to these ethereal concepts is staggering.

I submit that the true culprit is people acting on the spirit of this age, an evil, humanistic spirit that plays right into Satan’s hand (notice I’m not blaming Satan, who critics of my analysis would find as or more ethereal than the -isms and -ogynies that they are throwing around. I’m simply acknowledging his existence and the pleasure he gets from seeing people act with all their might against the will of God.)

The one thing this spirit cannot stand is LIFE. Life is a temporal expression of Christ’s eternal reality for us, and evil can’t stand it. Kill a reporters, kill babies, kill innocent masses. Treat children as commodities, throw them away like trash, ignore the fact they are human. Classify certain people as infidels and behead, crucify, and shoot them execution style. The human spirit can’t get enough of it. We want to think we (humans) are better than this, but on the whole we aren’t. Anything about us that reflects on us better than these atrocities is the lingering result of God’s image in us, or the abundance of His Spirit in us, for those who choose to believe and receive Jesus as the scripture says:

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (‭Acts‬ ‭2‬:‭38‬ KJV)

I have written on many of these issues lately. Here is a listing. I will keep writing, but at this point just wanted to point out the common thread in these horrible acts, or inactions, of humanity:

Why We Need God Back In Government
Responding to Child Exploitation on our Border and By Our Government
Iraqi Genocide: 3 Reasons
No Solidarity for Life- Why is That?
Reducing Suicide Deaths in Our Communities
Closing Ranks in Rotherham Won’t Protect More Children
Lincoln, Mob Rule, and Steady Leadership
I Stand With Israel

God’s Preference for Life

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The Lord has a preference for righteousness. Which I belief means he has a preference for life. The dead cannot worship, and cannot be righteous. One may be righteous in death, but will cease to be so after death. Righteousness is reserved for life, and God has a preference for righteousness. He created us to live with Him in righteousness, not just in eternity, but on the Earth. Therefore, God has a preference for life. Life is His to give and take away. Enjoy these notes on a lesson on life and death I delivered to my adult Sunday school class one week ago.

God bless you!
Glen

PS. Any comments? Let me know in the comments below!

Copyright (c) 2013 Glen Gaugh

The Backstory: Building Up to the Next Life Event

What is next? It was on my mind on July 3rd. I was driving to work. I was listening to the radio. I don’t remember the specific content. It was more about the danger our world is in, the mess our government is (in), the uncertainty our lives have taken on. I’m not satisfied. I am horrified, not because I’m fearful of the future, but because I never thought we would be in the state we are in in the US. I thought about my mom and dad’s generation, who lived through the 60’s and 70’s as teens and young adults, those tumultuous years of cultural and political change. I wondered at what point they knew that life would never be the same? Because I believe I’m at that point. I am part of the Internet generation; I’ve lived my whole life in the postmodern era. And I now, just now, realize life will never be the same.

I have a merry band of adventurers, my family, and we have embarked on a journey this year to start a church. I also am struggling oh so hard to write enough words to compose a book. These are very real, actionable, and definite goals that WILL be accomplished. And the action steps began in 2013. There is a lot of backstory, prayers, attempts, and learning in each of these areas prior to this year, but the shape of it all began in the past 6 months. It takes rearranging schedules and building new habits in order to take off on life goals like these I have begun. A lot about life has to change. And while time seems to be of the essence, time also heals hurts and cures raw desire into rock-solid commitment. In other words, a necessary agent in change is time.

It would be easy to say, “Hey, just focus on what you’re doing right now, you’re plate is full enough.” And focus is necessary, without a doubt. But the thing is, we are always creating backstory. Today is simultaneously the realization of certain goals and the backstory for future successes. And so, in the middle of what I’m doing, I’m thinking and dreaming. As urgent needs arise in my world, I am beginning to put in the time required to set up for what is next.

So, what is next? All I know is I am compelled, while there is still a chance, to try to help my country remain free, where people have the right to speak, assemble, and worship God openly. I’m concerned about what I see unfolding and what I know is coming, because I have read the “back of the book,” and see the signs of the times. Inasmuch as we have the right to these freedoms now, I should fight for them. Christians in oppressed nations are not interested in political action. Christ has preeminence in every situation, He is sovereign over the nations. But here, where we have always had the right to worship, we should fight to keep it. For our sake, and the sake of those who look to us as a ray of hope. It’s not a fight for political power. And regardless, it is in God’s hands. It is simply the fight to keep what we have while there is still a chance to do so.

We all have our July 3rd’s, which are followed by 4th’s and 5th’s. On the 3rd, the founding of a nation was in it’s backstory stage. On the 4th, there was commitment; names were signed and sacred honor was pledged. On the 5th, it was the 1st day of action. And we are constantly in that cycle. The 4th would have not happened without the thought that was invested on the 3rd. I’ve have my July 3rd. Have you?

Copyright (c) 2013 Glen Gaugh

Choose, This Day

I can’t claim to be your leader.  And you can’t claim to be the leader of someone else.  But by default or design, you and I lead.  To Heaven, help, and hope; or heaviness, hurt and Hell; we lead.

“Choose you this day whom you will serve,” as spoken by Joshua, was not just a personal decision.  A moral and Godly nation, family, or person cannot just say, “I choose.”  “Put away the strange gods among you, and turn to God,” was the next instruction. What a mockery it would have been for a nation to claim that Jehovah was the One God, while privately the people set up idols among the other peoples.  The world would be led to hurt, not to healing.

There must be a decision and dedication that shows through, a walk to match the talk, a touch to match the voice.  And for good, or ill, we lead.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights- you have Light.  Life, breath, opportunity, a Name, a promise, the means to show the way and the power to make a difference.

Camera- you have an audience.  Watching, wondering, waiting to find out the why’s and what’s and how’s of what you are and what you do.

Action- you have a responsibility.  A work to do, a hand to hold, a problem to speak into, a battle to fight.

Jesus is the light.  The world is watching.  You are on the stage of this life.  Are you ready?

Kingdom, Monarchy, or Anarchy?

A story recounted by John Maxwell in Leadership Gold got me to thinking.  Here’s the story:

It’s said that one day Fredrick the Great of Prussia was walking on the outskirts of Berlin when he encountered a very old man walking ramrod straight in the opposite direction.

“Who are you?” Fredrick asked his subject.

“I am a King,” replied the old man.

“A king!” laughed Fredrick. “Over what kingdom do you reign?”

“Over myself,” was the proud old man’s reply.

Maxwell goes on to point out that we are each kings or queens of a monarchy: our own lives.1

The reality is that our lives at least start out more like anarchy- defiance against any kind of rule, even the rule of our own senses.  We each often oppose what we know to be best in favor of the urging of the moment.  We are poor self-rulers.

Even when we feel like we are in control and running the show, the best results in life remain far from reach.  The pressure of being the decision maker is too much to bear when the possible loss is living and the collateral is time, neither of which is certain beyond the moment.  The thief on the cross found the time, but what a waste of living in all that had happened leading him to that cross!  Ananias and Sapphira must have done a lot of good and worth-while things with their time on earth, but when they made that one fateful mistake, all was lost in the blink of an eye, with no time to apologize or make up for their wrongdoing.

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. – Rom 14:17 KJV

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. – 1Cr 6:19-20 KJV

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. – Phl 2:13 KJV

We are meant for kingdom-living.  These scriptures illustrate the form of self-government that leads to full living and fullness of joy.  By default, I am in the driver’s seat.  I can choose what to do, and God will not take that choice away.  But I can give it away when I decide to navigate my life according to His will and plan.

1John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold, Thomas-Nelson Publishers-Nashville Chapter 2, pg. 14

All scripture is from the Blue Letter Bible KJV at http://www.blueletterbible.org