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Trying Faith

A faith that hasn’t been fought for- is it really faith?

I had it so easy as a kid because I didn’t have to try my faith. It wasn’t until I completely lost out with God for a while that I had to build my own faith based on what the Bible really says.

The idea that God wanted to use me, and that that fact meant I had to give Him my all, scared me out of my weak faith. Seeing what life without Him les to brought me into a strong faith.

If your faith hasn’t been tried, it will be.

If your faith is shallow or you don’t have faith in Jesus Christ, how will you stand when the trial comes?

I encourage you-
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 ‭

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Missed Opportunities- a Bible Study

Missed Opportunities
Adult Sunday School 1/6/2018 Genesis‬ ‭3:1-13‬ ‭

3 Opportunities Adam and Eve missed in the garden of Eden
1. Communication (Genesis 3:8)
“And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.”

What did Adam and God talk about all that time in the garden before Adam’s disobedience occurred?

“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭4:11-13‬ ‭KJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

God shows Himself more than willing to talk about hard things. How often do we ask Him?

Also/ what did Adam and Eve talk about? She knew the commandment by rote, but she didn’t have it right internalized.

If we aren’t leading our families to be separate from the world and holy before God, we’re missing a huge opportunity.

2. Obedience ‭‭(Genesis‬ ‭3:1‬)‬‬‬‬‬‬
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

Every biblical truth is an opportunity that we grasp through obedience.

We hardly ever look at obedience as an opportunity.

Adam has 1 truth and 1 command: eat not if the tree, or else you will die. His lost opportunity was paradise with God.

2 Cor. 6:17, 10:5. Rom. 6:16

3. Responsibility (Genesis 3:11-13)

“And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”

God’s first question: “Who told you that you’re naked?” Adam never answered that question. It became a part of the sinful nature to blame others. So he blamed his wife.

This question was an opportunity to take responsibility for his actions, but he missed it.

To have told the truth, Adam would have to have admitted that his heart condemned him and told him he was naked.

To blame someone else gives that person power over you. Adam gave up his authority by blaming Eve.

We are quick to “not claim it” when an illness threatens to rob our power from us. But we will name and blame someone who wrongs us very quickly.

Even Satan gets power he should not have when we blame a failure on him.

Here’s what Adam lacked:
1. Necessity- we have a charge to flee from sinfulness and run to righteousness (1 Cor. 6:18, 1 Pet. 1:10, 1 Pet. 4)

  1. Curiosity- we must discern what God wants us to do (Eph. 5:17)

  2. Perspective- we have to know that we are vulnerable to sin and prone to make mistakes.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:8-9‬ ‭KJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

We have these things.

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭KJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

And we have no excuse.

Parenting: It’s a Balancing Act of Consideration

Your children can be a wonder to behold. Or, they can make people wonder what happened to them. The choice is up to us as parents.

Consistency and balance are important, in both praise and punishment. 

Tonight I witnessed one of my sons behave badly during a game. After a few unsuccessful attempts, I ended the game. It wasn’t fun anymore, and he didn’t deserve to continue playing. It stung for a little while. But soon he was fine. Swift and consistent action is important during bad behavior.

On the other hand, one of my sons had an article he had written “eaten” by the iPad he typed it on. I offered to retype it for him from a recording his mom had made. He was grateful and even more willing to put in work to edit it once I got the first draft back down in a document for him. It isn’t a school assignment, and he had already put in the work. I could see no reason not to help him with it. And it helped him grow.

As parents we must be firm and willing at the same time. We have to question what good can come out other decisions we make- not the good for us, but the good that can come for them, our children.

What good can come out of quick discipline? Can good come out of ready willingness to say yes? Maybe it’s tiresome, but our children deserve to have that consideration not once, but over and over again daily.

God bless-

Glen

Acts 2:38

A Little Bit of Understanding- and Effort, and Gratefulness- Goes a Long Way

See my Instagram video that goes with this post.

I’ve been running 5k’s since 2012. I had to do something- my formerly very active self had become sedentary through college and starting my new career in mental health. The before-and- after photos show the difference a little effort can make (show those later).

Starting with being able to run only about 1/4 of a mile was demoralizing. I met myself, and I didn’t like me. But 1/4 mile turned to 1/2, then 1, and before long a 5k was doable. I placed a couple of times in local 5k’s and even ran a half-marathon. Running a few races locally each year became a goal.

Other forms of exercise did not interest me much until I got interested in obstacle course racing (OCR). I met myself again, and a man who had once been a strapping farm boy who believed he could do anything felt the shame of reaching his mid-30’s with little to show physically.

Two OCRs later and I have made another determination- I am going to be, in fact I am, an OCR athlete. What’s next? A Spartan trifecta.

I’m still meeting myself and trying hard not to judge myself based on others’ progress. But I had a moment tonight where I knew I hadn’t lived up to my own standard of progress.

I’m doing a 100-push-up challenge through the month of January. I mixed those sets in with some plank exercises, one of which was new. I was thrown off. I couldn’t hold what I normally hold when I do core burners. I quit after doing 10 minutes, which was my time goal, but it was not my best, and I felt it.

I told myself there’s tomorrow. But I couldn’t wait. I did 10 more minutes minus the pushups. I held each exercise out to the prescribed length of time. After that,  I felt I had truly given my best.

I have a long way to go, but I’m going.

I’m building a platform to help others. I should not be able to physically train to the level I’m working to obtain, but by God’s grace, I can. And others need to know. I never thought I would be an athlete, but given what I’ve been through and what I hope to accomplish, most importantly length and quality of life with my family, it makes perfect sense.

Along the way I’ve found that it takes understanding yourself and being forgiving of yourself. But always- if you think you should do better, try again and do better. The pain will be worth it, and besides, it’s temporary.

Protect Our Right to Be Represented

A constitutional amendment has been proposed to abolish the Electoral College.

Every other elected official from municipal councils and mayors up to US Representatives and Senators are elected by direct vote.

The President is the only office for which every American casts a vote. To give a few metro areas in the US all the power to select the President is not the way to have every American represented. And our Framers knew this.

We must stand for our right to be represented in the White House.

Faith, Family, and Freedom- renewed commitment

Not new, just renewed.

Faith- in Jesus Christ, His salvation, His work in the earth, His Kingdom and our place in it. We can be closer.

Family- biblical pattern, man and woman, marriage, children, life together, trials and victories. We can be better.

Freedom- personal responsibility, civics and citizens, constitutional rights, natural law. We can do more.

Stay tuned.

Acts 2:38

A New Day

Its New Year’s Day. But it really should just be considered a new day.

“So cold to what a brand new day could bring… So icy cold to all the wonder that should be moving me.” Toby Mac

It’s true that intentional habits may be easier begun on a “red letter day.” A birthday, anniversary, or even a Sunday marking a new week.

But we shouldn’t feel that such days are necessary to set a new goal or regain a lost purpose.

I recommend focusing on the latter. You’ve had an idea, even launched an effort, that too easily fell by the wayside. Go back to it.

But don’t wait for tomorrow- do it today.

It’s New Year’s Day- good. Go ahead and start on your resolution. But start again tomorrow as fervently as you did today. Because it’ll be a new day. When you fall off your horse, get back on without waiting. Keep going. Others are depending on you to keep going. Don’t deprive the kingdom of God and your fellow man from what you have to offer.

Do it today.

Acts 2:38