Really???Kicking your kid to the curb…Really???
by Kenneth Justice
~Last night as I was sipping coffee at one of my favorite café’s and the woman sitting next to me asked me to watch her laptop while she put more coins in the meter…..after she returned we ended up striking up a conversation for a bit. She is 29 years old and last month was the first time in more than three years that her parents allowed her to return home for dinner.
The young woman was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home and when she decided in her early twenties to dress more ‘modern’ and to wear unapproved body piercings….her parents excommunicated her from the family.
It’s gotta be pretty intense to be cut off from you family as an early-twenty something; no financial support, no place to live, and no family to come home to when you’ve had a tough day or week.
I don’t want to make it sound like this problem is only limited to Orthodox Jewish homes; I know of Protestant, Catholic, and other religious groups who have done the same thing to their adult children when certain behaviors occurred that were not allowable.
What goes through a parent’s mind when they kick their child out for not living up to their religious standards? Is that something you would do as a parent?
A relative of mine who grew up in an ultra-conservative Christian home was told she needed to move out at age 19 because she wanted to have a serious relationship with a boy….oh the horror! Her father did not approve of sex before marriage or any type of relationship in which he was not directly overseeing the young man who would be dating her daughter; so the father’s plan-of-action was to kick his daughter out!
The young woman I was talking to at coffee yesterday told me that her mother found a Rabbi who talked to the husband and explained, “Look, if you want to have any kind of relationship with your daughter you’ve got to look past her lifestyle and let her come home for dinner at least”. And thus, after three years of exile, the young woman was told by her father that she could come home for Rosh Hashanah and the slow road to reconciliation has begun.
Look, you don’t have to tell me what it means to be passionate about your faith; I am extremely passionate about my Christian faith……but that doesn’t mean I’m going to kick my family to the curb if they don’t agree with me! Any time a religion is practiced which causes children to be cut-off in the manner of the young woman….it causes me to wonder if it’s a religion I would really want to take seriously.
[Terry: Yeah, having parents who would kick you out for violating their rules would really suck. I’d have kicked out my kids if I had any…rules, that is.]
Catching up with old Friends
- The Wenches, Women and Girls of the 2012 Texas Renaissance Festival (getmerewrite.me)
- At the Galleries 0913 (starfire8me.wordpress.com)
- In The Eye (annjohnsonmurphreeauthor.wordpress.com)
- The Paradise Garden (hrexach.wordpress.com)
Lonely Road 1 & 2 were taken on Norman Cay, an island with a population of about 25. There is a bar on Norman Cay that is said to be one of Jimmy Buffett’s favorites. It is located across the airstrip at the end of Lonely Road. The Castle is in that area as well. Cute Lobster Hunter bagged that bug while holding her breath. All of these were shot with a D700 and Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 zoom.
I love writing, reading, and typing. I would love to be a journalist someday. I hope my poems, daily Bible reading stories and writings have an impact on your life. I hope they mean something to you and I hope you understand that I want people to read these stories and apply them to your life. God changed my life into something brand new. So I hope as you read my stories that you can see just how much God has made an impact on my life. I love my LORD. So I hope that you love Him too. Thank You. ♥
Love is the greatest feeling.
Love is like a play.
Love is what I feel for you, each and everyday.
Love is like a smile.
Love is like a song.
Love is a great emotion, that keeps us going strong.
I love you with my heart, my soul, and strength.
I might be shy, but I cant help but think, this is who we were meant to be.
Me and You for eternity!
I’m 16 and this wholes year I’ve had a burden for missionaries. At first I never really thought about actually being a Missionary. But I went to a youth conference with my youth group, and that week they were talking about a Missionaries. There was a Missionary there named, Bobby Bonner. And he used to be a national Baseball player. He is in Baseball history for the most innings in a game. It was a record! At his time, he was the most known baseball player. His wife was close to God, and then God just got a hold of Bobby Bonner’s life. And he gave up everything he had with baseball, and gave everything he had to God. He became a missionary to Africa. And his stories are AMAZING! He told this one story at the youth conference about when he was in Africa. He said that he went to this village and gave the Gospel out, beginning with “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” Because that village didn’t even know the name of Jesus, they’ve never heard of Jesus before. So Bro.Bonner explained to them about God and how God created all the earth and the things in the earth and he talked about Jesus and how He died on the cross to save them. And that whole village got saved. Then as they began to sing and dance and sing some more. Another village came over wanting to know why they were singing and dancing. And they were singing and dancing cause they now knew Jesus they knew who he was and that they got saved! Then that group of people from that other village wanted to know who Jesus was. And then that whole village got saved! Then another village came and then another!! It was so amazing, to see God’s blessing s upon Bro. Bonner. He got to lead at least 4-5 villages to the LORD! How great is that!!!
But anyways, as I was telling my mom about it all, she told me this, “Thats funny you say that, cause since you were about 13 I have felt God telling me that He wants you to be a missionary.” Aint that amazing! How God was telling me about missions and He was telling my mom about it too. She said that it’s gonna be hard cause she doesn’t want me to go. Cause im her daughter. She doesn’t want me to leave. But then again, she knows it’s God’s calling for me. I told her that she doesn’t have to worry, I’ll be safe. And I wont be leaving anytime soon. I’m so happy.
Thank you, dear LORD. You’ve showed me something so amazing. I love you, LORD!
by the pound
How do you say that you serve Jesus and not alienate everyone around you?
Are you broken? …or pretending not to be?
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We cannot understand love if we do not face the depth of evil in and around us.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD.”
The standard way to translate this is: “You’re a dirty sinner and you’re gonna go to hell! Stop drinkin’ the whiskey so you can be saved!” Which, of course, is stupid on a level that will make blood shoot out of your eyes.
But what does it mean then?
This passage holds the key to everything. It is a many faceted gem that you can peer into from different angles and see different attributes. First, the low-hanging fruit: yes, we are all dirty sinners. But, if I stop (or even linger) there, I miss everything that is wonderful about this passage. All of its beauty and love is drained into the equivalent of a blood pit at the slaughter house.
But what does it mean?!?!?
It means: We are all equal.
I started this blog as a way to organize my mind to write the book that was hiding in there.
I went quiet for a couple months as I gathered my material and finished writing the book.
The editing has been grueling, humbling and even embarrassing. I’m now in the proofing phase.
The dark creature that lives inside us crawls out in the middle of the night. The dark creature that lives beside us joins in the fray. Together they destroy everything. It’s not an accident and it isn’t funny. What’s left is a puddle on the floor and splattered on the walls. The memories won’t go away and they don’t grow dim. This is our life. This is the struggle that we will always face. There is only one escape.
We all feel like we’re alone in the secrets we carry and we fight daily to build a life around the darkness in our lives. Pretending won’t make the bad things go away.
This is a story about building a life in spite of the pain – not a fairytale that denies it.
[Terry: You know, I just picked the Intro, the latest post and whatever was interesting. How did I know I would end up portraying this man as such a … as so interested in the wonders of the human body? Ed’s a very interesting guy and, despite the fact that he’s a Libertarian, well worth reading. And I’m writing this DESPITE the fact that I just had to get 14 Rabies shots and the whole thing is shot through with “Rabid/Rabyd” puns.He must be good.]
A blog dedicated to the thoughts, opinions, ideas and random madness of Edward W. Raby, Sr. – Pastor, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer, Bodybuilder and Football Fan. “Yes, the dog is foaming at the mouth. Don’t worry, He just had pint of beer and is trying to scare you.” This is a Theology Pub so drink your theology responsibly or have a designated driver to get you home as theology can be as intoxicating as alcohol.
Pastor of Hersey Congregational Church in Hersey. Michigan since September of 2008. I dabble at being a writer and have one published letter in a magazine to my credit. I am the Vice President of the School Board for the Reed City Area Public Schools.
Graduate of Reed City High School – Class of 1987
I was an Assemblies of God Minister from 1999 till 2007 (2 years licenced, five years ordained). I pastored two churches Church of the Rock (Greenville, Michigan) and World Harvest Assembly of God (Perry, Michigan) Before pastoring I was an Associate Pastor of Christian Education at Harvest Assembly of God (Reed City, Michigan).
Christian Conservative Libertarian
The real problem with the old testament history in regards to harlotry is that it is not mentioned that much but it is generally assumed at certain times when dealing with temple prostitution in regards to fertility cults and pagan worship. The real issue is that the Biblical history does not deal at all with the ‘working girl’ who is engaged in prostitution simply to make money. It would be assumed that adultery rules would kick in but it is interesting that the fornication issue which would lead to a woman becoming the wife of someone who has sex with her is not always applied.
Further complicating this issue is simply the fact that virginity in women is mention valued and expected but literally nothing is said about virginity in men. One girl bemoans her virginity in Judges which complicates the issue of whether virginity is valued but only if a woman is about to be married, but if marriage is no longer possible for other reasons virginity seems to be a burden rather than a blessing.
The issue is that there a sense of girls watching their virginity closely but men not so much. There really seems to be in the law and the history of the Old Testament no moral standard for fidelity for men. The opposite is true for women who are valued far more if they are virgins on their wedding day than not. If not the consequences in this culture could be quite severe for women, but for guys – ‘hey, you didn’t get caught’ is all that seems to be implied.
There really is no advice on how to handle this subject until we get to the wisdom of Solomon.
Next: The Strange Woman and Solomon
You know the greatest first obstacle in talking about naked meditation is not the naked part – it is the meditation part. You wouldn’t believe the number of Christians that believe that meditation is still a purely an eastern religious practice. Meditation is actually one of those things that seems to span all religious movements regardless of what is believed. All meditation practice basically centers on one idea — you must quiet and empty your mind, heart and spirit and just be. Meditation is about focus of the person to set everything aside and dwell on…well that greatly depends on the religious belief at that point. Most practitioners of Christian meditation would say that the purpose is to empty the mind in order to fill it either by revelation from God either by listening to what He might have to say or by meditation on a Bible verse or passage to better understand its spiritual meaning. Some believe that meditation can be used to see visions from God and help understand dreams.
In my opinion there are two basic types of meditation – formal and informal.
- Seven Months of ‘All Things Rabyd’ (edraby.wordpress.com)
- Rabyd Opinion – ‘Preach the Word!’ – What Does That Mean Anyway? (edraby.wordpress.com)
- The Rabyd Theologian at the Crossroads (edraby.wordpress.com)
And here’s our 4 foot California King Snake!!
From my heart to yours…
Lessons to live the Christian life victoriously…
Living and loving close to the heart of Jesus…
I’m at your feet, Lord!
There is nowhere else for me!
All I need is at Your feet!
My soul sings!
Here at Your feet I lay my life down!
Kneel before His feet!
Pour out your love for the Master!
Pour praise on Him like oil!
You weren’t there the night Jesus found me!
You did not feel what I felt…
When He wrapped His love all around me!
I was a prisoner to the sins that had me bound…
Until the day when Jesus came to me!
And healed my soul with the wonder of His touch!
So now I’m giving back to Him all the praise He’s worthy of!
I’ve been forgiven…
And that’s why I love Him so much!
You don’t know the cost of my praise!
You don’t know the cost of the oil in my alabaster box!!
At The Feet Of Jesus
Sermon by Rodney Burton
”As Jesus and His disciples were on their way,
He came to a village where a woman named Martha
opened her home to Him.
She had a sister called Mary,
who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.
She came to him and asked,
don’t You care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?
Tell her to help me!’
the Lord answered,
‘you are worried and upset about many things,
but few things are needed—
or indeed only one.
Mary has chosen what is better,
and it will not be taken away from her.’”
1. At His Feet to Listen to His Words.
a. While Martha was busy,
Mary was at the feet of Jesus listening to Him.
b. She was open to what He had to say.
c. She was hungry to know Him and hear from Him.
d. Jesus declared that Mary had chosen the good part.
e. Sometimes we get so caught up like Martha
in trying to do the work and service of Christianity
that we forfeit what is really important.
f. We can get so busy in the doing that we forget the being.
g. The most important thing a Christian will ever do is
and the best place to do that is at His feet.
2. At His Feet to Bless and Anoint Him.
a. John 12:3 “Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard,
an expensive perfume;
she poured it on Jesus’ feet
and wiped His feet with her hair.
And the house was filled with the fragrance
of the perfume.”
Mary anoints the feet of Jesus and wipes them with her hair.
b. So often people are looking to receive an anointing or blessing from God
rather than looking for opportunities to anoint and bless Him.
c. The highest degree or form of devotion is to give to someone
without the motivation of getting anything in return.
d. Mary’s act was motivated purely by love.
e. A note in the Full Life Study Bible declares,
(Mary’s) faith in and devotion to the Lord
is the highest example of what God desires in believers.
3. At His Feet When He Didn’t Do Things The Way She Wanted or Expected.
a. John 11:32 “When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw Him,
she fell at His feet and said,
‘Lord, if You had been here,
my brother would not have died.’”
Lazarus was in a tomb.
Surely Jesus could have prevented that.
b. Even though Jesus had not acted in the way Mary had desired,
she still laid at His feet in devotion, submission and worship.
c. The true character of a person’s heart will be revealed
when God acts differently from their desires or expectations.
d. Whenever God is doing things that are beneficial or going your way,
it is real easy to worship Him
and be at His feet.
e. True worship that is genuine and from the heart
comes regardless of the circumstances in which we find ourselves.”
Fall at His Feet!
The best thing about living in Florida is getting to see God’s breath-taking sunsets all the time!
Whether I’m at the beach, on the golf course, at the park, driving across the bridge, or simply taking a walk…
People stop what they’re doing just to gaze at God’s magnificent artwork in the sky!
I can never get enough of it…
Here’s a sampling…
It has been some time now since I first wrote this about me page and I just wanted to make some changes and updates. Since I last wrote I am no longer struggling with my weight issues and I have been trying very hard to maintain my now healthy weight.Needless to say I feel healthy , I feel good and I feel simply fantastic.
As far as my personal life if you have had the opportunity to read some of my posts , I had a very tough life , but I know many of us have similar experiences. I , still struggle at times in understanding my life in general but I know that I do have the courage and determination that takes to live a semi normal and happy life , and I have also come to terms with the fact that not only I was robbed of my childhood but also robbed of my mostly all of my family. To date I have tried unsuccessfully to get connected with both sides of my family , the ones from my mother side of the family as well as my father’s family. Although , it is true that perhaps no sibling’s bond was formed nor well established especially with my half siblings from my father side of the family , I had been hoping that now that we have grown into mature adults that it would have been possible for us to have at least an amicable relationship but that has not been the case.
I must say that I find it so ironic that it was I who had to endured many years locked away in an orphanage , all the while both of my biological parents were still alive and well I might add , I was the one that after not been able to remain in these orphanages had to ended up homeless , on the streets trying to find a helping , generous hands or a quiet dark place , including public bathrooms to sleep at night. I was the one that many times cried myself to sleep hungry , un-showered and feel empty and totally lonely inside , with nowhere to go , without nothing except a little light of hope deep within my heart; that was the only thing that I had going for me , my faith, nothing more.
There are times looking back that I feel as I am indeed one of God’s favorite’s daughters since I went through so much but I feel God always was by my side protecting me from all would have, could have happened to me that never did, especially being naive and attractive young female alone in the streets.
The thing that I find so ironic is that despite everything that I went trough especially in my most vulnerable years , I managed to survive and although it took me awhile , given that I, also managed to come to a different country and encountered a new language and a brand new culture , I worked hard , very hard and got myself an education , and finally got to graduate with a professional degree , something I am deeply proud of . I could have easily gave up and stay unmotivated encountering all of what I could have interpreted as a big huge barriers and obstacles but my eagerness and my great fear of being homeless again held me back and I grabbed each and every moment as an opportunity even if it meant washing dishes , mopping floors etc. You would think that my family would be happy for me , knowing all of my earlier struggles and surviving skills , my guts and determination to succeed, but no , instead of that , all I found was jealousy , envy and words such as “God just compensated you “. Surely God has always been by my side and no one knows that better than I , but lets face it , I just didn’t just lay in bed or in the couch waiting for God to have pity on me, if that was the case , I am more than certain would be dead by now.
I am not going to lie by saying that I am not disappointed by all of my family rejection of me , after all it is personal and it is hurtful , but at the same time , even thought there are my family , I need to consider the source and the fact that perhaps all that I went through , was indeed for a reason. Who is to say that somewhere deep within my subconscious ,God did not give me an insight and a test or preparation for a tougher future , the one I was going to go through, and that in order to survive it I needed to have the knowledge and skills of self-preservation , I like to see it that way , because I too spent many times during my life feeling sorry for myself because of feeling alone and unwanted. I now have a nice home , a nice limited family but one that appreciates me and knows that I am strong and most importantly they love me and know the real me , the God within me and all the good that God himself has given and installed within me.
I wrote this page for all of you up-there who might be going through though times , for all of you who are or have felt lonely , sad and alone. You are never alone , not matter what your Religion is or is not , not matter what you happened to believe in , as for me God is indeed within each and every one of us all we need to do is have faith , remain strong and know that all you need to do to find God is to look within yourself , find the genuine good within and there you will feel God’s love in your heart and in your soul. No one should ever contemplate taking their own lives because of despair , loneliness , sadness and sorrow , let alone an eight year old , who finds herself locked up in an orphanage , just like I did . Just because you might feel that your life is seemingly hopeless , trust me it is not . Life is worth living, I , hope I don’t come across as preaching , because I must tell you I am not ashamed to say that I am not a Christian but I do have faith as big and as strong as Hercules. I do however , believe in humanity and the fact that I feel that as imperfect as we might be we need to have a personal relationship with God in whichever way you prefer to , since you don’t even need to know how to pray or go to church to show that you believe. The only tool you need to have to communicate with God is yourself . Just talk to God as if you were talking to anyone else but just make sure your cries and your conversation with him and everything you are questioning him about or asking of him , comes from your genuine heart and goodwill.
Spread Love…like the flowers spread its petals
spread love like the wind spreads fresh air
spread the love like the birds spread its feathers
spread the love like the ocean spreads its gentle waves
spread love until there is no more suffering and pain
spread love and you will spread kindness
spread love and you will inhale joy…
spread love and you will share the goodwill of happiness
spread love and you will see rewards
spread love like God spread its blessings
spread love like rainfall spreads abundance
and the sun spreads sunshine
spread hatred…and dark shadows will follow
the rain becomes thunder …the wind becomes tornadoes
spread hatred and the waves of the ocean will swallow you
and wash you away to shore …with hardly nothing more
than your own pool of loneliness and bitter suffocating
The devil has a commitment,
To smash Gods compliment,
By evil and confusion,
Destruction,he will vent,
You leave him at your peril,
He tries to woo you back,
But if you are too stubborn,
He goes on full attack.
Every time you take a step,
He tries to pull you down,
By preying on your weaknesses,
He really goes to town,
By telling you you’re useless,
You’re never going to win,
God doesn’t really want you,
You’re too weighed down by sin.
Of course it’s lies,you have the edge,
You also have the power,
Remember that you are forgiven,
There is no need to cower,
So in the light of Jesus,
Go send him back to hell,
Cling on tight to your true friend,
And all will turn out well.
- Welcome to a new friend: VERSICALS CLASSICS | Christian Poetry (getmerewrite.me)
- 15 Things Jesus Didn’t Say (relevantchristian.wordpress.com)
- The Devil is a Liar (michellehudlin.wordpress.com)
Of course I read the bible, I’m an atheist.
One of the things most interesting things about casting a critical eye on America’s favorite religion is the number of people who get offended by my not so subtle humor. The theist’s love to crawl out of the woods and send me hate mail (firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in adding your stupid comments, or here if you want to be anonymous), mostly they just cry and say “why are you being so mean, if people want to believe then you should let them.”
And… That’s simply not true, because when people like me shut up things like this happen:
But what really irks me isn’t the passive, well reasoned responses I (rarely) receive from theists, it’s the more often, very hostile, kneejerk reaction to assume that the only reason I don’t believe the bible is because I haven’t read it thoroughly. Case in point:
Denise Fletcher is the author of “A Thread of Hope” and her creative works have appeared in journals in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., including Kaleidoscope magazine and Open Minds Quarterly. Ms. Fletcher holds a degree in recreational therapy from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a massage practitioner certificate from the Minneapolis School of Massage. She currently resides in the Tampa area.
Come Let Us Worship Jesus
…he is alive!
“I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.” ~ Psalm 13:6
“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” ~ Psalm 100:2
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” ~ Ephesians 5:18, 19
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
“Is any afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.” ~ James 5:13
“What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:15
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” ~ John 4:23, 24
“Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.” ~ Hebrews 2:12
“I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.” ~ Psalm 7:17
“Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.” ~ Psalm 33: 2, 3
“Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.” ~ Psalm 149:3
“I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.” ~ Psalm 9:2
“Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” ~ Psalm 30:4
“Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.” ~ Psalm 68:4
“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” ~ Psalm 69:30
“O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.” ~ Psalm 96:1, 2
“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” ~ Psalm 40:3
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Hi, I’m Mike and I write Christian poetry to share with others on their walk with God. These are the classics, the ones that seem to have made a difference over the years and I pray that they will continue to help those in need. May you be blessed by what you read. Mike.
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T’wer Sunday morning, I got to church
I wandered in to find my perch
But when I found my usual pew
Imagine what came into view
An alien in my posterial place
Where I did rest my weary base.
Shocked is how I felt that day
A gert big Anglican in my way
So off I stomped, aflame with pride
To find a place where I could hide
Forgiveness, it did not exist
Another name upon my list
The Lord, He came, and had a chat
I felt just like a spoilt brat
It seems that I had made Him sad
By worldly thoughts, cause I was mad
Repenting quickly, I was spared
The King of love, He really cared.
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Cement is very handy, It does all kinds of jobs
Solidifies your buildings and other bits and bobs
It gives a firmer footing , a wall around your place
Cement is truly wonderful, a Godly given brace.
Only if you mix with sand, and gravel for some strength
You get a strong consistency so it will last the length
By joining it with water, the process is complete
Ingredients in harmony, a team that’s hard to beat.
Foundations are important, they have to hold the weight
And God has got the muscles, to hold the building straight
A stream of living water, will make the mixture cure
Hold you upright in the winds, your life will be secure.
So give yourself to Jesus, the mix that is so tough
He has the way to keep you firm, when you are in the rough
The pressures may be mounting, buffeted by the gales
He will keep your building strong, you’ll live to tell the tale.
Jon Lilley is a Youth Pastor, blogger, and husband to the best wife ever. He is a graduate of Liberty University where He received his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. He has also earned his Masters in Ministry from Piedmont International University.
Jon desires to help others build lives that revolve around Jesus Christ.
via About | Jon Lilley.
A “Literal” approach to God’s word
If Jesus meant something else, he would have said something else.
First thing to know about me is that I am very married, first to the word of God, and then to my wife Laurie. We live in Portland Oregon, and have children from previous marriages that are all grown up except for my 18 year old son who lives with his mother in Tacoma, WA.
My history is full of turmoil and suffering, mostly self inflicted. I have one mission, to speak the truth about love and hopefully help other believers come to the knowledge that love is not optional, it is required. From a past filled with hatred and drug abuse, I have been set free by the truth of the gospel.
As a teen-ager and through my first marriage, I destroyed lives because of hatred and selfishness. In 2002 I pulled off the highway, unable to drive because I was in so much distress my eyes could not focus. I was near Hermiston Oregon and the day was hot, sunny and beautiful but my life had turned into darkness and pain because I could not face what had become of me. Alone, abandoned and hopeless, I began to cry because the suffering in my soul had consumed me to the point of physical pain.
In agony I cried and said to God, “You know I love you God, but I hate everyone else.” This was the beginning of the life I now live, a long road full of ups and downs, but looking back I see how God took me to the valley of death and left me with no other options except to find the truth and follow Him out of my despair.
Everything I believed and thought was wiped away after God rebuked me and showed me my eternal error. God put this thought in my head;
“No you don’t!”
What!? I thought surely that couldn’t have come from God because I love God. However, I could not shake the feeling that God did put that thought in my head. I don’t know if God or if something from my spirit urged me to believe that God is the one who said, “No you don’t!” How could I not love Jesus, how could I hate God? The thought was so outrageous that I denied its origins. God knows I love him, he would never say that to me. So I replied to the thought, “God if that thought did come from you, show me scripture to back it up because I know I love you.” God planted another thought in my head, 1st John 4:20. I am not a big believer in the randomness of scripture, nor do I open my bible and look for a message from God on the page opened. When 1st John 4:20 entered my mind, I didn’t give it much value because I will conjure up scripture all by myself and discover it carried no personal meaning for my life in that moment. However, I decided to play along, and I opened up my bible and began to read from 1st John 4:20.
‘If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar…”’
Right before my eyes, written long ago, as if God prepared that scripture beforehand because he knew one day I would be in utter despair and would say, “You know I love you God, but I hate everyone else.”
I have come far since that day in 2002, and from that time on I loathed the protective walls I built around my heart. I did not immediately come out of my distress; I was not delivered from hate. I was blind and now I could see, I was lost in darkness and saw light. I had finally been given a goal, a map of sorts and on that map I knew where I was and where I needed to go. From that one truth I have discovered so many truths concerning our words, our hearts, and our actions. That is why I write, that is the message I want to share. Hopefully others will see truth and stop believing the traditions that have no Godly value and allow us to continue living in darkness believing we have light.
I was born in August 1970, I was made alive in August 2002.
To continue reading this testimony, http://memoriesofsalvation.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/god-loves-you-a-brief-testimony-about-my-journey/
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J.W. Northrup announced that he would interview with me again– on one condition! I asked what the condition was and he told me that I couldn’t ask him about Mormons as he was sick of being asked about them. “J.W.,” I said, “would I ask you about Mormons?”
“Well….” J.W. started to reply.
“Okay,” I smiled. “So, you live in Utah… Tell me, are Mormons fun to live around?”
“Okay, J.W… Just teasing.”