What is our Focus?

As Christians, what is our focus in our walk? Do we go out and try and recruit new members to our church? Has the church become your God? Do you attend church to show others that you are a Christian and live a Christian life?

When I first decided to attend the last church I joined, I called the pastor and asked about their hours. He was very polite and asked my name and said he would greet me. I was single at the time, so it was just me attending. I was a “Christian” already, but was looking for a different church, as the church I originally attended when I became a Christian was in a different city and a different denomination. Upon attending that day, the Pastor invited me to a church picnic. It was a beautiful day; it was the first time I had apple pizza. I found everyone easy to speak to, of course they all introduced themselves and I am terrible with names, so only remembered a few. During the time I was attending, I was invited by church members out to lunch about every Sabbath. I later became Baptised and joined the church and the invitations seemed to drop off. I was being schmoozed by the membership as that was the focus. It did not matter to me so much as I was not really a social butterfly, but it might to others. The same thing seems to happen to new members at other churches. It was the same when I first became a Christian. Churches hold all kinds of functions to increase their memberships, whether it is dinners for Thanksgiving or Christmas, bazaars, and some churches even have Bingo. There are a few churches that have their focus set in the right direction, on God, but for many, membership is their focus.

The reason I am writing this is not to admonish the many churches for this behaviour, but to ask that they change their focus. When bringing people into their churches to focus on God. Jesus ministered to the needs of the people that came to him in the crowds. If you change your focus to the people that come to rather than your needs, the Lord will bless you. It is a simple thing to do. As a church family, pray, “Lord guide us on how we can meet the needs of the community and surrounding areas.” The Lord will lead you and bless you as a church.

As individuals, we should also pray, “Lord guide us so we can we meet the needs of our neighbours.”

1 Corinthians Chapter 13:4-5 – Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Romans 12:21 – Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Hebrews Chapter 12:1-2 – Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Proverbs 16:3 – Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Luke 10:27 – And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

I’m a Good Person

I’m a good person. I don’t break any laws; I pay all my taxes and give money to charity’s. I treat my family well, don’t cheat on my wife, heck I barely look at other women. I don’t lie or cheat others; I work hard and do my fair share. I go to church when I can, usually for weddings or special events, but I occasionally do go. I’m better than most people I know, about equal to others. God willing, I’ll likely be in heaven when I die.

To be honest, to go to heaven doesn’t just take a “good person”. It takes someone who believes. God wants a relationship with you. If you want to know what God wants of you, open a Bible and turn to John 3:16. ( see below) God doesn’t want you to rely on your “self”, he wants you to rely on him. Which means communication with him on a regular basis. What most people don’t realize is if you don’t choose God, you have chosen Satan. There are only two choices. You may think you are a good person, but there’s Sin in your life and the only thing Sin does is separate you from God. You need to repent of all your sins and the only one that can forgive you is Jesus. As he carried all our sins to the cross. He died for our sins. Your repentance for your sin can only be cleansed through Jesus Christ. And then, when you die, you’ll be welcomed into Heaven. Heaven isn’t a reward for “a good person”, it’s a place for forgiven believers that have a relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit (our comforter).

When you repent of your sins and become a believer you gain eternal life. If you chose to not follow God, you’ll gain eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire. It may sound harsh for a “good person” and even for a not-so-good, but you need God to keep you from the wiles of Satan and his minions. There will come a time in your life where you’re tested, and the lure of Satan will be irresistible to you. It may have happened already. It might be subtle…a little lie here, “it won’t hurt anything, just this once”, a little sin there, and the next thing you know he’s gotcha. Ah, it’ll go away… nobody’s the wiser. Satan, once he has you, won’t forget, in fact he’ll remind you. He’s very tricky that way. Sin will bring darkness to your thoughts and dreams. Satan knows all about Sin, he was thrown out of Heaven because of it. He started with Pride and then he wanted to be equal to God. He wanted Power. What would you do to get that job that’s got way better pay and benefits? Would you throw someone “under a bus” to get it. One of your friends or fellow workers? Oh look, a wallet on the ground, would you pocket some or all of the cash before throwing it away or turning it in? Oh, look at that “hot chick”, if only I wasn’t married. Man was I drunk last night; I can’t remember driving home… mm the keys are here in my pocket. How many of these sins might fit into your life? I could list many more, but I won’t, you get the idea. We all have done stupid things in our lives, even me. Sin eats at you as stress does. Living with it without getting rid of it can affect you the health of both your mind and body. The difference is how do you rectify these sins and bring some light into the darkness that sin brings or maybe just let it slide and continue to believe when your dead your dead or you believe you’re a “Good Person”.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Matthew 5:28

“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

Romans 14:21

“It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.”

Galatians Chapter 5

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Peter 5:8

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

1 John Chapter 1

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

God Found me and brought me Home

I was blind, deaf and lost as darkness befell me, I prayed and God’s Love, the light of his glory found thee.

He found me wandering, stumbling and worried about life, He sent angels to surround me, protect me from my strife.

Depression engulfed me, like an unfolding curtain of death, when I prayed to God, he answered and gave me a reason to take a breath.

Through Grace I have been saved, with the blood of Jesus my spirit cleansed. Ripped from Satan’s grip, I was whisked away, no longer imprisoned.

As I was God’s child originally and to him, I give my Love and tribute, pulled from the Sin of Satan and his corruption he distributes.

Nowadays Love has many meanings on this earth, as it’s been sanitized, corrupted, disheartened and such, but God’s Love is forever as he is Love and he Love’s you so much.

So, life can be hard, can be short, can be sad, but I’d like to give you advice, bring God in your life and he will take all your burdens and protect you from vice.

Choose wisely and consider the time you have left, before the choice is made for you, as you’re in the Grave, bereft.


Hate is a word that is used quite a lot in today’s society. By definition it means, “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury. – Merriam-Webster Dictionary”. It can fester inside of you and grow. Did you know that Satan uses that hatred? He’ll tell you that you’re right to hate that person, that person wronged you and you need to tell the world about them. By doing so that hate will spread and in turn others you care for feel hatred towards that person. That’s Satan job to get us to Sin, yes hatred is a Sin. It breaks the sixth Commandment, thou shalt not murder. 1 John 3:15 – “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

Instead, God asks us to Love our enemies, if someone has wronged you to forgive them, because the only way God will forgive you is if you forgive others.
Matthew 6:15 – “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
1 John 2:11 – “But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”
Matthew Chapter 5 – 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you forgive those that have wronged you and forgive them. If you’re the one that’s hated ask forgiveness from them that hate you and pray that they will forgive you. Their eternal life hangs in the balance. Certainly, don’t hate them back, as then your eternal life also is at risk. This is the perfect scenario for Satan to get his grips into both of you. John Chapter 13 – 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Most of us have been affected by Hate in our lives. It can be family members, neighbours, fellow workers absolutely anyone. Don’t fall into Satan’s trap and let it fester. Pray for help.

Matthew 5:44

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

1 John 2:9

“He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.”

1 John 4:20

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”

Dual Citizenship

Everybody in the world has at least a dual Citizenship. One for your body and one for your Spirit.

If not chosen, then the choice is made for you. As I’ve said before, there’s no such person as an atheist. They may believe they are, but in reality, if they don’t choose heaven the choice is already made. This world has a king (Satan), and he wants all the followers he can get, so he’ll manipulate you into believing you don’t have to choose. That you can believe in nothing, that your body dies and that’s it. It feeds the worms. You may feel you’re a good person, you don’t lie cheat or steal and that’s good, but it won’t get you in heaven. We all will be judged. To get to heaven you need a personal relationship with God. You need to believe that God sacrificed his son and that if you believe in him, you will have everlasting life. Jesus was sinless, but he took our sins to the cross. His life was sacrificed for us. You see the only way to be saved from Hell is to believe. We have all these distractions in life, getting the perfect house, car or great job, but we discount the really important thing, your eternal life. Can you imagine that this life on earth is just a small sample of the life we actually have? What if you die in the next hour, day, week or month, are you ready? Can you honestly say you have never sinned? Have you ever told a lie or hated someone, then you have sinned and that’s just a couple of them? Have you spent time reflecting on what happens when you die? So, what if you’ve been wrong all your life, that there is a God? That would mean you’re God’s child and all this time when you’ve had to make those hard decisions about family, money or life in general, you didn’t have to do it alone. Those times you feel alone, depressed or distraught know you don’t have to feel unloved or unwanted. God is watching and waiting for you to accept his love. It’s a free gift. He loves us just as we are, he just doesn’t love the sin. Ask forgiveness of your sins… it’s a simple thing. The Holy Spirit will help you, guide you, comfort you. You see that when Jesus ascended to Heaven he sent a comforter, the Holy Spirit. Lift the burden of sin off your life and great changes will happen when you give your life to God.

You see we do have at least Dual Citizenship. I’m a citizen of Heaven and Canada. My spirit belongs to Heaven and my body belongs to Canada. What country does your body have a citizenship in or better yet, where does your Spirit belong? With God or Satan?

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 14:6

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Acts 16:30-32

30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

Romans 6:14

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”

We Won!!!

How many of us wish we can win the lottery? Not so much with the little prizes, but the big ones… the millions of dollars. We dream of buying a new house, car(s), going on a trip. I’ve been there. I still buy the occasion ticket, which is something I need to work on in my life.

Most often I buy a ticket, whether it be a scratch ticket or even a lottery ticket I end up losing. Sometimes, through rarely I get a winner. “I won, I won, I just won $5.00”, on my $5.00 ticket… Yahoo! Somehow that shouldn’t seem like winning, though. So, what do I do? I buy another ticket or perhaps more tickets, after all I just won $5.00. lol It becomes a cycle.

So, what am I personally going to do? For one thing I’m going to break the cycle. Not buy a ticket just because the jackpot is huge or just because it’s available at the register, I’m at. The reason, well the Lord pointed something out to me. If I spend this money on lottery, what budget am I going to break. Where is the money coming from or where would it be better spent? Plus, what good is a mansion or wealth here, on this planet if it means I lose my soul. If all my needs are met, do I still need the Lord? My answer is always yes, but what is your answer? What do you want out of life? Do you want someone in your life that truly Loves you, that takes care of you needs or do you want the greed and corruption that comes from not needing anything or anyone? I know what Satan would pick for yours and my life, if he could, if he had a choice. Don’t give him that choice.

Track how much you spend on lottery, I’ll do the same. Add it up at the end of the month, subtract your winnings. Is it a reasonable amount to spend when you could have paid a little more of your debt load off, bought a gift for your spouse or child or bought a meal for someone that needs it?

I used to own a convenience store that sold lottery tickets and there were people in everyday spending money. Money they may have delegated for lottery in their budget (I hope), but some of those people could not afford it. You could tell or they mentioned they were on fixed income. Sometimes they bought scratch tickets $50 at a time, scratched them all and came back and did it again or I would see them at other stores doing the same thing there. I have no idea how much they spent or made in a day. For them, there is programs for their gambling addiction, actually sponsored by the lottery themselves in Canada. I’m not sure of elsewhere. They keep looking for the big win. Sometimes they get a fairly big win and then they invest it again in lottery to win bigger. Where is this going to lead… homelessness, no food for your children or yourself, no power this month because you can’t afford to pay the bill?

Most people, including myself, have to reach the bottom before they reach out to the Lord. You don’t have to. Don’t wait, “life is too short”. Before you know it half your lifetime is over or worse yet, you die too young. God has been watching you all your life, he loves his children, even if you are not a believer. What separates you from God is your sin. God is waiting to bring you into the fold, he gave us free-will.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

It’s our choice to believe or not. Really there is no middle of the road with this choice. If you don’t choose God, then you’ve chosen the king of this earth (Satan). Satan wants us to be too busy in our lives on this earth to think about happens when we die. The dream to live well on this earth will lead you towards destruction. “Satan has a plan for you.”

If I buy another lottery ticket for myself, I’m going to ask, “do I really want to win what this world has to offer and miss out in heaven”? If asked by my wife to buy a ticket for her, well of course I will. Everyone chooses, but I hope and pray your choice is to stop and think, “what are we buying into”, not just lottery, but other choices we make in our life?

1 Timothy 6:10

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

Matthew Chapter 6

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:24

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Matthew 6:33

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

And the Next Exit is…

We busy our lives with our tasks at hand seemingly like we’re driving down a freeway. We rush to go to work, shop or take the kids to an activity. We get all caught up in our lives. We may miss out on the important events as we’re just, “too busy”. When was the last time you visited a family member living by themselves or took time for your own self? In our worldly life we get so wrapped up in our daily lives, there is simply no room for anything else. Then all of a sudden, your life is turned upside down. A loved one gets sick, or you find out someone you care about has terminal cancer. Now chaos ensues, you may say, “how am I going to take care of them and keep up with everything else”. Your stress levels are through the roof. Be careful, your stress can also make you sick too and then what are you going to do?

What if I told you to get off the “Freeway of Life”? Take an exit to a narrow path not so widely used. Give God your burdens. Sometimes these things happen to give you “a wakeup call”. You don’t have to do it alone. Did you know that Satan (ruler of this world) prefers you to have your busy life? No time for your Spiritual self. Give your life over to God and he can straighten your narrow path. If you have trouble believing in God, look around. Did you know the Bible foretold what is happening in our world today? Do you feel kind of numb when ever you hear someone has been shot in a nearby city or even in your city… it’s becoming an everyday occurrence, or when you hear of these unmarked graves with all these children from residential schools? The last count I heard, at the time of writing this the count was over 1,000 kids. I don’t even think they scratched the surface. That numbness is because we’re being bombarded from the news about all these disastrous events and they’re only going to get worse. The people that persecuted these children will receive their judgement from the highest court. God will judge them; they won’t get away with what they’ve done. Death can’t save them. All of us are judged for the sins we commit. The difference is for Christians, (and I mean actual Christians, not those that say they are and hurt innocent children) is Jesus died to take away believers’ sins. We will have an advocate in heaven.

So, when you realize that life is getting too burdensome and stress is more that you can handle by yourself, realize that God is waiting to take those burdens from you. He loves all his children. Give your life over to him, take the narrow path less traveled.

Matthew 7

13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Matthew 11:29

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

1 Peter Chapter 5

6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

God’s Diversified Creations

Looking upon a mountain meadow and seeing all the splashes of colour during the Spring and Summer with all the different flowers. Part of the beauty we see is the diversity. God not only made so many different kinds of flowers, but so many different colours. What if all the flowers that God made were just one colour, say white. Everywhere we went they were all the same colour…whether a rose, a tulip, a dandelion, a poppy, etc. Would they still be as popular today as they are now? Would we appreciate the gift of a flower bouquet? Would people even want them in their gardens…maybe a few of them to go with their white house surrounded by a white picket fence.

So now look at Gods’ creation of us. How boring it would be if we were all the same. Our diversity makes us beautiful. God created us in his own image. How can the colour of our skin make a person less significant than another? We are all Gods’ children! Our different languages, cultural differences and people, make our world interesting. How would you like to go on a holiday that you put all your savings into, “a once in a lifetime trip”, and go to a place where the people were exactly the same as you? Their culture, their language, their colour and they had the same white flowers growing in front of their white house.

The tension of racial differences has been stirred up by the god of this earth. (Satan) He prefers us to be at each others throat and warring over cultural differences. Hate breeds’ sin and Satan is wallowing in it on this earth. The more time we focus on our sinful differences of this world, the less time we have to spend with our Creator. Allow our diversities to be truly special as God created them. Love one another…we are brothers and sisters. Enjoy the beauty of Gods’ creation with all its colours.

Colossians 3:11

“Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.”

Acts Chapter 17

26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

God Takes us Where We Are – My Testimony

With this blog I hope to show you that most Christians grow into relationship with God. Not from God’s side, but from ours. Some are slower than most, like me. God loves all his children just as they are, but the thing that blocks us from him is the sin. Not so much on his part, although he hates sin, but ours. If we love the sin so much, we can’t see past it. If we love our earthly possessions, our over excess consumption of alcohol and drugs, gratification of self, we can’t Love God, we don’t have room for God. God needs all of our focus so we can grow in him. To follow God, we do so through Jesus as he is our only avenue to God as he died to wash away our sins. He took the world’s sin with him to the cross as a sacrificial lamb.

In my case I became a Christian in my 20’s…I should remember the date, but I don’t. I do, however, remember how I felt after I prayed the Salvation’s Prayer. I felt like I was in a bubble of protection. At the time I was attending a Pentecostal Church in Vancouver, BC. I never joined it and was never baptized. I made the prayer on my own in my own house, so I guess it’s a little different than if you convert in a church. My friend that was attending the same church also and a few others were praying over me to get me to speak in tongues, it never happened, I guess God had other plans for me. I later moved out of the area, and lost touch with them. I also lost touch with my walk with God. Not that I wasn’t a believer, but it’s different being a believer and being a true child of God. (But that’s jumping ahead) I went back to my sinful ways. Satan got his hooks into me; he doesn’t want any of his to be God’s. You see whether we know it or not, if you don’t choose God, the choice was made for you. There is no such thing as an atheist. (That’s a whole other can of worms)

I got married in the 80’s and got divorced in the 80’s. Went through some tough times. I was smoking about a pack and a half of cigarettes a day. Drinking a bit, but not much, had a pretty good job working as a Letter Carrier. Was getting a little crippled up after a couple of spills on slippery steps and was wondering if I’d make it to retirement.

Our family had a friend we knew when we lived in the US. She was quite disfigured from having polio as a child, but very intelligent. We used to talk for hours. She would come up for a visit to my mother’s place and I would see her there. Anyway, I was always curious about her church. It was really different than other Christian churches I’d heard of. I found we had one in the city I lived in, so I called the Pastor and he told me when the service was and so I built up the courage that week and went. I met the Pastor there; he was very nice. The Pastor invited me to a Potluck Luncheon they were having out at his place. The whole church was coming. It was outside as it was Summer.

I had been talking to my mother and she started the church in the town where she was living. The church I was attending had a stop smoking program that I took, and it was the first time I’d ever quit smoking so easily and I have never started again. It has been 33 years since I quit. I would recommend that program to anybody that asks. While I was attending the church, I was learning more and more about being a Christian, something I knew nothing about from the earlier years. As I grew in the church, they asked me about Baptism. I said I’d like to be Baptized and special arrangements were made as my mother was going to be Baptized also. Her pastor and herself, plus our special friend from Oregon all went up to Kamloops, BC and my mother and myself were Baptized at the Kamloops SDA Church. It was a very beautiful ceremony, when I think back, now that my mother has passed.

I stayed in Kamloops for another couple of years and decided, before I get too crippled up it was time to move. I moved to the Okanagan, left the Post Office and started a lawn and garden business for the Spring, Summer & Fall. In the Winter I got a job installing the great big Satellite dishes you used to see years ago.

I got married, this time to a Christian girl, who took my beliefs with a grain of salt as they were a bit different than hers and still are. Lol We had a rough start as we were set in our ways. She wasn’t married before, so she didn’t know some ‘guy things’ like guys don’t read instructions. We almost got a divorce putting up a screen tent on our first anniversary camping trip. Ok, ok, she got it up reading the directions. Man, she’s always right. Lol

One thing that seems to happen to me anyway is I get too distracted, and someone gets put on the backburner. Well, I did it again. God was put on the backburner and forgotten about. I didn’t get quite as bad as I was before, except I stopped going to church. I only went occasionally if that…my life got in the way. I owned different businesses over the years, those take up time, when you get home you park in front of the TV, eat dinner and then the next day you do it all over. Then retirement came and you figure you have all the time in the world. I can’t remember being so busy as when I first retired. Where did I find the time?

My mother passed in Dec of 2018, and I promised my wife that we’d move to Alberta closer to her siblings. What was I thinking, it’s cold over there! Well, we’re here and we’re actually enjoying it. I think it was around the illness before my mother passed, that I was thinking of my walk with God and how neglectful I’d been. Looking back at my life and all the stupid idiotic stunts I’ve pulled and didn’t die; I figure God must have something special for me. I better not blow it after all he has been extremely patient with me. More-so than any human would be, that’s for sure. All this wasted time and I’m finally finding out what it is truly like to be a Child of God.

Since I didn’t feel like going back to the Adventist Church, not for anything in particular. The people were very nice, but I wanted my walk with God to be truly focused on him. When I got into the Adventist church before I was being lazy. I wasn’t studying enough, and it got to the point where I was just ‘going to church’. I really wanted to know God on my own, so once we were settled in Alberta the Holy Spirit inspired me to start writing this blog. One thing I’ve noticed since I’ve started doing this blog is I’m studying more. Mm tricky, lol.

I still am a sabbath keeper and don’t eat “unclean meats”, which in itself can be tricky this day and age. There’s pork in everything… sometimes even when you buy hamburger it’s mixed beef and pork. (Have to read the labels) My wife has pretty well gotten used to that when she cooks. She doesn’t like me to cook too often as I destroy the kitchen and for some reason, she grabs the saltshaker before she even tries eating anything I’ve cooked.

One nice thing about YouTube is you can watch sermons from different churches all over the world. I watch videos from all different kinds of Protestant pastors. I sometimes miss fellowshipping, although with Covid-19 everyone is in the same situation. Last week I went to a nearby SDA church to see what it was like. I really enjoyed the service, although with any small-town pastors cover other churches in rotation. The pastor for the church I was at, was speaking in a church an hour away, so they streamed his sermon.

I would consider going to a Sunday worshipping church also for the fellowship of other Christians. There are many God loving Christians in the World from all kinds of churches even Catholic churches. When we consider we’ll be in heaven soon enough, we’ll have eternity to talk about our differences in belief or you can ask the author of the Bible. While on this earth, our time is limited, so seek the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul.

Sticks and Stones will Break my Bones…

So, I don’t know if you read my blog “Are you Red Pilled”, or not, this particular one delves in a whole lot deeper. I’d say going back to about the 1st century. It might be totally unbelievable to you, in fact to the point of you throwing those, “sticks and stones” at me, hence the title.

In quite a few of my blog posts the underlying theme is “things are not what they seem”. Satan has been manipulating this world since he was cast down here with his fallen angels. Rev 12:9 He didn’t stop with Adam and Eve. One of the biggest changes he has done has to do with…argh I don’t want to say. Words do hurt me.

Well let me put Hebrews 4 in here and maybe you’ll get what I’m about to tell you.

Hebrews 4:1-16
1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

That’s right I’m talking about Sabbath or Shabbat (from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday). You see God made the Sabbath, the day of rest and man through Satan changed it. Constantine changed it when he wanted to become a Christian Church from his Sol worshipping Church that worshipped on Sunday. In the Pagan Roman Catholic Church, you see halos on pictures and statues, some say they assimilated the artistry from the religion of Sol Invictus into the Christian Church.

By now some of you are saying this is an old mosaic law that was done away with, and you can give me text after text in the Bible that will show that it was. Sunday worship has been around for centuries. Only the Jewish people and few other churches rest on Saturdays. A lot of the Jewish people aren’t even Christians and the other churches that rest on Saturdays are all cults.

What’s Mosaic about this…
Genesis 2:2-3
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

And Hebrews 4 above. If God rested on the seventh day, what right does man have to change the day. After all it is the 4th Commandment; it must be important. Sure, we can attend church any day of the week, sure we can worship God any day of the week, but the Day of Rest is just that. You don’t go to church and then go shopping afterwards, go do your daily chores (unless you’re a farmer) or mow the lawn. It’s a day to spend fellowshipping, worshipping the Lord, praying, visiting shut-ins, meditating and or resting.

Some say it was changed before Constantine, but the important point is God didn’t change it. If he wanted it changed, he wouldn’t “pussy-foot around” it he would say. Just like he said it in the Old Testament, and he said it in the New Testament. God Rested on The Seventh Day!

If you would like another reference other than the Bible, check Wikipedia – Sabbath in Christianity

Leave your comments below and your sticks and stones, might make a nice fence. Wood is way too expensive.