Sunday, March 9, 2014

My Friend Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin was a great man and that's an understatement.  We lost a true hero and man of selfless love and perseverance light years beyond the status quo.  He is greatly missed and loved by many, and insisted on being a friend to everyone he knew.  I am privileged to have known Bill, God restored my life through his friendship.  He led many out of addictions, and slavery to sin.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Yes Be Yes

I'm on a monthly post schedule it appears.  Not that I care too much, this is sort of a sketchbook for my spare time. 

I was thinking about something I had just read, and it made me realize in a fresh way how God wants us to be with Him.  Any kid would understand, assuming they have some general idea of a God, that you can't lie to God.  Like so many addicts making vows to never do something again, we continually do this sort of thing in our relationship with God.  I've said things like, "Lord I don't want to do this [vice, self-serving thing]."  When the reality is that I'm at best divided in my heart over the choice. Solomon in plain honesty reminds us that sin is fun for a season.  We are lying if we don't admit that we do want to do this wrong thing.  That doesn't negate, for the disciple of Christ, that we do have a new heart that is learning to hate what God hates (i.e. wickedness and sin).

So essentially we are like Pinocchio before God when we are just "saying the right thing", and we are unworkable clay when we are prideful.  It's the same when we complain about the President, our leaders, or what we've been given.  Lord, you can't stand grumbling, give me gratitude and love to fill the void.

Matthew 5:36-38 (NASB) 

"Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.  But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil."