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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

For those of you who may be familiar with this little blog of mine, of which I haven't posted to in quite some time, I have started a small local band. Go check out our Facebook page... THOS3 GUYS.

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Lover Jesus, eat cheesecake, listen to Pink Floyd
DJ Glen
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Motivation

There are so many people that talk about things. We argue about things. We have meetings about things. We talk about movies. We talk about music. We argue about what is ‘good’ music or ‘bad’ music, or movies, or books…blah, blah, blah. We talk about what motivates us, or what inspires us.

But, what does motivate us? Money? Power? Hate? Revenge? Or are you motivated by the desire to make yourself acceptable? Acceptable to whom? Man? God?

Maybe you’re motivated by the desire to control others. They aren’t acting the way I think they should act so I’ll use guilt, condemnation, threats, or religion to control their behavior. We make statements like, “This is what you should be doing,” or “You shouldn’t be doing that.”

We say that if you do this or that, “You will be good.” But we forget, “There is none good, no not one.” Jesus told the rich young ruler, “You lack one thing, sell all you have and come follow me.” Our personal righteousness is our idol. We trust more in our behavior than in what Jesus did, once, for all, on the cross of Calvary. Then we turn around and treat people based on our personal ‘holiness’ or ‘righteousness.’

Maybe we seek recognition or acclaim. We want people to think we’re great. We want to be famous. We strive and sacrifice for that hint of glory. But Jesus told His servants, “So likewise you, when you shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, we are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.”

Yet there will be those that stand before God and say, “Hey, did we not do many wonderful things in Your name?” What were they doing, and why were they doing it? Did they trust in Christ or in their ‘wonderful things?’ God sees the motives of the heart.

Who are the ‘good’ or ‘great’ people of God? They are the people who are living their lives not seeking recognition. They are the sheep that Jesus said, “Come into my kingdom faithful servant…” Who answer back, “When did we do these things?” They lived their lives of love. They were led by the Spirit, but have been unaware. Who knows, maybe they were “angels unaware” that are spoken of. These are people who know that God has accepted them because of what Jesus has done on the cross and now love from a free heart. They go the extra mile, not because it’s ‘commanded,’ but because it is a part of who they are in Christ.

What is our duty? What is required of us? “This is the first and greatest commandment. Love God with all your heart, mind, body and soul. The second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Love should be the motivator – love for God and love for your neighbors. ‘Therefore abide these three, faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Faith saves us and makes us acceptable to God. For by grace we are saved through faith, and not of works, lest any man should boast.

Hope sustains us. In the trials of life, knowing that this is not all there is and that God loves us so much He opened the door for us, He made the Way for us. He gave His life for us. It strengthens and sustains us.

But it is love that is the greatest. For this is how we share Christ with the world, by the love we have one for another.


May the Grace of Christ fill your life,

DJ GlenMC

Monday, December 9, 2013

Some Thoughts on Doing Business


I started a DJ business on the side from my regular day job because my wife suggested it and I like music in general.

I recently read some articles about cake businesses not catering to gay weddings because of their disagreement with the lifestyle of the couple. One article states that a judge has declared that the cake maker must make the cake for the wedding.[1]

My last blog specifically talks about going, as Jesus said, “the extra mile.” The point of the blog was in the time of Jesus the Romans had a law that ‘compelled’ or forced people to carry a soldiers load for a mile whether the citizen wanted to or not. Jesus said if they compel you to go with them one mile, go with them two.

We get so caught up in our version of right and wrong, we have a tendency to forget what Jesus told us to do. We think because we don’t cater to this group of people, or we don’t associate with those people we are so righteous.

Do you become less of a Christian because you made a cake for someone you don’t agree with?

Do you become less of a Christian because your band may play in a place that “good folks” wouldn’t be seen?

Would I be less of a Christian because I DJ’ed a wedding that served alcohol?

I believe we are required to be a light in dark places. How can you be a light in dark places if you only go to places with other lights? How can we shine our light if the only thing we are willing to share with those we disagree with is our disapproval of their behavior?

Should we not go the extra mile when compelled to do something, or anything for that matter? Should we not only do our job, but do it to the best of our ability?

Now don’t get me wrong, there are some things that we should be willing to walk away from no matter the cost, but I’ll leave that for another blog.

Love Jesus, eat cheesecake, listen to Pink Floyd,

DJ Glen

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Extra Mile


Matt 7 – Many will come in that day and say, “Lord, Lord, didn’t we do a lot of stuff in your name?” Jesus will tell them, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”

We live in such a clich├ęd society. We give people awards for writing great songs. We idolize those who perform in front of large crowds. We think because they reach lots of people they must be doing something great for Jesus. But what are they teaching the crowds?

We boil down faith to what fits on a bumper sticker or a shirt. We think because we “read the Bible” we know what we are talking about. I’ve seen a bumper sticker that said basically “Do Acts 2:38,” as if faith can be boiled down to one verse in a group of 66 books.

Luke 17:7-10 – “…we have only done what is our duty.”

Jesus tells a parable about and master and his servant. The servant worked in the field, but the master expected to be served first before the servant sat down to eat. How many of us expect the accolades to be laid upon us when “we have only done what is our duty.” Love is in such small quantities now days that when we do something in the name of Christ we expect to be recognized for it.

In reality we need to look at the parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew. “When did we do these things, Lord?” Love has become a natural part of the Spirit of God living within the servant of Christ that they just do. They don’t think about what is their “Christian duty.” It is a part of who they are.

Matt 5:41 “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.”

Whoever compels…

Dictionary.com

com·pel

/verb, com·pelled, com·pel·ling.

verb (used with object)

1. to force or drive, especially to a course of action: His disregard of the rules compels us to dismiss him.

2. to secure or bring about by force.

3. to force to submit; subdue.

4. to overpower.

 

History

At the time Jesus said what he did the Roman empire was in control. A soldier could grab anyone off the street and make them carry his pack for a mile by law. Simple Biblical example. Simon was made to carry Jesus’ cross by a Roman guard.

 

We don’t like to be MADE to do anything. We don’t even like to do what we’re paid to do most of the time. We have laws that make it possible that we don’t have to go the extra mile. We don’t want to be bothered with doing something extra when it’s “not part of my job.”

 

We are a ‘proud’ people. We think because we went to college or are a supervisor or CEO of a company there are things that are beneath us to do.

 

Or on the other end of the spectrum we may be an unskilled worker who thinks just because he or she shows up for work they demand a high wage. Working a job that requires working with the public doesn’t require any type of civility. We don’t like going out of our way to make the customer’s experience pleasant.

 

Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus told a parable about a man who hired worker in the morning, midday and at the end of the day. Finally when he paid everyone he paid them all the same. The ones who started in the morning objected because “Hey, we worked longer than them! We want more.” The master asked the servants “Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?”

 

We live in uncertain economic times. Those who don’t have a lot do begrudge those who live in mansions. We think they need to give up some of their stuff and give it to us, whether we deserve it or not.

 

It was once said, “That which you strive to attain, you strive to maintain.” We will spend hours on our stuff but don’t want to take a few minutes just to sit and talk to someone who is hurting. We complain when we are taken away from our ‘favorite shows’ to help someone move.

 

We live in a society with a number of homeless families, yet we have apartments for our stuff. We rent storage units, build bigger sheds for our stuff. We box things up and don’t look at them for years.

 

Matt 25:31-46 – The sheep asked Jesus, “When did we do these things, Lord?” He told them, “As you’ve done it to the least of these, you’ve done it unto me.”

What Jesus said isn’t what should become our “Rules for Christians.” What Jesus was trying to get across is behavior that should be characteristic of someone committed to Him.

We love him, because He first loved us. What does that mean? It means that He DID for us. He GAVE His life for us. He DIED for us, so that we might LIVE for Him.

Living for Jesus means going that extra mile, sharing a meal, taken on each other’s burdens, rejoicing with those who rejoice, mourning with those who mourn.

I can’t expect others to live like this if I’m not living like this. But then again, others can’t expect me to follow their rules if they go against what I believe Jesus is requiring of me.

I Corinthians 13:1-8

Doesn’t matter what you do, if it doesn’t have love it means nothing. What does that mean, if it is not grounded in God it means nothing. If we think what we do makes us right with God, we miss that point of what Jesus did. What Jesus did made us right with God. What we do is fruit of what is inside of us. (Reference back to Matt 25:31-46)

 
DJ Glen
Love Jesus, eat cheese cake, listen to Pink Floyd

Monday, September 2, 2013

September

Here it is September. I have not been very active here. Haven't written much. Haven't even been around much on the internet except to post CDs that I'm listening to on Facebook. Other than that I've been working and remodeling the house. Doing the kitchen and the bathroom.

Lots of stuff happening but not much is getting written.

I want to do a formal thing on Habakkuk. Such a good book with so much stuff.

I am also trying to get some things written on going the extra mile.

Hopefully I can get something written soon.

Be blessed. Be a blessing. Eat cheesecake, listen to Pink Floyd, but above all Love Jesus.

DJ Glen

Friday, September 14, 2012

New Computer and Mission Year

Greetings all.
I am writing this on a new computer that I received from my daughter and her husband.  It's a really nice HP laptop.

I love getting new stuff, but sometimes it can complicate life. I have to transition over everything to here. I have to collect stuff off the old computer. Email addresses and DJ emails and software...etc...

Enough of that. I get really testy sometimes when I have to do stuff like that...LOL...I read somewhere that talking about your problems DOESN'T help. Seems that constantly talking about your issues just makes them worse. Why? you may ask. Because it just keeps reminding yourself about what you are mad about in the first place.

Just praise God and move on with your life. There is great power in Praise.

Anyway, let me tell you what is happening right now with my son. He is current on a mission in Texas. He's working with the group MISSIONYEAR.ORG . If you are interested in donating to help him out got to MISSION YEAR DONATION and down at the bottom at the pull-down menu "Designation:" find my son's name SAM MCCLEAD. Help him out and help out a great organization.

If you are interested in helping him out or writing to him, send me your email address and I'll pass on your information, or you can email him at sneads777@yahoo.com.

Thanks again for reading my ramblings.

DJ GlenMC

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Finished My Book

I did finish my book. Not going to publish it. It's just thoughts of mine on discipleship. I'm not an expert. But if you're interested in reading it, email me at taz331@cox.net and I'll email a copy to you.

Thanks again to all who read this. Sorry I haven't been here that often.

DJ GlenMC

Thursday, July 26, 2012

BTW...for those who are interested

I am currently writing book. If you are interested let me know.
It's just a little tome on Discipleship. Don't know when I'll finish it.
It will talk a little about checking scripture references when listening to someone teach...(btw...check my last blog...how many caught my error in scripture reference.)

Until next time...eat cheesecake, listen to Pink Floyd, Love Jesus above all else.

DJ GlenMC

Monday, June 18, 2012

“As we think, so shall we act.”

This post has been modified due to my error in scripture references...(My references should have been Ecclesiastes not Proverbs).

There are some different variations of that quote, but it is still something we should consider.

I like to have fun. I like to joke around. But sometimes we have to consider what we say to people. What we say can have an impact on someone. 

God spoke and life was created. God spoke and the dead came alive.

James says that the tongue is a powerful tool.

“So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire. And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the whole course of life, and set on fire by hell.” James 3:5-6 ESV

How many people’s lives have been shipwrecked by words? How many lives have been destroyed because someone told them over and over again they weren’t good enough, pretty enough, smart enough? How many lives have been ruined because they gave up due to the constant drum beat of “you’re no good.”

Or at the other end of the spectrum - how many people have had it beat into their heads that they are better than everyone else? They don’t listen to anyone else, because they have an overblown view of themselves? They look down on those who don’t measure up to their standards. They don’t want to have anything to do with people whom they deem “not good enough.”

Ecclesiastes 7:16, 17 “Do not be overly righteous, Nor be overly wise: Why should you destroy yourself?
Do not be overly wicked, Nor be foolish: Why should you die before your time?”

Ecclesiastes 7:21, 22 “Also do not take to heart everything people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. For many times, also, your own heart has known that even you have cursed others.”

What we think of ourselves has a lot of bearing on how we act. If we think of ourselves as no good, we start to behave that way. If we think that we’ll amount to nothing, we stop trying. If we think we are better than everyone else, we start looking down our noses at everyone else. If we think we know everything, we stop listening to others, but demand others listen to us.

What we say to people and how we say it takes a lot of discernment. What we say can build a person up, or it can tear them down. Things we say can build up a person’s ego, or help them see the truth.

Following the Spirit’s lead can be a tricky thing. We must empty ourselves and allow His guidance on what we say, and how we say it. That can be hard if we let ourselves get in the way.

Also, we need to learn to let GOD be the final arbiter of who we are and who others are. Remember, for God so loved the world.  

May we all learn to discern. 
Love Jesus. Eat cheesecake. Listen to Pink Floyd
DJ GlenMC

Monday, March 5, 2012

Link To My Teaching

For those who are interested, here is the audio of my teaching on February 15th.

http://www.calvaryemeraldcoast.org/Sermons/Guest/makedisciples.mp3

DVD's are available. Send me an email if you're interested.

My first official recorded teaching...LOL...be kind...

Be blessed. Be a blessing.
DJ GlenMC