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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Why?

     That is the question. This started because some entertainer was being brought up on blasphemy charges in Ireland because he answered the question “What would you ask God?” and he replied, "How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It's not right."
    We like to think it’s not our fault. We like to think because we don’t behave the way some people do that we don’t deserve whatever befalls us.
    I once heard a story about a slave owner who was riding in his fields watching over the slaves when he heard one muttering to himself, “That dumb old Adam. If it weren’t for Adam I wouldn’t be out in this field working.” 
    The owner looks down at him and asks, “What are you muttering about?”
“If Adam hadn’t disobeyed God in the garden, I wouldn’t have to be here working in this field.”
    The slave owner thinks about it for a minute and says, “Come with me back to the house.” So the slave follows him back to the house.
    The owner tells him to wait in the front room for a moment. A few minutes later the owner comes back out with an envelope and sets it down on a table. He turns to the slave and says, “You are welcome to do whatever you want. You have the run of the house. You can go where you want, you can eat what you want, you can do what you want. You don’t have to work in the fields any more. Only one condition.”
    The slave looks on in disbelieve and asks, “What’s the condition?”
    “You can’t read what’s in this envelope,” and he points and touches the envelope on the table.
    For a while the slave enjoyed what the home had to offer. But one day, while sitting and enjoying a glass of tea, he saw the envelope sitting on the table. Looking around to make sure no one is around, he goes to the envelope. Unable to resist, he opens it and reads, “Now quit blaming Adam and get back in the field.”
    It’s easy to blame others for the state we find ourselves in and in some instances that is true. Consider Joseph. But was Joseph really completely blameless? Did his own pride over his dreams get him in hot water with his brothers?
    I sometimes have to ask myself, “Are the problems that I’ve incurred punishment from God, or rather consequences of my not listening to God?”
     My son has a remark he likes to playfully make when people say, “Have a nice day.”
     He will usually respond by saying, “Don’t tell me what to do.” I think it’s funny, but it is also a symptom of why I believe the world is in the state that it is. We, prideful, sinful, arrogant man, don’t want to hear what God has to say to us. We feel we can make our own way, so we create our own religious path. We take our own way and say, “No God,” instead of trusting Him in the midst of the trials of this life.
    When our “religious, righteous” path doesn’t work to our liking we get mad at God and turn away from Him. We think, “Well I did this and that and the other thing, but God didn’t do a thing for me.”
    I think (just my opinion) that most people who are mad at God and ultimately reject Him are those who couldn’t get God to bend to their will. These were formerly “religious” people who were not operating in faith that works by love. They were thinking, “If I do this, then God must do that.” We get mad at God because He didn’t do what we wanted. We keep lists of all the “righteous” things we’ve done and expect, no, demand we be rewarded for them. We think we can manipulate God like some gullible friend or relation who can’t see our deep down motives.

Matthew 7:21-23
    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”
    We are a people driven by pride and self-service. So many people have so much stuff, but they have no relationships or love. In our rise to the top we step on people. As man declares, “No God,” he foolishly builds on sand that will one day crumble. We build our little earthly kingdoms not realizing that they won’t last.
    We look at the rich and powerful and wish we had what they have. Why not? We like being comfortable. We like nice things. We even convince ourselves that God wants us to have nice things. We can even find scripture verses to back up that God wants us to have nice thing, so why shouldn’t we live high on the hog?
    
    John 6:29 Jesus, when asked what could we do, that we could do the works of God? He replied, “This is the work of God that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
    Believe in Him whom He sent. Hmm? Believing means trusting. Trusting means taking Him at His word. Does that mean we’ll live the good life? Depends on what you think the “good life” is.

Luke 13:2-5
    Jesus asks his disciples if they thought people who came to tragic ends were worse sinners than anyone else. He answers them, “No.” We all are guilty. “The rain falls on the just and the unjust.” Do you think because someone is living an extravagant lifestyle that they are loved more by God? Do you think because a “ministry” has a big congregation, large buildings, and huge budgets they are faithful to the Lord?
    Why do the innocent suffer? Why is there pain? Why do evil people prosper? Why are atrocities committed in the name of God? These are not new questions. The psalmists asked them. Job asked them. Habakkuk asked them.

Habakkuk 1:13 “You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness. Why do You look on those who deal treacherously, and hold Your tongue when the wicked devours a person more righteous that he?”
Habakkuk, like most of us, wants to know “WHY?”

Luke 9:51-56
    Jesus disciples wanted to call down fire from heaven because a city didn’t want them coming to visit. Jesus rebuked them and suggested they go someplace else.
    How many of us, today, right now, have a reason that we think is valid for calling fire from heaven and destroying people? How many of us have complained about someone else because they didn’t agree with us? Get on the internet sometime and just read some of the junk people post on just about anything. We want to respond in anger because someone misrepresented our opinion or they made us mad.
     Standing up for yourself doesn’t mean lying about someone else.
   Some people want to just protect their family. Others accuse them of bigotry and hatred and wanting to hurt those they want to protect their families from.
    In so much that it is within your power, seek peace with others. Sometimes there are those who don’t want peace from you or with you. Best to just withdraw, be prepare to protect and defend. “Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.”
    Calling fire from heaven…why? Were your feelings hurt? Do you disagree with someone?
    We believe we must “feel” good. We chase feelings like they are some sort of prize.  Feelings are fleeting. What you wanted one day may sit unused in a closet somewhere. If someone hurts our feelings we want to sue them, slander them, or drag them through the mud.

1 John 2:15 – 17
    “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh (pleasures, feelings, lust), the lust of the eyes (covetousness, greed), and the pride of life (ego) – is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
    Mike Roe of the 77s penned a song called The Lust, The Flesh, The Eyes, The Pride of Life. It talks about feelings, greed and ego. The chorus declares, “The lust, the flesh, the eyes, the pride of life/drain the life right out of me.”
    What are we pursuing? Because what we pursue will have an effect on those around us.
    “Seek you first the kingdom of God…”
   I have this theory. I believe that capitalism without God is no better than communism without God.
    “Why?” We may ask.

Habakkuk 2:2, 4  and Habakkuk 3:17-19
    When Habakkuk asked his question of God and waited in a tower, God responded by saying, (I think this is when the billboard was created) “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it (remember he was in a tower so it had to be pretty big)…Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH.
    After God declares all that will happen to the proud, and Habakkuk realized the state of himself and man he declares, “though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on high hills.”

     Do I have an answer for “WHY”? Nope. I just know that in the midst of the storms of life I will live by my faith in Jesus. Is my faith in how ‘religious’ I am? No. My faith is in the One that lived, died and rose again. 

Love Jesus, Eat cheesecake, listen to Pink Floyd
DJ Glen

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    It has been so long since I’ve been in these pages. My blog must feel so neglected. So much has happened around me that I don’t know where to begin.
    Let’s begin with the big one. A Bible teacher that I had a lot of respect for and sat under his teaching for a number of years was discovered to be living in a polygamous relationship and recently confessed to killing his second wife. Without getting into the issue, a lot of people were affected. Was my faith shaken? Nope. Do I still believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life? Yes. Was I hurt, sad, disappointed, surprised, shocked, and ticked off? Yes. Did I lose my faith in God? No.
    Years ago, another flawed Christian stated in a newsletter after the Jim and Tammy Baker incident, said basically, and I paraphrase, “if your faith is shaken because another human proved to be ‘human,’ then your faith is in the wrong place.”
    I have so many people that I have respect for that have stopped going to church because of what has happened. I know people that have become bitter or are hurting because of what happened.
I have a quote on my work computer that states, “I would rather live my life free from bitterness, than live whining about being a victim. Forgiveness is the key.”
    I do find myself frustrated at the way some people act or things they have done. I find myself frustrated with myself because of things that I do or things that I’m not doing, or all the time I waste.
Do I believe you have to go to church to be saved? No. I believe that being a part of the body of Christ, whether in a home church, or an organized building helps one to keep their hope alive. But, being a part of a body also has its own issues. Why? Because we are all flawed humans in need of the Savior.
    I’ve encountered people that are so unaware of their own selfishness or so unaware of their insensitivity that they get offended if you point it out or they blame the person pointing out their flaw for the issue in the first place. They don’t change. They don’t repent. They are the “I’m sorry but…” or “I sorry you took it that way…” people. They justify their behavior.
     Where is all this going? Nowhere really. Just rambling a bit.
     Here’s another thing that is going on in my life. I am currently in a band. If you are interested you can check us out at https://www.facebook.com/thos3guys

Love Jesus, Listen to Pink Floyd, Eat Cheesecake,
DJ Glen

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.

Thank you
Lover Jesus, eat cheesecake, listen to Pink Floyd
DJ Glen
Www.life-tunes.com

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