Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to all!!!

Jesus is the reason for all seasons!!

Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Today, Dec 20, 2010

Today is December 20, 2010.
50 years since December 20, 1960.
Today is my birthday.
Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday to me
I'm another year older
I am now fif-TEEEEE!!!!

Be blessed. Be a blessing.
Love Jesus. Listen to Pink Floyd. Eat cheesecake.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Son and I

Sam (my son - check out his web blog Prototype_Love) and I will be doing praise and worship tonight and next Wednesday at Calvary Emerald Coast. If you wanna check it out here is the link!!!

Calvary Live Streaming

Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Son's Blog

Greetings to all.
Hope everyone has or had a Happy Thanksgiving.
Just wanted to make everyone aware that my son has his own blog spot. Amazing kid. Amazing thoughts.

It's call Prototype_Love

Go check it out. Become a follower.

Be blessed. Be a blessing.
Eat Cheesecake. Listen to God first then maybe some Pink Floyd

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Poet Once Said...

A poet once said, "Most men live lives of quiet desperation." I sometimes understand what he meant. There are some days where I feel so lonely in a crowd of people. Who can I talk to? Who can I share with? Is God listening? I know He cares, but as the child who cried in the night to its parents, when the parents assured the child that Jesus was protecting him, he quietly said, "I need Jesus with skin on."

I, in my humanness, need Jesus with skin on sometimes too. I need the touch of another. Can the ones around us know? Do they want to know? Will they turn and walk away if they could see the thoughts inside this skin? Or will they love, for love covers a multitude of sins?

The computer screen can be therapeutic. It can give the opportunity to release some thoughts. But it can be so cold. No skin on. No shoulder to lean on.

Sometimes it can be lonely even with your family.

Sometimes I feel those moments of "quiet desperation."

Keep me and each other in your prayers.

Be blessed. Be a blessing. If you must, be Jesus with skin on for those around you.
Love Jesus, eat cheesecake, listen to Pink Floyd.

Still around.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Some Cool Music

Wanna really great music CD? Like a variety of styles of music all wrapped up in one CD? The check out the new CD by James Flanders called "Can't Find the Words."

Get it here...

Tell him Glen McClead sent you. He may send you the CD for free!!! LOL...

The video is just a sampling. Check it out. Let me know what you think. Let him know what you think. GET THE CD!!!

Be blessed. Be a blessing.
Listen to James Flanders and some Pink Floyd...Eat Cheesecake.
Love Jesus above all.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

No really

Really, I'm trying to get back in here and blog some. No, really...It has been a while and I need to bring something profound to the table so give me some time...not that anyone has been bugging me or anything...LOL...

I'll be back...

Be blessed. Be a blessing.
Eat cheesecake...Listen to Pink Floyd. Love Jesus with every fiber of your being.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gotta chuckle...

I got the DVD of my praise and worship at the church on the 8th. I am one of my harshest critics...but I had to chuckle because my first thought was "Wow, at least I didn't suck." LOL.

Be blessed. Be a blessing.
Don't take yourself too seriously, God loves you anyway.
Listen to Floyd and always Praise the Lord.
Eat cheesecake.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wu wei (traditional Chinese: 無為; simplified Chinese: 无为; pinyin: wúwéi) is a ...concept that involves knowing when to act and when not to act. Another perspective to this is that "Wu Wei" means natural action - as planets revolve around the sun, they "do" this revolving, but without "doing" it; or as trees grow, they "do", but without "doing". Thus knowing when (and how) to act is not knowledge in the sense that one would think "now" is the right time to do "this", but rather just doing it, doing the natural thing.

Wu-wei…to do without doing. This could be an explanation of Love in action. It just “does.” When it is rules and regulations that you follow, it could be without love, and in the eyes of God it means nothing. But, when one just does, because it is a natural flow of who you are, then you are ‘doing unto Jesus as you do unto the least of these.’

Consider the parable of the sheep and the goats. The sheep housed the homeless, clothed the naked, fed the hungry, but weren’t concerned about it being the “Christian thing to do.” The sheep did these things were considered “faithful servants,” yet, they didn’t understand.

“When did we do this?” they asked.

“As you’ve done it unto the least of these you’ve done it unto me,” was Jesus’ response.

They saw a need and responded. No consideration or whether a person in need was ‘worthy’ or not.

We are called to be disciples. I always believe that a disciple is someone that is teachable. I don't want to be someone who is "ever learning, but never coming to the knowledge of the Truth."

I know knowledgeable people who don't know how to love. Why is that? "He who has not the spirit of Christ are none of his."

May we surrender to Christ and allow the spirit to teach us to "do without doing." May we grow in His love.

Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hello Everyone...Wednesday Sept 8th...stop by...:)

Just wanted to say hi.

If you are interested, next Wednesday September 8th, I'll be leading Praise and Worship at my church.

If you are interested in checking it out it will be live streamed on the internet.

Hope you come by, check it out. Let me know if you were blessed.

9/2/10 Sojourner pointed out I forgot to list the time...all who are interested...

6:45 PM CENTRAL time...Hope you check it out. :)

Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Great Song...

Jeff Buckley...died too soon...

Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Short Thought

If the only reason you make friends with someone is because you're trying to convert them to your point of view, instead of a genuine love for them, then no matter how much you "proclaim" Jesus, you're not Lifting Him up and you basically fulfill the prophecy of "They profess me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me."

Jesus said, "If I be lifted up, I will draw men unto me." Is Jesus God in the Flesh?
Is God Love? Then, doesn't it follow that If Jesus is God and God is Love, then Jesus is the embodiment of Love. So, are we not lifting up Christ when we lift up Love...(Do not get me wrong...I will not separate Jesus and true Love...not this fuzzy wuzzy emotional thing called love.)

Which all gets me back to my original thought. If you refuse to love someone because they don't agree with you, you are not lifting up Christ.

Feel free to comment.

Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thoughts from Office Space

Don’t know how many of you have ever seen the movie “Office Space.” There are those that won’t watch it because it’s rated R. There are those that will have their precious sensibilities offended. That’s okay. We love you anyway… 

I bring it up because I was thinking of a scene where Jennifer Aniston’s character is talking to her boss about her “flare” – the number of buttons on her suspenders. She hated her job. She disliked the people. She did the minimum required for her job. Her boss was suggesting she add more “flare.” She was arguing if you wanted me to have more “flare” then say I have to have more “flare.”

There was another character that was cheerful and had more “flare” than was required. He liked what he did. (He’s usually the one everyone hates. Been there. Done that. Had to repent.)

Isn’t this how most of us approach our relationship with Christ? We think because we’ve done the minimum we are alright. We don’t go the extra mile. We won’t wash another’s feet. Where’s the love in that? Where’s the faith in that? You know, I believe that’s what James was trying to get across when he said, “You say you have faith without works. I’ll show you my faith by my works.” What he did was out of love. What he was saying was, “If you love, you do well.”

What does any of it boil down to?

We are to put our faith in Christ. Christ is God incarnate. God is Love. Therefore, Christ is Love incarnate. If we put our faith in Christ, we are putting our faith in God. Thus, we are putting our faith in Love. Love can’t help but go the extra mile. Love can’t help but help those in need. He is what drives us. He is what sustains us. He is what leads us. He was. He is. He always will be. Loves doesn’t do the minimum. Love goes the extra mile.

Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Micah 6

6 - With what shall I come before the LORD And bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings With calves a year old?

7 - Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8 - He has shown you O man what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly To love mercy And to walk humbly with your God?

Do Justly - JUSTLY - in a just manner; honestly; fairly:

Love Mercy - MERCY - compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power; compassion, pity, or benevolence:

Walk Humbly with your God - Humbly - not proud or arrogant; modest:

All signs of Love.

Love God. Love your neighbor. On these two commandments hang ALL the law and the prophets.

Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with your God.

Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I Was Reminded the Other Day....

It's been a while since I've listened to any Michael Card. Don't know if anyone of you has heard of Michael Card but he had some good songs.

One song that is in my head right now, and I haven't heard it in a while, is "Could It Be."

"Could it be You make Your presence known
So often by Your absence
Could it the the questions tell us more
Than answers ever do
Could it be that You would really rather die
Than live without us
Could it be the only answer that means anything
is You."

Such a great song.

Couldn't find a video for the above quote, but this is another great Michael Card song.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Elephants and Blindfolds

If you have never seen an elephant before, and you were blind, how would you describe it?

Picture this: you and a team of learners are presented with the task of describing an elephant. But instead of looking to an encyclopedia or a zoo exhibit, you are each blindfolded and guided to a real elephant. Each of you touches a different part of the animal: one, the soft and delicate tip of the elephant's trunk; another, the hard tusk of ivory; and a third, the wrinkled hide around the elephant's belly.

Based upon what each of you learned, one thinks an elephant is smooth and soft, another would say an elephant is smooth and hard, while the last would conclude that elephants are rough and soft. What's the truth? When we study complex topics, we are often like the elephant examiners: there's usually a lot more to a topic that we don't learn about after only a quick exploration.

By Hugh Peebles


Terry Scott Taylor of Daniel Amos fame and other entities of musical artistry related a story about Koko the gorilla. Koko was taught sign language by her handlers. One day there was an earthquake. When the handlers asked Koko what she was thinking she signed to them “Darn Floor. Big Bite.” We in our limited capacity are like Koko. How can we describe an infinite God with our finite knowledge? He has revealed Himself to us through His Son. He has made Himself accessible to us through Jesus. Jesus is the Door. He is The Way. He is that final Word from God. But we see through a glass darkly. Jesus saves us. But to say we have God figured out, we’re only fooling ourselves.

Sound bite and bumper sticker theology is a fascinating thing. We throw a gospel quote here and line there. We put it on bumper stickers. I like a good quote like the next guy. Sometimes all we have are a few moments of time.

I would like to share my observations on God. Someone once said, “If you think you’ve got God figured out, your god is too small.” So many of us think we have it figured out. Of one thing I am sure, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. Jesus is THE Way…Jesus is the Door. Jesus is God incarnate. God is Love, therefore Jesus is the embodiment of Love. We have One Way to God, and that is through Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This is what makes us acceptable to the Father for there is no other way. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:18 that “The preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are saved, it is the Power of God.” Jesus’ death on the cross is the only acceptable and final sacrifice that God recognizes. Our works and good deeds won’t save us.

There is a song we sing in the church called “Amazing Grace.” We’ve all sang it at one time or another and there are different versions that I have been recorded. One of the lines in the song says, “When we’ve been there 10,000 years, bright shining as the sun/We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, than when we first begun.” Why is that? Because, after 10,000 years, we still would have so much to learn of the greatness of God. Time is irrelevant in the Kingdom of Heaven, but still, you can understand the concept of the infinite God.

Paul said in Romans 8:8-9 “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.”

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day knew the letter of the law, but knew not the spirit behind the law. Why did God lay down what is considered the law? What was His motive or reason? It was His love for us. Because you do ‘good’ in the name of Jesus, does that make you ‘good?’ Are you willing to love your enemy? John said, “If you say you love God and hate your brother, you’re a liar.” Then people start accusing you of “wanting the church to just ‘run wild’ with sin.” Because I say the law cannot save you, does this mean I’m saying you can do what you want? What do you want to do? Is it harmful to your fellow humans? That’s not love. If it’s not in faith, it’s sin.

The concept of licentiousness is a concern within the church also. When God came before Moses He made this declaration, “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation." (Exodus 34:6 and 7. NIV) We are saved by grace through faith.

Do we have faith? Really? Do we?

I can’t see your heart. You can’t see mine. We struggle and we stumble and sometimes we fall. But faith knows that God has not abandoned us. Faith doesn’t dwell on it and neither does faith point the finger and condemn, for that is too easy to do. I know. It’s too easy to look down our noses at those whom we deem as “sinners” and say to God, “I thank you Father that I’m not like that person.” When Jesus told the parable, He said the Pharisee prayed “thus with himself.” We think ourselves good because we are not like “that person.” Do you really think that God is impressed with our “I’m good because I’m not that bad” defense? Rahab, by faith, hid the Israelite spies. Her actions were in faith and her family was saved.

The New Testament does condemn those who “practice” sin or make it a habit and don’t have a problem with it. All of us are guilty of being tempted. Some of the time we may fall.

"You shall not take (to accept, extol, put on) the name of the LORD your God in vain (empty, void), for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” Exodus 20:7

Jesus said to his disciples “"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.” Matt 7:21. There are so many people that use Jesus’ name as some sort of magic incantation. I sometimes wonder if that is what God was talking about “taking His name in vain.” There’s the story about the guy who tried to use “in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches” against an evil spirit, but then got his butt kicked.

Life seems to have pendulums. We go this way, we go that way. We argue with each other because we want to be ‘right.’ “My side is correct and if you don’t agree with us, then you are just evil.” The rock group Extreme have an album (CD for you literalists out there) called Three Sides to Every Story. What are those 3 sides? Your, mine and the Truth. Like the elephant descriptions, each description was true, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

There are those who don’t like the book of James because there are those who use it as a tool to push the “faith PLUS works” doctrine. But James is trying to make a point. He is trying to remind his readers, “You say you have faith? But if you have faith in God, is not God love? So if you have faith in love, doesn’t that mean you will do what you can to help those in need? But what are you doing? You’re playing favorites. You like those with money and give them the best places while pushing back those you don’t think can help your cause. Where’s the love in that?” Love doesn’t play favorites. Love sees a need and does what it can to help. This is the bottom line of what James is trying to get across. He says “If you love, you do well.” James 2:8

Those are all thoughts from my finite mind. My own part of the elephant. I can't know it all. All I do know is that I am saved by faith and not by works, so therefore I can't boast about how good I am. It's not me but Christ who lives in me.

There is so much to know about God. May we loves Him with all our hearts, minds and strength.

Be blessed. Be a blessing.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rocky Bayou in the Morning

This is Rocky Bayou north of where I live. Beautiful camping area in Niceville, FL. Yes, that is a real name of a real place.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Scenes from Turkey Creek

Here are a couple of shots from Turkey creek. I'll try to find some other shots. Turkey creek is a great lazy kayaking creek. Just for a day of relaxing and riding down the creek...Here ya go Bud...

Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Love with God's Heart

Who am I, but a man. I am no more special than the bum on the street, nor am I of less importance than the president. Others have more talent than I. Others less. My knowledge is limited to what I have encountered and what I have read.

My faith in Christ guides me in my walk through this life. I could spend years in studying about Christ and still miss Him. I could spend unlimited time under teachers of Christ and still miss Him.

He is the Creator. He is the Way. He is the Truth. He is The Life. He has given us life. We are to live it more abundantly. That has nothing to do with quantities of mammon. This has nothing to do with sizes of domiciles. This has nothing to do with how powerful or fast my mode of transportation.

When we first step into the "fear of the Lord" we come to know and love Him, because we come to know that He first Loves us. When we realize that He gave His life to open the door to a relationship with Him we realize that He has called us to Love. He has not called us to hate those who hate Him. He told us to Love our enemies. He has called us to a life of Love. Not as the world loves, but as He loves. This takes more than our rules and regulations laid out in our earthly institutions or religious clubs. This takes every bit of our lives. It takes emptying self and filling with Jesus' Spirit, the Holy Spirit.

It takes walking out the door of our institutions and touching those who need Him.

It's a big world out there. Love with God's heart.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Becoming One's Own Idol

When the rich young ruler approached Jesus and asked what he needed to do, Jesus said, “you know the law.”

The young guy said, “I’ve done all that.”

Jesus then said, “Sell all you have and come, follow me.”

The rich young guy walked away sad.

Before this conversation takes place, the rich young guy said to Jesus, “Good master.”

Jesus said, “There is none good, but God.” Which therefore begs the question, “Do you believe that Jesus is God?” The young ruler didn’t believe. What is the first commandment? “I Am the Lord God, you shall have no other gods before me.”

So many of us think that because we “don’t drink, don’t chew, don’t date those that do” we are right before God. But we don’t let go of our egos, or money, or self-righteousness, bitterness, anger, addictions, un-forgiveness or whatever. We claim it’s a part of who we are. We constantly walk away from Jesus claiming we believe in Him, yet, we cling to our idols of self. Jesus does not abandon us. We walk off on Him. He will never leave nor forsake us, but so many times we forsake Him.

There are none righteous, no not one. We have all fallen short. Any in the body who claim otherwise are liars. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:18

I like to read. I’ve been reading Dean Koontz’s Intensity for a while now. Sometimes I read fast, other times it may take me a while to get through a book. The main bad guy is extremely evil. The main character is being held captive by him and she’s trying to figure him out. After some time with him she realizes that he’s not a wolf when the moon comes out. He’s just a person. But she realizes his main sin. This is how Dean Koontz describes her understanding.

“His base sins were envy - of beauty, of happiness - and pride, bending the whole world to his view of creation, and these were the greatest sins of all, the same transgressions over which the devil himself, once an archangel, had stumbled and fallen a long way out of Heaven.”

Pride sees the world through its own view and refuses to see things from any other perspective. But, God the Creator of Heaven and Earth, stepped out of Heaven and took on the form of man to see things from our perspective. He loves us that much.

What is it that justifies us? Our church attendance? How ‘good’ we are? Who we associate with? It is Christ that justifies us before God. But how many of us truly understand that? We believe that our standing with God is based on our performance. Our pride stands in the way of Faith. Because we think that what we do should be taken into account for our salvation. Thus, we make ourselves our own idols.

We do things that we think will improve our standing with God. We don’t associate with “that type of person,” or we don’t “go to those type movies.” “I’m a Christian and I don’t do those things.”

So much of who we are has nothing to do with our lives in Christ. The idea of submission in the body of Christ has been lost because of the abuse of power within the body of believers. Men have behaved like rulers, yet refuse to give themselves as Christ gave himself for the church. Women in the body have been treated badly by leadership if they didn’t ‘submit’ to their husbands.

Marriages have ended because of the demands of submission. No demand should be made of someone that you are not willing to submit to.

How much better the world would be if each of us would put our faith in Christ and let Him live through us. In the Way, let Him love through us. As John the Baptist said, He must increase and I must decrease. To put one’s faith in Christ is to put one’s faith in God. If God is Love, then we must put our faith in Love. Love is not idle.

Jesus said to love God, then love each other. Then He loved us first. He loved us unto death.

Love is a risk. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. God gave us Jesus. God gave us Love. Man took Him, lied about Him, spat on Him, beat Him, mocked Him then nailed Him to a cross, because man thought that he knew better than God. This is what we do to Jesus every time we refuse to love those around us for whatever reason. For those reasons we have become our own idols.

Kenny Loggins and The Doobie Bros 6-27-10 Free Concert

Kenny Loggins and the Doobie Bros performed on Okaloosa Island June 27, 2010 to help promote tourism during the oil spill. Both bands did great sets.

And the concert was free. Kenny Loggins performed first. The Doobies played last.

Great fun was had by all.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Don't Be Surprised

“Don’t be surprised when they hate you,” Jesus told his disciples.

Who hated Jesus the most? Those who were in positions of religious power were the most hateful. The government establishment was indifferent. They were more concerned with keeping the peace, and if that meant allowing the religious crowd to kill off some rebel rouser then so be it. Those in control cannot be bothered by Love. Love has no place in the halls of power, whether it is in the halls of religious power or political power.

The religious leaders in Jesus day were self-righteous in their own eyes, but they sought to have Jesus executed using lies. They were so “righteous” that they wouldn’t enter Pilate’s house in order to not defile themselves because of the Passover, but they were willing to lie and bribe in order to have an innocent man executed to save their power. (John 18:28)

Jesus is the King of kings, but it has nothing to do with political power. Jesus once said they knew “the letter of the law, but didn’t know the Spirit behind the law.”

Why did the religious leaders despise Jesus? Jesus was taking away their power over the people. They were losing their control. When they lost control, the political authorities would come down on them, or their positions of authority would be questioned. When it finally came down to it, the religious leaders and their minions declared, “We have no king but Caesar.” Hmm. (John 19:15)

I heard a Jewish story once about after the Jewish people finished crossing over the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s troops were drowned, the Jewish refugees were cheering and dancing over the troop deaths. God looked down on His people and scolded them. He told them, “Don’t be cheering and dancing over their deaths. Don’t you realize I love them too?” (Proverbs 24:17 “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles”)

Some people look at ‘being hated for Christ’ as a badge of honor. I believe Jesus mourns over everyone who dies without Him. His heart breaks for all who hate Him. He wasn’t telling us that we should be proud of being hated for His name sake; He was letting us know not to be surprised. Because, sometimes people who don’t take sides are simply trying to love each side of an argument are usually hated by both sides because they don’t take a side.

But, these people who are quote, unquote hated for Christ, are they really ‘hated for Christ’s sake,” or are they just hated because they are jerks? Are these same people willing to go the extra mile for those who are the least of these or do they feel justified claiming that “they got what they deserved?” Are we willing to love those who laugh at us, or are we content to just claim martyrdom?

We need to ask ourselves are we trying to love people for Christ whether they like us or not, or are we just wanting to win an argument because it makes us feel superior? Are we being hated because we simply want to love people and try to share Christ or because we are arrogant and self-righteous?

Jesus was hated by the religious community because he was “a friend of sinners and publicans.” I hope I can be hated for the same reasons.