- I am before anything, a Christ follower and try to live my life accordingly. I believe that Jesus is the only way to God. I also believe that to love God, you are to love others in His name placing their needs above your desires. I also run a [very] small web design business, ZTech Digital, which I started in March of 2003. Currently I have over 10 years of web design experience. I live in Davenport, with my wife, Kelly. I help her in her endeavor to write and publish her novels as she is quite talented at the story telling process. I am also a daddy of a beautiful baby boy! I love him more than my own life and can not wait to start sharing the simple wonders this world has to offer such as camping, beef jerky, A&W root beer floats, trains and so much more! My hobbies include photography, drawing, deep conversations and computer repair.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.We really are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, and it shouldn't surprise us when it is made evident in our lives. However I seem to be taken aback by it almost every time! I have a sneaking suspicion that many of you do too. I was at Panera today working, and another business man I met there showed up. We exchanged our pleasantries before going back to our workflow. He had to go a couple of hours later, but he told me that he keeps my business card in his pocket New Testament and that he's praying for my business. I had no idea the guy was a Christian!~Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)
It makes me realize just how my attitude and the way I conduct myself has an impact on others, believers or not, for good or bad. The writer of Hebrews knows that sometimes though, we just don't have it in us to continue acting gracious. I don't know about you, but when things are getting hot, I have a hard time wanting to try to keep composed. I usually wanna fly off the handle at someone! But the author of this book reminds us to "run with perseverance the race marked out for us." In other words, keep working toward the goal of the life given to us, even though it will get hard!
BUT HOW?!? He answers that too! By "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." You may be thinking something like "Well, that's all very nice an churchy, but really, HOW?" Well, we humans often find inspiration from other people's triumph, their success stories, the stories of the guy who set out to do the impossible with all the odds stacked against him and won anyhow! Some of you may be thinking of the old movie Rudy, or more recently The Blind Side. Well that is what Jesus' story is supposed to be for us!
Seriously, think about it: A guy whose goal in life is to live a perfect life so he can die in the place of mankind, taking on their punishment for rebelling against God so that they might have a second chance to be with God for eternity. And here's the real kicker, he's supposed to raise himself from the dead to conquer death once and for all? How... IMPOSSIBLE does that sound? Yet, historical documents both Biblical and secular from that time period state this to be true. The story of Jesus life, death and resurrection is supposed to be the most inspiring story of all! And we are supposed to look to His facing the shame of the cross and scorning that shame to reach His life's goal, and being seated at the right hand of God!
So, the next time I am feeling like life is just getting too hard for me to handle, I'm going to ask myself, 'does this compare to what Jesus went through for me?' Because people are watching, and there are those who know I profess Christ, even though I don't know them or that they are there. How about you?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Many people have many different opinions about the Bible, some positive and many negative. I think one of the many issues people have with the Bible (other than misinformation) is that it is intended to act as a mirror into our own souls. It shows us God’s love toward us and then asks us to love Him back and love each other as we love ourselves. This can be a scary thing for those of us who don’t live like that and calls us into conviction.
A lot of people have turned this into a bad thing, thinking defensively “I’m fine and don’t need something or someone to tell me how to live my life.” Then when things get so screwed up in our lives, we scratch our heads and wonder why our lives are going to Hell. Here’s one of the big problems:
We as flawed people tend to pass any blame or responsibility directed at ourselves onto someone else. We see this with the story of Adam and Eve, in our friends lives, in our daily lives, and even in ourselves. We hear a good piece of advice or a convicting piece of scripture, and automatically seem to think about how someone else should apply it to their life and never think twice about how it could impact our own life. Any advice, accusation or scripture we find of importance, we should think of how it should be applied to our own lives first.
In any relationship (work, family, friends, marriage, etc…) this can get us into trouble too. It seems that a lot of the time, we get caught up in trivial arguments because someone makes an accusatory statement about us and we get defensive and retaliates back at them with another accusatory statement. This tends to go back and forth until both are hurt by what was said and no good comes out of it.
Instead of trying to shift the blame off of ourselves, we should be willing to own up to the statement if it has a basis in reality. “You never,” You always,” Why can’t you…” These kinds of statements, though inflammatory, typically have some basis in reality.
“You never …” or “You always …” These are unlikely to be true as there are most certainly times that “you” have done whatever, but maybe it’s not as often as you should. Own that. Make a mental note of that. Make a conscious effort to change that. Try LISTENING to what that person has to say to you and use that as a guide as to how you can act better toward them!
Let’s not ask how people in our lives can act better toward us, but rather,
Lets ask ourselves how we can act better toward the people in our lives.
Don’t get mad, impatient or upset with the people in your life when they tell you these sorts of things. Listen to what they have to say WITHOUT interrupting them or trying to be right. Think about what is being said, and don’t think of what they can do to make it better, but rather think of what you can do to make that issue better.
The Bible has many great lessons to learn, but they mean nothing if you do not apply them to your life. As we go forward with these lessons, think of how you can embrace them and incorporate them into the way you live and think.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Several years ago, I finally realized that there is something wrong with the church as an organism. What I was seeing in the church was not quite matching up with what the Bible tells us. Don't be confused by what I am saying... I firmly believe that Jesus is the Christ, that He is fully God and fully man, and that He was sent by God to live, die and be raised for the atonement of our sins and that ONLY through Jesus can we be saved from eternal separation from God (i.e. death)... I whole heartedly believe in the BIBLE and that Scripture and the Holy Spirit, who lives in us, can help interpret Scripture, and it is by Scripture that we should live.
I have since found many problems with the church, mainly that they have moved away from God and toward rituals, customs and religion. The arrival of Jesus means that we have the ability to KNOW God! This means that we can learn to walk with God!!! One on one, NO intercessor other than Christ Himself! However, the church, by-in-large, do not help us or teach us to walk with God. Instead, they focus on expanding numbers by any means necessary for the purpose of increasing their financial bottom line amongst other things. Now there are churches here and there that are dedicated to finding the Truths that lay within the Bible and learn to walk with God, but sadly they are few and far between.
The purpose of this site is to help teach the truth according to the Bible, and point out the errors in the church and how we can return to the path God intended. Please read this with an open mind and heart, but please scrutinize what is said here by going through the Scripture for your self! That is how we have gotten so far off the path; people just accepting what a teacher has to say at face value, without validating it with Scripture for themselves. I sincerely hope and pray that you will be blessed by this site, and challenged by it's contents. It will be hard, but please follow through!