Change

The new schedule has been taking me some time to get used to, and my blogging has fallen off for the last two weeks.  Getting everything situation and back to a somewhat orderly routine has been proving difficult to say the least.  My off time has increased, and that is a good thing in my opinion, because it lets me reconnect to people that I consider worth more to me than they will ever know.  At the same time I hae found myself trying to do all the things I wasn’t able to do before in that brief amount of off-time, and in so doing I end up not doing as much.  I hope that those of you still reading this will bear with me while I re-adjust.  Life is about change and growth.  We must learn to adapt or lose sight of ourselves.  Hopefully I will settle on a new method of posting that I can adhere to with a little more continuity soon.

Pet Cemetary?

Some friends discussing animals in Heaven, so I thought I would repost this.

Heavy Metal Cowboy

Jesus never spoke on animals having souls.  He never says anything about whether or not animals go to Heaven, and this concerns some people.  I used to believe that animals didn’t have souls, but I may have found an alternative theory that I just recently thought about.  I have no Biblical passages to back up the theory, but I don’t know of any Biblical Truths that it would violate either.  I believe that there are BOTH animals with and without souls.  Here is my theory.  When a person takes an animal into their homes, they in effect begin to invest in that animal.  Be it from birth or later on in life.  The longer that animals stay with that particular person, the more that person invest a part of themselves in that animal.  But WHAT exactly are you investing into those animals?  Is it time? Love?  Regardless of what it…

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Sheep and Goats

Sorry about the late blog.  I have a new schedule at work and everything I used to do at a certain time has changed to accommodate.  This may affect how and when I post until I get it ironed out.  Hope you all understand.

I gained a little more insight into the scripture this past Sunday as Brother Keith Franks brought the message.  This week it was on the differences between goats and sheep, and how in the End of Days God shall separate the goats from the sheep.

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Matthew 25(KJV)

I had always thought of the verse to mean that the saved people were the sheep and those lost souls who did not accept Christ as their Savior was the goats.  The Pastor (Keith Franks) brought a little deeper insight, though.  The goats and the sheep were all part of the same being.  Most people do not realize or do not accept that a human being is two parts; a physical being and a spiritual one.  These two parts are always at war within us.  The Pastor brought it to my mind that even though we are saved, we still fight that battle.  The sheep represented the spiritual being and the goats the physical.  When the judgement has come, he will separate the sheep from the goats.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Matthew 25(KJV)

Thus our physical forms will be separated from our spiritual ones.  No more warring within ourselves! I have read that verse hundreds of times and never saw that.   I don’t think I will look at those two anmals quite the same way ever again.

That Offends Me

As we gear up for the coming week let’s not forget what the season is truly about  We live in an age where it is becoming a popular trend to be offended by something  Even if it is something as simple as someone wishing us a Merry Christmas and even worse we are teaching it to our children.  As we move on through this fallen world,, we must take everything by a case by case basis.  It is the only way I have found that keeps me sane (yes I am sane Did we fool’em? I think so.  Shhhh! You’ll give us away).  If someone wishes you a Merry Christmas, thank them and go on. They thought enough about you to wish you happiness during the holidays.  It doesn’t matter if you believe or not.  If someone says Happy Hanukkah I am glad that they thought enough of the well-being of their fellow man to send good thoughts my way.  I wish everyone believed, but some will not see and I have to be content with doing what I can to reflect the light of Christ.  So now I wish you all a “Merry Christmas!”  If sending hopes of a joyous holiday offends you…trust me, you’ll be okay.  I don’t believe I have ever heard of anyone dying from hurt feelings.

Get Out!

We all know the story of how Peter walked on water with Jesus (Matt 14:22-31).  This particular story has been on my mind the last couple of days.  I thought about Peter and how much faith it took for him to step out of that boat onto those surging waves.  I thought about what made him doubt.  What made him take his eyes off of Jesus, and focus back on the waves around him?  What made him doubt?  Was it the waves lapping up on his legs?  The spray of the sea on the wind?  What?  Then my mind leapt (as it is wont to do on occasion) to the men standing on the deck of that ship he left behind.  What were they thinking?  Did one of them say “He looked away! Look! Peter looked away from Jesus, now he is sinking!”  As I thought about those men I placed myself there on that deck.  I could see Peter step out, and I watched him cross the boisterous sea.  I knew the exact moment when he failed.  I saw the moment he took his eyes off of Christ and I knew his doubts as he started to sink.  You see; it’s really easy to see the whole picture when you are not there among the waves.  It’s easy to watch, when you’re not in the midst of the action, and to say “There! That is where he made his mistake!” We must refrain from doing that, though.  We mustn’t persecute someone for their mistakes while we sit safely to the side without anything on the line.  It was when I thought back through the story and realized I had pointed the accusing finger (“There! That is where he made his mistake!”), that I had to stop and tell myself to shut up.  Who was I to criticize?  After all at least Peter got out of the boat.

You CAN’T

I have learned through my 44 years in this world to treat everyone as if they can teach you something.  It doesn’t matter how much ‘book learning’ they have, or how much intelligence they utilize.  What matters is the fact that they are viewing things from a perspective that you CAN’T, because you are not them, and can never be them.  Watch them, listen to them, and you may be surprised to find that you have learned something.   Then use that knowledge to better the lives of yourself and those around you.  My blog is late today, because I have been a little under the weather, and had a little trouble getting all I needed to done in the amount of time that I had.  I put it off until the last minute and found I hadn’t thought of a topic.  Then I read my friend Kathryn Lang’s blog on ‘Expectations’.  (Check it out at the link below, it5 is worth the read!)

http://www.kathrynlang.com/7-tips-go-meh-wow-empowerment-expectations