Thursday, September 13, 2012

GIVING GRACE...

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me...
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see."

Grace... We could all use some from time to time. I don't mean the prayer before a meal, I mean the kindness and genuine forgiveness that we ask for when we wrong someone, break a promise, experience general failure.

A few months ago, I promised my daughter I'd ALWAYS wear a helmet when I ride my motorcycle. I've done my best to keep this promise, but this week I dropped my helmet and it was scarred so badly that it required painting. I dropped it off at the paint shop and figured I could easily drive my car until it's finished.

Because I Love the freedom of riding over the constraints of a car, I decided to ask my daughter to "extend me some grace" and allow me to ride without a helmet for a few days.
I asked her if she knew what "giving grace" really meant. She didn't (I mean, she's 9). I explained to her that it's like a temporary exemption from my promise, but more importantly it means (in a spiritual sense):

"unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification, a virtue coming from God, or a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace."

I was happy that at such a young age, she grasped the concept of "giving grace" in a Godly sense. All she has to do is ask the Lord to give her some grace when she stumbles, and he will abide.

"But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it." Ephesians 4:7 (NIV)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ACCEPTING THE GIFT...

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

Today I took a huge step in my walk with God. Over the past few months, I've leaned heavily on my faith in Christ Jesus to get me through some challenging times. I've been so blessed to be surrounded by Mighty Men and Women of God, to look toward for spiritual advice, mentoring and so forth. I've learned so much about myself and grew closer to God. I must say, I should have sought the Father sooner!

Earlier this year I was Water Baptized. Today I was Baptized in the Holy Spirit. I cannot express in words how freeing it is! I know it's not a cure-all for life's struggles, but I can honestly say that I am no longer shackled to my earthly sin life. Sure, we all stumble and inevitably I will also. But knowing BEYOND DOUBT that I have truly been saved!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 (NIV)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

MENDING FENCES...

PHILIPPIANS 4:21:

"21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings."

This morning I met with a very dear friend, David Daniels... You might know him as Davey D from FM100. I haven't spoken to Davey (with the exception of an obligatory "Hey, how you doing") in at least 10 years. During that ten or so years, I had said some things that may have hurt his feelings on a personal and professional level (sincerely never meaning to make it a personal attack of any kind), and so I seized the opportunity to reach out and apologize for my actions and speech. 

After apologizing for my rudeness, we sat and caught up with each other, talking about what's been happening in our lives and about our walk with Christ, and how the Love of the Lord has touched our lives and that of our families. It was nice that after so long, we had been able to set aside our differences and shared the wonders of our growing knowledge of the Bible, how being involved with church functions and small groups has strengthened our belief and walk with the Lord, and how our personal AND professional lives have been changed and renewed in the glory of Christ Jesus. He shared his experience(s) with me as I did with him. It was a great meeting...

The time seemed to pass very quickly, and as soon as I knew it he had to leave to spend time with his family. Because accountability plays a major role in the life of a Christian man, I asked if he would be my accountability partner. To my surprise he agreed! I look forward to meeting up with him more often and sharing the wondrous work of Christ in our lives, and our families lives.

PHILIPPIANS 1:27-28:

"27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God."

PRAISE!!!  GH

Monday, July 16, 2012

WARRIOR UP!

1 PETER 5:8-9

"8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are."

We all have our challenges. It's easy to feel like our issues are unique in and of themselves, but if you really think about it there are other brothers and sisters who may be dealing with similar issues as you are. When you are in a spiritual battle, it's imperative that you simply say, in a whisper, "Jesus, help me with this." Turning your attention from your troubles and focusing your sight on the Lord's greatness will make your burdens seem lighter. It's also helpful when you see your brethren or sistren in Christ going through challenging times, say a prayer for them and gently remind them of Christ's Love. Our Heavenly Father Loves us, and wants us to stand together as a community against the enemy. Stand firm, brothers and sisters!

JOHN 3:16

16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."

Blessings, GH

Monday, July 2, 2012

SEEING HIS BEAUTY...

The Lord has a way of reminding us that he is here with us, caring for all of us. In his desire to Love us, he shows us in the way a parent shows unconditional Love for their children... Here are a few reminders:



A beautiful rainbow reminds us of the colors of his undying, unconditional Love...
 

A beautiful, breathtaking sunrise...

JOHN 3:16:

16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

The next time you see one of these beautiful gifts from God, take time to say a quiet thank you... GH

Thursday, June 28, 2012

KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE...

ACTS 13:49

"And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region."

In a spiritual way, I'm proud of this blog. It was my hope that other people seeking the Love of Christ would see this and realize that they are not alone, that there are others in the world who are diligently seeking Christ and living a lifestyle that is pleasing to God and Glorifying his presence.

If you've been following this forum, you'll know that I am in secular broadcasting. Although on a personal note I'd rather be doing the type of radio that is pleasing to God, it is apparent that it's his desire that I stay entrenched in my job and conduct myself in a manner that still pleases him and respects others.

I've been posting a link to this blog on my radio station web page since I began. Yesterday I got called in to my supervisors office and he told me that "corporate" feels that I should use my station web page as a forum for more secular subject matter, and really get to "know my audience and what they expect from me". I agree to a certain extent with that sentiment, but I would be dishonest if I said it didn't affect me. In this day and age society needs MORE GOD, not less. After praying on it the decision is that I will maintain this blog, journaling my thoughts and insights, and spreading the word of the Lord. I should also point out that my supervisor is a beleiver and thinks this blog is good, but there are corporate rules that he has to honor and has to ensure that his subordinants do the same. He had a hard time telling me I'm sure.

In any case, the entire situation has made me firmer in my walk. I will continue to spread the word of God's glory and the saving of lives through Christ...

MATTHEW 4:19

 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Blessings...  GH

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

TEACH THEM WELL...

"Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them." Proverbs 13:24 (NLT)

Have you ever seen kids act with total disrespect for authority? It's disheartening to say the least. It makes you wonder "What kind of life lessons are their parents teaching them?" Recently, a bus load of children bullied an older bus attendant and it was caught on video. When I saw this, it really saddened me because it's a testament to the state of society today. It made me wonder what kind of values (as a whole) we're instilling in our youth. Personally, I think it's time we teach our children to be kind and respectful. Often times we are too busy to oversee their interpersonal relationships, monitor their whereabouts, and teach them that in life there are choices and consequences. Right choices (right living) brings reward and satisfaction, wrong choices bring turmoil. Simply put: know right from wrong, and always (to quote Spike Lee) "DO THE RIGHT THING"...

Be Blessed!

GH