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February 22, 2018

What must I do to be Saved?

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved… from Acts 16:31

I don’t want to add much more to this post outside of knowing that I want and love to share Jesus & my faith with everyone! This scripture from Acts alone is enough without me adding 1 iota of my personal points to it. So with that, you ask How do I get Saved? Believe in the Lord Jesus.

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John are where you can read all about Jesus’ life and ministry here on earth. Get started reading those books.

1 Corinthians 15 also is a great chapter to help you understand what the Gospel/Good News of Jesus is. Read that also!

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February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday

This day, always a Wednesday, begins the Pentecost period for the Church. 50 days until Resurrection Sunday. Ironically, this Lenten season begins & ends on another holiday, Valentine’s Day in the USA. It also, funny enough, ends on Sunday, April 1st, April Fool’s Day.

This period of the Christian year is also considered the birth of the Church. The Holy Spirit era of the Church, where in Acts 2(Acts of the Apostles), the Holy Spirit descends upon them in the Upper Room. This is also predicted by Jesus himself, in John 16:7,13.

It’s imperative that we as believers, not only know the Bible, but understand Church history. What does the bible say and why it says it.  Where to go in the bible to get the correct information. We are to be prepared to give an account for the Hope that is in us as 1 Peter 3:15 states. If we are ignorant to what these beautiful Christian holidays are, so will we be left without a true witness for Christ when non-believers ask us why these holidays are in place.

I think this is a very non-intrusive way to share the Gospel with a world in desperate need of a savior. Annual holidays that are Christian based. Share the history, know your history, give others the gospel!

1 Corinthians 15, is the best way to share the Gospel(good news of Jesus) to this dying world. Read it, know it, share it, & burn it upon your heart and mind. This is your GO TO chapter!

Blessings!

January 9, 2018

I dreamt of Jesus

For the first time ever, I had a dream last night and in it was Jesus. He visited me in my dreams. I knew it was him because I bowed before him and kissed his feet. He never said anything to me the whole time. Just sat with me and comforted me. He was in the physical form of a man, as he was 2000 years ago. I felt his love through my body and spirit. His presence was awing and comforting.

I’m not sure the gift of him visiting me in my dreams was, but am sure grateful to have had that experience. It was completely real, albeit a dream. I told my wife about it first thing when I awoke. We both smiled and thought of how cool it was to have experienced that.

Have you ever had Jesus visit you in a dream? Share your experience below.

Blessings!

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January 2, 2018

2018 – let’s get it started!

new-year-1Thinking about a word for 2018 to focus and give self motivation. I try to do this annually and will make it another year. Gratefulness and JesusFocused made my final list. Both give me inspiration. Both give me meaning and desire to do good for family and for neighbor as Jesus taught us(Matthew 22:37-40)

So for now, I’m happy to be back blogging and working to do more this year here and try to bless those around me, as well as you who read this.

I pray for prosperity spiritually for you and your family and remember that God loves us more than we can ever imagine. Remind yourself of this daily. Keep on fighting the good fight and know God has your back. You just stay Jesusfocused and don’t veer to the right or left but down that narrow road despite what the devil tries to throw at you, because you know he will.

December 14, 2017

2017

First off, I would like to apologize for not writing more on here in the past year. 2017 has been a very busy year for me and my family. I do however want to reiterate that I post daily on my Twitter handle @sammm1777  Please follow me there.

I also want to rededicate my writings on this blog since they have been a great spiritual and creative way for me to reflect on my life(past, present & future).

With that, I always want to give God the Glory for all he has done for me this year, as always and every year. That ultimately is the point of our lives…to give him the glory for everything and in everything, regardless.

Living in Houston, Texas has been a challenge in itself as we have experienced devastation in Hurricane Harvey this year. Thank you Lord that we were mostly spared. We had some roof leaking and still need to get that fixed, but no flooding in our home. I know that now still, many are rebuilding their lives and homes from that Hurricane on August 28th. I still pray for them.

December-It snowed here, keeping on that weather track. I couldn’t believe it! Like a lot of snow, like the whole ground and trees and roofs and everything were totally covered in snow! It was beautiful. We took the kids out early around 7am and had snow ball fights and made snowmen. It was glorious!

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My wife and I also took a wonderful trip to Italy and Ireland. Both beautiful countries in their own right and we admired every minute of it.

We also enjoyed the Grand Canyon in a quick, fast and fun impromptu trip.

We hosted SB LI in Houston as well and I got to enjoy the NFL experience here back in February

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Great Bible Study and Church time as well, thank you Grace Bible Church!

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Can’t forget my Astros winning it all in the World Series against the Dodgers. This was my perfect WS match-up as both my favorite teams met in the fall classic!

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My brother-in-law got married (Grant & Amber) in July and we went out to Albuquerque, NM for their wedding. I got my marriage license certificate to marry them. What a blessing it was and how glorious of a wedding it was. Praise God.

Finally got to see Metallica in concert as well and that was very cool! 30 yrs in the making for that!!

My kids both turned 5 and 2 respectively and I love them so much.

My wife and I celebrated 6 years of marriage and what a true blessing she has been to me and my life. Thank God for her everyday & for choosing the right woman to marry.

Thank you 2017, it has been a real great one. Now let’s celebrate this Christmas season basking in God’s beauty and thankful to him for saving us all through his son Jesus Christ!

Blessings!!

October 26, 2016

Millennials

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This morning’s newspaper quoted a staggering statistic on millennials. 22% of Millennials make up America’s population, but only 10% believe in Jesus.  What does that say about our future and our current state of society?

What it boldly points out to me is that we are failing to share the Gospel in the world and we are not practicing what we preach to our youth.  Sharing the gospel takes boldness and a desire to get a message of Love out to society that is dying. Dying to know Jesus, but unknowingly. Dying physically. Dying for something different and profound. That is who Jesus is. The anti-mundane. The Way, The Truth and the Life.  The anti-establishment. The ‘against the grain‘ guy who turned the 1st Century upside down!  The man who said “If someone slaps you on the cheek, turn the other,” and “The first shall be last and the last, first” and “Love your enemies and pray for them.”  Who says that in society today? Who makes these statements? No one! Society says just the opposite! Get what’s yours, fight back and hate them who hate you.  Not Jesus.

In order for Christ to be real to others, you must shine that light of His to other people. That includes your family and friends. They are your first point of contact and should be the people you reach out to with the Gospel and practicing what you preach. Hypocrites are everywhere and the Church and body aren’t any different. I always say, that’s why I need Jesus. This is true, however, you must show love in a way that you have been shown that love from your creator.  Love transcends everything.  In order to reach – we must Love first & foremost as Jesus did.

Our approach must be different. The way we have approached society for too long must change. Hell-fire and brimstone have their place, but there isn’t a place for that in evangelism.  There is plenty of time for folks to learn about that in their discipleship walk with the Lord. That won’t get them in the door and get them to realize there is a God so big that He gave his only Son to die for all our sins.

Share your personal testimony, that’s what I do. No one can dispute what your story is and how Christ came into your life and change YOU.  This makes Jesus real to those around you and to whom you are sharing Christ with.  Be genuine and don’t act like you are better than anyone.

We are all broken vessels(realized or not) that need a Savior and that is Jesus. Don’t try to be the savior. Just pray and ask God to make your testimony real to those whom you share it with and keep praying afterwards for those whom he has laid on your heart to pray for.

Let’s get the Gospel out to those millennials and everyone else whom we come in contact.

Blessings.

 

 

 

August 24, 2016

Good News

I wanted to encourage you in your walk today. Regardless if things are going great or you are struggling, know that God is there with you.  For me, I was totally encouraged by this paragraph below that I read from a devo today that just gave me such a smile and Joy in my spirit that I had to share it.

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What I want to do First is read this book A Cloud of Witnesses. Second thing I want to do is sing praises to God knowing that He is always right by my side in the good and the bad…ALL the time!

For us as Christians, I think it gets hard some times when you can’t see God physically or as the paragraph above notes “in life’s darkest hours” we don’t think he’s there.  But as scripture and our forefathers that have gone before us know, we need to trust on God’s promises for our lives and not solely on our experiences.

I won’t give pass to our experiences and how important those are in our daily walk with Christ. However, if you are relying solely on them or even feelings, well that’s a whole other problem that we must overcome as believers and furthermore trust God’s revealed Word in the Bible over them.

With that I want to encourage you to keep reading God’s word and what he says to us as believers. Know that we do have such a great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us that have paved the way for us to be here in such a time as this.

Glory be to God.

Amen.

June 21, 2016

Benediction

This Benediction has blessed me sincerely and I think about it often through the week. My Pastor states it at the end of every service and it comes from scripture(which is best!).

I wanted to define this term first for you out there who are not familiar. There were 5 total, but these 2 below suit best.

Benediction:

noun
1.

an utterance of good wishes.
2.

the form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service.
The scripture comes from the book of Jude which only has one chapter. Verses 24-25:
24 Now to the one who is able to keep you from falling, and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, without blemish before his glorious presence, 25 to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.
Now isn’t that beautiful!  It fills me up with a Christ like love every time I hear it. May it be a true blessing to you as well as you ponder and meditate on these glorious words.
Blessings!
May 10, 2016

Unemployment

The title of this post is Unemployment. I wanted to write this post because my wife has been unemployed for almost 15 months as of today. Granted she gave birth soon after being laid-off, but still puts her at around 12 months of seriously looking for a job for employment.

What bothers me most and the importance of why I’m writing this post is that the economists keep saying that the Unemployment rate in the great USA is at 5% and steady. Well I say horse manure!  My wife got only 6 months of Unemployment checks(that we had to pay taxes on) and that was it. No more support from our Government. No more checks. No more nothing after that. On our own.  No Bailout.

This doesn’t sit right with me. Mostly because that 5% number is a HUGE LIE!  That number represents something that is obscure, not the TRUE state of our country’s Unemployment rate. What happens is once there are no more claims for Unemployment from an individual, then your “off the books.” They don’t consider you Unemployed anymore…even though you are!

Also, this whole “We added 200k jobs this month” crap.  What is that?  What kind of jobs are these “jobs” people are getting??  I guarantee these jobs aren’t the White collar kind. Probably the minimum wage kind mostly, but not the 6 figure kind, the dream job kind, the support your family Middle-Class kind.  There are more lay-offs happening than I’ve seen in my 20 years employed.  Granted my wife and I both work in the Oil & Gas Industry and times are hard for the past couple years for sure. This report of adding jobs is not specific and is thrown around like some great heavy boulder of truth, when actually it is completely misleading and in my book a lie.

The REAL Unemployment rate is somewhere above 12.6% per this article. I say ‘above’ because I believe there are more Unemployed today(2016) than there were in 2014. Also staggering is that the Unemployment rate is at one of the highest rates in the History of its recording Today!

Come on American Government, STOP LYING TO US AND PADDING SOME PATHETIC NUMBERS TO MAKE THIS WHITE HOUSE LOOK ‘GOOD’!!!  We are being lied to by so many that we can’t even tell what the TRUTH is anymore. Let’s fix this LIE and what these REAL numbers are for one & give the truth so we can at least look at ourselves in the mirror and be happy at what we see is looking back at us.

I’m praying for my wife to find a job and pray that those of you who are looking jobs find one as well. Not a job to pass the time, but a real job that is worth while and fulfilling.

* Full disclosure, my wife has been applying for 10-20 jobs a week for almost a year and has had 2 phone interviews only. Also, she is a Mechanical Engineer, degreed.

 

May 3, 2016

Super Chapters of The Bible – NT

I am continuing my post on Super Chapters of The Bible New Testament here. My previous post was on the OT. I figured the Bible was big enough that it deserved to have both Old and New Testaments separated into two posts. I feel like the OT will be harder than the NT because I am more familiar with the NT, however that might not be a good thing since there are so many verses in different chapters that I really like in the NT that could make it harder. We shall see and I’m excited to dive into this. Hope you enjoy it!(Closing entry here, the NT was much harder for me to pick chapters and verses, just because I have studied it more than the OT. Loved loved doing this)

Matthew 6. So many good chapters in this book. Verse 33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  One of my favorite verses of all time. Makes me think about the poignant verses throughout the Bible that have this same theme. Seek GOD first!

Mark 12. Greatest Commandment, Widow’s Offering and much more. Verse 31 “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g]There is no commandment greater than these.”

Luke 16. Verse 13 “You cannot serve both God and money.” Among a ton (including the Lazarus account) of powerful verses, this one is one of the best in this chapter. Notable Chapter goes to Chapter 24 regarding the Walk to Emmaus.

John 15. Verse 5″He who abides in me will bear much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”  and Verse 17 “Love each other.”  Notable entry for this book of John is Chapter 1,8 & 14.

Acts 4. The beginning of the Church and the spreading of the Gospel(The Good News) to the world fills this Book of Acts. Also aka how to pray-AdorationConfessionThanksgivingSupplication-Acts delights with Peter and Paul’s missionary journey’s. With so many Chapters to pick from and so many Highlights, it’s hard to pick just one Chapter and verse. I’ll go with this one and highlight others for you. Chapter 4 Verse 12 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”  Notable Chapters 2,5,9,10,22.

Romans 8. The Book of Romans is considered the Mt.Everest of the Bible and Chapter 8 is the pinnacle. Verse 39 “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Just this Chapter alone has many great verses to choose from. Notable mentions to Chapter 1, 3, 5 & 6.

1 Corinthians 13. Known as the LOVE Chapter because so many couples incorporate this chapter in their weddings/vows. Verse 13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

2 Corinthians 5. Verse 17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!”

Galatians 5. Fruits of the Spirit-Verses 22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Ephesians 2. Verses  8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith(in Christ Jesus)—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Our entire Faith rests on these verses. Notable mention to the Full Armor of God in Chapter 6.

Philippians 4. Verse 19″And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”

Colossians 3. Verse 14″And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

1 Thessalonians 5. Verses 16″Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

2 Thessalonians 3. Short book and nothing too powerfully disruptive here, but Verse 5″May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”

1 Timothy 6. Verse 10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

2 Timothy 3. Verse 16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”

Titus 2. Verse 11″For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.”

Philemon 1. Only 1 Chapter here. Verse 4″ I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers”

Hebrews 11. The Hall of Faith as it is know as. By Faith over and over. What’s great to see here is the men that were fallible, all members of the body of believers. Verse 31 “By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.” Not only a prostitute, but also in the line of David unto the birth of Christ. Many more Chapters and Verses that are astounding in this Book.

James 1. Verse 22″Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” In Church we have been studying this book for over 2 years now. I feel very close to it. So many great verses throughout the entire book. Chapter 1 really sets the tone for the entire book and the rest of the chapters kind of follow along and elaborate what was stated in this 1st chapter.

1 Peter 3. Verse 15 “in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”  Notable entry to Chapter 5.

2 Peter 1. Verse 21 “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

1 John 4.  Verse . 18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

2 John 1. Only 1 Chapter. Verse  6 “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”

3 John 1. Another single Chapter.  Verse 11″Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.”

Jude 1. Lonesome but great Chapter and I love this Doxology in Verses 24 “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”

Revelation 3. End times book, with much left to be revealed, Jesus says I am coming soon. Don’t be this guy, Verse  15″ I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Notable entry in Chapter 22, Come Jesus Come.

 

Blessings to you and yours. Sam.