Monday, November 9, 2009

Foolish Galatians

Yes, I know...this title is pretty intense. (I'm not the one who titled it! [Course, it IS the'll see]) Galatians 3: 1-5 is the text we'll be looking at, and; lucky for you, since it's a small passage, We'll look at it on here. Galatians 3:1-5: "O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—" Before we start, i just want to say some things: We don't work hard to stay saved and grow after we are saved by the Gospel, but we are saved AND (Uh-hm) GROW by the GOSPEL. The Truth by which you are saved is the one you should stick to.

I. How Was Christ Preached? Gal. 3:1

Notice that Paul's tone is severe and direct: "O foolish Galatians!" (V. 1) The Galatians are not using Spiritual Discernment in this situation...for another thing, notice that it is Mental LAZINESS, not Mental DEFICIENCY. See, the Galatians are not really steadfast or stable...they pick up false Doctrines quickly. There is something in it for us too: We must REALLY take into mind ALL the possibilities of trouble: Sin in general, falling to False Doctrines, and the list goes on and on. "Who has bewitched you?" (Bewitched is to charm or fascinate someone.) The False teachers are charming the Galatians onto the wrong track. You can probably grab this as well: We must NOT be charmed or fascinated by the things and pleasures of this world.

II. How Did You Receive The Spirit? Gal. 3: 2

In other words: how were you saved? It was by faith in Jesus Christ and that his sacrifice covers our where in the world does "works" come in? The Galatians; like us, have received the Holy Spirit not because they worked to achieve it. Paul gives them the two options that there only are: HUMAN ACCOMPLISHMENT or DIVINE ACCOMPLISHMENT. In other words, works or by faith.

III. Are You So Foolish? Gal. 3:3

Paul DOES know that they are saved. The same way that the Galatians (and US!) received the Holy Spirit IS THE SAME WAY THE HOLY SPIRIT MAKES PROGRESS AND ADVANCES IN THEIR LIVES!

IV. How Are You Being Sanctified? Gal. 3:3

Justification and Sanctification are INSEPARABLE, you can't have one without the other; even though BIBlICALLY you can study them in different verses and books of the bible. Also, you can't smuggle character into Justification. I already touched base with this, but this is important, so I'll say it again: As you receive Christ and the Spirit in Faith, so you walk and grow with them in Faith. It's not WORKS that save you and bring you into heaven. It's the Gospel, and as a result of your faith in the Gospel, YOU WILL DO WORKS BECAUSE IT IS GOD'S COMMAND, AND YOU WILL DO IT WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT'S POWER AND HELP. As a result, you will not EVEN BE ABLE to boast in yourself, BUT ONLY GOD. Yes, I'm emphasizing a lot...which makes it only more important. And even though it may not seem like we deal with works these days, it's important nonetheless: It's not a huge thing, but it can be a self-righteous issue. I can say I'm different and better than anyone else because i'm a servant and i do this and that and this and that. That is, as my science teacher loves to put it: "EL WRONGO!". Yes, my Science teacher is VERY funny.

V. On What Basis Did Jesus Perform His Miracles?

Well, you should already know...BY FAITH. Just think for a moment: Did ANYONE HE HEAL DESERVE TO BE HEALED BECAUSE THEY KEPT ALL OF THE COMMANDMENTS? No, not really. If you remember correctly, and I'm sure you are, Jesus always said, "Because of your faith in me, you are healed." Now, I know he NEVER really put it that way, but it's BASICALLY the same thing. So, were these miracles the result of their merits? I just answered that: NO!!! They had VERY strong Faith that he was the Christ.

Notice that NONE of these questions were fact, the answers are SO OBVIOUS that they are silent. So, what will you trust in? Your Works, or Your Savior's Works? Hm. Well, I keep cutting myself pretty frequently, as indeed I did earlier today. Hm. MOST LIKELY not the DUH! The LATTER IS THE ANSWER! Our hearts AND desires are changed by Faith in the Gospel...that is HOW WE WERE SAVED AND HOW WE GROW.

Friday, October 9, 2009


Sorry that it has been awhile since I've posted anything. If you've seen how "Busy" I've been, maybe you'd understand...oh well, let's delve into the text here: Galatians 1:6-9:"6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. 10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ."
This is the first point we see:

I. Paul's Amazement
v. 6-7.
Paul is astonished that the Galatians are deserting God and the Gospel, and they are turning to a "False" Gospel. I say "False" because; as Paul clearly points out that there is no other Gospel. But we see that to desert God is leaving the Gospel, and if you leave the Gospel, you're leaving God. So, you can't have God without the Gospel, or the Gospel without God. If Jesus is not the only part of the Gospel, or the only way to heaven, He is not even a way. There are not many ways to heaven, but only one: Through Jesus. So, when it comes to the Gospel:
1. No room for error or distortion of the Gospel.
2. All "Other ways" lead to Hell, and not Heaven.
Really, the Gospel is the foundation of True Christianity. Therefore, if you get the Gospel wrong, EVERYTHING is wrong. The Galatians were running to other Gospels because they let people come in and change the Gospel. So, Galatians, the book ITSELF is a warning against Distortion of The Gospel, and against False teachers. There is ONLY ONE GOSPEL: THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, which leads us into our next point:

II. Paul's Anathema
v. 7-9
We almost see another thing immediately: Paul is ANGRY. He points out that when you teach something different then the Gospel (Note: Christ could still be in it, but when you change it too much, just like sin; it will grow and become its total opposite.) you are causing others to fall. He says that if "we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed." He goes on and says almost the same thing in V. 9:As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed." He also says something VERY interesting in V. 10:For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ."
Don't pass that lightly. You can probably tell, but he is REALLY saying this in a poetic way: "If you are trying to please men; it's not possible for you to be a servant of Christ, but if you are trying to please Christ, (And not men, JUST LEAVE THEM COMPLETELY OUT OF THE PICTURE!) you will be doing right, and he will be pleased with and put his delight in you. Sorry, that's all i have time for.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Father's Extravagant Love For The Lost

David Traugott did an excellent job with the message. The text is from Luke 15:1-32.

I. "Lostness" Redefined

Honestly, I'm not even sure that is a real word. In reality, it isn't. So, we see a number of quick items in the first section:
  • The Pre-Requisite for being saved through faith is to actually SEE your neediness.
  • In the first few verses of Luke 15, the Pharisees see themselves as not Sinners, but perfect.

There is DEFINITELY something wrong right there. The Pharisees are complaining about Jesus' EXTRAVAGANT love for sinners. We see that the Pharisees were even complaining BEFORE in Luke 5: 29-32. Read that please. We see in v. 31 and 32 that Jesus is the Great Physician. You wouldn't necessarily like a doctor or physician who only takes the healthy. He would be doing his job wrong. In the same way, Jesus came only for the SINNERS and the IMPERFECT, not for the PERFECT. If someone is healthy; he does not need a physician or a doctor. However, we do see that NO ONE is perfect, even if they say so. Back to our main text now, we see Jesus jump straight into these three parables, which brings us to our second point.

II. The Parables

  • The parable of the lost sheep.
  • The parable of the Lost Coin.
  • Finally, the parable of the Two Lost Sons.

Did you catch the last parable title? In the bible, it's referred to the Prodigal Son. Truly, this is incomplete, and I'll show you why when we come to that. Now, my theory behind the first two parables are this: In BOTH of these parables, the Coin and the Sheep are lost. They can't TRULY think for themselves. In the same way, left to yourselves, my brothers and sisters, we CANNOT save ourselves. So, read on to the parable of the sons. What do these three parables have in Common? They are all LOST. Now, here's where we break the son parable down. The younger brother is known as the Prodigal Son...because he spent all his father's wealth foolishly. He is completely lost. He eventually decides to come home to his father. This is where it get's interesting. Here's the twist: The elder brother. Look at Luke 15: 25-32. We see that the older brother stays outside, and is angry with his brother and father. The ELDER SON is LOST just as much as his brother, but WHY? Well, here's why: Look at his answer to his father. He's using his WORKS to get above his other brother. So, if you use your WORKS to get above everyone else and to get into heaven, you're just as lost as your brother, if NOT MORE. Why did I say more?

Because the bible says that God gives us Grace and Salvation by faith to bring us to him. Can Grace be earned by your Works? Think about that. God's Grace is freely given, so therefore it CANNOT be earned by WORKS. God's love is ALWAYS extravagant towards all, and his love DOES NOT PLAY FAVORITES...EVER. So, are you the elder or younger brother? Honestly, I think I am the Elder Brother. I do often use my works to get over my friends. Friends, right there is Sin. I'm Sinning whenever I do that...I'm also straying from the Lord My God. I am lost, so, what will happen? Jesus came and found me, and saved me. So, no matter how much I sin, God's LOVE IS ALWAYS LARGER. Take note of that.

"If Sin is on your doorstep and you can't deal with it, oh Brothers and Sisters run to Christ Jesus. God ALONE is the Strong Tower for the Homeless and the Weak. It was not for the perfect he came, but for the Imperfect and for Sinners. In HIM alone you will find Salvation, Strength and Peace, NOT by living your own way and straying from the Truth."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Final Words - Joshua 23

Now, I would have posted on this message yesterday, but unfortunately I ran out of "Daylight". Not really, I could've posted this, but I think I was to lazy yesterday to get around to doing it. You have probably already started school, as have I. Actually, we started full force on Monday, but we started several weeks ago; doing one subject a day, and that was pretty easy. Well, you may want your Bibles handy. As you may know, I "Used" to put the scripture up where it is needed, but I haven't been doing that lately, for the fear of writing a too long post. You'll want to grab your bibles and read Joshua 23: 1-3, please. Okay, so, here's the position: Joshua is "Well advanced in years and is about to die". He's now talking to Isreal, and there are also concepts in here that you need to hear, which brings us to our first point:

I. How God's Grace Works

So Joshua reminds them that it is by God's grace and power that they have had all of these victories. It was the Lord's battle, and he gave them victory. Isn't that so gracious of him? Yes, it VERY much is. This is what I grab from verse 3: In the same way, the Lord provides for you, it is HIS power that saves and comforts you. Really, the definition of Grace = It is what our God does for us, and I believe his GRACE is good. So God will give you victory, BUT that does NOT mean you get to sit back and relax, which drives us to our SECOND point:

II. How Obedience Works

Obedience = To keep and to do ALL the LORD commands. Not what other people or gods command, but what the one TRUE GOD commands. So, look at verse 6 through, hmm, let's see...13. So read verses 6-13. Now Joshua is talking a lot about one thing: What will happen if you disobey God. If WE do not OBEY the Lord our God, and turn to other false gods and idols, We will have DEFEAT INSTEAD OF VICTORY! I want you to get and ponder that real hard. You will only have Victory if you obey God. Now I want you to read verse 14 through the end of the chapter, which ends at verse 16. That's pretty heavy. So, what does Obedience to God exactly look like? Well, look at the text. I know you're thinking Joshua doesn't really say this up front. However, if you DON'T go off and serve other gods and things, and you put all your trust and hope in God, What is that? Well, that's obedience, right? Si, it most certainly is. Si=Yes in spanish, if you don't know. Yes, that is obedience. That brings us to point three in this chapter:

III. How God's Covenant Works

So, there is definitely something wonderful in verse 14. But, there's also trouble in v. 16. Look, ALL GOD'S promises COME TO PASS. Remember though, he keeps his promise, but our promise is Full Obedience. Do we always keep our promises? No, not most of the time. Haven't you heard that the Old Testament is not the same as the New Testament, and how the testaments have different beliefs? A really interesting fact here: In the Heart of Joshua 23, He is foreshowing the Gospel. OUR HOPE IS IN JESUS CHRIST!

B.L.S. Out.
(Yes, I changed my name once again.)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Unfortunately, I am not going to post a Sermon today...I'm going to "Ramble". Yes, sorry Joe, I did just steal your gig. Sorry. Everyone knows the JW (Jehovah's Witnesses) are crazy, but have they proved it? Well I am going to right now. John 1:1 in our bible says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Now, the JW Bible says in this passage that the word was with god and he was a god. Note: I didn't say THE God, I said a god. I said that if they believe Jesus (The Word) to be a god, and not The God, that's breaking the first commandment...of OUR BIBLE, Not Theirs. You heard me. Their first commandment is completely different They say, "There shall be no God OVER me." Does that sound completely wrong, or what? You're most certainly right, it does sound crazy. So, tell me JW, Are you calling yourself a hypocrite? You just said that the Pharisees say that Jesus wasn't God, and, did i just hear that right? You're saying the same exact thing. Isn't there something wrong here? Definitely. Again, you may recall that the bible says if you cause a young one or really ANYONE to stumble, fall and lose the faith, there's going to be trouble. Isn't that what You're doing, JW? Do you realize the sin you're commiting? No, because I bet your bible doesn't say that either. Who wrote your bible? You should definitely sue. Okay, now I'm going to talk to my Audience.

(Not that I'm being proud or anything by saying that, just noting that I'm not saying anything bad about you). Aren't the JWs crazy? I bet if we wanted to find anything more in their bible that is CLEARLY wrong, I bet you we could. Of course, I can't take all the credit for myself, Charli, my "LIttle" Sister, (Yes CHar, I'm picking on you) was the one who found the difference in the Ten Commandments. I found the John 1:1 difference. I'm straying from my point, so let me get back on top of it. It is distressing that they're causing people to fall...isn't it? It should be. It would be so nice if the U.S. would stop holding anything dear other than the Lord. If all America gets this issue right, we'd be a mighty instrument for the Lord. Government, why are you so worried on your problems? America, why don't you notice that you have life better than any other country in the entire WORLD? If we don't have to worry about Government Spending, we'd definitely be able to do a lot of the world good. Joe, you're right I guess. It'd definitely be better to grow America first, and then since we are not really numbered, we'd be a better help. Lord, now I understand how much America could be a help. Make us an instrument for your will. Put a leader above America that is completely dependent on You.........

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Conquest Inevitable...Joshua 11 & 12

So, needless to say the service on August 2, 2009 at Grace Church was really moving, unless you don't go to our church. I'm not exactly sure if that was the Cook's last Sunday here...if they were leaving early today or next Wednessday...I think it was today. I also think that we won't have another worship leader like Steve Cook. Ever. Of course, if you know God, he can turn that all around. Well, I'm just going to delve right in read the text:

These are more than just military battles, and even though they are physical, they can still teach us about Spiritual Battles against and resisting sin. You might be a New Testament believer or doer, (You hopefully know what I mean) However, the Old Testament can still teach us vital information about spiritual battles. Romans 15: 4: "For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." What is Paul really getting at? He is exactly meaning that we do not really partake in Old Testament rituals and things like that, BUT we can still take information and have learning from these books like Joshua, Psalms, Proverbs, Job, so forth and so on. When Wayne Brooks read this verse, here is how I interpreted it: Whatever was written in former days (Days of Joshua and Moses and Isaiah) is for our building up and instruction. So, He was preparing the way from the beginning of the bible. If these books were not important, God would not have put them in the Bible, why? Because it would take valuable space and time to read something that shouldn't be there. However, it is there, we need to study and learn from it just as much as Romans, Timothy, Hebrews, James (One of my favorites), so forth and so on.

Joshua did not win all of these battles by his military experience, but by his trust in the Lord. Therefore, we can pull this Spiritual lesson from this text: God never loses, so we want him on our side by obedience, faith, and by crying out to the Lord in times of trouble. If you've read Joshua before, remember the story in chapter 9? How the Gibeonites were spared because they surrendered? This is the way I look at it: Joshua and his army is God's judgement, and you are either the Gibeonites or the kings who resisted. Which are you? Do you surrender to God's purpose like the Gibeonites, or do you resist him? We should be like the Gibeonites, who cried for mercy. Like I said, God never fails: So why resist? It's a useless standing. Even though the enemy is greater than you, he is not greater than God. And we see this: The Lord's enemies tried to save themselves from this only real true God, but could they? Did they?

No. The Lord is All Powerful, even though the foes numbered like the grains of sand on the beach.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Counsel For The Christian Soul

Jeff Purswell preached today at Grace Church. I had no doubt at all that he would deliver a fantastic message, and I got no less of what I suspected. He is the Pastor that is responsible for pastor care and helping pastors in the Pastors College. Well, let's get to the message:

Phillipians 4: 4-7: "4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

The First thing I see is that Christians are to be joyful, when? Always. Does that mean through trials and hardships? Yes. Paul seems pretty pitiless, doesn't he? But remember this: Paul went through trials just as hard as we have it. He actually had people hunting him because of his work to spread the Gospel. We Rejoice in the Lord, at all times. It can be easy to Rejoice in happiness when things go for you, but not always when it seems to go against you. In hardships, we Rejoice in the Gospel, because it promises us that we will not be forever in pain. And, though it is hard, Even in Suffering, remember that we have FAR more than we should or deserve. In the midst of wrong doing done to you, a Christian should be loving and easy, as well as gentle, and they must show it to all. I believe that is what Paul is getting at in the first sentence of verse five. Then the end of verse five links to first six. The Lord is near and with you in times of trouble, so do not be anxious to do the wrong thing, or to believe in a falsehood that sounds real.
Verse seven is a really comforting one: And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. That's a very strong reassurance.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Recommended Reading: A Hunger For God, by John Piper

In this wonderful and inspiring book, John Piper talks about fasting. John Piper is what I'd almost call a present day C.S. Lewis. Now I am not even all the way through the book, not even halfway. And even though I got it at the family christian book store, it is at Grace's book store as well. As Jesus puts it in Matthew and the other synoptics, (Matthew, Mark and Luke, but I bet he talks about it in John as well) Fasting is a large test: It pin-points to where your heart is. Is it with the Lord, or the large problem with the praise of men? That's not just something you can answer in two flat seconds.

It is not at all a sin if you fast while people are around; but it depends HOW you fast. After all, Piper says this: "Seen Fasting and Fasting To Be Seen is not the same thing." I agree. By your works...nevermind, I need to Rephrase that. After you've been baptised or know the Lord and your submission to him, it will show if you're fasting for God or glory for yourself. Praise of man is VERY DECEPTIVE. That's one reason why Fasting is a very complicated Spiritual Discipline. (Fasting is not a spiritual gift. Here's why: If you have the Lord in you, you'll find that you cannot DO without fasting.) Fasting is both Depression and Joy to the Lord. It is quoting Deuteronomy 8:3: "And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord."
Another interesting thing is this: The Isrealites wandered in the wilderness for forty years...Guess how long Jesus fasted in the wilderness before the devil begins tempting him? Forty days. What a coincidence? (But guess what? That's no coincidence. If you believe otherwise, get your facts straight please.)

Lee Over 'N Out...

Thursday, June 18, 2009


We are to be filled with everything of the spirit. Truly, in every way, the spirit is a servant for us, sent by Christ Jesus himself. The Holy Spirit gives gifts to all of us to use for His Glory, not ours, but all for him. Though we are to desire the gifts, God's Holy Spirit, but he gives as he will, and not a second before. The reason we can't boast is this: It's really God's gift through me to the church. So just because our church, Grace Church is a great one, we can't boast about us, because it is not us at all. It's God's Holy Spirit in work with us through his gifts to the church. Remember: No gifts are better than the other, they are all unique.

"We can only fight the world by having a deeper hunger for God." Piper.

We can also fight the world by keeping his word in our minds, our hearts, and in our songs. Although most are quite obvious, We could most likely name off near a million of his gifts. (Not the actuall gifts of the spirit, but gifts from the lord in life.) No one is better than another, God uses every member of the church for a different and unique purpose. Some to prophesy, (I could name a few in the church), Some to set up and build it up, (I could name a few more), and still more to do different things for the church that I don't really want to take the time to name. Different people respond differently to a situation, so it's really obvious that no one thinks or acts in the same way.

That's all I have to say, but you may press forward on the topic.

Lee Over 'n Out.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

LIFE...Why does everyone think it suffering?

Okay, this is a new random post for the desire of Josiah Wells. Why does the title happen? Why do people just look at their own problems and not other people's problems? I'm not accusing, or pointing the finger, get it in your mind that I'm just pointing this out, no matter how much it seems as if I'm accusing. The U.S. of A take a lot of things for granted. Why? Because they do not get a very sharp look at the rest of the world. People here with Psychological problems, cancer problems, and other diseases can get rid of them, thanks to the highly trained medics around here, and they seldom seem to understand that they cannot get that kind of attention in Africa or Austrailia, or other places for that matter.

Even people with some finance problems don't see that they have it well. Most people in Africa don't even have a roof over their heads, actually, that was mindless. A few in America have lost their homes. If the Government, or someone else with the brains, (I say that instead because the Government doesn't seem to have much brains) could help them the way they should, and not just give them money, it would actually do good. I'm NOT saying that it is terrible and useless to give money to the needy, but training is needed as well. Okay, I think I'm just going to stop right here, because I'm sounding to...I have no clue what you'd call it, but your thoughts are much appreciated here in this situation, so feel free.

Lee Over and Out.

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Psalm I Wrote

Whenever I am attacked by my foes,
Whenever I am afflicted by my enemies,
It is my God my Savior that saves me.
He raises me on eagles' wings,
He lifts me up on his steadfast rock,
and he is that steadfast rock.
There is none as Righteous,
There is none as Worthy,
There is no Holly but my Lord and only God.
My Savior moves the mountains,
And only he can save.
There is none like him,
For he speaks with thunder and lightning.
O Lord, make me aware of your power,
Your infinite righteousness and wisdom,
Your steadfast unfailing love.
There is absolutely NO measure that can at all keep track of your love.
You turn, O Lord, All my storms into Blue Skies.
You are completely Omnipresent, and no one can change that.
Your wide might has no end,
No one can match you.
Rid me of myself, oh Lord, I belong to you.

Lee out.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Be Strong and Courageous...How?

By and with God, that's the answer. When I read the second line on the note sheet, my heart sunk. The Old Testament had not really been one of my "Wants" to hear preached on. Unfortunately, I was motionless with my notebook and pen...but when I heard Wayne Brooks say something interesting, I just almost jumped up and started writing things down as if I was in haste. Key: ( ) are my thoughts.
Full text: Joshua 1:1-9
I. The Purposes Of God
Joshua 1:1-2.
The first exact thing we notice is that Moses, (God's servant, for those who don't KNOW) is dead...but then immediately see that even though he is dead...God's purpose is anything but that. Know that the works of God is not even at all dependent upon men. In fact, men are dependent on God's works. The next thing that I noticed was this: That it is necessary for us to be faithful in the work God has given us. (Does that include school?) God will accomplish all of his works.

II. The Promises Of God
Joshua 1:3
When God says this verse to Joshua, he is really saying, "Feed your soul on the promises that can never, ever fail." That is extremely powerful to me. Then, just by that quote, you know God's promises never fail. With that brought up, then we can know that even when it seems that he is not keeping his promise, he actually is. It's hard to understand, sure, because we don't understand his way of keeping promises. In truth, it is actually US who are not really keeping OUR promises. Also, if you've been a christian for a long, or even short time, you'll notice in the scriptures, and even in your life that God has the most strange and not exactly out-right way of keeping his promises, but yet he always comes through, no matter the case. Remember that God, unlike us, can keep his promises.

III. The Precepts Of God.
Joshua 1:7-8
"The law drives us to the gospel to be saved and the gospel drives us to the law in order to help us know how to live." What an insightful quote by Samuel Bolton. (No clue, unfortunately, to this Bolton's true identity.) Take this into heart: If you love God's Laws, you will be wiser than those older than you. You must also Meditate on God's word and Obey him.

IV. The Presence Of God
Joshua 1: 5 & 9
So, I'll just sum this up for you.

  1. Moses is dead, but the purpose of God is not.
  2. Moses is dead, but the promise of God is not.
  3. Moses is dead, but the precepts of God are not.
  4. Moses is dead, but the presence of God are not.

When a great leader dies, you have to remember that the presence of God is more valuable than that of a leader. Just as he was with Moses and the others, he will be me. (Wait a minute, maybe I should investigate that further.) When He said "I Will Be With You" he is proclaiming his presence. Then, looking at that, you can tell God has a passionate compassionate love for you. That is not in any means light stuff, in fact, to me it's heavier then heavy stuff, if you know the expression. Well, unfortunately thats all I have that I can give you.

Mac Over 'N Out

That is REALLY getting old.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Loving Compassion For Hopeless Sheep

It has been awhile since I've posted on this blog. I ask forgiveness, as it really wasn't my fault. Actually, I was even unable to use the regular log-in, I had to go to another's blog to do it. Anyway, I'm straying from my subject:
Matthew 9:35-38 Please, look this up. The materials you will need for this: A small leather bible, if you don't have one then a big leather bible, or any bible, reading glasses if you are going blind, and possibly a notebook for notes. Okay, maybe I'm going a little overboard with this thing.
I. The Condition Of Lost Humanity

Two examples of this:
  • Harassed and Helpless
  • Like sheep without a shepherd.

Without Christ, people are: Sinful, lost, helpless, fallen, rebels, guilty, God-haters, hell-bound and the like. Another thing for you Christians: You were like this before God and Christ rescued you, you were no different from them. Look at 2 Kings 7:3-9. We are the lepers. In our first scripture, notice Jesus' response to this. His response was loving compassion, not hate or down-looking.

A few things to remember: That we were lost at one point, and mostly still are. (In the mind and in the world) Evangelism is a spiritual discipline, not a spiritual gift. If you are a christian, there is no excuse at all to not evangelise. Christ must be proclaimed.

If you are silent, the devil wins. This is definitely not right, therefore, you must:


Mac Over 'n Out

P.S. We are laborers in God's Harvest.

P.P.S. The line above the first P.S. is getting old, and i mean old.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Song From Big Daddy Weave

Here's the lyrics to a song called "We Want The World To Hear," It is a very amazing song, and just to prove, look at these lyrics, why don't you?

Eternal King, we bless Your Name
For You were and You are, forever You will bePraised in this place
And Lord our hearts are yielded
We give them only to You God
There is none righteous
There is none worthy
There is none Holy but You the King
I will live my life to sing of Your wonder
To shout of Your glory
so creation will hear God
We want the world to hear
Oh sovereign King this heart is free
From the death that I was born into
You put Your Grace out on display
And in response I can help sing Your praise God
Hallelujah we singHallelujah we cryHallelujah we’re living for Your Name, Jesus
Hallelujah we singHallelujah we cryHallelujah we’re living for You

Very Insightfull song, is it not?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Doctrine Of Adoption

Alright, so the first scripture, or (Main Scripture) I should say, is...Galatians 4:4-7. Well, now isn't that interesting? This Doctrine Of Adoption has presupposed that man is not naturally apart of God's family. According to the world, they are stumbled by this. Isn't it weird, that most of the people in the world are not exactly, shall we say, of Christianity? But yet, they call themselves children of God? That stumbles me. So, if you're not a son of God, then Who's Son Are You? Clearly, you are of the devil. There is no in between standing, you are either a son of God, or a son of the devil. I would rather be son of God. Only to the men that believe and have faith in him he adopted.

The Highest Privilege Possible is to be invited into God's Family. Isn't that the truth?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Holy Spirit & Worship

Why am I not surprised that i got seven full pages of notes on Wayne Brooks' sermon? It's mostly because that this sermon was a wonderful long one, but short at the same time. He went into extreme detail with everything he presented. Of course, like always, he ended with, "I wish I could dig deeper into this, but I can't." After all, it was time for the sermon to end, but I'm beginning it right now. So, what role does The Holy Spirit play for us?

I. The Holy Spirit Communicates the presence of God.

Mostly, this sermon takes flight in John. First look at John 14: 16 - 18. By the Holy Spirit's work, Christ becomes real to us. Also, in this passage, Jesus describes this: That the Holy Spirit (Bieng the Helper in the passage) will be with us Forever. His main role is to intercede for us, to make the presence of God, the reality of Jesus Christ real, as I already said.

Then in John 16:14, we will see that another main purpose of the Holy Spirit is to Glorify Him. (Him bieng Christ Jesus or God, or Both.) And really, if you happen to notice, one of Scriptures' main storyline is the Presence of God. In other words, you see him in every story. Moses in the Flaming bush, Saul when he turns to Paul because of Christ's presence, God was with Noah in the ark, and many other places. People notice God's Presence through the Holy Spirit.

II. The Holy Spirit Declares Truth To Us
Another very strong passage is John 16: 12 - 15. Take a look at that and see how strong it is. The Holy Spirit will guide us through all truth. And another thing to remember: IT IS ONLY AS WE GRASP THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD THAT WE CAN RESPOND IN WORSHIP. Make note of that, please, and ponder it sincerely. It sounds that I'm closing right now. Look at John 16:12 the first part for whatever. This is not just like teaching, it is way more vital to you. We cannot Worship unless if we understand a little thing. Until then, we can't worship.

If the Holy Spirit did not shine a spotlight on God or Jesus, We could not respond in worship, we would not understand, we would perish because we'd have no help, because we couldn't grasp the truth. Take note of that, especially.

Now, read the full thing of John 16:12, would you? That is now my message to you guys who read this. (Or girls, but we know my point:)

Mac Over 'N Out.

Monday, March 16, 2009

No "OFF" Switch for Worship

Well, as you can clearly see, i'm doing another post on a sermon...The first scripture we see is Romans 12:1. There are a lot of scriptures in this, so you may need your bibles because i can't take the time or length to post every scripture, but i can do every reference. So, look up Romans. As you can see, we're supposed to give our bodies as a living sacrifice. David, our pastor, went on to point this out: "Evangelism, serving, giving, repentance, etc...Everything can be worship." Romans 1:9, Hebrews 13:16, Philippians 4:18 and Psam 51:17. Look those up, will you? I am going to quote this one, as the passage is the name of our youth group: 1 Corinthians 10:31: "So, wether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Remember this: Singing is not the definition of worship. Worship can be lifelong. So, in truth, there is no "off" switch for worshipping God.

His next point was that, just as all life can be worshipping God, it is easier that all life can be Idolatry. Another reference to look up is Romans 1:24-25. Really, all sin is idolatry: Collossians 3:5. ANother thing to consider: Sin does not stop us from worshipping, rather, it redirects, or "CHANGES" what or who we worship. So, in particular, we see that all of Sin is creating us to worship something but God. So, another question is this: It is not are we worshipping, the question is What Are We Worshipping? Anything can be worshipped, from a grain of sand to a Mustang car, or a toy, or even a drink. And, unless God draws you to him, you will always sin. Now there is a terror, and no doubt about it. Always try to lift up your eyes to the Glorious One, and the only one worth worshipping. Keep that in mind...

Mac Over 'n Out.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

This was amazing what i read this morning for our church...for Josiah Wells, if you have been doing your reading for the church, you know, the deal...Everyone should read Romans Chapter 4, it's amazing...just to know that I do have a hope in Christ Jesus...that I could also be credited with righteousness for my faith...although I don't have any, not as much as a grain of sand...that I can be saved. Especially the last five verses...they are really encouraging. I think Paul has a lot of wisdom that he seems that only someone who has walked with him can put in those words. Just thought I'd make it seem interesting:)

Mac Over 'n Out...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Nature Hero: Chapter 2

Here is the second chapter to my new book:

Secret Of The

Abel raced along the coast with Zathuran and Kareem on his back. They had been nearly traveling four six hours now, and it was nearing evening on the water.
“Dang, I forgot to pack meals for myself.” Abel grumbled.
“That is okay, because we packed enough for four people.” Kareem jumped in.
“Good, because I am totally famished!” The massive turtle told them.
“We’ll stop in awhile and eat, but for now we need to carry on in going as fast as we can.” Zathuran assured him.
This enraged the turtle.
“We! Oh no, you got it wrong. It is clearly me who is doing all the work. I will say when we stop and when we continue, got that?” Abel announced.
“Fine, then you need to keep going.” Zathuran tried to take command.
“Oh no Zathuran, I say we stop. After all you are in no position to command me to do anything. Right now I could dive under water and drown you both.” Abel pointed out none too nicely.
“Oh dang, he has a good point there. Guess we have no choice, so we shall stop and eat. Then we will get back on our way, yes?” Kareem nodded at Abel.
“Sure I guess, let’s stop and eat, and then we’ll go again.” Abel answered and nodded.
The weird looking trio turned to head to the shore. They just barely went ashore to where the waves wouldn’t get their food and things wet. They also discussed where their where-abouts were.
“Hey, check this out! See that stone mound rock like thing?” Kareem pointed to a little stone mound, “That is the stone mound on the map! We should reach May Cove at exactly noon tomorrow if we keep going on through the night!” Kareem told them, to get their hopes up.
“I am not paddling all night long! Definitely not, because we’ll most likely be attacked by a pod of seething sharks!” Abel protested, full of distress.
“I thought they were just a myth,” Kareem replied slowly.
“Oh no, they’re just as real as that stone mound. Believe me, I’ve faced them before.” Abel told them very harshly.
“Just do something when we come across them, and we’ll help fight them off with you.” Zathuran said dryly as he took a bite of a scone.
“How will you do that?” Abel asked intently, blinking twice before replying.
“We brought along slings, and a lot of good sharp rocks, plus there are a lot more of them right here, and we brought two blades. If they get close enough, we can stab them roughly.” Zathuran replied.
Kareem blinked and looked around, noticing that Zathuran was right.
“Promise you’ll help me?” Abel asked.
“Yes, we both promise, and we both never break our promise.” Zathuran announced before Kareem could even think of it.
“Okay, I’ve had my full and I am ready to go on. Bring everything on me, and if you are still hungry you can eat on me.” Abel said excitedly.
“You’re getting interested, aren’t you?” Kareem said as he raised his eye brows in a questioning way.
“Yes I am, but don’t push it.” Abel said as they got onto him.

* * * * *

It was now midnight which was very dark. Dark waves rolled and bellowed loudly in the night. Abel was really surprised that it was possible for Kareem and Zathuran to fall asleep. He had heard and felt that activity had stopped. He turned his head and neck to confirm this and he was right. But as he looked back down at the sleeping couple and looked up, a ton of tall black fins stood up in the eerie darkness. A wave of terror fell on him. Those could not be any other than the seething sharks, Abel thought to himself.
“Zathuran and Kareem! Wake up! We’re under attack and are being chased!” Kareem and Zathuran awoke to see half a dozen fins a league away, but they were coming up fast.
“What else can we do to help? Slings and stones aren’t really going to help against those evil looking things!” Kareem yelled to be heard over the storm.
Zathuran just realized the truth of that statement, slings could do a little amount of damage, but they needed something else to fight also. He felt his father’s presence as lightning flashings appeared around them. As it flashed, a bright idea came to Zathuran.
“Berry! We have metal on us! Go to shore because I think I have an idea!” Zathuran shouted.
Suddenly Abel thought of his idea to and sped off toward shore. The seething sharks followed, still coming up quickly.
“Slow down Abel so the sharks can come into range! Kareem get your sling ready and put the metal shards we brought as weapons in it, swords too!” Zathuran outlined the plan.
Kareem’s eye twinkled in the dark.
“Bright idea, sire, I will do just that!” Kareem loaded the slings.
Zathuran and Kareem twirled their slings expertly. The seething sharks were just out of range, and suddenly were in range. They came up really fast in the blink of an eye. Surprisingly accurate, Kareem and Zathuran aimed and fired. They stabbed right into the tall and sleek fins of two sharks. Those sharks dashed toward them in a fury, hurting badly. Zathuran and Kareem continued this, and all had metal knifes sticking out of fins. Abel made it onto the beach right before their plan had worked. Lightning coursed down and struck each metal shard like they had hoped. Each of the sharks lay dead as they drifted onto the beach, grounded.
“Well, we’re safe now…” Kareem announced.
“I still don’t like to see creatures dead even if they want me dead.” Zathuran thought aloud to his companions.
“Me either, but just think it like this: If we were in their position, they would have no mercy. Seething sharks are the most dangerous in our entire world. Well, minus the beast of course. Still, if they were able to go on land, they’d travel our huge continent and go about plaguing and destroying villages. But then they would also be able to end the life of those creatures in Racath Valley. Those hideous creatures are not but devils that will just destroy everything. I’m glad your old man blocked them off a long time ago.” Abel replied.
“Do you think the water is alright to go through now?” Kareem asked.
“I don’t know, but either way if it is safe, I don’t want to have to face off more of those creatures.” Abel decided.
Zathuran instantly agreed.
“Your right, plus with the action and the excitement, I’d say we need a very good rest and eat in the morning.” Zathuran pointed out.
Kareem was about to protest, but Zathuran was already making a fire. Kareem looked at the map by the fire light.
“Well, we should get there around early evening by the looks of it now. We are nearly off the south coast corner of the Zarath range.” Kareem announced.
Zathuran nodded as he rested his head and closed his eyes.

* * * * *

“By the looks of it you had a good sleep.” Zathuran winked at the turtle.
Abel had just opened his eyes and stretched. Abel yawned before he replied.
“Yup, and I’m very famished. What’s for breakfast?” Abel yawned again.
“I don’t know Kareem took off with the bag with all our stuff in it. He should be right back, because he came to me and said that he found good vegetables in the forest over there.” As he pointed, Kareem ran out.
“We’re being tracked! Some beast large is coming, and very, very fast! We must leave NOW!” Kareem informed them.
Abel didn’t like that, as the enormous turtle had a five times the size appetite. Abel quickly changed his mind when he heard loud sounds on the ground as it rattled.
“Oh my great goodness, hop on me because I really don’t want to meet that creature whatever it is!” Abel changed his mind.
They quickly got on him, and they raced away.

* * * * *
“Darn. We’re too late!” A large creature hissed as it came to a stop.
A larger one came behind him, with several others the same size as the one who hissed in its wake.
“Do not worry, we will catch them eventually. Then we will be able to carry out Ablaze’s wish: We will kill Zathuran, Abel and his servant.” The larger creature growled.
“Yeah, as long as we can get them before his cave…” One behind the largest one bristled.
“Yes we will. Nice words, Savan.” The largest one told the previous speaker.
“It’s what I do, leader.” He hissed.

* * * * *

“Well, we got away from whoever was chasing us…” Abel announced as he glided across the deep sea.
“Who do you think it was?” Kareem asked utterly confused and acting quizzical.
“I’m no expert tracker, but from the sounds on the ground…I’d say it was a score or two of Shard Tigers.” Abel thought as he paddled.
Kareem shuddered.
“I thought those were a myth too.”
“Oh, let me guess. They’re just as real as the ground we’re standin’ on.” Zathuran replied.
“Aye, your right.” Abel winked.
“No, you mean the turtle shell we’re standing on. We’re not even on land right now; we’re sailing, or swimming or paddling on the sea water!” Kareem replied.
Before Zathuran could say anything, the turtle spoke.
“Whatever. What I meant was that those creatures are real. Don’t overlook that terrifying fact.” Abel told them.
“Do you think you could speed the pace up a little bit?” Zathuran asked.
“I think I can. Actually I know I can. I know what you’re thinking, and I want to get there soon as well.” Abel answered calmly.
“That is exactly what I was thinking.” Zathuran turned, “Kareem, can you pull out the map and scroll?”
“Sure thing.” Kareem answered as he rummaged through the big pack.
Soon he had found both. He went charting the voyage first to see where they were.
“Okay, by this we should be just a short league away.” At the announcement, Abel seemed to be excited.
Zathuran and Kareem had to hold on to his shell so they wouldn’t fall off. Even though they were going fast, Kareem was able to read and look at the scroll.
“What is it, Kareem?”
“Well the next line in the rhyme is, “Seek the Warrior in time of trouble,
And he will help you face off evil.” What do you think it means?”
“What else could it mean, but seek the warrior in times of trouble?”
“I don’t know. Except for the fact that we don’t know who the warrior is…”
“That’s a good point. Maybe we just seek and he shows himself?”
Abel butted in at that point, slowing down the pace a little.
“Hold on. He said in times of trouble, so maybe the warrior will find us…” Abel thought aloud.
“No, no it can’t be that. It says, “Seek.” I think it means we search for him,” Zathuran stated in a matter of fact manner.
“I don’t know. We’ll most likely find it out when we need to, don’t you guys agree?” Kareem asked them.
“Yes, I do agree.” Zathuran answered a second before the turtle.
“Yes, it is a very good idea.” Abel answered, bringing up his pace.
“Good. Let’s get on with the journey. Abel, take us as fast as your fin, flippers or whatever can take us!”
Abel speeded along the coast without a reply.

* * * * *

The bay was suddenly in view. Abel took them in it, and they saw the overwhelming waterfall.
“Well that is one sight to behold. But we’re still sort of far. We need to follow the river until it makes a tail ending point.” Kareem described where they where looking for.
“Simple enough, but how are we going to get up there?” Zathuran asked puzzled.
“Climb?” Kareem replied.
“Ha! I’d never be able to climb that! It’s like fifty feet high!” Abel shrieked hysterically.
“What else would you suggest?” Zathuran turned to him.
“I don’t know…What if we went to a shore that is even with the water and then we come back here?” Abel replied.
“It would take to long. I might have an idea…” Zathuran trailed off.
Once again, it seemed that Abel could read his mind.
“I don’t know if I could make the jump either. This is a deep cove, but I’m not sure…”
“Just try to jump as high as you can. Take as much time as you want to dive and make yourself sure. Got that?” Zathuran commanded.
“Yes.” Abel slid into the cove and dove.
He gave a mighty shove off the sea floor, and swam straight up as fast as he could. He leaped higher than the cliff, and came back down with a splash.
“Just so that we don’t destroy our stuff…” Kareem tossed up the big bag by making a catapult out of a tree.
The big bag did not fall short. It thudded over a ring of rocks on the edge of the cliff.
“Okay, you guys are going to need to hold your breath and hold on tight. Let me know once you get a good breath, okay?” Abel waited the signal.
“Okay, I’m ready. Just be quick underwater, alright?” Zathuran replied.
“Okay, yeah just be quick!” Kareem yelled.
Without a moment’s hesitation, Abel leaped into the water. He dove and leaped out of the water with Zathuran and Kareem clinging to his shell. Abel landed on the edge of the cliff and rushed forward as the little cliff part that he was standing on crumbled. Zathuran and Kareem leaped from the shell.
“Well that was an adventure.” Zathuran said as he checked the pack to see that everything was ship-shape.
“Is anything wrecked or gross?” Kareem asked.
“No, everything’s good. Abel, are you alright? We can rest here for tonight.”
“That sounds like a good idea. Speaking of settling down, do you think we can have a meal?”
“Yes. Kareem, go looking for wood for a fire. I’ll cook something over the fire. Hurry up now!”
Kareem went off looking for wood. In awhile, Kareem came back and soon they had a good blaze going. Zathuran was a good cook. He cooked noodles in one pot hanging on a branch above the fire. In another pot, he boiled broth and spices together with lettuce. Finally they had a good noodle soup for the making.
“This is delicious. Where did you learn to cook like that, Zathuran?” Abel looked at him with a good smile on.
“Ask him over there.” Zathuran pointed at Kareem.
“From me.” Kareem said honestly and sincere.
“Well, absolutely yummy. If you guys don’t mind, I’d like to sleep now.” In a minute he added with one eye open, “Warm and nice fire.”
Then Abel was completely out of it. In a matter of fifteen minutes, Zathuran and Kareem were completely out as well. Several ordinary lynx loomed into their camp, all five of them very hungry. They realized that this trio was the ones their master was looking for. The leader of the five grinned with delight. But right before they rushed in to the kill, a dark figure leaped from the trees. The figure whirled a sling, sending one of them out. The four lynxes that were left turned at their adversary. The leader suddenly lost his grin as he realized who this was. He didn’t have a chance to call out as the figure thrust a spear at him, taking him out. The three that were left fled in terror at what they just saw. The figure turned to leave slowly. The one who had been knocked out by the flying rock charged at the unprotected back. The figure whirled around, slicing the lynx up with the saber. The trio slept on, totally unaware of what just took place.

* * * * *

Zathuran woke up with a dead lynx by his side.
“AHHHH! How did that get there?”
Abel and Kareem leaped up at their comrade’s calls.
“What? Oh disgusting!” Kareem backed up.
“Two dead lynxes, huh, normally there is five in a troop…How did those two die, and where are the other three?” Abel asked.
“Useless to worry about that, you’re lucky I passed about when those five were here. Actually, I’ve been watching you guys for awhile now…”
They looked up at the trees, determined that’s where the voice came from. A large squirrel leaped out and rolled as he landed on the forest floor and stood up on two legs.
“No need to be afraid. I’m only a squirrel as you can see. My name is Skarlath Goldfern.” Skarlath said quickly.
“Are you a warrior squirrel?” Zathuran asked dumbly.
“Of course I’m a squirrel, do I look like a duck? Yes, I’m a warrior who roams these parts. I am known to most as the dark ghost, and almost every vermin that have been this way and meets me but gets away never wants to come back. Oh, I also have a squirrel army that is just for terrorizing the bad lot.” Skarlath answered.
Kareem read him the rhyme riddle scroll.
“Gosh, that’s a poser. Yes I guess I’m the warrior in the riddle. People also know me as Thousand Arms, because I’m good with just about any weapon you put in front of me.”
“Do you know a quick way to get to the tail of the May River?” Zathuran asked him.
“The quickest way is through the trees, and actually the path in the trees is big enough for you, I’d reckon.”
“What about me?” Abel asked the squirrel.
“You could walk…Or you could just not go.” Skarlath replied.
“But there are vermin walking all over this place. Of course I can probably fight, but they could get more numbers and take me down!” Abel yelled.
“There is actually a cave down this ridge. Right behind the waterfall is an entrance.” Skarlath leaped and caught a branch.
He started climbing the tree, and leaped off down to the water holding a vine. While he was up, he had grabbed a sharpened tree limb. Zathuran, Kareem, and Abel watched him intently. Skarlath saw the boulder marker that he and his army had made to keep the big cave marked. Hurling the tree limb, the others saw where the stick went. Abel made note of where it went through, and heard something. Skarlath was awarded a little scream as he tugged the vine, and went sailing back up to the ground. Finally he was safe beside the others.
“What made that scream?” Abel asked Skarlath.
“Oh, a two score clan of stoats lives down there. They are a little bit bigger than my smallest squirrel, but about the same size as most of my average squirrels. It is said that there is a secret too it, but me and my squirrels didn’t really want to find it.” Skarlath replied.
“How many do your squirrels number?” Abel asked.
“So many questions! We number about four score, and if you’re asking for warriors, than we have three score.”
“Think you can lend me some able-bodied warriors?”
“Yes I will, but if you are pretty fit, and then all you need is about a score and a half o’ my squirrels.”
“Okay, that is good. Zathuran and Kareem, I can handle this cave secret with those squirrels, while you two will make your way to the tail…” Abel blinked.
“You mean three. I’ll come, just incase if there is any trouble. I have a couple of swords you two can borrow. Plus, we’ll only need just us three. I am good enough to take on a full scout of lynxes, which is about the only thing that patrols here, besides rats that is. They can be evil, but they won’t be much a problem.” Skarlath announced.
A score and a quarter of squirrels dropped down suddenly.
“Never mind, you’ll only need those. They are my best soldiers. But don’t lose any of ‘em, or you’ll have me to answer too, got that?” Skarlath didn’t wait for Abel to answer.
He turned to climb the tree with Zathuran and Kareem, and soon they were out of sight.
“Do we have a way to get in there easily?” Abel asked the largest one.
“Yes, bring the platform ladder! Oh, I should introduce myself. I am Skarlath’s second in command, Arven Twilight at y’service!” The burly squirrel replied.
A group of squirrels brought down a ladder attached with a big platform at the bottom. They nailed in hooks and placed the top step on it. The platform reached the big wide mouth of the cave. Two sentry stoat guards rushed out to see what was going on.
“Okay, I don’t think I will fit on that ladder of yours. I’ll leap into the cove and try to leap into the cave.” Abel told Arven.
“Good idea. You get in there and hold off the mouth of the cave, and then we’ll come down one by one to help.” Arven replied.
Abel leaped into the cove with a resounding splash. Arven got out his primary weapon, which was a pike. The two stoats started climbing the ladder. Arven moved to the side. Then a squirrel named Slot let two stones fly, knocking the stoats off the ladder. They fell screaming. Abel leaped into the water. He then leaped back up and landed on the mouth of the cave. Arven never liked ladders. He tied a rope to the top step of the ladder. He threw his pike down onto the wood. Then he leaped and grabbed hold of the rope and shot down. He grabbed his pike and went to Abel’s side. Stoats scurried down the stone hall right for them. Abel noticed that there were stones right by his flippers. The ranks of the stoats charged with rapiers, sabers, pikes, and spears out in front. Slot came down the rope next, followed by more squirrels. Abel hit the stones into the air with his flippers.
A big space in the front stopped with the shock of the four stones coming speedily at them. Four fell, and others tripped over them. Arven realized what he was doing, and he caught on Abel’s idea. There was a circle of stones around him. Arven kicked one up, and slammed it with his pike. The stone went accurately into a small stoat. Slot was whirling his sling. He let one fly, and was rewarded with a scream in the front rank. While whirling his sling, Arven backed up to where he could see the ladder.
“For now on, let all the slingers come down first, and hurry!” He shouted.
He charged back in, and sent another stone flying. Once again, a stoat screamed and fell transfixed. More squirrels dropped in and started slinging stones at the stoats. The stoats were unable to move forward because of so many of their comrades done for in front of them. Suddenly Abel came up with another idea. He wanted to call out a war cry, but he had none. So he just called some random war cry.
“ABELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!” He yelled as he charged.
It was as if a giant boulder had shot forward into the stoat ranks. Stoats flew everywhere as the relentless turtle was in the midst of them, just running through. Most were stunned with the throw, but some got back up. The squirrels dealt with those.
“Arven, I can’t go far at all. And nothing important of scroll or something else is in reach where I can go.” Abel informed him.
“Well I don’t know what we’re looking for, so we should wait till Kareem, Zathuran and Skarlath get back.” Arven replied.
“Well I’m hungry, so let’s go back up and have a meal, shall we?” Abel asked.
The squirrels and massive turtle went to go have a meal.

* * * * *

“Well, there it is. May River’s tail.” Skarlath pointed.
Skarlath, Zathuran and Kareem were on a hill, and they were looking at the May River. The side they had been following went straight out, curved into a point and went straight back at them, and then curved to the left, appearing to look like a dog or otter tail.
“I’d say it was, but what is the secret? How do we find what we’re looking for?” Kareem asked doubtfully.
“You are right, that’s about only half of the answer.” Zathuran replied.
The squirrel was sure they would find out what was next to find.
“Don’t worry; it will come clear in time. Wait, I think I see something! It looks like a piece of parchment!” Skarlath darted down the hill, with Zathuran and Kareem a few paces behind him, running their fastest to try and keep up.
Skarlath was holding the parchment when finally Zathuran and Kareem came to a halt beside him.
“Here I’ll see it and read it out.” Kareem took the paper and read:

“At evening’s final light,
Come across a beech and an oak.
Twisted together and then breaking apart,
Find the trees’ secret point.
Look up and a sword will point above you,
Don’t eat quite yet because you are not done.
Look at the sword from all angles,
Notice something you will, take the weapon as you need…

Well, do you know what it means?” Kareem asked.
“We have to take it piece by piece. At first it says final evening’s light, and then an oak and a beech twisted together.” Skarlath answered.
“You are right, but what would a twisting tree’s secret point be?” Zathuran replied.
“Normally a twisting tree’s secret point would be where the trees separate.” Skarlath replied as he peered intently at the tree.
“There it is! What now?” Kareem pointed at the beech and oak secret.
“Oh, wait I see a sword too!”
Zathuran looked at where he was pointing. It was a bright sword of neat design, but it looked holographic. He looked harder and saw a beam protruding from the sword.
“I see a light beam coming from it!” Zathuran followed the beam.
It led to a magnificent sword that the hologram was being made from the sun shining off the sword.
“I haven’t seen a blade like that in my lifetime!” Skarlath squealed with delight.
They decided to eat. They finished in a couple of hours, still stunned by the blade. Skarlath’s face came alert again.
“You’ll be using that blade before we thought!” Skarlath pulled Zathuran out of the way as an arrow hit the ground where Zathuran was.
They looked up to see Pine Martens leaping down and whirling spears and pikes. Zathuran, Skarlath, and Kareem found themselves back to back as they were circled.
“There are too many of them. We won’t make it out…” Skarlath cried.
Zathuran knew that statement was right. There were at least five scores of martens surrounding them. The martens started moving in. Zathuran and Kareem weren’t experienced warriors yet, and they didn’t see a big hard battle yet. Skarlath was carrying two knifes, a spear, a javelin, and a sword. Skarlath saw that a marten was approaching Zathuran with a spear raised. Before anyone could blink, Skarlath’s knife protruded from the vermin. Zathuran’s face was a state of horror.
“Look, if he had got one more second, he would have thrown that spear at you. They’re too deadly with spears!” Skarlath yelled.
Skarlath did a rush, and threw his knife, javelin, and spear within two seconds.
“Redriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing!” This war cry made both sides aghast.
Sling stones flew down at the martens with numerous of them. A ton of creatures vaulted off trees onto the martens. Five flew into the middle. In a charge of fear, the martens tried to charge into the middle. Zathuran recognized that these creatures were none other than fierce red pandas. Sabers, spears, and axes flashed in the night air. Now the martens were totally outnumbered. No martens were left alive. But over another hill, a ton more came down at them. Not just martens though. Shard Tigers that Abel had described leaped over the hill and sped down.
“Come on guys, follow us, we’ll go to my camp. Retreat!” Skarlath yelled.
The one last to retreat pulled a cord, and then grinned from ear to ear as he rushed for the others. Boulders and boulders poured from the trees, heading towards the charging vermin who charged the other way. The red pandas, the squirrel and the two men fled for their lives.

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Okay, editors, here is the next chapter.
How was it?

Mac Over 'n Out

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Church: The Search And Rescue Team

Well Joe, you asked me for this kind of post, so i'm giving it out. The text we will be taking a look at: James 5:19-20: 19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

So, the first thing we see is that christians in the church may stray from the truth. The reason I know this is because he says, "My Brothers." That is more or less implying that these people are fellow christians. Some professing christians will stray from the truth. James calls the church to stay alert, on the watch for others following christ, but they're losing the grip of it all. Just because a group of people professed and gave the word that they are believers and know the lord is their god does not mean they are truly saved. Don't look at this the wrong way, I am not saying that you have to say it and do a certain amount of works to be in heaven.

Rather, I'm saying that if the holy spirit is really within you, he will show himself. When our, or my pastor Wayne Brooks said that, this hit me in my mind: "Who among you is a doctor? If a patient comes in with some nasty cut of some sort, will the doctor not tend to you the right way? It will show if this person is false or true. The longer you have been a christian it is more possible for you to stray and wander. Why did you think God made the church? Most likely, it is this truth, one of many others. It is not right for a christian to be alone, saying: "If i'm not around anyone, i will have less a desire to sin." That is one of the many snares of the devil. This is one of his strategies that i learned today: To isolate and conquer. God provides the church so this will not happen.

If you do notice one wandering away, figure it out and then go to him or her. Do not hit hard, but gently. Also, do it alone, to cover it. If he or she still does not turn back on the way, then it is time to bring in the help of others around the church. So, this is the responsibility of every member, not just the pastors. I hope that this helps maybe a little.

Well, we all know how this thing works. Bye. I'm out.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Nature Hero

Well, I have decided to post the first chapter of my new book on here. Well, here it is, the first chapter:

A Sad Trial and a
Weird Scroll

Zathuran was the son of a king. This king, Zyrean, was king of a whole entire planet, with one huge island on it, and more than three quarters of the whole entire planet. Zathuran gazed at the sun, which to him looked very beautiful on the horizon. Zathuran was a strong sturdy fellow, with dark hair. He was also tall, like his father. He had sea blue eyes, which he had inherited from his mother, who was long gone. Zathuran was hungry, so he called for his servant, Kareem. Kareem came in almost immediately.
“What is my bidding, Zathuran?” The faithful servant asked.
He was about the same age as Zathuran, a little bit smaller, and had dark hair. He was pretty strong of a build, and rather looked like a fighter than a servant.
“I’m kind of hungry. Can you bring me a meal?” Zathuran asked Kareem.
“What shall I grab you?” He asked.
“Anything. Oh, and grab me a soda too.” Zathuran said as he looked at his paper.
Through chuckling, the servant said, “Sure thing.”
Kareem wasn’t really a servant to him; he was more like a brother. Zathuran was really bored, so he decided to have his meal outside in the sunlight. He was very athletic, and loved to just run and leap over things and climb very hard and very tall trees. He had never heard of an earth, because the planet he dwelled on was called Zarcadia. Zarcadia was a small planet, and mostly covered in thick forest. It had mountain ranges, valleys and deeper in the ground valleys. The valley that Zathuran lived on was not the deepest, but it wasn’t a plateau.
For the most part, it was about the most in between you could get. It was in the mountains about an elevation of 2,995 ft. high, or that’s how high we’d say it here on earth. That valley that they lived in was called Zyran, and was the largest of the valleys. Zyran Valley was just north of the middle of the massive and only body of land on Zarcadia. The exact middle of Zarcadia was the largest mountain in all of Zarcadia. Zathuran’s great, great, great grandfather had given the massive mountain its name. The name was Zarcathca Mountain, which meant “The Great Large Center”. The elevation was nearly six times the size of Everest. Which, I’ll do the math for you.
If Everest’s elevation is 29,029 ft, then mount Zarcathca is therefore 174,174 ft. That is really high! But let’s get back to our story. Zyrean walked out to his son without a sound, and when he talked he startled Zathuran.
“What is the mountain range that encloses our valley?” Zyrean tested him.
Zathuran let out a groan.
“Answer me my boy.”
“It’s the easiest thing. The Zyran Mountain Range.” Zathuran replied.
“What is the mountain range that is on the west side of mount Zarcathca?” His dad shot another question.
“The Zarath Range.” Zathuran answered as he took a sip from his liquid.
“What is the valley that is enclosed by that range?”
“The Zarath Valley, what else could it be?” Kareem answered as he walked out with his dad’s salad.
“I asked my son that.” Zyrean said sternly to the servant as he glared at him.
“I knew that.” Kareem zipped it out.
“Okay, what is the range that is south?” Zyrean glanced to his son to indicate that he should answer.
“The Racath mountain range is south of Zarcathca.”
“No! Just kidding, you got that right.”
“What is the valley?” Zyrean asked.
“The Racath Valley.” Zathuran answered simply.
“The east range?” Zyrean turned to Kareem.
“The Cathca mountain range.” He answered dully.
“The Cathca Valley.” Zathuran answered guessing the next question.
“Yes, you’re smart, both of you.”
Zathuran remembered the two legend caves. Well, actually there were three. He remembered the one on the mountain too. The first cave he had ever learned about was Abel’s Cave. In the legend, Abel was a giant turtle with a white horn on his head. This creature was very honorable and loyal to the king of the planet. That cave was in the very north, with the Icicle River. That river got its name because it was always cold. It actually started from a mountain in Zyran. Icicle River at its end was the first waterfall he’d learned about, but it wasn’t the biggest. And this cave was a massive cavern, with no series of little caves or tunnels, just one huge room.
The second was a legend of a creature named Ablaze. It was the king of beasts, and the largest in fact. This beast was about the same size as Abel. This one had several hundred caves in it. Also, Ablaze was an enemy of the king. There were actually two on Zarcathca Mountain. One was just an ordinary cave, at the foot of the large mountain. It didn’t have a real significance. Then the other one had a great significance. It was said that this cave was literally made of crystal, and also that it had a great secret. The longer river was called May. It also had a secret and it had the larger falls at the end.
His father was suddenly sick in three days. Zyrean knew that this would be his last day. He came to Zathuran and spent the whole day with him, very sick as he was.
“Father, can’t you just heal yourself?” Zathuran asked with a tear.
“No, I can’t. It doesn’t work that way at all. Now you will become king over this planet.” Zyrean answered his son.
“I don’t think I could rule without your help.”
“I will always be with you, even though I won’t be alive. Here, I have this for you. Read it, and find all the components to it, and then you will be ready.” Zyrean assured him.
Zathuran took the scroll and unrolled it to look at it. When he looked up his father had left.
“Kareem?” Zathuran called.
“Yes sir?” Kareem answered as he entered the room.
“Where did my father go?”
“He died. Didn’t you know this?”
“No. But he gave me this before he left.”
They both looked at the scroll.

Find the large cave in the north,
He will call you to come forth.
Answer him and ask,
And he will help you finish your task.
Find the secret to the May River at its tail.
Seek the Warrior in time of trouble,
And he will help you face off evil.
Then you shall raid the chain of caves.
At depths end cave that the beast guards,
Something you will find.
Now you shall find the secret of the Zarascan Falls.
Arms you will find taken from people of old.
For this part, you will need to find a current,
Then when you see a huge ice mountain, your next thing will find you.
If you are daring enough to take another step,
Scale mount Zarcathca and enter the cave of legends,
Obtain the power and wealth without deprivation.
And for your final possession,
Travel to the forbidden valley.
Search for the powerful steed,
That is the only thing that keeps this dark valley balanced.

“Okay, so obviously the first part we go to Abel’s Cave.” Zathuran remarked.
“Yeah, and we will need some stuff. I will pack some weapons, just in case.” Kareem decided.
In a half-hour they were ready. They rode their horses over the passage in the Zyran Range to the north. They followed the river for a couple of hours. Finally they came to the end of the river, and they saw the waterfall with a rainbow end over it.
“That is very beautiful.” Kareem nodded towards it and turned his horse.
“Okay, we need to ride down the hill to that beach.” He said as he read a map that they had brought with them.
“Last one there has to be eaten by the shark!” Kareem yelled to Zathuran as he galloped away.
“Hey! That wasn’t fair at all!” Zathuran came to the shore last.
Kareem laughed.
“You have to be eaten by the shark, and then I become king!” He yelled as Zathuran drew to a stop.
“You wish it could be that way.”
“Never mind, let’s get on with it shall we?”
“Sure, but let’s tie our horses to the log.”
Zathuran and Kareem finished tying the horses to the log and went down to the beach.
“Okay, this has got to be done…” Zathuran trailed off.
“Let’s do this.” Kareem thought a loud.
They jumped down and started to swim. They saw a massive opening as they dove down. They swam up and soon were able to stand in the rocky shore. They were standing before an enormous cave.
“Who allowed you to come up in here?” A strong voice called down.
Zathuran noticed that the big round stone off to their left was a huge turtle shell.
That is huge, Zathuran thought.
“Yes, I’m quite large I know, but answer me. You don’t need to be afraid, if you answer quickly.” The creature which Zathuran assumed to be Abel told them.
“We are Kareem and Zathuran, now king of Zarcadia, due to his father’s death.” Kareem spoke.
“Yes, and on account of a scroll riddle.” Zathuran spoke in a quick voice.
“Oh! Silly me, sorry Zathuran I just thought you were intruders.” Abel said in a low tone.
Zathuran read the riddle again to Abel.
“Gosh. I would have thought Zyrean would have put me in his riddle.” He groaned.
“What do you mean?” Kareem asked.
“Well, it is a custom to before the king dies, he will write a riddle for his son to complete and then he will take over the throne, did you not know that?” Abel answered.
“I never knew that.” Kareem said doubtfully.
Zathuran just ignored the question.
“Are you supposed to give me something?” Zathuran asked Abel.
“I don’t think so because he didn’t send me anything. I guess I’m to aid you with your hunt. I will only help you understand the riddle only if you can’t figure it out. But both of you have to try before you give up. Got it?” Abel pointed with his horn.
Zathuran just now noticed that the horn was pure white.
“Yes, I got it.” Zathuran answered.
“Me too.” Kareem shrugged.
“Okay the next line says, “Find the secret to the May River at its tail,” What secret of the May River?” Kareem asked Zathuran.
“Wait a minute. He said “Tail.” Look at the map! See right there, doesn’t that look like a tail?” Zathuran remarked as he looked at the map.
“Well, I don’t see anything else that it could be.” Kareem looked hard to see otherwise.
“I guess we should go then, shan’t we?” Abel asked Zathuran.
“Your assumption is right.” Zathuran answered.
“But how will we get there fast?” Kareem asked.
“I don’t know, but you’ve got a good point.” Zathuran noticed.

“It is like miles and miles and a ton of mountains to pass over! How will we get there in several hours? If we go by land, it would easily take three weeks.” Kareem became a little bit out of the right mind.
Zathuran looked at Abel, an idea forming in his head.
“Ohh no, I know what you’re thinking. Definitely not!” Abel seemed to read his thoughts.
“But you saw the riddle.” Kareem added.
“Something is there. Plus, I’m the new king.” Zathuran pointed out.
“Not until you find all the secrets. I bet I know what your father has in mind before you become king though.” Abel pointed out in defiance.
“But in the meantime my father ordered you to help me either way.” Zathuran announced.
“True. Oh well. I wouldn’t bring your horses on me though. Here, I’ll kneel for you to get on my shell, and then I’ll go through the main entrance, as I can’t really fit through the other one. Now hop on.” Abel told them.
“You mean there is another entrance?” Zathuran asked in shock.
“Yes. Only a few know about it though.” Abel noted.
“Where is it?” Kareem asked.
“Through icicle falls is the hidden entrance.” Abel answered.
“Oh.” Kareem nodded.
“I should have known that’d be an entrance.” Zathuran shook his head.
“Well, let’s go.” Abel announced.
“Okay.” Zathuran and Kareem called out at the same time.
Abel dove through the cave entrance with ease, and he sped off to the west, following the shores.

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Please give me note of how you thought of it, and if you noticed any errors.

Thank you,

Ben L. Swanson Over 'n Out

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I'm Back...with a cold, but nevertheless...

Okay, so I am back, but the problem is I am sick...Which is not good if i do not get better before sunday. So, I will want to go to church no matter what...even if i'm still a little sick. It was definitely not fun in washington to the fact that there was not a church for about 3,000 miles, give or take. But...If i hear any of my friends complain how cold it has been here...They are not going to want to see me again...BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW THE MEANING OF FREEZING!

Sorry, but that was a little cruel...maybe, just maybe.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

First Post From Washington...not so cold anymore:)

Today I went to the Museum of Flight with my Grandpa, Aunt and Uncle. Oh, and my youngest sister Alyx...Charli woke up last morning sick, and threw up twice on the way to the airport to pick up our cousins. Poor little sister. This morning we decided that it would not be a total wise decision for her to come with us, as she threw up again this morning. My Grandparents are complaining about my appetite: If you know me well, you'll no that it is almost impossible to drag me away from the table. Even though it is after Christmas, we're going to have our family Christmas tomorrow, Sunday. Oh, by the way Joe, i'd like it if you post about Sunday so that i can have an understanding.

So far we've not done too much...we've been snowed in a lot lately. For me as a Floridian, a high of 37 degrees on the first day and everything bieng white was kind of different.

Mac out... I'll give updates when i can, doncha know.

Oh well Pizza is here, and if you know me...oh, let's not go there. It's been REALLY hard not to eat my cousins out of house and home.