There is a powerfully convicting verse in James 4. In verse 17 it says, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”
My friends, it is high time we break the silence and talk about the cost of silence.
03/31/20 04:30 AM Filed in: Christian Living | Wrestling
Yesterday, I wrote about not taking one day for granted when it comes to life and especially one’s loved ones.
Tonight, I am wrestling through something I am simply entitling, “The Choice.”
03/30/20 04:30 AM Filed in: Christian Living | Wrestling
Well, another sleepless night chronicle. Hopefully, the continuation of this spontaneous series will be short-lived. :)
One year ago tomorrow, I lost my dearest friend in this life. I thought I’d be fine tonight, yet it hit me harder than I thought it would.
Thus, this is why my lantern burns at this hour and my quill is dipping into ink and scratching across parchment.
03/26/20 03:12 AM Filed in: Christian Living | Wrestling
Well, it is 2:30am again tonight.
After considering last night’s article, it seemed fitting and necessary for there to be a follow-up post.
Yes, it is true the darkness I have been facing in my life is great. Yet, there is another side of the coin that must be shown. For you see, the darkness CANNOT stop the light!
03/25/20 03:00 AM Filed in: Christian Living | Wrestling
It’s 2:30am in the morning. I should be asleep, but I’m not.
Sleep and I play a relentless game of hide and seek nowadays. I’m not a good seeker, let’s just leave it at that. :)
To be honest, I dread the stillness of the night. For in the bustle of the day, I can shut out the pain, dull the ache of my heart and push away the fear and discouragement.
02/07/20 11:00 PM Filed in: Christian Living | My Testimony
I turned 18 today. 18 years of walking with the Lord as a Christ follower.
After a crazily busy day that isn’t over yet, I’m finally sitting down to think about my spiritual birthday.
Cynical: Believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity; doubtful as to whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile.
Expectant: Having or showing an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something good, interesting or beneficial.
I attended a March for Life rally today.
Such events always leave me sobered, encouraged, frustrated and hopeful.
Yet, one question has been the cause for great searching of heart. The question, am I really pro-life?
01/13/20 12:00 AM Filed in: Christian Living | Object Lessons
6:15am, it was dark, cold and snowy.
65mph feels WAY too fast a speed to be going with those conditions.
Where do you stand?
It is the question that comes to mind as I ponder the past year of 2019 and the present future of 2020.
Once, I heard a quote that stated we never lie more to God than when we sing.
Ever since then, I’ve paid greater attention to my worshipping of God in song.
I seek to ask myself, am I simply singing the words, not even meaning them? Or do I truly live them?
11/24/19 07:15 PM Filed in: Christian Living | Hard Truth
As a Christian, a different “grasping at straws” image came to mind for me personally.
During my high school years and my early post-high school days, in many places I was well-known, respected and quite “popular,” supposing I can use that word in a homeschool world context. :)
Nathaniel Mervar was someone to know back then.
11/14/19 05:15 AM Filed in: Christian Living
Recently, my humanity required I add something new to my life, glasses. :)
Turns out, I am shortsighted and things are blurry at a distance. Yet, my shortsightedness extends further than just the physical realm, it seems I am shortsighted spiritually as well.
11/05/19 02:00 PM Filed in: Christian Living
These last few blog posts I've allowed myself to be a little…ok, a LOT more vulnerable than usual. :) For sometimes as leaders, whether that be at our local fellowship, a ministry, a business or with family and friends, we can come across as too perfect.
It is so easy to forget leaders are no different from any other human being.
We are weak and face the same struggles every other human being faces.
In 2017 I prayed a dangerous prayer…
So many of us pray for dependence upon the Lord. We pray that we would live sold-out to Him. Yet, we never consider what that might do to our lives if He actually answers that prayer.
I recently studied Acts 12 for a Bible study and was struck by the two extremes for Peter and James in deliverance from their current trial. Both were delivered, but with different outcomes.
James was taken from this life and brought into the presence of His Savior. For a believer, this is a day for which we all yearn. We ache for the Lord to take us home, for we long to be in His presence. To see our Savior face to face and to spend eternity in the light of His presence.
For Peter, he was delivered from his trial by a miraculous escape from prison, as God sent an angel to do the impossible. One doesn’t escape by chance or human power from the depths of a prison, chained between two guards, with a total of sixteen soldiers guarding you.
“Christ is indeed worth our all, yet will we live that statement?”
I penned those words back in 2017 for our film entitled “Counting the Cost.” Little did I realize how deeply personal those words would become to me as I watch what seems to be the burning of many of my dreams.
Every day, it seems that our world becomes a little darker. Another tragedy, another falling-out in a relationship, another person walking away from the Lord, more and more compromise with the truth of God’s Word, good being called evil and evil called good, when will it ever end?
Yet, is it possible I am simply starting to see more and more the seriousness of sin as I mature in my walk with the Lord?
09/10/19 09:00 PM Filed in: Hard Truth | Wake Up!
An email recently came across my desk that made me stop and pause. The title read, “A Bible that was manipulated to emphasize themes of submission and subservience.” My interest peaked, I opened the email and was once again reminded of the depravity of mankind.
(This story is an allegory to the trials we as believers face in this life. My prayer for us as believers is that we will keep our eyes locked on the King, even when we are in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. As the hurt and attacks keep coming, may we press on after Him, for He is worth our all. To God alone be the glory!)
08/03/19 09:00 PM Filed in: Christian Living | Wake Up!
Life is short, incredibly short and very, very fragile.
I was reminded of this recently when I picked up a friend from the hospital.
05/13/19 09:00 PM Filed in: Christian Living | Hard Truth
Pressure. More pressure. Turn up the pressure. Stakes get higher. Ugh, pressure increasing. Is Jesus worth it? Pressure, pressure, pressure, PRESSURE…
04/18/19 05:00 AM Filed in: Hard Truth | Christian Living
Easier said than done. Jesus’ example is so easy to talk about and agree with verbally, but live it…that is another story.
03/12/19 06:00 PM Filed in: Wake Up! | Christian Living
The Word and the Word alone, that is the desire of my heart.
Let's be honest, there are a lot of opinions out there. A LOT. The older I become, the more I see this vastness of opinions and ideas. Yet, there is one source, one place, one resource where I know I will get nothing but truth from its pages. It is the holy and eternal Word of God.
01/29/19 05:00 PM Filed in: Christian Living | Hard Truth
04/20/18 01:21 PM Filed in: Hard Truth
Yes, I have learned a very valuable life lesson from my dog.
Every time she has reminded me of this lesson, I have told myself, “You need to write about your dog teaching you.”
So now, I have finally taken up my quill and parchment or rather, my keyboard and virtual paper. Read More…
06/03/17 10:27 PM Filed in: Christian Living
Looking back at this blog post I wrote about two months ago and didn’t release I am humbled by how the Lord has worked in my life and deepened my trust in Him through this trial.
Knowing that others are always blessed when we are willing to be vulnerable, I am now releasing this blog post with the hope and prayer that it will encourage you as you continue to learn to trust the Lord more and more everyday. Read More…