The Backyard Preacher # 188 “The True Teachings of Jesus.”

It is common in our society that the teachings of Jesus seem to resonate from without instead of from within.  Jesus was very consistent in his internal message of the Kingdom of God.  Today we have a church built on the keys of ego.  Find out the true teachings of Jesus!  

The True Teachings of Jesus
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Defining Work- Blue, white and in-between.

We live in a society in which we feel we must “work” hard, check enough boxes and accomplish a certain amount of activity before we can consider ourselves satisfied.  Moving from a place of productivity based on piece on physical production to work based on intellect and strategy from my observation lead to mental health issues.

The factory worker and the CEO hold vastly different measurements of production. Producing a certain number of accurate parts verses a job based on delegation and decision are night and day.    That said; I believe most humans with average brain functioning can most likely attain and succeed in any occupation. The difference is the type of work and social programming that has taken place throughout the person’s life.

Someone who went to college, maybe on to grad school may never work in an environment in which manual labor is required.  This individual is programmed to only understand that he or she was hired for their knowledge of a certain field and not to work as those who are laborers and technicians.  For the white collar worker it would seem a waist of their ability to contribute to the work of operating a machine, fixing a car or building something.  Of course the white collar worker is capable of such work it would become mentally awkward.  The blue collar worker also could perform the functions of their white collar counterparts if placed in such a role yet just as the white collar would find it awkward so would the blue collar worker who is now performing the duties of a corporate director.

The problem lies in the social engineering that has taken place.  A CEO who gets fired probably will not go apply as a construction worker even if the job gave him or her living wage.  Also the blue collar worker probably would not apply for the dismissed CEO’s positon as they may feel inadequate.  Are they inadequate? I doubt it, what I do believe is two types of programming which has shaped their life and contribution to society. who

There may be a real correlation between depression and persons who have placed themselves outside of their definition of work.  Some say that happiness is the end of all things.  A person may find themselves in a higher paying job or a job that does not meet their intellectual needs and find discouragement.  Both persons will never be able to perform enough “work” to be satisfied as both look at completion differently.  The blue collar worker working a white collar job may spend every waking moment of their lives in their new position trying to produce without slowing down.  Of course not everything can be accomplished in a day or a week.  Working in white collar fields involves working with humans who are all bringing a variety of complex issues.  This inability to feel accomplished could create severe depression.  The same with the white collar worker who is now in a factory; this worker is continually frustrated with the way the operation is conducted without the authority to change the operation.  The lack of operational freedom may bring about frustration leading to a lack of fulfillment.

Most people are in awe of why so many very successful people commit suicide especially among the entertainment industry.  These individuals do not answer to supervisors and many have come from a blue collar background.  They believe work involves production of something tangible.  They may never be able to create enough music, movies, art etc.  Drugs and alcohol are common as even though their bank accounts are filled, their hearts are empty. 

Moving up and down the ladder between the blue collar and white can create a psychological shift which causes more harm than the money is worth.  That said transition is possible and through proper self-care and realization that both types of work are important to the contribution to society. 

Companies could do more to train those being promoted into a different dynamic.  Those who find themselves in instant success should in my opinion see a therapist to work through the major life change that follows.  The same should be said of those who have been dismissed from white collar positions and are now working in the manual fields.

The Backyard Preacher Podcast # 187 “Interfere With Fear”

The greatest enemy of success is fear.  It is time that you start interfering with your fear.  We get stuck in a trap that can only be evaded, and or broken out of through your decision to live life with courage without fear!  I know it is not easy I struggle with it daily but I am not going to stop and neither should you!

Interfere With Fear

The Backyard Preacher # 185″Fear Not”

Have no fear Nate is here.  I can’t save you but I can guide you to the edge of the cliff and allow you to choose to step off into either death or life based on your faith.  No harm will come to you no matter what you do.  You are the center of your solar system.  You are the maker of your reality.  You choose to fear or stand courage’s! Now decide.  

Fear Not

The Backyard Preacher # 184 “Just Laugh About It.”

We are way, way too serious! I have been there also.  I have since just not given a crap about much.  It dose not mean I do not love and pray for justice and peace.  It just means I am not letting it get to me.  I have found through comedy that I have become a little less sensitive and much more mentally clear.  

Just Laugh About It

The Backyard Preacher # 183 (You are the Universe.)

Does Christianity teach that we and the universe are one?  I think that it does.  Jesus said I and the father are one.  If Jesus made us to be like him, one with the father than it is only to reason that we are apart of the whole not separate from creation.  Enjoy!

You are the Universe.

The Backyard Preacher # 182 (The Answer to Everything is, You Just Being You.)

Yes, Just be you!  We do not have to fight over everything if we are willing to reason together.  I use to get angry and outraged but have calmed down a lot after I realized that life is not that serious.  Have fun, be king, accept other people, don’t be a jerk and let love win!

TBP # 182

The Backyard Preacher Podcast # 180 ( A Nation in Unity)

Are we really a nation in unity or am I just telling another lie?  Wouldn’t you want the nation to be united?  Wouldn’t you want to have a healthy strong country?  The fact is we are more united than we realize, if only we did as Jesus said and stop trying to take the speck out of our brothers eye and rather take the plank out of our own. 

A Nation In Unity

The Backyard Preacher # 178 (WAR)

The human is born violent.  Murder is acceptable in society yet through what lenses do we view? Since Cain killed Able man has killed one another.  Yet statistically we live in the most peaceful time on the planet.  While we see more school shootings and stand in horror we do not think about the presidents who kill innocents everyday with drones.  What is the difference?  Lets explore war together!   

WAR

The Backyard Preacher # 177 (Mothers Day Episode)

Mother’s Day is not just a day in which we celebrate mothers.  Mother’s Day is a day in which we celebrate the spirit of the feminine.  The church has cast aside the sacred feminine nature of God for so long we have lost balance.  It is time to restore the sacred feminine within our lives and church.  

The Backyard Preacher Podcast # 176 “Remember How You God Here” The Motivational Series

Nate wraps up the motivational series with good reminders and teaches us to remember how we obtained success in order to rinse and repeat using similar processes.  


Nate wraps up the motivational series with good reminders and teaches us to remember how we obtained success in order to rinse and repeat using similar processes.  

The Backyard Preacher # 174 “Being Told No” (The Motivational Series)

Successful people are told no more times on their life than those who are just getting by.  If you want success you have to take it; that said people will not let you take it without a fight.  We cannot be afraid of being told no.


Successful people are told no more times on their life than those who are just getting by.  If you want success you have to take it; that said people will not let you take it without a fight.  We cannot be afraid of being told no.

The Opioid Crisis

States are pondering with the idea of charging drug dealers with murder if a buyer dies as a result of use. This is primarily focused around the opioid crisis. No one can deny that the United States has a drug problem. Opioids are a dangerous part of the problem as these drugs cause the most deaths. What should be noted is that a good percentage of opioid users started taking the drug because a doctor prescribed it for severe pain.

If you have ever been in extreme pain before and were given opioids then you can attest that they work wonders. The pain just goes away as you enter a state of bliss. Yet the bliss is short lived as it is reported you can become physically dependent on these wonderful pills in just 5 days. With the DEA becoming more active in monitoring a doctor’s prescription pad, many newly minted addicts are cut off. This in my opinion is not fair and leads to their death.

We see once good productive citizens become criminals in the eyes of the law because they are in pain and need to somehow maintain a functional life. They purchase unregulated often tainted opioids or move into using heroin increasing their chances of imprisonment or death. A wall at the border will not solve the problem; an internal examination and making the proper adjustments in treating patents in extreme pain will do more than any wall. Many states allow for the use of medical cannabis for pain yet most states are still stuck in the 1920’s. We have bars on every corner yet somehow being high on anything other than alcohol is immoral.

So what common sense approaches can the citizenry take to curb the opioid crisis without spending a dime? First we allow doctors to prescribe alternative pain relief by federally legalizing cannabis. Cannabis is a proven to reduce pain and the great thing is no one has ever died from it. Second we need to allow people who suffer from chronic pain to be on opioids long term. Doctors should be able to give medication that will allow the patient to have a functioning life even if it comes in the form of a pill. So many people turn to street drugs which are not regulated by the FDA leading to fatal overdose of people who just needed pain relief. Finally I want to say that life is hard and it sucks sometimes. I do not look down upon the drug user I look down upon those that lock people up and deny them maybe the only happiness they will ever have.

Church Without Borders

Is it possible to truly have a church without borders?  Borders; why are they built within every congregation who claims to know the will of God?  Borders separate would be people of like mind; they divide families and friends, and discourage asking the question of why the borders exist.  The borders are the man made doctrines and dogmas of the church.  What exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of himself?  “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.  I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34, NIV)  Did Jesus take delight in the fact that people would be divided because of him?  If you continue to read the text Jesus points out in verse 36 the very members of a household will become enemies.  The overall question is what kind of warning is this?  Is Jesus saying that border walls are good and that his teachings will cause divisions?  Or, does Jesus foresee the outcome of human error and our ability to create division over teachings as we all try to be right?  It is an undeniable fact that we have seen the madness of the Christian faith over the last 2 thousand years, the division it has caused and the lives destroyed.  Maybe, just maybe Jesus desired not to cause division, rather an unavoidable human consequence.    

What then can the church look like to fix our divisive nature?  Thankfully I may have the answer.  We must remove all doctrines and dogma except for two teachings; first, Christ as the incarnate son of God who lived, died, and was resurrected. Second the teaching of the Apostle Paul found in 1 Corinthians 13, which gives us the definition of love.  Every other teaching then must be able to pass the love test.  All then is permitted and all is forbidden. Absolutely everyone is accepted in God’s eternal love.  Think of all of the social issues of today which divide the church.  These social issues would be no more as we would not recognize them as issues within our body of Christ.  All is truth, and all is lie.  What remains is God’s eternal love.  With humility and introspection we live out our lives in peace.  We accept all people.  There would not be a need to argue over theological interpretation for each person has the ability to interpret for themselves and then give this same authority to their fellows in respect of their own knowledge.  The leaders among us will be those who serve the most as appointed leadership will not be beneficial.  We will lead one another in humility as we are all ordained priest of God.  We will gather to break bread, and our fellowship will be without major ritual that causes some to place someone on a higher level than another. Worship through song, prayer, and conversation. 

Humanity cannot find God because humanity is looking up instead of looking within and around.  Humanity as a whole is the very essence of God.  A church cannot be divided.  A church divided is not a church.  A body cut in half is not able to function and is dead.  The body of Christ is resurrected and full of life; this body is you.  As you know we live in very divisive times, my heart is drawn as a Christian to present Godly answers to the issues we face.  What if we stopped allowing issues to be issues and allowed ourselves to be happy?  Politics are ruining the church in America, social justice is ignored by the majority in favor of a theology lacking in love and morally bankrupt.  Many Christians seek signs and wonders, yet Jesus said you will not see any sign but that of Jonah.  The sign then that people need to see is you.  Be the resurrection, be the life to your fellows.  I believe we can have a church without borders if we just take ourselves out of the way.      

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Alethia

Billions of galaxies containing trillions of stars with the certainty that life exist on one of those planets.  Or, maybe there is nothing, we are alone and forever will be.  Maybe we do not even exist at all. You the reader are my creation, or I am of yours.  Am I then the only one who exist?  Is everyone else is an illusion within the dream we call life?  Am I capable of all things?   When I read about God am I essentially reading about myself?  Am I God and I do not even know it?

You may be God, the creator of this “reality” and this blog post is just a glitch in the matrix hidden in the deepest regions of your subconscious and now you are thinking about life completely differently.  Are you in control of your own life?  Are other people dictating your every move because you do not take the power in which you have been granted?  Have you relinquished yourselves of your responsibility, this then may be your reminder to get back on track?  Life is funny like that.  I may not even exist, or I am all that exist.  No matter what we are it is very clear we do not understand, or we would use our Godlike qualities. 

Our perceived human race has constantly been at war with each other, killing, imprisoning, a constant spread of evil.  We are not the light of the world, we are the cancer.  A cancer that is spreading rapidly with no hope of treatment for we do not even realize that we are the cancer.  Cancer cells in our bodies multiply which causes destruction of the organs.  Humanity multiplies causing destruction to the planet and to other humans within this existence.  We do not realize that we are the other humans because there is no one else, there is only you, there is only me. 

  Whatever reality may be, it is so serious it becomes humorous.  The madness of life is caused by our own creation.  There is no outside influence that has not been created within.  All that is and all that ever will be is within you.  Self-sustained, all knowing, omni-present.  You have been me and I have been you, you have been everyone on earth and they have been you.  God has not created us in his image we have created him in ours.  We are existing in a state of amnesia it is time we awake to all that was lost and be all that there is. Amen. 

Why I am a Proud Heretic

Why would anyone within the Christian faith desire to be known as a heretic? Cast out like a leper, always on the verge of getting stoned; and not the good kind of stoned! Sooner or later your orthodox friends will stop arguing with you, they will either accept you for who you are or pray for your eternal soul. Some may tell their friends that it is best not to associate with you because your heresies could lead them astray. I personally have been deleted on Facebook by many people including pastors who did not wish to view or argue my questions. Some have removed me from their social media as they fear I may influence their friends. I am flattered by the attention. I ask questions, but what I ask may not be what I believe. What if I do not know what I believe? What is wrong with asking questions pertaining to the very core of the faith? After all, as a Christian we are devoting our lives to this thing; might as well know what is really going on!

Here is the deal; the last execution for heresy took place in 1826 his name was Cayetano Ripoll. He was a Spanish school teacher who was put to death for supposedly teaching beliefs that were said to be deist. Yes, 1826 that was only about 200 years ago. Up until the modern era people have been frightened by the idea of thinking for themselves. Over the span of hundreds of years we have micro evolved into a people who give religious authority to the supposed chosen. This is very sad. The United States was founded by prominent deist who insisted on a separation between the church and the state. No longer will religion and government mingle; no longer will religion have authority over someone’s life. For the sake of freedom, for the love of country and my fellow Americans I am a proud questioner of the faith. I am a proud heretic!

Those that made decisions during the religious councils were no better than you or I. Generally as Protestants, like it or not, most orthodoxy is derived from the early councils.  These guys did not even have a consensus of the divinity of Jesus. They created the doctrines of the faith based on early text which would become the Bible as we know it today and by the opinions of the members of the ecumenical councils which was led by the Pontifex Maximus. This was not a priest trained in theology this was the pagan Empower of Rome; Constantine. The Roman emperor was the high priest of all the Roman religions and this would now include Christianity.  Of course they changed the name from College of Pontiffs to ecumenical councils to distance themselves from the pagan past. What is important is just as the council members rendered their opinion so you have authority in your opinion. Contrary to popular belief we can have a church with doctrines as different as its members.

A church with different opinions and beliefs, how can this be? Simple, the members of the church only need to live within the love of God. You may not believe the same way as your fellow but love teaches to be forever patient and kind. You may wish to dictate your opinion of the faith, but love teaches we should not be self-seeking. We should not hate, we should not boast, we should not hurt others. We must hope all things, believe all things, and when this world passes away we will one day know all things. Until then we know nothing. In fact we know less than nothing. The first step is to admit to yourself and God that we are lacking. If it is that simple, why do we make it so hard? We are human, that is my excuse. My simple teaching comes from 1 Corinthians 13 because of this teaching I am generally viewed as a heretic. I cause division because I seek to ultimately unite. I would have once been burned at the stake yet here I stand a proud heretic!

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