Archive for the ‘Spirituality’ Category

Let’s be happy!  The country is divided, yes we have serious issues, but we also must take care of ourselves.  If we get so wrapped up in trying to be the problem solver we crash and burn.  Believe me I know all to well how to crash and burn.  So on this episode let us be happy together!

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The final instalment of the “New Aeon” series.  The most important.  Your will, your purpose, what you have been put on this earth to do.  We all have struggled with this and hopefully you will be able to find your will after listening to this podcast.

We have seen the church twist scripture to control the population for thousands of years.  Today we have much more information at our fingertips.  Yet control, especially abusive control still remains a problem within the church.  The new Aeon of Christianity follows simple guidelines no rules, no dogma just Spirit led Christianity.

Nate continues in his series of The New Aeon of Christianity.  In this episode Nate examines material possessions.  Also the old aeon method of tithing and giving out of psychological manipulation.  Nate desires to bring the body of Christ freedom from any abuse and bondage brought on by “leaders” within the body of Christ.

Over the past 2000 years man has distorted, twisted, and perverted Christianity.  We are human after all.  We have created a firewall between God and us.  Nate goes into detail in part 1 examining who we are?  And the first point of six Salvation.  The next episodes will cover possessions, sexuality, fear, love, and will.

Nate talks about fundraising.  Hurricane Davie, Joel Olsteen, bullying, and finally Nate gives a recap of just what is The Backyard Preacher ministry.  So Hello, are you out there?

 

 

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During disasters such as the one in Houston we as Americans pull together as a country to help our fellows.  I don’t mean to be controversial but then again I am writing this as The Backyard Preacher.

Often times when natural disasters strike their is a current of belief within some evangelical leaders and followers which believe God is punishing the victims for their “sin.”  Most of us can see how absurd this is. Yet these are very evil statements. People have suffered and died and “Christian” leaders condone the deaths as punishment for being gay etc…

I have not heard much in the way of this line of thinking recently although what if those on the left stated “The hurricane is because of God punishing Trump voters.”  Or “God is punishing those who for years have fought inequality.”  Do you see how stupid those statements sound.  Yet these statements are made when a natural disaster strikes more liberal areas of the country.

My goal in this is to show the stupidity to think God sends these disasters, and how evil it sounds when people speak with pleasure at the suffering and death of others.  And they call the left ungodly.

Thinking about the recent crime wave in the Quad Cities I asked myself what could I do as a citizen?  How can I better understand what brings about such crime. My two thoughts were that of hope and poverty.  We all can find ourselves in what seems to be hopeless positions. For some It may seem impossible to wrap our minds around actually making something of our lives. I know, I have been there.  

Hope, is a tangible goal, a reason to do something in order to gain your desire. Hope gives you motivation to live a life to bring about your desire. Hope says despite the situation there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Yet when one has no hope trapped in the grip of poverty, one may take an identity that leads to destructive behavior to both self and community. 

It truly does take a village. It takes the cooperation of business leaders, politicians, clergy, and lay volunteers to help bring hope to who some labeled  hopeless. To bring life to those whom some say, lock up and throw away the key.  

Yes jobs are important, jobs that pay a living wage. Greater than that is finding a passion a purpose for existence outside of the criminal activity so many of our young people are pursuing and dying over. The Bible state’s in Proverbs 29:18 “Without a vision my people perish.”  Our young people lack vision, many only see the cycle of poverty, drugs, and correctional institutions.  

Let us as leaders and willing participants reach out and be empathetic to those who at the moment lack hope. They are not forgotten, let us do our best to plant the seed of a positive vision, and to volunteer in local organizations. 

When we don’t allow people to realize what they can be, they won’t become anything but what they believe.  The problems of drugs, gangs, violence, and poverty are not corrected through prison walls but rather through praying hands and feet willing to work to make a difference. 

Let us create vision, share it and not be intimidated but instead retaliate with the love of Christ and the hope of a better future for each individual within our community. 

The idea of a place of eternal fire and brimstone has scared the money and personal freedoms of Christians for thousands of years.  Yet what does the Bible really say?  Does hell exist at all or Jesus the master of hyperbole using the term as a reference to drive home points within his teachings?

Today is August 21, 2017.  The day the United States experienced a solar eclipse.  What does this mean for America?  What does this mean for you?  Is there any significant to this celestial event?  Nate explains all that and more on this episode of The Backyard Preacher.