Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

The great mystery of faith is broken down and explained. Nate examines several Biblical text to bring about a solid foundation you can stand on. Be motivated inspired and blessed! God loves you!


Faith is never blind as many often think of religion. Faith is not irrational self-confidence or that which is in the possession of gullible followers of every celebrity within a religion. Those who follow a false faith, a faith as weak as leaves blown in the wind following anything and everything that feeds the emotions. Let me digress faith no doubt is self-confidence. That said, it is a self-confidence that is only attained when self is eliminated in the abyss, the mind of God, the place in which all things become everything and everything nothing. Yes this is where faith is found. Blind faith, is not faith at all. Faith is a gift in which no one can conjure. It is granted to us by God. A miracle, who can eliminate the self? Who can possess the self-confidence needed for such elimination. None can claim such a feat, and in this is the mystery.

It is so good to be back!  Nate gives an interesting message on faith while giving some opinion on the current political environment along with; what people do want to hear and what they do not.

In this episode of the Backyard Preacher Podcast Nate examines faith and works.  James says faith without works is dead.  Yet what are these works?  Is it right action?  Religious ritual?  Loving your neighbor?  These are all great, but we humans will always come up short.  The fact is we cannot please God through right action.  Being a “good” person; Jesus himself said “who is good?”  The problem is many of us try to please God through right action that we become infatuated with our religious belief, rituals, and deeds it creates a type of religious OCD.

James says faith without works is dead. Yet what are these works? Is it right action? Religious ritual? Loving your neighbor? These are great, but in my understanding the human will always come up short. The fact is we cannot please God through right action. Being a “good” person; Jesus himself said “who is good?” Our problem is many of us strife so hard to please God through our actions, in life we become infatuated with our religious beliefs, ritual, deeds, it creates a religious OCD.  It causes anxiety, depression, and endless pushing of the rock up the hill only to have it fall back down on you. We place ourselves in our own form of purgatory trying to please God. Faith without works is dead, but what are these works? Trust, to trust in God as Abraham. Only faith can please God, the action of faith is trust. Let’s face it, many of us say we trust in God yet to be honest most things we have in life are created by our own hands. We get the job, the loan, and everything else that works out in life then we give praise to God.  When it doesn’t we say we are suffering with Christ or come up with any excuse to ease our spiritual suffering and disappointment. Trusting God is probably the hardest thing we can do as Christians, yet it is easier then trying to live our definition of morality. Trusting God does not require pushing the stone up the hill only to get rolled over, it involves knowing that God is, and we are not. A acknowledgement that everything will be okay regardless of the outcome because our trust, our hope, our faith is in God. This trust can motivate us, inspire us to great actions without the feelings of unworthiness. God did not create garbage, he created beautiful people which he knows can never meet our self- created standards. So today be kind to yourself, stay inspired. Love yourself, this will help you love others. Remember God loves you not for your works but just because you are his children. God bless and have a great day!

Be Kind-Stay Inspired

Nate takes a look at Mark 11:12-25.  He discusses how we rob God and are also lacking in faith.  Take a fun fascinating backyard trip through this common scripture.

Life is hard.  This is an obvious statement.  With faith in our Lord it can be a little easier, or maybe even a little harder depending our you define it.  In either case faith and the acceptance of your self as a loved human being can be one of our greatest struggles.  Nate talks about this and more on this episode of The Backyard Preacher Podcast.

“Owe no one nothing but to love one another.”  During this divisive time we must look to the scriptures to see how we as Christians should act during a Trump Administration.  Nate will discuss Romans chapter 13, allowing us to deal with the upcoming crisis.


What the heck, Donald Trump is President elect!  This news has rocked many to the core as they stand in disbelief that such a man could be President of this country.  As I have said before it is not Trump we must be concerned with, it is his followers who have been emboldened to live out their built up hate.  We must not lower ourselves to their level.  We must instead be Christ to all people, love overcomes, we must fight the good fight even if it leads us to our own cross!

The national economy is a scam. At one time a man could graduate high school and land a job which could support a home, wife, and 2.5 kids. It’s not that way anymore many families working full time are eligible for “entitlements” which the term is often misused. Unless we suggest only the lucky ones with more wealth have the privilege of having a family. many have a misconception that receiving state supplements to survive is something that is desired. Nobody wants to live on welfare, but we must also realize the government does not care; in fact longs for a welfare state. Food, housing, and financial supplements serve to allow the what I call modern slaves of society to have families, preventing a desire from becomeing entrepreneurs or gaining  greater heights, that said is financial success really what we as Christians should be concerned with? Let’s not forget we pay our tithe to the state as Isreal of old in order to fund social welfare programs to help those in our Lords image. The church does its part but cannot match the government’s provisions. While it is appealing to think of the church being the center of social well fare it is not equipped, nor I believe the thousands of denominational differences between us could allow for such to take place. Also I do not believe a theocracy on this earth is the way towards true Kingdom living. People have lost hope in the “American dream” it is a fantasy which few find and when they do become angry they fill the grocery cart of the less fortunate and then claim Christian values. If we truly took the parable of the Good Samaritan to heart we would not complain but be happy to help supplement our brother who lives in worse conditions, works crap jobs, to serve those who have more. And we somehow think that they think they are taking “our” money? Should a man rob God? The famous line used in churches to create guilt for the offering plate. Then we turn our nose at the poor. Nobody thinks they are entitled, people are born to survive and will do so however they can. However they find opportunity. Not alot of opportunity going around at the moment, but follow the money. Corporations are overseas, and only those in which it makes sense to stay here do so and are forced to pay a living wage. See we blame the youth, it’s not the youth it is what the youth have been born into. I argue not that they have not been born into a state of entitlements, but a state of Greed. Yet are we supposed to praise these Wallstreet banksters who trade money like a commodity and think they are blessed by God because they have wealth? Wealth and earthly luxurious do not equal to Godly blessings. The begger Lazarus can show us this. Yet we mock the begger while we tear down barns to build bigger ones. Yes our Lord was truly correct the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.