Posts Tagged ‘life’

Jesus said: “love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself.”   
That is easily said, but in reality when a person becomes a Christian we assume that we know what to do.  Yet do we really?  
In my years of being a Christian, one of the most depressing questions that many face is, now what? 
It is said not knowing what is expected of you in the work place is the number one issue facing employers and employees.  Sounds like that should be a simple  fix. The fact is, it is not. The same goes for trying to figure out what is expected of us as Christians. 
Now you are probably wanting to know my insight.  Simple, stop trying!  The problem with  many organized religions is all the rules and dogma. They drain us both physically and emotionally. 
Many people leave the faith or are so disgusted with the hypocracy of Christianity they run from anything associated with religion.
You might be shocked to hear this, but it is time to stop worrying about sin.  Its time to stop worrying about right or wrong, along with how you must “act” as a Christian.  Because it is not an “act” it is real life.  The plan is to follow Jesus, but as Romans 4 points out, it is not your acting that does anything to please God.  
Christianity is a Journey, one that is most of the time unknown.  The supprising key to pleasing God is to understand this, and continue on even when we do not know where we will end up.  Why?  Because we are placing our trust in God.  We are not concerned with the dogma of our organized religions instead we follow the Spirit into all truth.  The “rules” did nothing but create disappointment and defeat. It is faith in the journey that pleases God!
Be blessed today!  Happy Friday!

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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!

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.

I was thinking tonight as I was having a conversation tonight with my girlfriend. Talking about life it’s twist turns and the what if this, and what if that. After my spiritual awakening at 16 I was very spiritual, my leaders presumed I would be a young up and coming pastor.  Then some twist and turns appeared in my life and I was married and a heavy drinking U.S. Army soldier .  I still had the dream of pastoring but it seemed far away.  So tonight I wondered, what if.  Then during contemplation I said to myself I would have been one of those fundamental conservative pastors who only stayed within their culture.  I probably would have found Biblical education at a institute falling in line with the rest of my peers.  I probably would have never actually learned to think. Although I probably would have not become an ex con and substance abuser.  One thing for sure is I would never have become The Backyard Preacher.  I would have never learned to conduct biblical research earning my Masters in Religion through taking courses online; this partly because I lost my license and know one would hire me because of a felony conviction for theft.  This created a deep anger and to be honest selfish advocate for felons trying to do the right thing in life but still treated as second class citizens.  I wouldn’t know what it was like to spend time with many different cultures and ethnicities through my military service and factory jobs.  To be able to empathize with homosexuals, minorities, and others with substance issues.  Maybe all things do work out for a reason. Maybe God has led me down this path for such a time as this.   Maybe I am becoming the pastor who wants his congregation to think about what I preach and for homework come to a different conclusion other than mine.

I am wondering if some of the problems within the fundamental conservative church today is leaders who are trained not to think. Yet only adhere to the old saying “The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it.”  Instead to actually research and challenge the pastor to teach one another to sharpen each other.  To limit dogma take away rules that weigh each other down and truly be free as a church under Christ.  So not to be long winded this was only going to be a Facebook post but I thought it would be a bit long.  If you listen to my podcast The Backyard Preacher I encourage you to challenge me, come up with different conclusions. Do your own research we should all be willing and able to step up to the pulpit and lead.  

So all in all, I have been through a lot of self-made crap in my life. Yet through it all I have become The man and Christian I am today because of it.    

What if we could stop being Facebook bullies and instead start being kind?  What if we could actually think before we type?  What if we decided to love instead of hate?  What if we allowed God back into the Garden?  Maybe, just maybe the world would be a better place.

Who kicked who out of the garden? Did God kick out man? Or did we kick out God? Is not God here and now, in front of us and within us, above us and below us?  If so did we kick out God? Is our duty, our will to reach union with God?  We may struggle with these questions, we may struggle with the idea of having the ability to reach the divine becoming divine as the Father becoming one as Jesus prayed. “Let them be one with you as we are one.”  The final question is the same as the first. Who kicked who out of the Garden? Did you? Have we all? If so maybe it is time we let him back in.

Good day Backyard Preachers!  It has been a while but I AM back.  Nate talks a little bit about his recent struggles along with the power of our words.  We struggle in life, it is not easy.  Yet through are struggles sometimes we are just paying the price for a better life.  Be blessed!

Nate talks about forgiving yourself, loving yourself, and being kind to yourself.  This is a message from the heart.  We cannot be effective as Christians and walk in the love and light of Christ when our own love and light is covered by guilt and shame.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  All you wannabe Irish people who just want another excuse to drink.  Please be safe out there!  OK, Nate takes on the division of flesh and Spirit, looking at the text from Luke chapter 8 which describes the transfiguration of Christ from an esoteric perspective.  Enjoy, and stay inspired!

Nate talks about the fight between the flesh and the Spirit.  The battle of our true selves and that of the illusion of ego which tries to take over our lives.  We succumb to pain then use a variety of vices based on our animalistic biology to place a bandage on a wound that can only be healed through Christ.