BLOGGERS: ‘VIRTUALLY’ ONE OF THE MOST SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITIES I’VE BEEN A PART OF…

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I’ve been blogging for a little over four years now, and has God allowed this platform to help me share what He places in my heart with people all around the world.

I feel so alive and ‘in my purpose’ when I’m writing. I think most of you bloggers out there will agree with me on that. It’s never a burden or a task.

From an associate minister’s perspective, there’s no excuse for any person to sit around waiting on opportunities to ‘hold the microphone’ behind a pulpit to share what God has placed inside them.

Smart devices are televisions, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, bibles, commentaries all rolled up in one. Bloggers have access to people while sitting at home with their televisions on, while they are waiting at the doctor’s office and DMV, while they are waiting at a traffic light, and of course while they sit up in bed at 3am. Blogging is an ideal way to reach those who are engaged to the author’s interest.


But, there is one incredible awesome incremental benefit to blogging…the blogging community. Wow! This community is so supportive. So helpful. So encouraging. So many talented, gifted writers who support one another.


The encouraging words. The unselfish advice of what’s worked for them. The support. And, what’s truly amazing is that I have met so many people who I haven’t actually ‘met. So many people I consider to be friends who are literally more supportive than some people I have known all of my life. Other than my wonderful church…


This virtual community is virtually the most supportive community I’ve been a part of…


I have found not only an extremely supportive Christian blogging community, but bloggers who don’t necessarily share my beliefs treat discussions with such a high level of respect and civility. It gives me hope that people can disagree without insults and dysfunction. This community is almost a church within itself that submits to Yeshua, Christ Jesus as Pastor and Chief Shepherd. People of various denominational beliefs reason together with respect. Of, course sometimes there are those who are insulting or disrespectful, but I would define the overall culture and character of the blogging community as supportive and encouraging.

Without calling any names, I want to give a collective ‘THANK YOU!” to everyone who has commented, shared, nominated me for an award or just read y posts without even reacting.

I love being a part of this community and thank God for each and every one of you. I encourage you to continue sharing the gift God gave you, even on the days you feel no one is reading. He made two promises that I don’t want you to forget…

Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)

11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

 Proverbs 18:16 (NKJV)

16 A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.

I think the blogging community proves that this scripture is true even ‘virtually’…

Matthew 18:20 (NKJV)

20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

 BE BLESSTIFIED!

KEEP YOUR MARRIAGE ‘SOLID’ WITH THE SONGS THAT BROUGHT YOU TOGETHER!

September 26 with mark 33 years of marriage for my wife and I. If you’re like us, music most likely played a huge role in bringing you together.

Nothing deep or profound here. Just a reminder to keep your marriage fun, and always use ‘your songs’…those songs that brought you together to keep you close.

Don’t wait until your anniversary. Celebrate your marriage EVERY DAY! In the words of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, keep it “Solid as a Rock”!

Mark 10:9 (NKJV)

9 Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Matthew 19:5 (NKJV)

5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

Ecclesiastes 9:9 (NKJV)

9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

IF YOU CAN’T SHARE YOUR FAITH IN LOVE, KEEP IT TO YOURSELF…

One of our responsibilities as believers in the God of Israel through Jesus Christ is to share our faith to make disciples…

Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

However, we have too many so-called believers who are doing more harm than good in HOW they share their faith…

In anger…

Mean-spirited…

Arrogantly…

Proud…

Condescending…

Malicious…

With Insults…

Self-righteous…

Showing signs of hate for the ‘sinner’ whether that hate for the ‘sin’…

Seemingly forgetting that we are ALL sinners saved by grace, many of whom have created more or greater sins since they’ve been saved rather than before.

Too many people in Western culture has allowed the equating of toughness, aggression and machismo to strength to creep into how their faith and how they share it.

We will convert or convince no one by being mean, insulting, and self-righteous.

Check out these verses…

Colossians 4:5-6 (NKJV)

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Galatians 6:1-4 (NKJV)

Brethren, if a man is [a]overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

2 Timothy 2:24 (NKJV)

24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,

Ephesians 4:2 (NKJV)

with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,

Now look at how our Lord and Savior described Himself…

Matthew 11:29 (NKJV)

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Notice that when Paul was in Athens that he never belittled those who didn’t believe as he did, but reasoned with them…which means speaking and listening. (Acts 17:16-34 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2017%3A16-34&version=NIV).

There are too many “Christians” who feel justified in demeaning those who sin differently than they do.

There are too many believers who beat people up for the sins they ‘cherry-pick’, while excusing those they ‘have decided for God aren’t as serious’…

The ‘Fruit of the Spirit must be displayed and evident when we share our faith…

It’s easy for the enemy to highjack our intentions if we aren’t careful. Sometimes it’s less about what God wants, but more about what we want and what scriptures can we find to back it up.

Always be honest with yourself and your motives. And remember this…

Matthew 7:22-23 (NKJV)

22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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