The Ramblings of a Fool for Christ!

These are previous posts from another website.
I thought I would put them here.

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The entire book of James

"What a man does it the touchstone of faith. So, true faith, which alone justifies, is expressed by what a man does not by what he presumes. The man who lives faithfully is the justified man (although he is not justified by living faithfully). Deedless faith cannot save, not because works are the ground of justification, but because the lack of works is the evidence of the absence of real faith."
from the book After Darkness Light, page 92


"I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven." A. W. Tozer


1 Peter 1:3-7
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

Well, Emmanuel Baptist Christian School had a fire on Friday. School is shut down a couple of days earlier than it was supposed to. The school is shut down now because the fire was in the chemistry storage area. Mercury levels in the building are high. There are a lot of thoughts going through my mind right now. From the superficial...how inconvenient this is for me. I cannot get to any of my books because the school is locked up. I hope I will be able to get them sometime soon. To the not so superficial...when will be able to get back into the building. To the eternal...God I have no idea how this is going to work out but I pray that even in the midst of a situation like this that I don't understand I would be able to glorify You, God.
Please be praying for Emmanuel Baptist Christian School, the administrators, the teachers and the students.
I pray these trials will help me to see your glory which is so much greater than a builder or books.


Colossians 1:9-12For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

Life has been challenging. VERY CHALLENGING for me. Lots of up and downs recently. I really have been struggling so much more than I would have thought with the passing of my dad. I shared with a friend that I have even avoiding journaling or writing my thoughts anyway because I think a floodgate of feelings would come out. But I know that God is amazing. I just sometimes really struggling with how distant my relationship with God is. DISTANT because of the time between my meaningful fellowship times with Him. By meaningful times I mean so much more than the quick, little, fast food bites of "devotional" thoughts I pick up on the run. By meaningful times I mean those times when I genuinely take the time to "sit at the feet of Jesus." You may know what I mean. Everything else in this busy world fades away. It is just you and God.
You know you have spent time with the Creator because when you are done you feel refreshed and strengthened in God's power.
You also know you have spent time with God because when you are done you immediate feel the press of this sinful world.
The verses from Colossians 1 have been a real blessing to me during the last couple of weeks. One of Emmanuel's missionaries actually included this passage in one of her prayer letters. I have shared it with my ABF class and my Bible classes at Emmanuel but I need to share it again because it has been such a blessing.


Habakkuk 3:17-18
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herds in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation

What a challenging verse!! I will take joy IN God not IN my circumstances. My joy comes from my God not just in what he does for me but in who He is. I pray I would never forget that reality.
This past year has been very challenging. The challenge of this verse has been obvious throughout the last twelve months.
I pray I would be able to pray and live out these verses daily in my life.