Firm Foundation

1 Corinthians 3:10 – According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.

I will be the first to admit that I am not a builder. Don’t get me wrong, I can build things, but it is not something that I do consistently well. Last year I tried to build a potato box, and even though I completed this project, and it can hold potatoes, it was no where near what I wanted it to be. I had plans. I had the right tools. I had the right materials. I just didn’t have the skills needed.

So when I decided to take on my latest project I did so with much trepidation. Phase one of this project would be to build a deck. I have never built a deck from scratch, so I started doing research. I knew that my new deck would need to hold a lot of weight, so it had to be extra sturdy. I also knew that I had to balance this with cost and the amount of time it would take to complete the job. I settled on a design I liked and determined that because of the final use of the deck it would need to be 12 foot by 12 foot.

The deck would have to go where my current garden boxes sat, so the first task was to move those boxes.

Task one complete. Next I began to purchase the materials for the foundation. Like Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:10, I wanted to be careful how I build it. So I purchased 25 deck piers to go under the deck. I then purchased the wood, which would be 2X8 treated wood, along with all the hardware. Each pier would be 2 feet apart and then cross supports would be 18 inches apart. I wanted this foundation to be solid. Here is what it began to look like.

It took about 3 full days of work to get it complete and then another full day to put on the deck floor. I used composite as the flooring since it was going to get wet and I didn’t want to have to replace any of it. It was finally complete.

This foundation is solid. It will stand the test of time and will not be moved.

As I was looking at what I had done, with a little pride, I realized that I had built a strong foundation for this project and in my life a strong foundation had been built for me.

Growing up my mother always did devotions. She made sure we were in church on a regular basis. She prayed with us. This was the initial foundation that was laid. Then others came along and built upon that foundation. Church leaders, Sunday School teachers, mentors built upon the foundation that was laid. And all the while Jesus was the foreman who directed the work.

Now while it may seem that my foundation is complete and the work is finished, there is more to be done. The foundation of my life is Christ and He must continue to be the foreman who directs the building of my life. There may be times where I need to tear down a portion of what I have built, but the foundation remains secure.

I must be careful what I build from here on out. Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:18-19:

Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.





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Choices at Such a Time as This


We find ourselves at a place in history that we could never have imagined. Our choice of a presidential candidate leaves a lot to be desired. There was a time when people aspired to become president and the character of the president mattered to everyone, or so it seemed. Nowadays society will tell you that the character of the president does not matter. They tell us that he is a man and a few “indiscretions” does not make him a bad person or a bad president. Isaiah 5:20-23 gives a different perspective – “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!”

Character does matter. No matter who you are from the homeless man on the street to the president of the United States, your character does matter. You can tell the character of a person in how they run their business, treat their employees or work at their job, how they treat their family, how they treat their possessions, and how they treat other people. I have responded on Facebook about how I have an issue with Mr. Trump as a business man. Filing bankruptcy, 3 times, has become apparently okay. It is okay to use someone else’s money and then not pay it back in full. Psalm 37:21 has a different perspective – “The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives.” Filing bankruptcy cannot and should not be the reason to not vote for a person. I could vote for someone who filed bankruptcy, but it is an indicator of a person’s character when they borrow and don’t pay back. When we decide who to vote for, we must look at the whole person and decide if they have the character that the office of president deserves. How do they treat other people when the press is not looking? What do their employees say about them? What do their families say about them? Trump, Clinton, and Sanders all have huge character flaws, as we all do. The question is would any of them make a good president? That depends on your definition of a good president.

I was and still am a supporter of Ted Cruz. I think that he was probably the one candidate that might have a chance of keeping us a constitutional republic. Is he perfect, of course not. I am a history buff and I have studied our nation’s history frontwards and backwards. We have wandered from the foundation of our country, just as many have wondered from the foundation of our faith. Those two things combined make for a very dangerous cocktail. I think this is why we are seeing almost a militant support of Mr. Trump and a lot of the young people flocking to Bernie Sanders. They want an outsider to go into Washington and kick some butt. I am not sure even Mr. Trump will be able to kick as much as people and he himself thinks he can. The beast is big, ill tempered, and not very likely to give up easily.

How can we ask our children to respect a person like Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton. The answer is not an easy one. You can’t. During the last eight years I have told myself that I do not respect Mr. Obama’s philosophical beliefs, yet I do respect the office of president and Mr. Obama as a fallen human being. With each action taken by the president that I do not agree with my respect for the office of president decreases. This is tough for someone who grew up during a time when patriotism was still held high and the office of president considered a respectable office to attain. I believe that every president thinks that they are doing what is best for the country, or at least their version of what the country should be. I can respect that they are holding to their values, just as I can respect that a Muslim is dedicated to their beliefs, but that does not make their beliefs and actions right. God is the ultimate judge on what is right and what is wrong.

So, what can we do? How are we to vote? Do we hold our nose and vote for the candidate that doesn’t smell as bad? First we pray for the candidates. We pray that Mr. Trump, Mrs. Clinton, or even Mr. Sanders have a come to Jesus moment and realize the errors of their ways. That they realize they need Jesus as Lord and King of their lives. I can honestly say that I doubt any of them truly have a relationship with Jesus. Matthew 7:15-16 says, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits…” This holds true for all believers. No good fruit, no faith. Does it matter? To me it does, unfortunately to many people today it does not. Second, we vote. Now we are responsible to vote, but we do not have to vote for the candidates that they put before us. We can write someone in, or not vote for any of them. I know the argument is that a no vote for trump is a vote for Hilary. No, a no vote for Trump is also a no vote for Hilary and a yes vote for our conscience. A write-in candidate will not win, but our conscience will at least be clear. I think that both sides are going to have issues because the Bernie Sanders people will not vote for Hillary. Third, if God wants Clinton or Trump in the office, my vote for or against them will not be able to stop God’s will. He will put them in office. My responsibility is to pray for them after they are elected.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 – “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Vote your conscience, pray for the candidates, respect the office of president, and respect the person in office as a fallen human being. That is all we can do.

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Investing For the Greatest Return

01-10 Economies of Jesus 101

What are you investing? Are you investing? To have the true good life you must risk it all. Are you ready? Click below to listen.

Jesus Economics 101


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As For Me and My House

01-03 As For Me And My House

What would it look like if Jesus was lord of your home? When Jesus was here on earth He brought blessing to the home of Peter and Andrew, salvation to the house of Zacchaeus, and fellowship to the home of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. Would Jesus be recognized as being in our homes today? Would Jesus be comfortable in our homes? What changes need to be made in our homes and are we willing to make these changes?

Listen here for more:

As For Me and My House We Will Serve The Lord

God Bless



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Lord of All

Philippians 2:5-11Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,   10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Baby Jesus Asleep

I do not like being told what to do. I am sure that are a lot of people out there just like me that like to do things their own way and do not like being bossed around.

I have had to temper my attitude on being told what to do as I have grown older and matured in my faith. This is the struggle we have as believers, to make Jesus Lord of our lives. It was a central core of the early church and is mentioned around 750 different times in the New Testament.

The idea of Jesus as Lord is at the heart of the incarnation. This baby, born in a manger, would one day be exalted as the lord of everything. That means He is the Lord of you and me, even if we don’t want to be told what to do.

This is where I find myself today, wondering what it really means to call Jesus Lord of my life. I will be exploring this idea over the next few months in my messages and consequently on this blog.

Listen here to begin to contemplate the WHY of Jesus is Lord:

The Mystery of Christmas-Lord of All

God Bless


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Little Town of Bethlehem

Micah 5:2 – But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.


Christmas Eve

Where were you born? Do you still live in the same town you were born in? I am now living just a few miles south of where I was born. Where we are born and where we are raised has an influence on us.

My family comes from the mountains of West Virginia and I probably have been influenced more by where my father was from than from where I was born.

What I have found interesting is the history of Bethlehem as a city and how that correlates with the life of Christ.

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Little Town of Bethlehem
God Bless



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The Wonder of Grace

Philippians 2:5-115 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Baby Jesus Asleep

Have you ever thought about the word Grace? Grace has been defined as unmerited favor. In other words, grace is getting what we don’t deserve. Today we think we deserve an awful lot. Many times we are misguided and disillusioned into thinking we deserve everything our heart desires.

True grace is the why behind the story of the baby in the manger.  We need to makes sure that we don’t get so comfortable with God’s grace that we forget how amazing it is.

Hear more about grace here:

The Mystery of Christmas: The Wonder of Grace


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