Category Archives: Kingdom Life

What Moves God’s Hand?

hand_ofgod2We realize areas of lack in our lives.  Insufficiency is part of the human frame.   We need the “Hand of God” to be moving for us.

But, what moves God’s Hand?  I desperately need Him to move on my behalf.

God’s Heart Moves God’s Hand

It’s easy to get into theoretical religious discussions on the subject.  Truth be told, most of the considerations – whether serious debates, or simple viewpoints – have some of the essences of truth.  As I like to say, “That’s not inaccurate.  It’s just incomplete.”  However, too many become confusingly and legalistically rigid.

“Faith Moves God’s Hand”

Of course, we are instructed in the Scriptures to conduct the affairs of our lives (walk) by faith.  But, faith in what?

It is appropriate – even vital – to be in agreement with the principles of God’s Heart.  That is without question.

However, the question is what moves God’s hand?

“Love Moves God’s Hand”

As with any human child and parent relationship, the parent desires to hear the agreement of his or her child.  But, the motivation of love is what moves the hand of the parent on the child’s behalf.

As with the parent, God loves to hear the sound of His child’s voice.  His heart is moved, and through His wisdom, His Hand is moved on our behalf.

God’s heart is stirred by His love for us.  As we engage with Him – as we intentionally call upon Him – His hand will move on our behalf regardless because of His stirrings of love.

His wisdom filled love will “move” in different ways depending on His knowledge of our need.

Is There Value In “Faith Confessions”

Yes.  But, not for the purpose of “moving the Hand of God.”  The value of repeating Bible verses is for self instruction (IMHO).   We need to assist the training of our minds with learning what the Scriptures say about issues of life as they relate to the Kingdom of God.

But training our minds to be in agreement with the realities of God’s Kingdom is simple part of good discipleship.  And, in that self training, diligence needs to be given to humble accuracy regarding what those verses are saying.

(Side note:  Head effort alone will not get anyone to the Heart of God’s Word.  We must rely on our conscious partnership with the Holy Spirit to open our eyes and ears.)

So, back to the original question.  What moves the Hand of God?

His Love For Us

His hand will not be moved to do everything we say in the way our “wisdom” (or panic) is asking for…..regardless of how many times we repeat the same verses over and over and over….

His love always contains His wisdom.  They cannot be separated. 

Therefore, “love filled wisdom” will prevail.  But, love is the initiator.  Rest in the fact that HIS LOVE FOR YOU MOVES HIS HEART, NOT NECESSARILY THE PRECISE ACCURACY OF YOUR WORDS.


P.S.  Train yourself to be humbly accurate with the Scriptures.  It is always pleasing to the Lord for His children to be in agreement with Him.  But, it’s not the key.  Love is, and His methodology of response with be wisdom.




How Simple Faith Works Best

yesExercising faith is not always easy, but it should always be simple.

Complicated faith is the product of a “works” mindset.  It’s always about making sure “I do it right.”

Today, I want to share a simple story of how simple it is to “turn on” faith that receives God’s promises.

I was recently taking a member of my church home after our Sunday family gathering.  When I arrived at the entrance to her building, I saw a young lady who had visited us at The Sanctuary, Davenport a couple of times.  When I greeter her, she asked me the following question:

Do you think God wants to heal me?  I’m bi-polar and am diabetic.”

I talked with her for a few minutes and reminded her of some of the healing and miracle promises in the Bible.

(Side note:  I did not take a hyper faith attitude with her.  I simply quoted some of the scriptures for her to remember.  Otherwise, I believe she would have felt “scolded.”)

I then asked her if I could say “a little prayer” for her.  She said, yes, and I took her hands.  I then prayed a simple prayer – in a conversational tone – acknowledging the truth and surety of God’s grace for her life.   As I was saying amen, the following thought crossed my mind:

“I say Yes to my healing!”

I then gave the young lady this instruction based on what I sensed.  I said, “According to what God has said in the Bible, healing is part of what God desires for us….and you.  Therefore, every day it will be a simple matter of receiving His words as truth.”

I then went on to tell her she didn’t need to worry about saying the right things in prayer or “confession” of healing verses.  I said, it’s just like receiving Jesus into your heart and life.  Just say, Yes!  Every day (and whenever you think about it during the day) simply say to God, “I say yes to my bi-polar miracle.  I say yes to recovering from diabetes.”

I then asked her if she thought she could remember to do that.  With a big smile she said, “Yes.  I definitely can do that!”

The longer I help mentor people in the life that Jesus has already bought and payed for, the more I am convinced that we tend to make all of his life-giving principles into defeat-dealing rules of conduct.  What we too often call faith and grace is a new mask on fear and works.

We need, more than anything, to approach our relationship with the Lord and His life with a K.I.S.S.  (Keep It Simple Stup…err…Silly)

What have you discovered along the way?  Join the conversation in the comments.




Take A Deep Breath

yes-breathingWe are now taking a change of topics from Skepticism to issues of Spirit driven life.  Today, let’s “tease” a truth that comes from the commonly known phrase, “Take a deep breath.”

You hear it, say it, and experience it for a variety of reasons that attempt to “settle stress.”   Taking a deep breath is, in fact, the beginning, middle, and end of a peace wrapped life.  Unless, of course, you prefer stress, worry, and anxiety, to joy, peace, and confidence. :)  If you do, then…there’s a problem, wouldn’t you say? :)

Actually, there are people that, without realizing it, do prefer stress and conflict.  It’s the only place that feels “normal.”  One type of person that is often afflicted with this are children of alcoholics.   That is an important area that needs attention.  But, it is not the direct design of this post.

I’m going to let you “unpack” further personal insights of taking your own deep breath, because to be meaningful…you MUST do your own “work” on it.  That’s called pondering/meditation in and on the Word of the Lord.

But let me simply help you launch your own search with these simple thoughts:

  1. The NAME of God in the Old Testament is Yahweh.  Names in Hebrew culture are about meaning.  A root meaning of Yahweh is BREATH.  In fact to get an idea of how it sounds, you can say it breathing in as you voice YAH and voicing WEH as you exhale.
  2. In Genesis 2:7 Yahweh “breathed Himself” into Adam.  Not just what we think of as physical breath, but His very life.
  3. In John 10:10 you discover of promise of Jesus.  He said that He came that we might have life.  There are three words for life.  One is Bios, which is physical life.  Another is Psuche, which includes the soul process of decision making, emotions, and intellectual process to navigate in this earth.  Frankly, that is what most Christians think Jesus is promising…better earthly experiences.  Now…THAT is a fruit of it, but not the promise.  Because the promise is the very “engine.”  The third word is Zoe, the life of God, Himself.
  4. Some interpret that as an invitation to accept a limited (albeit wonderful) understanding of Salvation which means only being saved from hell so that one day upon death the “saved” will go to heaven.  I do believe in heaven and hell that the Scriptures teach, but I’m attempting to expand what Jesus was actually promising.

He said that you might have life.

  1. HAVE in the Greek is in the tense of owning or possessing (not passively, but actively).  It also is in the present tense meaning RIGHT NOW FOR PRESENT USE.
  2. MIGHT is a conditional statement.  Actively possessing the benefit of God’s very life is conditional.  What are the conditions?  Basically to put yourself in position for the Holy Spirit to act upon your spirit, soul, and body.


  1. Personal Worship.  The kind where you are not asking for anything but to be “refashioned” after His likeness.  Asking for personal life stuff has it’s place, but not in “taking a deep breath”
  2. Personal Ponder of His Word.

Now it’s your turn to learn the journey of “deep breathing.”


I Don’t Base My Faith On The Bible

JESUS OVER BIBLENow that’s a very provocative way to begin my post, isn’t it?  Especially for a Christian pastor, eh?  (Maybe I’m loosing my way?)

Truth be told, I didn’t find my way by basing my life on the Bible.

[Keep reading.  Maybe you’ll discover why your faith doesn’t work the way you think it should.  Of course, I’m going to assume, here, that you are an honest person, okay?]  :)

I Do Believe The Bible

<murmering in the background>…”okay, Mabel, I’m confused.  Didn’t he just say he doesn’t base his life on the bible???”

You heard me correctly.  I don’t base how I live my life on the Bible.  And, truthfully speaking, I bet you don’t either.

I Base My Life On Jesus

I’m not just playing fast and loose with words, here.  There is actually quite a bit of difference between the two approaches.

Skeptic’s Accusation, “Why would any sane person base their lives on a brutal, contradictory book of fairy tales?”

A sane person wouldn’t base his or her life on a brutal, contradictory book of fairy tales.  And since I am a sane person with a touch of seasoning :), I don’t for two reasons:

  1.  That’s not what the Bible is
  2.  As already stated, I base my life on the example of Jesus

What Is The Bible?

The Bible is a library of literary genius made up of 66 different collections of literal historic accounts, poems, proverbs, eye witness testimony, and narratives.  Although it has extremely relevant application for today, it was not written by men like us to men and women like us.  It’s absolute truth must be understood by more than “couch potato diligence” to it’s contextual heartbeat.  [Yes.  ‘couch potato diligence’ is an oxymoron]

Why Do I Trust The Bible?

I trust the Scriptures because Jesus trusted the Scriptures.  Not the other way round.  In other words, I don’t trust in Jesus because I trust the Scriptures.  I trust the Scriptures because Jesus understood and trusted them.

“Jesus Is The Final Authority and Example For My Life”

I can’t answer for nor judge every man and woman who declares themselves to be Christian.  I know some precious Christian believers who are “historically Christian” by order and organization.  However, often times, Christianity is very little more than a variety of organized dogmas.  Let me clarify.  I’m not bashing organized Christianity.  I am simply saying that faith based on organized sets of dogma [even what’s known as Word Faith prescriptions] is a poor substitute for the gritty, gutsy, dirt under one’s fingernails, boots on the ground kind of faith that comes from “watching Jesus.”

The Bible is actually a very sophisticated genius collection of messages that tell God’s story and purpose for mankind.  A person wouldn’t realize that without giving it the kind of due it deserves.  But, it all points toward Jesus.  Faith arises from the story and example of Jesus.  The Scriptures give that story context.

As the Gospel chorus says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus.  Look full in His wonderful face.  And the things of earth will grow strangely dim.  In the light of His glory and grace.”

One last thought:

It was Jesus who declared that the greatest commandment was to love the Lord God with all of the heart, soul, and MIND.

True faith isn’t for dummies, nor lazy minds.  Rest in a daily relationship with Jesus as the cornerstone for your life.  Intently investigate the Scriptures to exercise the ageless context of His Story.   Watch real faith grow!


Darwin Debunked

All atheists are not, any longer, Darwinian evolutionists. However, their “leaders” like Richard Dawkins means Darwinian when he says, “Evolution is a fact.” In one interview he said, “I don’t believe there could be life anywhere else in the Cosmos, but if there were, it would absolutely be Darwinian.”

In this 3rd episode of Everyday Faith Internet Gathering, unscientific assumptions that “darwinians” make are exposed:

Confident Living In A Skeptical World #2

The second edition of Everyday Faith iGathering is now online.  It opens with the question, “If you were putting on trial as being a representative of Jesus, would there be enough evidence to convict you.

You’ll take a 28 minute journey with me  discovering how the skeptical mindset works, why, and it’s contradictions.  You’ll also be inspired by another testimonial of a woman who was a life long atheist and how and why she became a Christian.

Finally, we make application to our own Christian lives.

Here’s the link to Everyday Faith iGathering 28 minute video:


Why Atheism Is Not Absence of Faith or Ideology

Here is an excellent supplemental article to go with the first Everyday Faith iGathering class.  Thanks to

Often people insist to be atheists (only) because there’s no objective evidence of God. However as I am about to show, one could as easily claim to be a theist because no positive evidence for atheism exist. In this chapter I will show that atheism is an ideology, not absence of one, and how it is based on faith and needs circular logic (atheism true by default) and misuse of science (science has disproven God) to sound plausible. The “God of the gaps”-argument doesn’t help atheists because it is based on the assumption that atheism is true, so over time it will prevail. On the other words, if atheism is true, gaps in our knowledge will be explained completely by “naturalistic” methods. To call mechanistic (atheist, materialistic, you name it) ideology natural is of course misleading – it is an attempt to make other explanations look like fictionary.

But isn’t this article just an example of religious thinking? This notion is irrelevant, since as well I could start accusing atheists of being equally brainwashed and guilty of non-religious or even anti-religious thinking. It is rather frustrating to hear anti-theist complaining when someone is “accused” of being atheist, way too often these same persons accuse people of religious thinking! Of course anti-theists don’t give up easily, so they insist that because religion is an ideology and atheism is not, they have the right to accuse religious people of their worldview. Well as I am about to show that this is not just untrue, but the whole thing will become an embarrasment for atheists:

Religions are knowledge of the supernatural. Science does not tell The Truth (you don’t have to look further than Darwinism to realize how The Truth is not absolute, but always… evolving?), it tells us something that might be true. Knowledge does not have to be absolute. If we did stop teaching the knowledge we have, wouldn’t atheism find it’s most satisfied followers among vegetables?

There are very few things that haven’t been taught to us. Language is example of tacit knowledge which is something that has it’s basis coded into our DNA (this is something that is very difficult to explain with neo-darwinian mechanism). However most of our knowledge is not “natural”, but something like an ideology for which we have been exposed from the day of our birth. To stop teaching about the supernatural would be just about the same thing as not teaching anything at all. Saying “God exists” does not make Him exist, but neither would He cease to exist if all knowledge of Him would disappear. This atheist argument is circular reasoning, because it starts with the presumption that atheism is true. Following the “since it must be teached, it is not true”-logic, atheism and absolute lack of knowledge would be just about the same thing. I’m sure that this is not how Sickticks want their ideology to be represented.

Why are theists obligated to reason without religious motives? It is almost absurd to see how atheism is seen as absence of ideology! Once I grew up, I learned that completely independent thinking does not exist. We are all “victims” of different ideologies. Atheism is an ideology that claims that only material world exist. Therefore doubting Evolutionism because of religious motives is perfectly ok, because Evolutionism is an ideology itself! Unfortunately not everyone is ready to admit their prejudices. Appealing to the “natural” or what most people think is not generally a good idea anyway. Ideologies are not necessary obvious (like teaching it in school for example), in fact most succesful ideologies are hiding, this is why they’re so succesful, people see them as natural – so no reason for them is needed.

The atheist argument is often based on negative- , rather than positive evidence. On the other words: because existance of God can’t be proven, He doesn’t exist, and so atheism must be true by default. Intelligent Design movement is accused of the same reasoning, instead of trying to prove the design [1], it attacks the Blind Watchmaker-thesis; because neo-Darwinian mechanism doesn’t explain evolution of Irreducibly Complex-systems, these systems must have been designed (to evolve). Of course ID movement is furiously criticized of this kind of reasoning, but atheists barely ever.

Why the negative evidence doesn’t help atheists? If God chooses to be reached only by faith, negative evidence would not be valid argument, because it reduces and oversimplifies the situation. Basicly negative evidence starts from the assumption that only two options exist, when one of them is false, the other one has to be true. Sure, in some sense there’s only two options: Agnostic worldview is always a failure in the end, supernatural exist or it doesn’t. But there’s much more in it, consider the following points:

To “God doesn’t exist because there’s no evidence of Him”-argument to be valid, the following presumptions must be true, or the argument fails:
(a) God is obligated to reveal Himself to us, just because we demand
(b) God must act the way we predict, we want and we define (“God would not do it this way”)
(c) existance of God could be proven somehow

Why God doesn’t give us proof, why the faith is so important? I have to limit this article, this is why I recommend this article. Now back to the question of what should be default, if anything.

Since Origins of life and Universe are not explained by atheism, it should not be true by default. Of course neither is theism true by default, because no unambiguos evidence of God or the Creation exist either. Why should the science serve atheist-ideology? Atheism is based on the assumption that life was born spontaneosly, this is called abiogenesis. However it is known for sure that life could have not formed spontaneously (sometimes called chemical evolution) at present conditions on Earth. Well, the atheist have invented the prebiotic soap and biochemical scaffolding to make their worldview possible, however no evidence of the soap exists! It is mere a hypothesis – just like theism. At this point the ranting atheist is most likely to quot to show that abiogenesis is a fact like gravity – it’s always as amusing because these guys don’t usually even understand the text they quoted, they just try to scare theist with list of plausible looking buzzwords. As always they’re willfully ignorant of the other side of the issue – whis in this case would be critique of abiogenesis scenarios. If you don’t believe in God because there’s no evidence, the only logical conclusion you have is not to believe in abiogenesis either! In this case the only option you have is to believe that Universe and life have always existed – idea that has been abandoned by modern science, thermodynamics is one of the best established scientific laws, and it shows that the Universe indeed had the beginning.

The Design, or lack of it, is there for those who want to see it. If God chooses to be out of our reach, I cannot prove He exist, and neither can atheist prove He doesn’t exist. Subjective evidence is not the same thing as fiction, tinnitus and hyperacusis (linkki tästä) are perfect examples of subjective experiences which are certainly not fiction, but a reality which one can’t share with others. In this sense every true Christian actually has subjective evidence of God. Of course it should be obvious that metaphysical theories about Origins and the Beginning (yes, it extremely likely that there was a beginning), cannot be fairly compared to the empirical sciences.

At this point anti-theists usually complain that they can’t prove that elves, orcs or balrogs doesn’t exist. I call this Argument of Quantity, which is based on the presumption that number of different options prove them all false, this logic is not reductive but additive, because it makes up arbitrary options. Argument of Quantity fails as absolute – it is not always true. Darwinism is a modern replacement for Creation stories of traditional religions, it is a religion and creation story itself [1]. If you examine it’s basic thesis’ (life has evolved from simple to complex) in the right context, it would look like a just another story. Let’s assume that I made a book about fantasy world like Middle-Earth, but with one exception: no gods, supernatural or anything like that. Darwinian evolution would be the creator in this World. Would this prove Darwinism wrong and make it just another creation-myth? No, because Darwinism existed before my idea. Making up arbitrary options to prove it false would not change anything. Besides, using anti-Christian logic, different Evolutionary scenarios should prove against Evolution.

At this point anti-Christians note that even if the sheer amount of options doesn’t prove them all false, it does prove that one of the options is not likely to be true, because it surrounded by other options that are seemingly true as well. Of course this could be used against single Evolutionary theory as well, because competing options exist, orthodox neo-Darwinism is not likely to be true. An anti-Christian will answer by saying that Evolution is a fact, even if doesn’t know the mechanism. Of course they show their true colours: It doesn’t matter exactly how life evolved, only one thing matters, that Christianity is not true, anything else goes. So it seems that purpose of the Evolution is to prove Christianity wrong.

Positive evidence for atheism would be complete explanation of what was before Big Bang, law of abiogenesis (it is just a hypothesis at the moment – not even a theory) and complete understanding of Origins of life and Universe in general. As the most clever readers know, it is quite unlikely that all of these things will, or even could be proven by empirical sciences. What happened billions of years ago is matter of history, not something you can put to test tube. Of course God can’t be disproven beoynd doubt, but at the moment He is not even close of being even remotely disproven or useless hypothesis.

Once atheist is asked to explain Origins without God, he accuses theist of appealing to the Gaps. Unfortunately this is circular logic which is based on presumption of atheism being true. As well atheist could be accused of appealing to the Gaps – if there’s God, over time our knowledge of Him will increase over time, and so theism will be once proven to be true (by Christs second coming for example). In this scenario all the attempts to disprove, or show that God is not needed, would be labeled as appealing to the Gaps in your knowledge of God. Of course atheists will appeal to the trend – reality is increasingly explained by natural mechanisms. But is it? And which trend we will choose, life is much more complex than it was thought – what if this complexity is machine-like, not just any complexity? Sure science is great tool to explain reality, but only when it empirical. Historical sciences are much more ambigious. If God was once used to explain all gaps in knowledge, it was obviously a mistake. But so what? Cell is not a simple bag of protoplasm, but a complex machine. Sometimes evolutionary biology is asked to explain how love for music evolved for example. This is somewhat unfair question to ask from biologists. Or is it? If reality is so mechanistic as materialists claim, if human behaviour can be explained just by chemichals in our brains and if sexuality is explained by genes, the question is no longer unfair. This would mean that Darwinism is excepted explain to something it was never supposed to – Darwinism was/is based on reductionism, and life being simple. Besides, it is almost funny when Evolutionists appeal to the Gaps by themselves – “We don’t know enough about evolution”. Of course this argument can’t be proven wrong – they can always appeal to the lack of knowledge, but still say that “we know that life evolved”. Basicly everything could be explained with “It evolved. End of discussion.”. Funny. When Creationists are unable to explain how Adam was created, Evolutionists complain that Creationism is not science. Talking about double standards… Of course the argument could be reversed to mean “We don’t know enough about design, but we know that life was designed”.

Thanks to Science God is not needed, because world can be explained without him. This approach is reductive. Even if it was once thought that Freud’s ideas can explain human behaviour completely, it doesn’t mean they did. Darwinism was once thought to be able to explain everything. If a method excludes options by default, it is not a valid tool to explain everything. Because modern science is based on naturalistic philosophy, teleological explanations (purpose) are excluded, this is why ID’ers have to “appeal” to the Gaps – because their opinions are excluded by default.

It is not news to say that Evolutionism is a religion [1] which attempts to replace tradiotional theism – especially Christianity. Philosophy of Evolutionism doesn’t want to see design, a perfect example of this is the so called “junk” DNA, which is used to prove that there was no design. My personal opinion about ID is that detecting design from the nature is very difficult, or even impossible – but this doesn’t mean that science should be misused to prove against it. Evolutionist philosophy is based on conscious misunderstandment of the design-argument (the desing doesn’t have to be perfect, because it is not recent). However just because we don’t understand something, doesn’t mean it proves against theism! This is inversed version of “just because we don’t know, doesn’t mean that God did it”. Whole God of the gaps-theory is anti-theist circular reasoning and double standards, because it starts with presumption of atheism being true, therefore “once given enought time” it will be proven to be true and gaps explained by atheism, not by God:

“Unfortunately, the point is made with circular logic: it depends on the presupposition that life is not designed, which is the point at issue. If life is not designed then, yes, a theory of intelligent design is ultimately a blind alley (if not quite “giving up”). However, if aspects of life are indeed designed, then the search for the putative unintelligent mechanisms that built them is the blind alley. But how do we decide ahead of time which is correct?” – Michael J. Behe [11]
What we have here is a core of atheism, the reasoning behind it’s alleged superiority is circular: because atheism is true by default, it’s presumptions will be proven correct over time. I would have no problems what’s so ever with this – but I’m afraid that the explanations we have been given, and will be given, actually do not explaing enough. And once we make this objection, we get accused of being religious.

What we have is a circle, both sides demanding evidence from eachother and using negative evidence to prove their case. I think I’ll just cut it here because it should be obvious that the the burden of proof is not by default with the theist. I could say that I am a theist because materialists can’t explain without ideological prejudices how Universe and life came to be spontaneously. Especially interesting is the question: “What was before the Big Bang?”. Once I read an article from atheist who claimed that such questions are “unfair” – why make difficult and “arbitrary” questions of something that happened. Of course making arbitrary options is additive argument. But in my opinion questions of what was before Big Bang, and how did the order in Universe came to be, are not arbitarary.

I recently read an interesting article with the title “Whatever happened to atheism?” [8]. The author is an atheist who claims that militant atheism is no longer relevant, because religion is nowadays simply matter of belief. If it is about personal relationship with God-the-hypothesis, it is certainly not threatening. This is quite a good observation since it explains so well why religion is accepted, as long as it isn’t “concrete”. God is acceptable as long as He is not used to explain anything in this world. I guess this is why theist is excepted to prove his/her case, and atheism is the default.

Let’s assume that the atheists are right in their faith, and there’s no God, doesn’t this mean that I have wasted my life? But what would be so special in being right, if your worldview was just a lucky guess, as I have shown, atheism is faith as well. And if atheists are right, they will never know it! Well, actually I once saw an “atheist” claiming how Christians will know in the afterlife they were cheated 😉 Even worse kind of argumentation is appealing to the quantity and whining about possiblity if the god is not the God of the Bible, but let’s say Allah for example. Well, I am sure this god/Allah/whatever will appreciate that at least I take responsibility of my actions, including my faith – why would atheists who have been in denial, be in any better position in this scenario? Information is sometimes defined as measure of unexpectedness – the more bold your claim is, the more informative it is. Unfortunately bold claims are more likely to be proven wrong, than the confirmative ones. I see no problem in taking a risk, what is so awful of being wrong anyway? Cell was once thought to be simple lump or bag of protoplasm. This rather amusing idea of cell was once a fact, not fiction, and many believed it – including Darwin. At this point anti-theists start whining how Christians miss the “good things in life” – however these claims are based on caricatures and straw men of Christianity, it is always as frustrating to meet “Skeptics” who have made up their mind about Christianity, but are still so ignorant about it.

It is not a good idea to say: “Prove that God doesn’t exist”, once an atheist has asked the opposite, because he/she can’t. Actually both of the questions are somewhat unfair, but there’s no reason why the burden of the proof should be with a theist. Atheist should not whine about God of the Gaps – there are gaps in our knowledge, they could be explained by theism or by atheism. In a nutshell: There’s no reason to start from the atheist presumptions and prove God. The one who claims to know the Truth is wrong – at the moment – I can’t say anything about the future. It should be obvious that atheism is not absence of faith – what could be better example of faith if not materialism, “it just happened like we say, don’t ask stupid questions”?

Confidence In A Skeptical World

We live our lives in the midst of increasing skepticism.  The scriptures tell us to be able to give an answer to the hope that we have in our hearts.

Unfortunately, many Christians don’t have answers beyond, “Because I have faith” or because the Bible says so.”

Although those are valid feelings, the Lord told us in the Greatest Commandment that we are to love Him with all our strength, soul, and MIND.  Faith is not an either/or proposition.  True faith is an exercise of both heart and mind.

Skepticism has become increasingly aggressive and militant.  In my opinion, it’s not appropriate to be dismissive with answers they can’t related to.  We can have confidence and we can sew seeds of truth without have to have a stratospheric IQ and a list of college degrees in the sciences.

I’m happy to announce that my first Everyday Faith Internet Gathering is online.  In coming months, I will be taking on several different practical issues of Everyday Faith.  The launching series focuses on the subject of becoming confident in a skeptical world.

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Why Christmas (or any) Frustration Is Unreliable

holiday_frustration-580x386For a time that’s supposed to be filled with joy and peace, frustration plays a great “grinch” role in your emotions, doesn’t it?

Does that exasperation you are feeling have any “legs to stand on.”

You will probably answer, “Umm yes.  Just live my life, right now, for one day and you won’t be asking that stupid question.”

Jangled emotions are facts of life.  We all deal with them for a myriad reasons.  But, the good news is this:

Contrary to popular belief, we can control our emotions.

“Oh, yea, Mr. Spiritual Smarty Pants.  HOW?”

I’m glad you asked :)

We can put a bit in the mouth of our emotions by deciding what we are going to believe TRUTH is all about.

“Oh, yea, Holier Than Thou!  Well it’s the truth that I am waaay behind on everything I have to accomplish.  There isn’t enough time in the day.” 

Let me clarify, then.  You’ve just defined the accuracy of your personal perception of circumstances.  Not truth.

What Is Truth?

Truth can be explained in two ways from God’s mind.

“Why are you bringing God into this?  I don’t need “feeling bad about myself” on top of everything else.  I already do a great job of that without your help”

Dear Reader,

I am not being patronizing.  I am sympathetic to your feelings.  I’m human and go through the same things everyone does.

I know how you feel.  I’ve felt the same way  myself.  But, I’ve found that God has a better answer.

Truth, as used in Scripture = 1.  The uncovering of God’s plan and purpose. 2.  Jesus, the Truth, as the embodiment of God’s plan and purpose.

You see, true Truth (a weird way to put it) is NOT accuracy of circumstantial evidence.

“Yea, yea…I know all that.”

Okay, good.  But knowing the information isn’t the same as embracing the reality.

Your Inner Critic Isn’t The Voice Of God

Boy, I wish we could get this one down pat.  But, although they might know better, many Christians misinterpret the voice of their “Inner Critic” as the Voice of God within.  And, it just ain’t so.

What Does God’s Voice Sound Or “Feel” Like?

Anything thought that glistens with hope.  Even when the Holy Spirit is correcting you, it still feels like there’s hope in the responding.

If your thoughts are accompanied by a sense of peace….even in the middle of a circumstantial storm….that is a telltale sign that God is speaking.

If your thoughts are accompanied by depression, confusion, and the like, that’s a sure sign that “Mr. or Ms. Inner Critic” is speaking.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer to NOT listen to the voice of The Father of Lies.  It isn’t worth the time.  It only brings death.

My hope is this.  From reading this article, you will consider it, “The Voice of God” to you in leading you to reconsider your frustration, fear, and depression at this time of year (or any time).

Jesus said, “My Peace I Give You.”

Choose Determine, Demand…practicing the art of only paying attention to His voice.

Btw…Everyday Faith Internet Gathering Online Classes Are About To Begin.  And, It’s Actually Never Too Late To Begin.

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How Can I Help Make Things Better?

EFIG Ad IncompleteThere are lots of changes we would make to improve our situations in life – spiritually, physically, and emotionally…if we just knew how.  Here’s how I intend to help you:

My blog, “Encouraging Words” has been the tool I’ve used for the past couple of years.  I now intend to upgrade it to remain encouraging, but add a fresh focus.

From this date forward, this blog will be a written supplement for “Everyday Faith Internet Gathering” (or iGathering).  The encouragement you read here will be tracking with the topics being discussed on the FREE YouTube video series by the same name.

The online “experience” will be what is know as a Magazine Format.  It will include faith building testimonials, Q&A (via email contact), prayer, and a lesson series.

The Premiere Lesson Series:  “Confidence with Skeptics.”

There are many forms of skepticism in the world, today.  They are normally wrapped in a box called “Atheism or Agnosticism.”  The more aggressive “Skeptics” want Christians to believe they are taking over.  You may have actually seen billboards like this one:

billboard_sacramentocor_2450x273Freedom of speech is fine.  An atheist can advertise anything they want.  Although, it’s rather humorous that they criticize Christians for proselytizing (evangelizing) when the sudden surge indicates that they are also, now, becoming “evangelists.”

For me, the concern is that too many Christians are intimidated.  Not by thinking that maybe the atheist ideology is actually true.  But, that they believe they don’t have any good answers but…”Yeh…well…I believe because I have faith.”

However the Scriptures clearly say, “Be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within you…(I Peter 3:15)…and it adds to do it “with gentleness.”  Aggressive responses are usually based on a lack of personal confidence in an answer.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  The greatest commandment also instructs us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and MIND…”

Here’s the good news:  We can have an intelligent response.

Even if you never venture into an actual discussion with a Skeptic, you can develop your own base of confidence that includes your MIND, and that without all of the “Christianese.”

I have personally discovered there are great logical foundations that your faith can be rooted in.  And that, without having to learn a ton of mental gymnastics that overcomes their “blabber gab.”

The truth is:  The more I have exercised practical mental as well as spiritual truth on thoughts that include creation, evolution, attacks on the bible, etc., the stronger my everyday faith has become.

In the weeks and months ahead, “Everday Faith Internet Gathering” (and Blog) will delve into many spiritual development classes, from how to get more out of the bible to how to increase the clarity of God’s voice within your own heart.  If it has to to with practical spiritual life that “re-presents” Jesus, we’ll be covering it.

At the present time, the first class will go on line via YouTube on January 6, 2015.  Each new session will be uploaded every two weeks.  Blog entries will be much more frequent.

The Advantages of This Kind of Class Gathering:

  1. Go at your own pace.
  2. In the convenience of your own home
  3. On you best availability
  4. Re-watch sections for better learning.
  5. It’s FREE :)

Each video gathering will be 30 to 45 minutes in length.

If you’d like to be reminded of new Everyday Faith iGathering Videos, please send an email with your name and email address to


Hope to have you join us!

Pastor Gary Ellis