Who is going to be the next President?

Great question…..     My wife enjoys watching the presidential debates – so I try to enjoy them with her – all I can say is “Holy Cow”.   There are so many candidates to pick from and it is hard to come up with who would be the best one.   I do believe that it is very important to Vote and to vote knowing about the person you cast your vote for.   So it does take time to do that. 
            I am very careful on where I get my information from:  Several years ago I would listen to the Radio Talk hosts, but my fourth son (Steve N.) had a great observation on when you do that.   When you listen to them – you seem to take on their personality of how they look at the opponents and then you become just as negative and angry as they do.  So no more talk host for me – I got caught up in that and it is not a good place to be.   
**Most of the candidates have Web Sites and that is probably the most informational area you can go to for research on them in a non-bias way. 
             I have been having some great conversations with my second son (Mike G) about the president and he keeps me grounded.   His comment has been that God is going to use whoever the current president is to accomplish His Will.   This weekend he reminded me of what the Bible says about our leaders from Romans.

Romans 13: 1>5 –    Every person must obey the leaders of the land. There is no power given but from God, and all leaders are allowed by God.     The person who does not obey the leaders of the land is working against what God has done. Anyone who does that will be punished.   Those who do right do not have to be afraid of the leaders. Those who do wrong are afraid of them. Do you want to be free from fear of them? Then do what is right. You will be respected instead.    Leaders are God’s servants to help you. If you do wrong, you should be afraid. They have the power to punish you. They work for God. They do what God wants done to those who do wrong.  You must obey the leaders of the land, not only to keep from God’s anger, but so your own heart will have peace.

             So I have really evolved from my days of being extremely political to accepting who God has as our Leader.    The one thing that I must remember is that I should be praying for all of our Leaders that God will be working through.   I know that there will always be Leaders who will go against my beliefs, but they still need my prayers.  I have learned that those leaders are the ones that seem to make me more grounded in my faith – so I must thank them for that. 
             So as you go forward in 2016 and get ready for the Election Process please keep in mind to:

Do your research on who you will be voting for.

Always be praying for our leaders.

Remember God is in Control and will use our leaders for his Good.


Holy Spirit Powered:

Pastor Shaun was in the 4th chapter of Luke this week and there was a part about a Demon possessed man interrupting Jesus as he was teaching.

Luke 4: 33-35:  33.   A man in the Jewish place of worship had a demon. He cried with a loud voice,   34.   “What do You want of us, Jesus of Nazareth? I know Who You are. You are the Holy One of God.”  35. Jesus spoke sharp words to the demon and said, “Do not talk! Come out of him!” When the demon had thrown the man down, he came out without hurting the man.

     I have a study Bible and I really enjoyed the section about verse 33:  “It is naïve to think that we will be sheltered from evil in the church.  Satan is happy to invade our presence wherever and whenever he can.  But Jesus authority is much greater than Satan’s: and where Jesus is present, demons cannot stay for long.”
          This scripture had me looking all around to see where the Enemy may be at the present time in my life.  I do have to say that when I looked around in my Church – I could not identify him there trying to miss guide me.  But as I look around at the people in my daily life – I can tell you that a few of them must be Demon Possessed.   There are a couple of people that really stretch me in my Christian Walk and they try to get me to slip up.   They do accomplish this at times, but I know there is power in me that can bring me back.  This verse really helps:

1 John 4:  My children, you are a part of God’s family. You have stood against these false preachers and had power over them. You had power over them because the One Who lives in you is stronger than the one who is in the world.

**It is great to know that no Demon can possess me because of the Power that is in me (The Holy Spirit) and it is greater than anything the Enemy can throw my way.    
    I really have to smile when I do identify the people in my life who are able to get me to stumble and then I look to see if they are really Demon Possessed.   I cannot verify if they really are, but I do know that I have to take better control of my situations when I allow myself to be shaken because of them.  (There are a couple at work that I believe must be Demon Possessed).
      The Church is going to show the movie “War Room” this Friday and it has a powerful message on how to Battle the Enemy.   If you have not seen it yet – please watch it and create yourself a “War Room”.

 Now:          Do you have any of those people in your life that may be Demon Possessed?

Do they get you to stumble?

Are you utilizing the Power that is within you to overcome those circumstances that throw you off your walk with Jesus?

Remember you have the Power that lives in you that is stronger than anything the Enemy can throw at you!Holy Spirit power



What does Jesus look like to you?

           Pastor Shaun finished his sermon yesterday with this Question:   “How do you respond when Jesus does not meet your expectations or match your preconceived ideas?”     Great question….      When Jesus came to earth to be with us – most people were expecting a Great and Powerful King.  They had in their minds of what Jesus would be and what they expected.   They eventually killed Jesus not knowing that he was their Great and Powerful King.  
          So how do you answer this question?     Ilooked up the definition of expectations and here is what I came up with:       

  • a belief that something will happen or is likely to happen.
  • a feeling or belief about how successful, good, etc., someone or something will be.

So just ponder on this for a moment and come up with your answer.  I would give you mine, but it seems to change as my relationship with Jesus becomes stronger. 
          **I did the same with Preconceived Ideas and here is the meaning on it:

  • an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence; “he did not even try to confirm his preconceptions”

Have you also done this with Jesus????????????
          My good friend Mike P. and I were talking the other day about how we were handling some of our problems and do people still see Jesus in us.  I have to tell you it looks allot different for this seasoned person then it did 10 years ago.  Mike and I finally came up with a final thought of:   Why did it take us so long to start doing it more like Jesus.   As we get Older we seem to become more wiser – I just wish that wisdom would have come 25 years ago. 
          We all seem to fall into that trap of how we perceive the right way to handle our problems instead of seeking out the answer of how would Jesus of handled it.  I do have to tell you that I still blow it allot when handling certain issues in my life – especially at work.   I seem to fail miserably when it comes to that portion of my life, but I am in luck – I only have one more month.  As I was saying – why did it take me so long to understand the will of Christ – I have allot more to learn as I go forward with my relationship with him.
          So I have changed that question to:   What are Jesus expectations and preconceived ideas of what I should be?  Am I measuring up to what he wants from me and am I allowing him to work through me?   Hmmmmmmmmm….   

 So what are your expectations of Jesus?

What are your preconceived ideas of Jesus?

Are you seeking his understanding before your own?

It will be a life time adventure of getting to know the Real Jesus but enjoy it as you are transformed into being more like him!


Who are My Friends?

     I enjoyed a short trip last week at work to re-coop some mail and enjoyed some great quiet time.  I used to travel allot for work a couple of years ago, but I have changed jobs and now my travels are minimal – I really miss those moments of quiet time.   So on this trip I was able to enjoy some music and one of the songs had me thinking about who I surround myself with.   Who are my Friends??????           
The song and lyrics are below:   enjoy and then I will share my thoughts:

 “Jesus, Friend Of Sinners”

Casting Crowns

Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You but they’re tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I’m so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours


Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who’s writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

‘Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours

And I was the lost cause and I was the outcast
You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

         So as I look around at my friends what do I see – I see that I have protected myself well with some great and powerful friends who walk beside me.  But what I do not see is an opportunity to be a witness as Jesus would have.  I know that we have to be extremely careful when we are in the world and not be distracted by the enemy.   These verses in John helped. 

 John 17:14-18 > 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

           So I have been challenged to be that witness that I should be – and that does not mean that I drop my friends.   Just the opposite – WE have to look for those opportunities to be a friend to all who need Jesus.    It will take me out of my comfort zone and put me in situations where I will need help – that is why I have friends to walk beside me.  The story of Jonathan and the armor bearer is a great example of that – and the battle that needs to be fought today.  So as I get close to retirement I am going to have allot more time to put this into action.   The song above did state that I can be a hindrance and cause people to stumble over me on their way to Jesus.  So I do need to look at my Heart as I go forward and examine it on a daily basis to make sure it is in line with Jesus.    I do look at being friends with sinners in a whole new way – my prayer is that I can..

 So who are your Friends?

Do you have ones to walk along side of you as you go into the World?

Are you being Friends to the Sinners who need Jesus?

PS:   To those who call me their friend and I call them mine – be ready for the adventure that is to come….  THANKS


             Have you ever had one of those weeks that everything goes wrong and when people look at you they see it.   Well I have been told by several people that I had one of those weeks…  I hate it when it shows that much and I let it seep out to those around me…   Just WRONG—-
          My co-worker (Al) gave me a coffee cup for Christmas and it has in bold letters on two sides – “JOY”.   He pointed at it this week and reminded me of what it meant and why he gave it to me – I am not to let anyone steal my Joy.  He was so right – I was letting the circumstances of life steal my Joy.   There is only one person that can allow Joy to be taken from me and that is ME>>>
           I looked up a couple of references on the topic of Joy and this is what inspired me once again to make sure that those around me see the Joy in me.

 What is Joy?    The goal of every Christian should not be happiness because the Bible never promises happiness to the believer but joy, which is a totally different story.  While happiness is temporary and is based upon happenings, joy is from the Lord and you can still experience joy during trials, suffering, and testingJoy is permanent but happiness is fleeting

Nehemiah 8:10 – Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

    After having an extremely bad day this week, I had to sit down with my Boss and talk about what I was experiencing.   I brought my Joy cup to the meeting – can you see where this is going.   I explained to my Boss about the cup and explained that I cannot let people still my joy and that included the people I encounter at work.  It worked – my Joy came back and I finished the week WELL.  The Joy of the Lord is my Strength and I have to remember that whatever I am going through – my focus needs to be on Him.
          I do have to share one thing:   When you tell someone that you are not going to let them steal your Joy, it changes how they treat you.  “AMAZING”   –   I have done that a couple of times now and the Joy from the Lord is passed on to them. 

So how is your week going – have you lost your Joy?

Is your strength coming from “The Joy of the Lord”?

Let those around you that seem to steal your Joy know that they cannot have it!!!


"Relentless Pursuit"

What is “Relentless Pursuit”?   This is a great question and it is going to be answered by our Next GMM Men’s Conference.   This is our theme for 2016 and I have been thinking about what this means to me.  First of all I had to do some research on the meaning of each of these words.  When I did a Google search – these were the meanings that I was looking for:

  • Relentless:  persistent, continuing, constant, continual, continuous, nonstop, never-ending, unabating, interminable, incessant, unceasing, endless, unending, unremitting, unrelenting, unrelieved.
  • Pursuit:  striving toward, quest after/for, search for.

Then a good Pastor Friend (Pastor Stephen) had explained some meaning behind this phrase also:

  • Finishing Well
  • Called to be Influencers
  • Warriors for Christ
  • Character
  • Mission from GOD   

**These are great!!
I am retiring in the next few months, so I am really focused on what my next season of life is going to look like.   I like the phrase “Finishing Well” and I want to be able to say that I have.    The other phrases are just as powerful and they will be a major part of my life as I go into that Retirement stage.   Several years ago as I got closer to retirement – my thoughts were that  I would do the same in my ministries.  I was going to be one of those retired Christians who had did his part and needed to let the younger generation take over.
    I was wrong…………..   There is no such thing as a Retired Christian and I am just getting started.   I am looking forward to being able to expand my ministry opportunities and seeing where Christ is going to take me.   So my focus will be:

I will Finish Well – I am called to be an Influencer – I will be a Warrior for Christ – I will build my Character – God has a Mission for me…


So what does “Relentless Pursuit” mean to you?

What does it look like to you?

Make 2016 a new year of being passionate about how Christ is going to utilize you>>>>>




         What a great question to ask myself – “Do I Believe”?   My wife brought home this movie “Do you BELIEVE?” and she really needs to quit doing that.  I being one of those seasoned guys who grew up with the instructions that real men do not CRY – this movie really ruined it for me….  I lost allot of guy points because of it…
          This question was asked of a Pastor at the start of the Movie and it rocked him to his soul after watching what the guy did who asked the question.  Then it prompted him to do a sermon and challenge his congregation – it impacted several of them.   One of the major parts of the question was putting our beliefs to action and in the end it brought several different people together because of their actions.   But the one that really hit me, was the paramedic that shared his faith to a man who was dying and lost allot because of it.  
          When he went to court – his most impactful comment that I grasped was… If I am going to court because I am a Christian – I HOPE TO BE FOUND GUILTY.    So I really had to think about this one – if I had to go to court to see if I am a Christian, would I be found guilty…  Would my actions be able to convict me????   A WOW question.   At one point the paramedic had to save the Lawyer who ruined his career and she asked him why he saved her…  He stated:  that in the Bible it says to “Love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us”.   (Could I do this?)
Matthew 5:44   But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
           Also this week I finished a book from D.I. Telbat – “Called to Gobi” (a fictional book about end times, but a really enjoyable read) – A young man was sent to prison and was saved there.   He studied with a Mentor and decided to go too Mongolia to tell people about Jesus. 
          This was one more of those insights that hit me to the core of my soul:   This man had to trust in God to get him through some really tough times and push his faith to the limit.   He did struggle at times, but in the end he persevered and people came to know Jesus.  It was exciting to read about people who begged to hear more about Jesus.   So once again – are my actions getting people excited about hearing more of Jesus?
          As I am just a couple of months from retirement – a new season in life is coming.  I am having these thoughts about what am I going to do….  what will my actions look like in retirement..     I may need some help with this one…
One of the songs at the end of the movie is a favorite of mine.
          “We Believe” by the Newsboys…     Enjoy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjZ01FcK0yk
 So now here is the challenge:

If you were convicted of being a Christian and had to go to Court.  Would you be found Guilty?

Do you BELIEVE?  And do your Actions show it?

What do you BELIEVE in and who are you impacting?

 You will have to watch the movie and read the book to get more of an impact as I did…………….

Social Media – Face Book

I was getting ready for the 2015 GMM Men’s Conference and I received some great advice from a friend (Choe) – you need to get into Social Media to promote the Event.   You have to understand – I am one of those seasoned guys who DOES NOT Do Social Media, but  given the great advice, I made my best attempt.     I created a Face Book Page for Front Range GMM and got started… (I had to manage it under Bob Diane Gudahl).    I was extremely nervous because of all the rumors that I heard about how bad the experience can be.    Well I found out that if you manage your site well it can be a great tool for passing on information.    “It Worked”..
Since then I have really enjoyed some of the uplifting items that come through from different people that we have befriended…   They can be uplifting and encouraging.     I would like to share a few that came through today….   Enjoy.
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This one is about encourage:
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Another one on instructions for Christians.
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A Promise that God will be with us wherever we go.
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This one was good….       Do you want to become Strange….

This was one of my favorites –  you cannot see the writing on the picture – but below are the words that was on it.

The Devil whispers, “You cannot with stand the Storm.”

The Warrior Replies,  “I AM the Storm.”

Dec 28th 1 As you can see – Face book can be a good media to connect – As in real life it all depends on how you manage it.    I have enjoyed allot of the encouragement that I am receiving from the posts that come through.   I will have to admit that there have been some stuff that I do not like…  especially cursing – at that time I push the button “Un-follow”.   I have control on what filters through – so I make it a great experience when I am looking at what is being posted.
In real life we have the same opportunity on controlling what goes by us, and we can filter out that stuff that in not encouraging.  I know there are times when the is not possible – such as in a work environment,  but even then we can choose how we respond.    I am sure that Jesus encountered the same type of people that we do at work, and our response has to be the same as His….

So what are the filters that you need to put in place in your life?

When filters are not possible – are you responding as Jesus would have?

Remember you have the control button to Manage how you respond and what you want to filter in!



How do we keep Living the Christmas Spirit all the time?

     I was pondering on this last Christmas Blog on what I wanted to write about…  and it came to me:   “How to we keep Living the Christmas Spirit all the time?”  So I googled it……………    There were several hits – so I am sharing a few excerpts from some of the articles that came up with.
        The Christmas Spirit is the character of Christ living out in us all year long. The point of the Christian life is not self-realization, but in knowing Jesus Christ, not allowing anything to take His place in our thinking, our emotions, and the daily experiences of life.  (Dr. Richard J. Krejcir)
        The spirit of Christmas is found in remembering the life and gospel of Jesus. Reading the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus helps remind believers of the purpose in life, which is to follow the teachings of Christ and become like him, while enjoying the love of God.  (By Paul Brodie)
       How much stock do you actually put in joy, hope, love and acceptance? Or do you invest more in anxious thoughts, your mistakes and blunders? When I think of the phrase “the living Christ,” I try to think of the ways that I’m actively seeking these positive, inspiring qualities of Jesus rather than focusing on my own sense of lack and inadequacy. Sometimes as Christians, we focus so much on the redemptive message of Christianity that we often overlook—right there in the Bible and the life of Jesus—the choice to love, to celebrate, to laugh and to give ourselves completely to the moment.  (By David Morris)
            May we as the ones called to be Christ to the world keep both the Christmas spirit and the Spirit of Christ living within us.  Let us not forget to whom we belong and what we are called to do and be – at Christmas time and all through the church calendar.
 So, make a plan:
•To donate to the food bank every week.
•To visit the sick and lonely every month.
•To encourage the faint-hearted, the weak, the suffering as often as you can.
•To pray for peace every day.
•To allow Christ full reign in your life, your heart and your soul every minute.
             May the Peace of Christ dwell in you richly every day this New Year!
 (By Pastor Elaine)

So as we get ready to start a New Year – Look at ways that you can keep the Christmas Spirit going every day.

Pray that Christ will be working through you all the time>>>>> and that people will see Christ in You…



How do I respond when Jesus is present?

           Pastor Shaun is going through the book of Luke and he started it in time to do the Christmas story this month.   This last Sunday’s sermon was about Mary visiting Elizabeth when they were both going to have Babies (Jesus and John the Baptist).  What really hit me is what happens when they get together and talk about Jesus…

  1.  John the Baptist jumps for joy inside his mother and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit by being in the presence of Jesus.
  2. Mary sings a song in response to talking about Jesus.  “Magnificat”

      My thoughts were – what has it been like for me this Christmas Season when I encounter Jesus in a conversation…  You have to remember that I work at the Post Office and the Christmas Season has been intense this year. 
          One of my co-workers came up to me and wanted to share a Christmas Song – It was “Mary did you know” and this really made me smile…   I just wrote a blog about this song…  but when I reflect back on my Response – it was a Response of Joy.   This co-worker just made my day…          I need more of Nativity_Scenes018these.
          When I looked back at the Birth of Jesus – I can see Angels at work throughout His birth and this reminded me of the conversation that I am having with one of my sons.    He has been experiencing Jesus at work in his life at the present time or maybe I should say he is recognizing Jesus at work.   Then we had a conversation about the Angels that oversee what we are doing…  A great conversation – I do believe we have Angels interacting on our behalf.   My Son’s response was “Do not go faster than your Angels can fly.  If you do not have any – slow down so some else’s can catch up to you.”    This was a WOW moment for Dad.  Jesus is really at work in my son’s life right now.
           So it came back to:  How do I respond when Jesus is present?  I have to tell you that it made my day on both occasions – it was a response of Joy.   We really need to have more of these moments…

So is Jesus coming up in your conversations this Christmas Season?

How are do you Respond when Jesus is present?