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Sunday, October 31, 2010


Today, October 31, 2010, was a special day. Today RuthAnn Strube, my daughter, was baptized. Lance Laker our interum pastor did the baptism. What made this an extra special day was something that not even I thought would be possible. As many of you my readers know I had the pleasure in leading my daughter to Christ. Well that pleasure came full circle. Today I got to have the opportunity to help baptize her. That's right! I was in the tank with her and as Lance went to put her under I laid my hands on her shoulders and took part. A rproud day indeed! It was about 2 weeeks ago that she had expressed the desire to be baptized to grandma "my mom" and I was told of this. We talked during the week. Then last Sunday we talked some more and she assured me she wanted to. So it was that day after church Ruthann, my mom and I sought out Lance and I tried to get Ruthann to tell him. But would you believe it! She got shy all of a sudden. I then spoke up and told him that she would like to be baptized. He inquired when. He suggested the fowllowong week. We agreed. The whol family was there this morning. My mom and dad of course, My sister Annette, Eryl, Hannah, Sarah, Emma my brother Bryan and my grandma and her signifcant other Walt. Words cant really truly express the pleasure, excitement that I felt. I now have had the opportunity to be a big part of two major events in her Christian walk. We met with Lance this morning prior to the service to go over the plan and help Ruthann understand what was going to happen. Then befor we left Lance asked me to pray. This was awesome as well. Today is a day I will remember for a long time. Ruthann was a trooper and handled it with grace and tenderness. No sign of fear or reservation. Totally opposite of what I thought might happen. The fact my whole family was there to celebrate made this day even more special.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

seen and not heard

I know I've writen about before. But it has been a while and I felt it worth repeating. There is a song by a Christian Rock group Petra, the chorus says "sometimes a christian should be seen and not heard, to much talk and not enough walk, sometimes a Christian should be seen and not heard." I agree whole heartily. We as christians spend much time talking about Christ or the wrongs we see. Not enough time walking. It is said "actions speak louder then words." I've alwasy said we need to listen twice as much as we speak. We have two ears and one mouth. That should tell us something. It is amazing how people will respond to simple acts. They respond more readily by observing the action then by hearing christian lingo. You may never know fully the result of your action. It may not be until you reach Heaven. Someone may approach you and say "thanks for sending that money I got to hear more about Jesus and accepted Him" or "thank you for helping with that box of food it was greatly appreciated and I read the material that is why I'm here today." We need to try and see the world through the eyes of Christ. It is my prayer I do. Being blind isn't horrible. God has a plan. I believe I'll see again one day. Maybe not here on earth but when I get to Heaven the first face I'll see is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Keep it simple. Dont give me the excuse "I don't have the money!" "I am not gifted in that!" Bull! You can do many things that don't require any money. You are gifted. God gifted you in a special way that no one else is and only you can do this or that for the glory of God. Remember don't judge the book by the cover. Get to reading the pages and you'll be surprised. If you can't do anything at all above all else pray!!! Prayer works and prayer changes things. I know for sure and can give many example of the fact. Just know this I love each and every one of you and am praying the Lord blesses you mightly. If you want to know more or need a friend. Maybe you want someone help you come to know Jesus. Drop a line and I'll get back to you and we'll see what we can do.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

can we do it!

Many of you my dear readers know where I stand on this issue. But there are many of you who don't fully know. It is my experience that we all have opportunities to do something. Sometimes major and sometimes small. But the choice is ultimately yours. If you say on the outset you can't! or if you say I can! your right. How? you will ask. only you can make the determination if you are able or not. A victor would say I can! and do thier best to get it accomplished. The victum mentality would say "I can't" even though everyone else knows they are able. They just don't want to put out the effort. It is all in how you look at the opportunity. whether you look at as a problem or an opportunity. whetehr a pleasure and challenge or an annoying inconvenience. Uou should choose to go for it! If you then find you are unable. Then say rather then I can't say I am unable. there is a difference between the two.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

the greatest love

The Bible tells us "greater love has no man than this, that he lays his life down for his friends." That is great love for sure. Jesus did just that. Praise God! He didn't stay dead but rose again. What does this mean for us? Well Seeing He did that we have the ability to accept the free gift and go to Heaven. Much more then that. Scripture command us "love the Lord God with all your heart, soul mind and strength, and your neighbor as yourself." We as christians do not have a choice in this matter really. Some people may be more difficult to love then others. Love them anyway. Never say "I can't love her or him." Yes you can! Give the matter to God. As I've been known to say "let go and let God" Does this mean we should lay our lives down. Yes! If it is needed to be done. Who knows who'll you reach by being willing to die in someone elss place. Someday you may be called on to do it. You may be given the choice "renounce Christ and live or hold to Christ and die." Difficult decision I realize. Myself I'd choose Christ and say "pull the tirgger." While awaiting death at that moment would silently pray. How do you love others? By doing the simple things. If you see a need and have the means to fullfill it, do it. You probably know who can help if you don't have the means. It is the little things we do in love that speak volumes. So to say as a christian "I hqave the right to choose to love or not" Read the word! You do not. This day and age the word love is tossed about with out thought and seems to lost meaning. Many say "I love pizza" or "I love listening to rock and roll." While it isn't wrong to say you enjoy these things. Then you should really say "I enjoy...." Don't say you love someone just to say it. Really mean it. Guys it is alright to tell a guy you love him and not mean it in an affectionate way. Ladies the same for you. It is also acceptible to tell someone of the opposite sex you love them. Remember there are different kinds of love. We have the opportunity everyday to show the love of Christ. Let's get started and do it. Without expecting something in return. You will be rewarded in Heaven and maybe receive something in return here on earth for your loving act. Noone and I mean noone! is unloveable. Just try and break through the wall and crumble it. You'll never what will happen. Those who are not christians have the choice to love or not. They to use the word with out thought often. But my point let the love of Christ spill out and you'll never run out. Especially to a fellow believer. We get beat up enough by the world. Let us not add to the stress. Also love those who are not yet in the fold. It is a challenge and I hope that you take it and run with it. Would enjoy very much to hear some of your stories. As result of you reaching out to someone in love and helping them in times of hurt or need or just because.

Friday, October 22, 2010


It has been my observation throughout life that it is filled with choices. Some of these choices are major and some minor. Some easy to make and others a bit difficult. But when the rubger meets the road life only comes down to 3 choices.
1. choosing or rejecting Christ
2. victor
3. victum
The first one will decide your eternity when you die. If you choose Christ you'll live forever in Heaven. Reject Him and well I hope you like it hot. Because you'll be eternally burning and on fire. You'll be in Hell. You may say "I don't deserve hell I've been good." I say no amount of good works will get you in Heaven. It doesn't matter what you've done or who you are. Christ will accept you. Come to Him just as you are and He'll help clean you up. How? well just pray. That is all you need to do. Confess to Him you messed and ask him for forgiveness. He'll do it and you won't regret it.

Victor. You can choose this or choose to be a victum. A victum says "pity poor me," "I can't I can't." A victum plays the pity party. This is sad and often times leads to health problems down the line.

The Victor. Choosing to be a victor means simplely this "I can!" "no matter what I will find a way to find a way." The word can't isn't in a victors vocabulary. They exhaust all angles and if it is found they are unable. Then they simplely say "I am unable" This is not the same. Can't says I won't try. I am unable denotes "I tried and found no way." You need to get off your butt and exhaust all angles. You'll find a way eventually. If you don't do it you'll find a way for it to be done. Above all pray and seek the Lord's guidance and He'll show you how and where to turn. Accept input and don't feel you are a loner. Accept help and allow it. Asking for help doesn't mean your helpless. It denotes that you know you are not able in your strength to complete the task.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


We all face giant issues in life. Some may seem as larage as a giant. While others may seem huger, more like a mountain. Don't sweat it. You can overcome. How? You may ask! By taking small steps. Often times it is the small things we do that help us overcome the largest of problems. It doesn't take huge faith or a tank not even an atom bomb. Daivd chose 5 smooth stones to face the giant. It took only one stone to tople that giant and he was dead for sure. Jesus said "faith the size of mustard seed can move mountains." I get real bugged when people pray for me to get my sight back. When it doesn't happen they "you didn't haven enough faith" I am here to say if any one has faith that I will see again day it is me. God has a purpose and plan for me. When you face your giants in life trust the Lord. He will see you through and give you the ability and strength to defeat the giant. David said in Psalms "yea thought I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil your rod and staff they comfort me." So pray ask the Lord for help. No this for sure He hears your prayer and help is on the way. For those of you my readers who don't know my Lord. He loves you and will help you. Just pray and ask Him in your heart. No matter who you are, where you've been or what you've don you are accepted. Jesus paid the price by dieing on the cross and rising again from the dead. The gift of salvation is free. no amount of work can obtain it. So if you are facing a giant or mountain, look it dead in the face and tell it to move. Your God is bigger then it is. Remember the mustard seed. I've been told it is a very small seed. With God all things are possible. Paul wrote "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Rely on Christ's strength and you can be victorious and overcome any giant or mountain that dares to stand in your way. Fear not for the Lord God is with you. Be not afraid nor dismayed.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010

my love

As I sit here beside my window. I gaze on the stars and oh how they twinkle. They sparkle and shine like the eyes of a former love of mine. Oh how I wish she was near. I would hold her so close and dear. But alas she has gone away and I say not where. But she is out there somewhere. How I long for the love my life. I long to make her my wife. she will be treated like the queen she is. For she is treasured to me. Her beauty is rare and even the fairest of beauties can not compare. you will say but are blind how do you knwo so. I say beauty shines from within and is felt as well as shown. I will give my love my heart and life.Promise to stay by her side till my life leaves me. She will be the queen of my castle and treated with love admiration and provided for to best of my abilty. I have no riches to bestow or tangible goods to give. But what I do have a heart full of love and devotion and a promise to be true. So if you know where my love may be please send her to me. May see past my appearance and see my heart. may she never part till death. I know her smile will brighten the darkest rooms and the warmth of her embrace will chase away the coldest of nights. so until then I will wait and pray that she comes and with out delay.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

to forgive or not?

To forgive or not to forgive. This is a delema we all face throughout our lives. A non christian views is a valid choice. Often times choosing not to forgive. The Christian however, doesn't truly have achoice. We are commanded in Scripture to forgive one another of sin. How many times? Peter asked Jesus this very question. He said "seven times?" Jesus said "no! I say not seven times but seventy times seven." This isn't saying we stop after 490. It is really saying tontinuously forgive. No questions. Don't put conditions on your forgiveness.Don't say"I forgive you provided you..." Surprise surprise, people aren't perfect. If they repeat the matter forgive them again and again. Work to reconcile the problem and seek for ways to make sure things improve. If the don't come to you and ask for forgiveness. Forgive any. Pray "Lord I forgive them and release the problem to you." that takes them off your hook and puts them on God's hook. In fact that is something elese we are to do.Pray for them that despitely use us or mistreat us. Holding onto the hurt andallowing bitterness toreside only causes trouble. Health wise you'll find your not feeling. Also eventually thsoe who have had no issues with you or the other person you'll lash out at. Because you know they know so and so. As I've said many times we are to "let go and let God." We are to love no matter what. In fact scripture gives us this warning "if you don't forgive your brother his tresspasses then your Heavenly Father won't forgive." this isn't say you loose your place in Heaven. That has been settled. I know it is hard to forgive. Believe me I know. But once you've done it you'll feela sense of peace and be able to move forward and be not stuck in the quag mire of bitterness. In fact bitterness shouldn't be able to be named among a body of believers. It may hurt but forgive anyway. You'll probably shock the other person. They're probably expecting a lashing. The same goes if they decide to sue you. Forgive them and reconcile the issues. and try to make ammends. If it is possible. If it isn't truly possible and you honestly tried. Let them go and pray for them. Let the Lord controll the situation. Don't try solely on your own strength. You'll bomb. But rely solely on the Lord's strength and you'll be victorious. You can do all things through Christ. With God ALL! things are possible. If someone brings up the hurt. Simplely state "I've forgiven the issue and let's move forward. Don't give place to stirring emotions that need not be stirred. Others will try and get you to hold on to your anger. They'll say "you have the right to be angry and get revenge. You do not. Vengance is Mine says the Lord I will repay. Give no place for anger. Don't let the sun go down on your anger. Knip it in the butt as soon as possible. and trust the Lord. He'll see you through.


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I am a man of God who loves to speak on a variety of issues. I love to speak to motivate, inspire or just inform. As you can see from my photo I am a single father and I do want to remarry one day provided the right lady comes along. If you need a speaker to motivate your employees, gtroup or to speak at an event. I am willing ready and able. Let me know time and place and we can work out the details