Tuesday, March 11, 2008


I am finally back after a short hiatus – My life has become suddenly busy and I have not had the time I need to update this blog regularly and for that I apologize. So I will do my very best to more frequently update heavensaddress -

If I were to ask the question – have you ever cheated on a test or homework – the answer would most likely be a resounding yes. In fact statistically about 80% of you don’t think that cheating is really a bad thing. The question is – do you think cheating is a problem at Red Lion Christian Academy? The answer again is YES! It is yes because many of you have made your teachers aware that there is a problem. Those of you who have told your teachers should be commended.

I am reminded every single year how easy cheating is. Every year I file my taxes with the IRS and I play with the numbers and think to myself, “boy, it would be so easy just to change a couple things around and add a little cash to my return. Who would know? The IRS doesn’t care about a little fish like me.” But then reality kicks in and I do the RIGHT thing. Now, whenever the telephone rings I don’t have to worry because I know that I did the right thing – Whenever the mailman comes I don’t have to worry about a letter from the government because I did the right thing - If I had cheated I would constantly be worried that someone would discover my wrong.

It’s much the same when you cheat on your tests and homework – when you do it you have to always be worried about getting caught – in the end wouldn’t it just be easier to study?

Enough about what I have to say – what does God have to say about cheating?
In the Ten Commandments he said, "You shall not steal" (Deuteronomy 5:19). And cheating is stealing—usually, it's stealing someone else's work.
In the New Testament, we're told to "put off falsehood" (Ephesians 4:25). Simply put: Don't lie. And cheating is lying; you're turning in work you're falsely claiming as your own.
But one of the Bible's strongest warnings against cheating can be found in Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament. The first chapter of Malachi says God was disappointed in the priests because they were cheating on the job.
How did they cheat? God had made it clear that all sacrifices to him had to be made with perfect animals. But these priests were cheating by sacrificing imperfect animals. (It's one thing to think you can get away with pulling a fast one on your teacher. But on God? What were these guys thinking?!?)
The Living Bible (Malachi 1:6-14) says the priests had "despised" God's name by offering "polluted sacrifices." Responding to this charge, the priests said, "Polluted sacrifices? When have we ever done a thing like that?"
God answered, "Every time you say, ‘Don't bother bringing anything very valuable to offer to God!' You tell the people, ‘Lame animals are all right to offer on the altar of the Lord—yes, even the sick and the blind ones.' And you claim this isn't evil?"
God goes on to tell the cheating priests, "My name shall be great among the nations. But you dishonor it, saying that my altar is not important, and encouraging people to bring cheap, sick animals to offer to me on it. …
"Cursed is that man who promises a fine ram from his flock, and substitutes a sick one to sacrifice to God. For I am a Great King, and my name is to be mightily revered among the Gentiles."
It might be tempting to think, OK, so some old priests cheated God more than 2,000 years ago. What's that got to do with somebody copying a few answers from somebody else's homework?
Well, a lot, actually. As Christians, we're "priests" too (see 1 Peter 2:5). And as "priests," we're supposed to give God our best work; he doesn't want any "polluted sacrifices." Instead, he wants us to be a "living sacrifice" (Romans 12:1).
At first glance, cheating on a quiz may not seem as big a deal as offering God a "polluted sacrifice." But as Christians, we should think of all of our actions—big or little, "religious" or not—as "living sacrifices" to God.
Everything we do—in church, in school, at home, everywhere—is ultimately done for (or against) God: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord. … It is the Lord Christ you are serving" (Colossians 3:23-24).
The priests in Malachi's day were cheating because they weren't doing their best work. It's just the same when someone cheats in school; it's not their best work.
And like those old priests in Malachi, we're supposed to give God a good name. That's something we just can't do if we're wearing the name "Cheater."
It's clear that cheating smears God's name. But cheating affects more than our relationship with God. It affects our relationships with people, too.
When someone cheats—and doesn't get caught—he gets a grade he didn't earn. And that affects other students in several ways. They might get mad, because they studied hard, only to get a lower grade than somebody who cheated. They might be tempted to cheat too, just to keep up academically with the cheaters. And they might be put in a position where they feel they have to tell someone (a teacher, a counselor, a parent) about the cheating, and that's not a comfortable position.
Cheating can affect your relationship with adults. Maybe it's a teacher. Or a coach. Or the guidance counselor who's trying to help you get into the right college. Maybe it's a youth leader. Or maybe your parents. If you're caught cheating, you've broken your trust—not only between you and God, but between you and anyone who knows you.
But even if you don't get caught, you've violated a trust, and your conscience will tell you that. Maybe your teacher or your parents don't know, but by cheating, you're on your way to establishing a pattern of dishonesty that could grow to include lying and stealing too. Dishonesty ruins relationships, and cheating is just one symptom of an inner condition.
Finally, and most importantly, cheating simply isn't a good witness. If others know you're a Christian and they see you cheating, what does that tell them?
As Christians, we're called to be different in everything we do—at church, at home, at school. But we're not only called to be different, but to make a difference to those around us.
(All statistics courtesy Christian Life November/December 1999 issue vol. 58).

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Sometimes the distractions of everyday life cause us to lose focus on our target – which should be a Godly life. “Did you hear what she said about me?” Can you believe he did that?” Blah, blah, blah! Sound familiar? In fact, sometimes the stress of daily distraction makes the target almost impossible to even see!


Well, by focusing on someone you can’t see of course!

An effort must be made daily to at least keep the target in view! I know that sometimes we all miss the mark – miss the bull’s-eye – but at least we’re in a position to hit the target.

What happens if we lose sight of the target? We become the target! We become the target because we have not taken the necessary precautions to safeguard our own lives against the angst of the world – and the world begins to fire at us – and it fires more than darts!

It fires sin – temptation – anger – bitterness – resentment – lying – pain and death –

If we focus on living a Godly life we gain all of the protections afforded us by our “Biblical Constitution”. Our Biblical Constitution is all of the blessings and safeguards we gain when we surrender to Christ and dedicate ourselves to him – The Constitutional Amendments have already been written in the blood of Jesus and just as in the United States, when we’re born again in Christ, we are automatically citizens guarded and protected by the power of the Biblical Constitution…

Take the time every day to focus on the target – God, Christ – He alone will keep the target in view –

If you’re not careful – you’ll never see the alternative coming and before you know it – you’re the bull’s-eye!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I stand in awe of you!

For just a moment today I thought – about the great and mighty cost -
The sacrifice for me you made – the day your heart and soul you gave -
Your word so honest and so true – I stand in awe of you -

When I look around this world you made – From the womb to the grave –
I see the bitterness of man – still I see the blueprint of your plan –
The beauty of the things you do – I stand in awe of you –

Your oceans and you mountains – the things that strike us all –
Beauty undefined by words – nature waiting for your call –
Your love for us is nothing new – I sand in awe of you.

Well, now that I got that off my chest let me just tell you my inspiration for that poem – It is the last three chapters of 3 John: 1 - 13-15 and it goes like this:

13 I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink;
14 but I hope to see you shortly, and we will speak face to face.
15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.

Now, I can’t say for sure why this scripture struck me on such a deep level – except to say that “shortly” we will see Jesus face to face – and he will greet us by name – and for that reason, I stand in awe.

I stand in awe of the fact that he knows my name.
I stand in awe of the fact that he evens knows me.
I stand in awe of the fact that not only does he know me – he loves me.
I stand in awe of the fact that of all the beautiful things he has created – we are his favorite creation.
I stand in awe of the fact that no matter how many times I crucify him – his blood ever runs red for me –
I stand in awe of the fact that every time I call his name – he is faithful to answer.
I stand in awe o the fact that he takes the time to suffer in my place daily.
I stand in awe of the fact that he is my friend.

Lord, I stand in awe of you.

Just in case you are going through a struggle and can’t seem to muster the joy to call on the name of Jesus – here are some other names you can try – HE WILL ANSWER TO ANY ONE OF THEM!

Advocate - 1 John 2:1
Almighty - Revelation 1:8
Alpha - Revelation 1:8
Amen - Revelation 3:14
Angel of the Lord - Genesis 16:7
Anointed One - Psalm 2:2
Apostle - Hebrews 3:1
Author and Perfecter of our Faith - Hebrews 12:2
Beginning - Revelation 21:6
Bishop of Souls - 1 Peter 2:25
Branch - Zechariah 3:8
Bread of Life - John 6:35,48
Bridegroom - Matthew 9:15
Carpenter - Mark 6:3
Chief Shepherd - 1 Peter 5:4
The Christ - Matthew 1:16
Comforter - Jeremiah 8:18
Consolation of Israel - Luke 2:25
Cornerstone - Ephesians 2:20
Dayspring - Luke 1:78
Day Star - 2 Peter 1:19
Deliverer - Romans 11:26
Desire of Nations - Haggai 2:7
Emmanuel - Matthew 1:23
End - Revelation 21:6
Everlasting Father - Isaiah 9:6
Faithful and True Witness - Revelation 3:14
First Fruits - 1 Corinthians 15:23
Foundation - Isaiah 28:16
Fountain - Zechariah 13:1
Friend of Sinners - Matthew 11:19
Gate for the Sheep - John 10:7
Gift of God - 2 Corinthians 9:15
God - John 1:1
Glory of God - Isaiah 60:1
Good Shepherd - John 10:11
Governor - Matthew 2:6
Great Shepherd - Hebrews 13:20
Guide - Psalm 48:14
Head of the Church - Colossians 1:18
High Priest - Hebrews 3:1
Holy One of Israel - Isaiah 41:14
Horn of Salvation - Luke 1:69
I Am - Exodus 3:14
Jehovah - Psalm 83:18
Jesus - Matthew 1:21
King of Israel - Matthew 27:42
King of Kings - 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16
Lamb of God - John 1:29
Last Adam - 1 Corinthians 15:45
Life - John 11:25
Light of the World - John 8:12; John 9:5
Lion of the Tribe of Judah - Revelation 5:5
Lord of Lords - 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16
Master - Matthew 23:8
Mediator - 1 Timothy 2:5
Messiah - John 1:41
Mighty God - Isaiah 9:6
Morning Star - Revelation 22:16
Nazarene - Matthew 2:23
Omega - Revelation 1:8
Passover Lamb - 1 Corinthians 5:7
Physician - Matthew 9:12
Potentate - 1 Timothy 6:15
Priest - Hebrews 4:15
Prince of Peace - Isaiah 9:6
Prophet - Acts 3:22
Propitiation - I John 2:2
Purifier - Malachi 3:3
Rabbi - John 1:49
Ransom - 1 Timothy 2:6
Redeemer - Isaiah 41:14
Refiner - Malachi 3:2
Refuge - Isaiah 25:4
Resurrection - John 11:25
Righteousness - Jeremiah 23:6
Rock - Deuteronomy 32:4
Root of David - Revelation 22:16
Rose of Sharon - Song of Solomon 2:1
Ruler of God's Creation - Revelation 3:14
Sacrifice - Ephesians 5:2
Savior - 2 Samuel 22:47; Luke 1:47
Second Adam - 1 Corinthians 15:47
Seed of Abraham - Galatians 3:16
Seed of David - 2 Timothy 2:8
Seed of the Woman - Genesis 3:15
Servant - Isaiah 42:1
Shepherd - 1 Peter 2:25
Shiloh - Genesis 49:10
Son of David - Matthew 15:22
Son of God - Luke 1:35 Son of Man - Matthew 18:11
Son of Mary - Mark 6:3
Son of the Most High - Luke 1:32
Stone - Isaiah 28:16
Sun of Righteousness - Malachi 4:2
Teacher - Matthew 26:18
Truth - John 14:6
Way - John 14:6
Wonderful Counselor - Isaiah 9:6
Word - John 1:1
Vine - John 15:1

Monday, February 25, 2008


Matthew 11:28-30

28Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

I was nearly thirty-two years old before I realized what this scripture really meant. Sure I had memorized it many, many years ago – But I really had no idea how to apply it to my life – I had no idea how to take Jesus’ yoke or even what a yoke was – I knew his yoke was easy – which was cool with me – But how do I give him my yoke – and oh yeah – what the heck is a yoke?! Every time I heard this scripture when I was a kid I always though about egg yoke – I could never get it out of my mind. One day, when I was going through some major drama, I asked God to explain this to me. It wasn’t long before I knew exactly what this scripture means.
A yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox. It is attached to a piece of equipment that the ox pulls. It can be a real “burden” to carry a “yoke” on your shoulders…Are you starting to get it now –
A yoke can be the burden of sin, oppression, persecution, or just plain DRAMA which we all know too well, and when you carry it on your “shoulders” it makes it very difficult to stand. Now this scripture does not promise to end all drama in our lives – it just simply means that we can find rest in Jesus. The rest that Jesus offers is love, healing, and peace with God.
Now, how do we physically take Jesus’ burden and give him ours. This is so simple, yet not easy to explain; but I will try.
You see, if you focus 100% on your relationship with Jesus, that becomes your burden. Trying to always read your bible, treat people with dignity and respect, fighting temptation, praying loyally, tithing, and doing your best to not sin, following the ten commandments, and leading others to Christ – is Jesus’ burden. That’s not very heavy at all considering with all of those things he has given us a helper in the form of the Holy Spirit.
If you do this your focus will no longer be on your drama but on Jesus. – You have essentially given Jesus your burden, and taken his instead! It really is that easy – and it really does work!
As for the egg yoke – they’re great with toast – I wonder what God says about toast?

Saturday, February 23, 2008


The other day my seventeen year old daughter came home and told me about a fight she was having with a couple of her best friends. The trio have been friends for years – now all of a sudden a new boyfriend – new jobs – drivers licenses and presto! A recipe for a fight…and a big one. It was so troubling to my little girl that she sought the counsel of the great counselor, the great physician – The Rock – God. She responded to an alter call and poured her heart out. In the days following God responded – just as we knew he would…but did my litter girl respond the way she’s supposed to? You see in a matter of hours after the alter call a letter was written to one of the girls, delivered twelve hours later – and by the thirteenth hour they had made up – but what about the other girl? Was her friendship not even worth an attempt to salvage? I asked that very question and I learned that my daughter was bitter – it seems this other girl is the one who started all of the strife between them and so my daughter thought it best not to even attempt to reconcile…but what are we supposed to do in that situation? We’ve all been there – someone wrongs us and immediately we write them off like the old saying, “Get me once, shame on you – Get me twice, shame on me.” That statement does not imply forgiveness. Instead it simply says we should live with resentment in our hearts – hatred in our minds and bitterness in our soul – but what does God say about it?

Philippians 2:1-11

1 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. 3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not [only] for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. 7 Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, 8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow— of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth — 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

In this passage we learn the importance of putting others ahead of ourselves – Just as Christ did when he suffered death on the cross.

Later my daughter and I talked and learned that this girl, the “strife maker”, was actually going through a very troubled time in her life. You see, her father is suffering with cancer. He has had several surgeries and chemotherapy and several other treatments that have altered his life…and in many ways her life – forever. Now, I don’t know why she is taking her problems out on my daughter, but one thing is for sure – If she asks for forgiveness – my daughter will give it – just as Jesus gives it daily.

I’m not saying that we have to be the worlds punching bag – but holding a grudge in your heart can turn it to stone – If you’ve got a pet rock in your chest – just give it to God…he’s probably got a pretty big collection! (See above photo!! HAHA)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Can I really get 30 lashes for walking my dog???

Today in Iran a man was sentenced to 4 months in prison and 30 lashes – which means he is essentially either beaten on his back with a stick – or he is whipped with leather straps. His crime…WALKING HIS DOG IN PUBLIC!!! It seems that in Iranian culture dogs are considered unclean and are forbid being in public…are you kidding me??? In everyday life – outside of Church and Christian School we are told to be the “T” word. What is the “T” word you ask…It is one of those politically correct words that had been placed on topics that are more often than not, set AGAINST Christians. For example; if a person wants to worship the devil we are told we should be more “T” – (try to guess the word). If a person doesn’t think we should say “In God we Trust” in are pledge they say we should be more “T” of other people’s beliefs – or lack thereof. Or perhaps a person doesn’t believe in God we should not pray in their presence and be more “T” of their unbelief. If a copy of the Ten Commandments is in a place where there are ten people and nine of them are Christians – but one is not – then the Ten Commandments are removed and the Christians are told to be more “T” – Have you guessed it yet??? The word is Tolerant…It is a word I am learning to dislike more and more lately… It seems to only apply to Christians however. Christians should be more tolerant of other beliefs…but NO ONE need be tolerant of our faith and beliefs…But what does God have to say about it??? In Jeremiah Chapter 7 God speaks to Jeremiah and gives him a message to deliver to the people of Judah who are being rebellious. He tells them -

"Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD. 3 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!" 5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, 6 if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever. 8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless."

God is telling them, look, straighten up and you can live in this place – a place of peace and protection directly from the hand of God – Get away from the way you’ve been living and stop putting your faith in deceptive words that are worthless and put your faith in me. Seems pretty simple…right? It doesn’t sound to me like God is being very tolerant towards the people of Judah. What is the consequence of those who refuse to turn back to God – We need only to look in the next verse –

Jeremiah 9 - 29

9 " 'Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"-safe to do all these detestable things? 11 Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.12 " 'Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer. 14 Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your fathers. 15 I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your brothers, the people of Ephraim.'16 "So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you. 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger. 19 But am I the one they are provoking? declares the LORD. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?20 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: My anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground, and it will burn and not be quenched.21 " 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go ahead, add your burnt offerings to your other sacrifices and eat the meat yourselves! 22 For when I brought your forefathers out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices, 23 but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you. 24 But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. 25 From the time your forefathers left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again I sent you my servants the prophets. 26 But they did not listen to me or pay attention. They were stiff-necked and did more evil than their forefathers.'27 "When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer. 28 Therefore say to them, 'This is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips. 29 Cut off your hair and throw it away; take up a lament on the barren heights, for the LORD has rejected and abandoned this generation that is under his wrath.”

This makes it very clear to me that God does not abide by the politically correct “T” word. God does not and will not tolerate our sin, backsliding, rejection, or bitterness – he will forgive – but he will not tolerate. And I do not believe we ought to be so quick to tolerate either. I don’t mean that we should be rude – insulting – unloving – or uncaring – to those who say they are offended by us – I think we ought to say we are offended that they are offended – then they can say they are offended that we are offended that they are offended….and so on – Then pray for them.As for the guy in Iran who has to spend 4 months in prison and 30 lashes for walking his dog…I guess the guy should have been more tolerant and left the dog in his basement to go to the bathroom instead of offending someone with his unclean pup – weird hugh?

Monday, February 18, 2008

What’s so bad about secular music???

When I was a kid growing up all I really had to listen to was secular music – you know, the music on every other radio station except 89.1 (The Reach FM). I really didn’t think it was a big deal then, but now I realize how much of a negative influence secular music had on me – and that was twenty-five years ago – things have gotten much more risky since then. Music with sexual lyrics, homosexual lyrics, cursing, hatred etc. has become the norm. It should be obvious to most of you that what you hear can affect the way you live your life. For example – if someone told you everyday that you were fat, eventually you’d start to believe it – even if it was a lie. Speaking of lies – does anyone know who the “father of all lies is”??? – You guessed it, that old adversary – the devil. When satan was known as Lucifer, he was a great and mighty angel – very popular amongst the other angels and particularly loved by God ' Ezekiel 28:11 “You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.” We must remember that some, not all music can come from evil sources no matter how lovely, beautiful or pleasing it may sound to the ears. For we know that the devil can masquerade as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11:14). Music, I believe, has a twofold purpose. To glorify God or not, it’s as simple as that. Music was initially created to glorify God, but what satan has done with it since his rebellion is whole different issue. You see, according to Ezekiel 28:13 satan was constructed with certain instruments built right into him – We know that before satan’s rebellion, the sole purpose of music was to bring pleasure to God –

“Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.”

The most important thing to focus on here is the last line which says that tabrets (an instrument sort of like a tambourine today) and pipes (like a flute) were actually a part of satan’s created being – meaning that music was literally in him. Seeing as though he was God’s most beloved angel we can assume that music was one of his primary responsibilities in heaven.

Now, with that understanding, can you see how important it is to protect yourself from secular music? It should be obvious how important music is to God and to satan –

I would also mention Ephesians 4:29:
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
The next time you are tempted to listen to the latest secular song – ask yourself if you think God is listening to it???