Dealing With Loss

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Brett and Sydney Hystad

I have been so excited to share this blog with you (whoever “you” are).  This is from one of my best friends who is the worship leader for our Student ministry as well as two of our main Sunday services.

Sydney and Brett Hystad are one of the most amazing couples I have ever been around (Yes I did their pre-marriage counseling so that is probably why… Ok prob not, but forreal) they are consistently shining Christ! When you are around them, their message is Christ!  They have recently endured a massive loss, in their son Carson Brooks Hystad.

The blog that Brett wrote is very powerful about dealing with this loss.  This writing will change you, challenge you and push you.  When I read this all I could think of was something that I heard years ago “Your message is loudest when you hurt the most”

Please join me in praying for this sweet couple, as they continue to deal with this.

Please click here to be redirected to Brett and Sydney’s Page.

Be Still

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Psalm 46.10 – Be Still and Know that I AM GOD.

When was the last time you just sat in complete silence, with nothing to do or look at? When was the last time you went 1 hour without looking at your phone?

Being still is almost unheard of in our culture today. Being still is not looked at as something that you would do to be successful.

Being still is something we must build into our lives, we must take time to STOP. God took an entire day off, He called it the sabbath.  Some how we have been taught that we don’t need to sabbath.

With the world continuing to add noise to our lives in so many different ways, I challenge you to find some time to Be Still. When you do this it will help to block our the clutter and make room for the Creator.

 

 

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Dude are those Jandals?

I am not sure what kind of friend you are, but after the 2 people that read my blog get done reading this I hope you are a better friend to your friends than before.

Something that I work very hard at is never having regrets and saying “I wish I would have.”  There are some people that may take what you have heard me say to one of my friends as rude or un called for.  I would tell you, your sensitive and it will be ok, and go have a Frap. We have certain people in our lives that I truly believe God has placed there to be an alarm system for us.  You know that if you are out of line, on your way toward a major sin or do something totally uncalled for (Or wear Jandals and your a dude, weird and wrong) that person will sound the alarm and call you out.

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Many would say that these people need to just mind their own business, when actually we need to be thanking God for them.  I have had many people sound the alarm in my life when they saw me headed in a certain direction.  If they hadn’t said something to me, then who knows what would have happened or where I would be now.  Even when my friend Terry Kurtz called me out for wearing a wrist brace to a meeting one time.  He said, “You have a Rollerblading accident or what?” and he sends the picture on the left to me once a month for the past 3 years. (I’ve never wore a brace again, even when I broke my hand.)

Seriously though thank you to those friends who took the time to speak into my life when they saw something that could have been harmful to me or someone else. Thank you for not holding back, thank you for not worrying about what I would think about you, thank you for not letting me ignore the alarm, thank you for loving me…

Proverbs 27:6 “Wounds from a friend can be trusted”

When you see your friends headed in a direction that you see is going to be harmful or damaging, SOUND THE ALARM! Say something, if not you might just be sitting there saying.  I wish I would have… Then you can rest in the fact that you said something and they know that they can come to you for prayer and for help at anytime.

On the flip side, don’t push the snooze button when you hear the alarm from a friend.  Listen to them, take what they are saying seriously, and do something about it. They may actually have a great point!

Just like some friends of mine, I wont say names (My staff) guys, men, dudes PLEASE stop wearing Jandals -it is harmful..

Planned Parenthood Article 

Article by Dr. Wallace Henley (A great friend and leader In my life) written in Christianity Today 

Deborah Nucatola, the Planned Parenthood doctor caught on video chatting about the harvesting and sale of infant body parts over a bulbous glass of wine, brings to mind Adolf Eichmann’s manner as he was on trial in Jerusalem in 1963 for being a major henchman in Hitler’s Holocaust.
Hannah Arendt, a Jewish philosopher and writer who was able to get out of Germany before the worst of Hitler and the Nazis fell upon her people, covered the trial for The New Yorker. Later she wrote a book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.
Arendt was struck by Eichmann’s nonchalance on the stand and in court. She thought of the word, “banal,” meaning hum-drum, ordinary, as one would feel about performing trivial activities, like filing papers, sweeping a floor, counting sheep, or nailing nails.
Eichmann helped lead the killing of at least 11 million people in the concentration camps. Yet he was simply doing his job, he protested, much as he did before the war as a traveling salesman, or during his post-war period in Argentina when he became manager of a rabbit farm, and later a welder in a Mercedes-Benz plant.
It was in the midst of the most banal of activities — going through the routine of catching a bus — that Israeli Mossad agents caught him and brought him to Jerusalem.
Nucatola was captured on video in a Los Angeles restaurant. “A lot of people” want livers of unborn babies, she said as she sipped and munched. She could only say “Wow!” when she had discovered how great is the demand for pre-born infants’ hearts. Nucatola was as casual in her description of the most efficient removal of heads and other organs from the human in the womb as Eichmann might have been tallying up the number of cattle cars to transport Jews and other non-Aryans to Auschwitz.
Critics protest when people in the pro-life movement call abortion on the scale performed by Planned Parenthood a new “holocaust” — that of the unborn human beings. But, try as it may — and Planned Parenthood spokespersons have done their best — this time, through one of its own, the huge, well-funded, abortion provider cannot hide.
Any more than Eichmann could hide in South America.
Jesus said that “all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open” (Luke 8:17). “God will bring our darkest secrets to light, and will reveal our private motives,” says the Bible, in 1 Corinthians 4:5 (NLT).
That goes for all of us, not just a doctor in an abortion organization.
Arendt was struck by Eichmann’s “stock phrases and self-invented clichés” that were part of the in-house technical parlance that disguised the reality of the Nazis’ deeds. So the people Nucatola presided over as they performed the slicing of babies are “providers,” and the material extracted “tissues.” In making sure the product is intact, “one must be cognizant of where you put your graspers.”
The remnant of civilized people left in the propagandized culture of our day have to wonder how a person can sit in a chic restaurant and talk in a banal fashion of the hacking of a human infant yet in the “sanctuary” of the womb.
In Eichmann’s case, Israeli court psychiatrists had examined him and found him a “completely normal man,” Arendt reported. The implication, she said, was that “the coexistence of normality and bottomless cruelty explodes our ordinary conceptions.”
Nucatola’s hackneyed chitter-chatter was such an explosion. The aura of the normality of removing a complete body part from a living human being blasts at the foundations of sanity.

Arendt reflected on what could produce an Eichmann and masses of people who thought and behaved as he did.
“The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any,” she said.

Nucatola is a product of schools that helped students clarify values until they have no values, education systems that have excluded study of the transcendent truth to which all are accountable, and academies that level and teach the equivalency of all phenomena.
This is the scholastic world that has given us, for example, Princeton ethics (!) professor Peter Singer who advances the idea that “the life of a newborn (human) is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee.”

Oh, the banality of it all.

“The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him,” wrote Hannah Arendt. They “were neither perverted nor sadistic,” just “terribly and terrifyingly normal.”
That, perhaps, is what is so frightening about Deborah Nucatola. She is the poster child for the new normal of the culture the elites have foisted on America. “Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.”
So Hollywood, the progressive academy, the mainstream media, the corrupted pulpit and other propaganda machines will continue to crank out the banalities that will influence that portion of the mass demographic that still elects to office leaders of any and all parties who will contrive the policies that certify the abnormal as normal and the criminal as legal.
Another Bible passage comes to mind: “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2 NIV).
The only way one can banally banter over lunch about mutilating a human being is through a seared conscience. A society that continues not to be appalled at such activity suffers from a collective seared conscience.
Deborah Nucatola shows these are indeed “later times.”
http://www.christianpost.com/news/planned-parenthood-adolf-eichmann-and-the-banality-of-evil-141594/

Response to the Supreme Court

People have been asking me for what my response is to the Supreme Court Ruling.  So my response is the same as my pastor Dr. Ed Young’s response which I have posted below.

A Biblical Response from Dr. Ed Young

The Supreme Court has acted lawlessly this past week and superseded its powers granted by the Constitution. This is the worst example of judicial activism. When five or six unelected justices can legislate from the bench, the very fabric of the Constitution has been shredded. The republic on which we stand is in great jeopardy. The Second Baptist Church family will continue to recognize the biblical definition of marriage as between one man and one woman as described in Genesis 2:22-24:

The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. (NASB)

We believe the covenant relationship of marriage is defined by God alone. We stand on God’s Word rather than the whims of our humanistic society.