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Nevertheless!

Nevertheless

Nevertheless

The definition of NEVERTHELESS is: in spite of that; notwithstanding; all the same.

Nobody really likes to be told what to do, especially as adults, even more so as professionals.  WE’VE GOT THIS!  In Luke 5:1-11 we read about Peter, Jesus told him to cast out into the deep and let out his nets.  Peter responded, we’be been fishing all night and caught nothing. NEVERTHELESS, I imagine at least in my head, in a sarcastic voice…ok NEVERTHELESS I’ll do it.

He got the haul of a lifetime!  HOW MUCH we should follow this lead…too many times we think, I’ve got this when we just need to not just hear God but JUST OBEY!  I thought I knew better God, NEVERTHELESS…

Have a GREAT day, bless someone today as you have been blessed!

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Do the Right thing for the Right Reason

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In Luke 4:1-13 satan tempted Jesus on 3 separate occasions.  The interesting part is that satan knew WHO Jesus was, WHO His protector was, and what He could do, but satan STILL tempted him by asking him to PROVE his divinity, to … Continue reading

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Astronauts should NOT eat beans!

I haven’t posted in a while…I just saw this video, thought I’d share…have an AWESOME day!

Marooned Without a Compass Day?!?

CompassMarooned Without a Compass Day is celebrated on November 6th of each year.
Being marooned is not the best thing in the world that could happen to anyone.  According to Merriam Webster, to be marooned is to be put ashore on a desolate island or coast and leave to one’s fate OR to place or leave in isolation or without hope of ready escape.  Pirates were known to do this to crew who disobeyed orders.

We can only imagine that Marooned Without a Compass Day came from the question most people will be asked at least once in their life.  “If you were lost on a desert island, what would you want with you?”  This question has numerous variations, you can only select one item, you can select three items, or it can only be a person.

Go ahead and celebrate by asking all your friends what they would do if they were marooned without a compass.

As for me, it’s interesting…I thought about this…my Bible…I would want that with me…not a compass, I wouldn’t have a place to go on a desert island. Duh. There are so many people I’d want with me, but the ONE person that I KNOW would be there is my God…

Someone asked me about Him last week…it caused me over the past several days to re-think about God, Jesus, Savior, whatever you choose to call Him.  It’s a good practice to re-think or re-evaluate your God on occasion and your relationship with Him.  Good stuff, if you haven’t done that in a while…try it, sometime you’ll have to make some changes though…doesn’t mean your a bad person or doing bad things, just means you got a little of course and need to make a change here or there.

Be blessed today!

Call all nerds, geeks, home-school parents – build an education alliance?

What in the world am I talking about?  An Education Alliance…okay, we’ll call it a club…maybe a group…whatever you call it….here’s the idea.

computing_students_by_lawrence_berkeley_national_laboratory_scaledI have a ton of things I’m interested in learning, Amie calls me a nerd…a geek, whatever it is, I have an insatiable hunger for knowledge.  That’s great Brandon…go learn….the problem here is that I don’t have the funds to buy all of the education I’d like, of which is a very wide variety.

The thought of an education alliance, a group of people who enjoy learning, contribute $5-10 monthly to grow and share a library of resources.  A lot of what I’m looking at is from The Great Courses.  They have great curriculum in almost EVERY subject matter.  IDEAL for homeschool students/parents to add some variety to lessons but I’m as much interested for me as I am for my kids.  They run specials every month with different sets put together to help save money as well.  We certainly wouldn’t be limited to this company though…

The details aren’t worked out and I don’t know anyone already doing this so I’m just curious if there is anyone else interested in something like this.  Reply here or e-mail at brandon@baronsinc.net me if you might be interested.

Good Morning!

Well…here it is, January 9, 2013 the day Kylee Elizabeth~Sud Morris turns 15.

Happy Birthday Kylee

Look what a difference 5 years makes…

The big ONE-FIVE!  Talk about making someone feel old!  We had a good day yesterday…she went with me into town yesterday evening to do some QuickBooks POS training…while we were waiting on Paula at The Crossing for things to settle down, Kylee and I played some Chess and just had a little daddy/daughter time.  I love spending time with her…Guys if you have kids, spend time with them…not just time, but quality time, talk to them, but even more important, LISTEN to them.

 

My devotion comes out of 2 Corinthians 10:4 today, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”

We think about war today, but this is not the type of war that Paul was dealing with.  The weapons he is referring to are not knives, guns, bombs, explosives, weaponsthat we tend to think about.  To me the weapons he is talking about are a lot more deadly.  The Corinthian church that Paul was dealing with was using weapons such as manipulation and intimidation to gain a “stronghold” in the church during that time.  However, Paul’s weapons of choice were prayer and proclamation of the gospel.  As believers, like Paul, the weapons we fight with are “might in God for pulling down strongholds.”

Christians to not live by conventional wisdom  and we do not fight our battles with conventional weapons.  The cause of Christ is never advanced by carnal actions or methods.  Our spiritual weapons, weak by the world’s standards, are more than sufficient to see us through and to defeat the enemy.  Living according to God’s Words is the way of inner peace, continuous joy, and spiritual victory.

That’s good stuff there boys and girls…when you are facing difficulty with people or things…YOU don’t have to battle them, and what appears to be a physical battle turns into a spiritual battle and when we fight with prayer and the Word of God…NOTHING can stand against it.

Today is going to be an AWESOME day, you should repeat that and then live it!

What a GREAT weekend!

We had an AWESOME weekend!  It’s funny how it doesn’t take but one thing to

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happen during the weekend to define the whole thing.  Obviously everything I did this weekend wasn’t awesome but it’s all in your perspective.

I abhor moving, but despite moving we had a great crew to get it done and it got 98% done minus a few small things and defiantly all the big things.  We had Amie Grace, Kydee, KuKu, JuJu, G, A, and Ryan.

After we got done moving JuJu I got to meet an awesome family and do a little computer networking work for them thanks to another friend, Glen Casto.  I didn’t tell her this but, her family/kids are AWESOME!  The epitome of manners…although it was a little weird being called sir so many times…lol  You just don’t see that too often.  I also appreciate the invite to your church in Plainview.

Then yesterday, Sunday…having my new found Sunday liberty…not liberty to go or not to go to church, but WHERE because church attendance isn’t a requirement to being a Christian but it’s a privilege and a blessing as well as an American freedom (for now) that shouldn’t be taken for granted.  I go to church, not be a Christian but because I am a Christian.

We went to church at Centerville Assembly of God with Pastor Jeremy Bull…what an AWESOME service…the whole thing was great.  Let me just say, Rachael Bull can SANG!  Also missed Josh Foster and Becky Bodiford.

Sunday evening we went to “Deerwood Assembly of God”  NOW, I KNOW that it’s not called that anymore, it’s something like “Family Worship Center” or something like that.  Well, we went to what I had in my head “Family Worship Center” in Hattiville…guess what, they don’t have Sun. evening service.  Finally made it into Morrilton in time to catch Kevin West preaching the house down.  Love visiting with old church family and friends there too.  Kevin West, Ronnie & Terri Willcutt, & Ray & Ardellia Smith.

There is so much I could say, I might edit this post a little more later today and finish tagging some people in here…until then, have an awesome day!

 

Useless!

Good morning…here is a list of useless facts (you may have to click on the image to read it), you could bore the pants off of

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someone today should you choose to.  Please make sure you’re at home if you choose to do this though….certainly not at Wal-Mart because you’d end up on www.peopleofwalmart.com…WAIT let me warn you, if you haven’t been there, you WILL lose sleep over this!

Did you know Satan’s job is to steal, kill, & destroy?  He’s good at his job too.  He wants you to feel useless, like you can’t make it.  You’re not good enough.  You don’t read your Bible enough.  You’ve been hurt at church and can NEVER go back.  People have done you wrong, don’t go to church. etc. etc. etc….these are all lies that Satan feeds into your being.

DO NOT let him feed your soul…you deserve good things.  You don’t go to horrible resteraunts when you go out to eat, do you?  You go to places where you like the food but too many times we choose to listen to the bad, the negative, and we stew on it EVERY DAY…it makes NO sense, other than Satan is just good at his job.

My devotion this morning comes from Psalm 119:83, it says:

 

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I’m as useless as a wineskin that smoke has dried up.
But I don’t forget to follow your orders.

What in the world does that mean!?  A wineskin in Bible times was used to transport water, wine, or even milk and they were made from animal skins.  As long as they were being used, they were great for this job.  At times if they were left empty for any length of time, became weathered or got to close to heat and/or smoke they would dry up and become useless.  Like a dry rotted tire, they don’t hold air.

That’s what this particular scripture is talking about.  Satan wants you to feel useless, but the psalmist is reminding you DO NOT forget God’s statutes.  I’m reminded of the scripture, I love this one, Jeremiah 29:11, it says: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Do you know what that REALLY says, it says that you are NOT useless, it says that God has plans for you.  It says, Satan, you are a liar.  If you are feeling useless to God for ANY reason, it is a lie from the pits of Hell, it doesn’t matter what you’ve done, what you’re going through, what you went through, why you went through it.  It doesn’t matter if you haven’t been to church in years or even if you’ve been going to church and got your feelings hurt…God loves you and He’s not finished with you…will you let Him use you?  Today God wants to be closer to you than ever before and it’s not even a church day…

Hey, be blessed today, you ARE loved!  If you need prayer, e-mail me at brandon@baronsinc.net.  If you are encouraged by this, leave me a message.  Have a BLESSED day!

My Stupid Mouth

Ephesians 4:29. Paul writes, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Christians are not only supposed to stop saying bad things, but to begin to say things that will help build others up.

There are people all around that are starving to be built up with encouraging words and Jesus loves those people!  What will you do with that information?

Personal Battles

A spirit of religiosity…It’s interesting, I see that spirit a lot. I personally feel that I don’t have that particular problem…good thing since I deal with other various problems…just not that one.

What is interesting about this you may ask. Since I can’t hear you, I’ll assume you did, in fact, ask and I appreciate that. Thanks!

Due to the fact that I don’t have this spirit of religiosity, I can’t just accept things…because of this I find myself wrestling with God in areas of my life…reminds me of this scripture:

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. (Genesis 32:24-31)

Sometimes I have to wonder or even question God or what appears to be God in my life and/or the events and circumstances in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I serve God, God is FIRST in my life. There is ONE God, and I trust Him with all that I have…I worship Him and Him alone. But one who doesn’t question anything in there life, how human and truly Godly are they?

I know the word says that “I will never leave thee or forsake thee” and I take that at face value, then I find myself wondering if I’ve left God at times. Does this make me a better Christian? Perhaps a worse Christian? Who knows…all I really know is that I do all that I can to be pleasing to God, to one day hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant, enter in.” not only that but to see all of my friend, family members, and acquaintances join me around the throne of almighty God worshiping together with no sickness, no strife, no quarreling, WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!