Sharing a God story

Have you ever had a thought that is so “not you”? I recently had such a thought and I believe it is worth sharing. A little background, I rarely read the newspaper. In fact I must also confess I do not watch much TV. So now you know by modern standards I am “strange”. I justify this stance on 2 things, my experience and the scripture in Philippians 4:8 that tells me to think on those things that are of good report. My attitude and perspective is soo much better not engaging in all the negative stuff the media tries to feed me.

So now you have the background, here is what happened Tuesday. I was sitting down to lunch and the Shreveport Times was sitting on the table, it had on the front page President Bush’s visit to Alexandria. I scanned the article and for some strange reason I turned the page. On page 2 was an article about a fallen soldier and how his brother wrote a letter to the President. After reading the article, I was immediately moved to write the President an email to thank and encourage him to continue to see families.

I have never written a letter to any public official before so needless to say I argued with myself for the rest of the lunch. The conversation in my head went something like this, “You need to write the President”. “Write the President? That is crazy, he’ll never see it.” Ignoring my own sound reasoning I had the same thought again, “You need to write the President.” After about 3 or 4 volleys back and forth in my head I got the thought, “It will take 5 minutes, why would you not write him?”

I got up and wrote the President this email.

Dear President Bush,

You are a man of great honor and dignity. The story in the Shreveport Times
today sums up your heart and spirit. Thank you for visiting with the families
of fallen soldiers.

You are called every name in the book, daily, but the one that comes to my mind is honorable. May God continue to bless you and your family in this time of transition.

Rarely do I read the paper but today I had a weak moment and picked it up. I
was drawn to the story about a family I do not know, and will probably never meet, but I wanted to say thank you for giving your time to this family. Travis Nixon gave all he had to America and because of great warriors like Travis I am free to live my life.

You do not have to die to give all and I know you have surrendered 8 years of your life to serve America. Thank you for your service to this great country. While I have not agreed with everything you have done,  (I don’t know of anyone I agree with all the time.) I have prayed and continued to support you because of your great character.

Thank you again, may God bless you and May God bless America.

Your brother in Christ,

Greg Ryan
President- One Drop of Blood
Haughton, LA

I wrote my letter, still not sure why, but I was at least obedient to the thought I had at lunch. That was Tuesday and as Paul Harvey has said so many times but now here is the “Rest of the Story”.

Friday I had a scheduled closing on a house (For those of you who do not know I am a Realtor). My Buyer was a very nice older lady downsizing to a smaller home, the closing was postponed a week because of an additional requirement of her mortgage company.

The closing went great, my lady signed everything and was excited about buying her new home, we were all about to leave when the Seller showed his Realtor a coin. Being across the table I could not see it but his Realtor said something like, “That is so cool, the President gave this to you?” My ears perked up and I jumped into their conversation. “Did you say the President, do you mean the President of the United States?” They said yes and handed me the coin the President gave this man. It was at that time I “came to myself” and notice the name of the Seller…Kurt Nixon. The man that wrote the President a letter and had inspired my email was sitting across the table from me.

Since I represented the Buyer I had no connection to the Sellers other than selling their home. I never pay much attention to the Sellers’ name because I do not ever have contact with them. With that said, I sat there in total amazement of how God put all of this together to minister to me. I told them my story and about the email. (They were also amazed)

When I wrote the email I thought it was to encourage our President. God knew the email was written to encourage me and build my faith. What an awesome God we serve. I am sure He speaks to me everyday. I pray I will become a better listener.

We overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb and word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11) We have built a company on helping you share your testimony with people who ask for it. I hope this encourages you, even though you did not ask, I had to tell someone else how God encouraged me. God is good all the time.

Is Salvation really for everyone?

The quick and easy answer is yes. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the whole world this includes past, present and future sins of everyone, everywhere. (1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not ours only but also for the whole world.)

The real problem for salvation is not sin. The price for sin has been paid, in full, by Jesus Christ. The real and most telling question God will ask you, (He may ask more questions but I am confident this one will be asked, probably first.) “What have you done with My Son, Jesus?” The answer to this question will determine where you spend eternity.

So how do you “get in” to Heaven? It is only through Jesus. In John 14:6 Jesus very clearly states, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Pretty simple, the path to getting the right answer to God’s question is through Jesus.

The Good News is everyone is eligible for salvation. The not so good news is many will reject Jesus. There are many reasons given for not following Christ but it all boils down to “pride”.
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.(1 Peter 5:5, James 4:6) That is the key, a church word called repentance is what must happen before there can be true salvation.

Through repentance you admit you were wrong, you admit God was right and ask God to forgive you. It is also a turning away from the past attitude of you being in control and admitting or declaring that God is now in control of your life.

God reached out to me many times but I was too arrogant and stubborn to listen. It was not until I realized I was going nowhere and needed some direction for my life that I was open to God. I was invited to hear the Word of God at a business meeting that had an “optional” Sunday morning service. The Word was preached and the Word came to life in me. It is to true what is said in Romans 10:17 that faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Then I took that faith that came from hearing and I combined it with the Grace of God and I was saved. Using Ephesians 2:8 You are saved by grace through faith and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God. My salvation came when I confessed with my mouth the Lord Jesus and believed in my heart that God raised Christ from the dead, I was saved. (Romans 10:9)

It has been a wonderful journey that started over 15 years ago and grows stronger each day. No where in the Bible do I read my new life in Christ will be without trials but I do read daily how God will supply the strength, courage and power to overcome anything that comes my way.

God saved me by His word, explained/preached through faithful men and women of God. The word of God must be proclaimed for faith to come and salvation to take place. So we at One Drop of Blood have developed a product to open the door of conversation so that word of God can be proclaimed.

Effortless Evangelism Video

This is an introductory video about our company and a testimony of how our logo was used to lead a person into a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a great way to start a conversation about Jesus with someone who actually asks you about Christ. That is what we mean by effortless evangelism. We take the work and worry out of witnessing and ask God to get involved. Enjoy.

Ray Boltz and the Good News

Since Ray Boltz has come out-of-the-closet and is now openly homosexual, his life is now supposed to be easy and less complicated.  I hope he is not counting on a peace that surpasses all understanding to come over him.  He may feel a sense of relief because he does not have to “lie” about what he is doing, but his announcement will not bring peace.

Enough of that, I think this is an excellent time to write about what I believe the Bible teaches on Salvation.   I will use Ray Boltz in my example (since he raised his hand).  Some of you may be wondering will Ray spend eternity in Hell?  Surely homosexuality or homosexuals will never enter Heaven.

As I read the Bible, no where do I see where it classifies big sins and little sins.  Sin as a definition is missing the mark.  In archery, you have sinned if you miss the bull’s-eye.  Since I do not own an archery store, that definition does not apply.  But since the word sin is in the Bible I thought it was relevant to the discussion.  Biblical sin is missing the mark with your life.  What does God expect from your life? The answer is one word, perfection. God’s Word or the law requires everyone to be perfect. With this in mind, Romans 3:23 is easier to understand. For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.

The Bible is also clear that the wages of sin (what you earn from sinning) is death. So by sinning you will die…nice. Let take this a little deeper, the death the Bible refers to is eternal death and separation from God, eternal means forever.  If you do not live a perfect, sinless life God’s law condemns you to eternal death.

What does that have to do with Ray Boltz?  Homosexuality is not the issue, sin is the issue and all have sinned.  How can sinful man ever hope to get to Heaven?  By himself he is doomed to spend eternity in Hell but while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

The law requires perfection. Jesus never sinned, which in itself is amazing but instead of jumping for joy and yelling, “I did it, I did it.”  Jesus took His perfect life and laid it down for sinful man.  What a Savior.

Here is the only way to Heaven, Jesus. (John 14:6) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one gets to the Father except through Me.” So back to my beginning question, “Will Ray Boltz spend eternity in Hell?” The answer must be… it depends. Did he accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior?  That is the only question that matters.  In fact, when you die and stand before God I believe you will get one question. It will be something similar to this, “What did you do with My Son, Jesus?” If you have confessed Jesus as your Lord with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Christ from the dead, you shall be saved. 

This one question will determine which line you then stand in, The Judgment Seat of Christ, or the Great White Throne Judgment. (Just a hint, you want to be in the Judgment Seat of Christ line.) All your other “deeds” will be exposed after your final Judgment is determined. This is where, if you are a Christian and practice homosexuality, lying, stealing etc. any sin, you will answer for it. 

So one more time, the Good News, Salvation, Eternal Life, is available for everyone who confesses with their month the Lord Jesus and believes in their heart that God raised Christ from the dead. Everyone who does that shall be saved.  If Ray Boltz confessed Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior the Bible says he is born again and a new creature.

I am not trying to make light of a very serious sin but this sin or any sin for that matter will not send you to Hell. Denying Jesus Christ, God’s only Son is the only sure fire (sorry about that) ticket to Hell.

 

Ray Boltz brings me out of my cave

When does someone start blogging?  For me, I have talked about starting for 3 months.    The news about Ray Boltz has taken me from talking about blogging, to this entry. 

Ray Boltz has chosen to live the homosexual lifestyle…wow.  From someone that has listened to and still enjoys this man’s music, the announcement took me by surprise.  In fact my first thoughts were not about Ray but about me.  “How self-centered!”, you may be thinking, but let me explain.

The idea for my Christian clothing line came while listening to Ray’s song titled “One Drop of Blood”.  In fact, that is the name of my company.  My first thought was, “Oh no, this can’t be good!”  I quickly got over myself and started praying for Ray Boltz, his family, friends and his fans. 

Remember this important point about sin… “All have sinned.”  Jesus died once, for the sin (Past, Present and Future) of the whole world.  Ray Boltz’s choice will cost him dearly in this lifetime, but I believe we (as The Church) need to pray for Ray and ask God to grant him repentance. 

I have been taught, sin takes you farther than you wanted to go, costs you more than you wanted to pay and keeps you longer than you intended to stay.  Satan is very good at what he does, i.e. “Steal, Kill and Destroy”. He (Satan) walks around like a roaring lion looking for whom he might destroy.  I would say the Devil has his crosshairs squarely on Ray Boltz and his family. 

What should the Church’s response be? If it were up to me, I would condemn the sin (homosexuality) but not the man.  Remember, you who have never sinned can cast the first stone in destroying this man’s life.  If Ray were reading this I would encourage him to read God’s Word every day,  pray to Jesus every day and ask God for help.

Ray Boltz or anyone caught in sin for that matter will not be released from Satan’s trap without the help of the Holy Spirit.  Here is the deal; someone in the body of Christ has fallen down.  What will be our reaction?  Should we take our Sword (The Word of God) and stab Ray to death while he is down or should we pray for him and anyone else caught in this trap? 

I will continue to pray.

 

 

 

Christian Clothing Blog

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This will be a combination of Christian teaching, my journey through the Christian clothing business and various other thoughts and observations from my perspective.

The title of the blog is something I have found extremely challenging and rewarding in my life. My hope is that in my writing and ramblings you will see my heart and occasionally get a peek at my soul. (I dare not look at it too often.)

God has been so good to me through out my life and this is my way of trying to give Him the glory and honor due Him. In Revelation 12:11 it reads

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

This scripture has given me the inspiration and power to start, develop and continue the most powerful clothing company in the world. (Much more on that later.) I believe this scripture also helps justify blogging for me anyway. That is enough for now.

May the Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine upon you. And be gracious to you; and give you peace.

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