Welcome to my blog! I hope to be a resource to help you in your walk with God. Now more than ever we need to get back to the basic fundamentals of moral living and take a stand for what is right and truthful with God as our ultimate authority. His Word is reliable and preserved and can be trusted, so that is the basis for my advice and teaching. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or topics you would like me to cover. I look forward to sharing what God has placed on my heart. See my website at https://www.lovinggodministry.com/ for books and music I have written that will enrich your life!

Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." Let's stand in the gap together!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Women's Health Conference 9/30/17 and upcoming book signing

I had a very successful book signing on 9/30/17 at the Women's Health Conference in Middletown, CT. I have two new releases (The Sonic Adventure Gang book 2 and Benny's Good-Night Prayer), with book 3 of The Sonic Adventure Gang coming out by Christmas. A hymn CD called "Reflections" will be coming out soon. Will keep you posted!

This Saturday October 21 from 10-3 I will be at the Zion Lutheran Church's Scarecrow Festival. Come check out my books and CD's!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

How Do You Teach Children to Love the Lord?

Deuteronomy 6:4-9: "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." 

Are these words truly in your heart, like God mentions above? Are you doing externals without having the sincere love and devotion in your own heart? Once you have that settled with the Lord, teach it throughout the day to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. Find practical things in your children's lives to show them about God and His love for them. Dictating our children do right without shepherding their hearts will lead to older teens and adults who reject God altogether because they never made Him their own personal Lord, Savior, and most importantly, best friend. 

One of the best ways to do this is through praying specific prayers, and seeing specific answers.  It's great to write their prayer requests down and when they get answered, circle it with a big "AMEN" written over it! Then they have a visual, to see how the Lord is working. Sometimes the answer may be no or wait a while, but it was an answer, and often they will be able to see later how that was for the best. Also, praying to the Lord throughout the day in conversational form is helpful, because it engages them with their Heavenly Father on a continual and more personal basis. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Liberty or Distraction?

I have often heard the verse, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). I love this verse because it inspires me to think of God as I do things, and to aspire to bring Him glory through all I do and say. This includes things I allow to pass by my lips. This would include not being a glutton, and not using harmful drugs and alcohol. But as I have been reading through the book of 1 Corinthians, I got this verse in more context this morning. It’s written in the context of Christian liberty. It goes beyond us making sure we are doing what is right in our own lives, such as my own health and my own personal influence. It addresses us doing all to the glory of God in order to not offend others and thus lead them to Christ.

The preceding verses talk about the fact that we can’t drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils, in the context of sacrifices to devils. The Apostle Paul continues to say that all things are lawful for him, such as eating meat that was offered to idols, but not all things are expedient, or best to do under the circumstances. They may not edify, and while you’re not necessarily doing anything wrong in doing it, whatever it may be, it may cause others to struggle in their faith. Are we serving God or the devil? Let’s identify where our commitment lies. Whose kingdom are we trying to increase?

He goes on to say, for example, that if you eat over someone’s house who is not a believer in Christ, and they serve you meat, eat it and be gracious so you don’t offend them: “asking no question for conscience sake” (vs. 27). However, if someone is there and points out it was offered to idols (apparently this bothers the person who mentioned it), don’t eat it “for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake.”

He goes on to clarify whose conscience he is speaking of. “Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?” In other words, “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof,” as he says in vs. 26 and again in vs. 28. He is allowed to eat meat, as part of God’s creation and food chain. Why should he limit his freedom to eat what he wants based on another man’s conscience? He is under grace, and thankful for all the Lord has given him on this earth to partake.

Here it comes in our key verse, along with the rest of the answer to this question of why should he limit his freedom for others: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many…” WHY? “…that they may be saved” (vs. 31-33).

It is a great reminder for me to watch my testimony, remembering that our ultimate goal is to glorify the Lord with our lives, and part of that commitment applies to our interactions with and influence upon others. We have a duty out of our love and devotion for our Lord to care about the misunderstandings that may occur from our actions. How awful if someone didn’t become a believer in Christ because we were selfish and were just thinking about our own desires. We cannot control everyone’s perceptions, but the idea is that if we are around those who will be offended in Christ because of something we do, perhaps a cultural boundary, we should respect it.

May God help us to live our lives with respect toward others, and illuminate love from our hearts that will show the world through us how great our God really is. He cares for all and desires all to come to Him for salvation and spiritual growth, and we should avoid being a distraction.