COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “New Fruit”


Galatians 5:13-26

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“How joyful are those who fear the LORD-all who follow His ways!” (Psalm 128:1, NLT)(Zentangle(R)-inspired illustration by Jenn Webster)

We have reached the beginning of a brand-new year, and with a brand-new year, one has to make certain changes in life; After all, what is a new year without making resolutions? Of course, when a new year comes around, we try our darndest to keep those resolutions, but in the end, we just end up breaking them.
But there is one resolution that I would very much like for you to keep: Following the heart of Jesus Christ! That’s right-It just happens to be the very best resolution that you could ever keep, not just for beyond the new year, but forever! Have you been in the past year struggling with your sins, and that there is nothing that you could ever do to gain eternity? Well, my friends, there IS something you can do to gain eternity, as in eternal life, and that is by giving your very own asking the Lord God that you have sinned and that you have believed that His Son died on the cross for you, and that you ask His Son to come into your heart and to follow Him always! Not just for a day, a month, or a year, but ALWAYS! Now, that is the very best New Year’s resolution you can REALLY keep!

However, I fear that once they give their hearts to Jesus Christ, they might go on back to their sinful ways, so I would very much like to suggest that you take this following important tip, courtesy of Galatians 5:13-26, NLT: “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers in sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.” 

Yes, my friends: Those who have given their hearts to Jesus Christ have been called to live in freedom, that is, freedom from THEIR SINS; However, just because they have given their hearts to Jesus does not ever mean that they can be ever free to do the sins that they please! Freedom to sin is really not freedom at all-It just enslaves you to Satan, others, or even your own sinful nature! However, if you yourself have been struggling in the chains of your sins, then I invite you to give your heart to the One who will break those chains-And that certain One is Jesus Christ, who was sent by God to do His will: Take our place of punishment by dying on the cross, shedding His blood on the third day as the payment for all of your sins, and by having been raised from the dead on the third day, He has ultimately defeated death so that each and every one of us could very well have life eternal. So, my friends, I urge you to look to the cross; Then, ask Him that you have sinned, repent of your sins because Jesus died for them, and then invite Christ into your heart. There is no better time to do so than right now.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17, NLT)
And so, my dearest friends, are you ready to commit yourselves to Jesus Christ by repenting your sins and by giving your heart to Him right now? Then please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am a sinner. I have ultimately sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. I believe that You have died on the cross for my sins and have been risen from the dead on the third day, so that I might have eternal life. I ask now that You please come into my heart, and to let me follow You always as my personal Savior. I thank You so very much for paying for my sins by sacrificing Yourself for me. In Your most holy and blessed name. Amen.”
If you have just prayed this prayer with me, that I would very much like to welcome you into God’s Great, Big Family! Now, the very next thing that you need to do now that you have given your heart to Christ Jesus would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s most blessed Word, each and every day of your life, and then you should praise, worship and thank the Lord God for sending His Son to die for you by going to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday of your life. I very much hope and pray that you make this most ultimate choice of your life by repenting of your sins, and by asking Jesus to enter into your life today, for always. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read this message today. Until the next time, Lord willing, may God bless you ever so richly.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

 

 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY


From Psalm 73(NLT):

(Zentangle ®-inspired illustration by Jenn Webster)

Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong. They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else. They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty. These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for! They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others. They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth. And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words. “What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?” Look at these wicked people— enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain. If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to Your people. So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! Then I went into Your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. Truly, You put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors. When You arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning. Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to You. Yet I still belong to You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. Those who desert him will perish, for You destroy those who abandon You. But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things You do.

SHINE ON: The History of The Flashlight


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As most of you readers have not already known by now, winter has officially begun, and with winter come winter storms; And you know what winter storms do to those who have electricity, don’t cha?! Well, not only do winter storms bring in cold air, but they can also bring about winds that can knock trees and even power lines down…And you know what happens next, right?! The power goes out, and you are in the dark! So, what do you do? You get flashlights, naturally, but try not to trip on anything…(OUCH!!!) Oops!
But seriously, folks, a flashlight is the very best kind of device to have on hand in case of power outages that are caused by either weather or otherwise stupidity (I meant no offense); Outside of the good ‘ol U.S. of A., especially that country whose accent is where those British martians speak, it is called a torch…hmm, think it isn’t OK to light a fire with a flashlight?! But in mechanical terms, a flashlight happens to be an electric light that is portable, while its light’s source usually is either an incandescent light bulb, or, in recent years, a light-emitting diode, or LED. The flashlight is the most useful tool anywhere, consisting of the light source that is mounted in a reflector, a transparent cover in which to protect the light source and reflector, and a battery as well as the switch. Flashlights are protected and supported by a case. Now, if any of you are asking just where the flashlight comes from and how they got to be, then lend an ear, and I shall tell you the story…
In 1899, dry cell as well as miniature incandescent electric lamps were invented, which made the first battery-powered flashlights possible; Today they are just mostly used as incandescent lamps or light-emitting diodes running on rechargeable or disposable batteries. There are other flashlights that are powered by someone turning the crank or just simply shaking the lamp, while there happen to be other flashlights that have solar panels-In short, if you want to recharge a battery in the flashlight, all you’ve got to do is use sunlight! That is, if it is not too cloudy…

People use flashlights for general purposes, but there happen to be other flashlights that are specially designed, basically for campers as well as miners, namely head or helmet-mounted flashlights. Other flashlights have been made to use underwater or in atmospheres that are flammable; And as I have mentioned earlier, flashlights are a great source of light in place of no real light during power outages.
Of course, in the case of flashlights, one cannot have one without the proper accessories-Accessories such as colored plastic cones slipped over the lens as well as colored lenses that are placed over the end of the flashlight are used, basically for signaling. There also happen to be marshaling wands, a different kind of flashlight, and they are used frequently to direct automobiles at night, as well as airplanes.
Flashlights come in many shapes, styles, sizes, and colors, such as a medical penlight, driving lamps and headlamps.

And yes, for bookworms such as myself, one has got to carry a book lamp; Or, for those of us who have smartphones, there happens to be a flashlight somewhere on almost every phone.
And so, that is all you need to know about the flashlight, so be happy that you have one of the most important tools of the house; Just be careful not to trip in the dark when getting a flashlight in the dark…(OUCH!!!) …sorry…

LOVE HURTS: Domestic Violence in Sports


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(Cartoon illustration by Jenn Webster)

There happens to be a growing, as well as frightening, trend here in these United States: yes, one of the problems that this country has been dealing with is domestic violence; But now, this ever-growing problem has since become the most common crime among the most spotlighted perpetrators: Male athletes.
Yes, it certainly appears that the most common crime among male athletes happens to be domestic violence, while the struggle rages on about how to address the increasing number of domestic violence incidents that have been committed by athletes. Instances of domestic violence are such incidents that have been occurred by the members of the NFL, and that happens to be because of its immense popularity here in the United States.
Now, how does domestic violence occur when it comes to male athletes? Well, it is most often perpetrated by both collegiates as well as professional athletes, especially off the field. The victims who happen to be the most victims of those perpetrators are women; Football is a time-honored, high contact sport that has been enjoyed by millions of Americans, but the sport has also been the subject of discussion that surrounds both major athletes and domestic violence. According to scholars, they suggested that due to the environment of football, players somehow can develop violent behavior, which can be a potential accelerator/stimulator of domestic violence. 

Due to this, most people criticize major sports franchises for lack of action regarding domestic violence. Of course, the practice of domestic violence among athletes is nothing new, but it became nationally recognized; It became that issue when a man by the name of Ray Rice, a player for the NFL football game the Baltimore Ravens, had only been suspended from two NFL games in 2014 after assaulting his then-fiancee, and now wife. It happened at a hotel elevator when Rice kicked out his wife; TMZ released the video afterward. Before the incident happened, the NFL conducted a policy that stated that players would be disciplined for offense regarding domestic abuse, but did not give any specifics, so the NFL had to scramble to come up with something to punish Rice, but as mentioned, the NFL suspended him for only two games.
The NFL has received large criticism for this light suspension, so it was up to its commissioner by the name of Roger Goodell to create a whole new set of rules stating that, if a player abuses a partner, it would be a six-game suspension without pay for the first offense, while in the second offense, if the player continues to abuse the partner, then the player would be kicked out of the league for at least a year.
Due to the violent nature of football, football players could have a violent nature inside themselves; The most biggest problem among the NFL just happens to be domestic violence, and according to NBC News’ Jon Shuppe, there have been 87 arrests involving 80 football players over the last 14 years. Among the players of the sport, a contributing factor to domestic violence happens to be the fact that they are desensitized to physical conduct, and that happens to be because it is a part of what they do all of the time. There are also some football players when have grown up in an environment where violence is used to solve problems. And in nearly every case of domestic violence that involve male athletes, they who play the sport would be violent enough to abuse their wives or girlfriends physically. 

Domestic violence is something that no woman should ever have to go through-It does not matter if the woman is black, white, or any other race: It hurts ALL women, in ALL races, and ALL backgrounds. If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or learn more at its website right here

New Year, New Giveaway!!!


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(Background doodle art by yours truly!)

Well, here we are in a brand-new year, 2019 that is, and with that new year that is now officially here, the time has finally come for another new giveaway! Yes, you folks heard me that correctly: I have just started my first all-new giveaway of the new year, and once again, it involves a certain eBook in which I have released this past year, a tale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s most cherished classics, The Little Mermaid; And the tale is of course entitled: The Sea Centaur!
Now this time, the purpose of this new giveaway is this: You could be among the 25 lucky winners of this giveaway…Yes, you have heard me right: I am going to give away 25 digital copies of my eBook, The Sea Centaur, and you, my dearest readers, could very well be among those 25 winners who shall be very well lucky enough to own it! The Sea Cenataur is a story of how far one would go to get to be with the one that you love, and that especially has happened to a girl named Marisa, who belongs to a race of half-human/half-seahorse creatures known as sea centaurs! After rescuing a shipwrecked clothing heir, and by which she falls in love with, Marisa plans to go to great lengths to be with that man that she has just fallen in love with…
The Sea Centaur is a tale in which I think that everyone should enjoy, written by yours truly and features cartoon illustrations in which I have drawn 10 years ago! And guess what? You could be among the 25 lucky winners who shall digitally receive my Amazon Kindle Edition eBook! To enter for your chance to win, please go to this link right here;  But you better hurry and enter now, because this very first giveaway of 2019 comes to an end on January 18th, 2019, at 11:59 PM PST (That’s January 19th, 2019, at 2:59 AM, EST)

So with that, may I very well suggest that you swim on over to this link here and enter today, and who knows? You could be the winner! Good luck!

 

 

This is Not How One Makes America Great Again…(LINKEDIN ARTICLE)


Check out the article that I have written for LinkedIn about the possible after-effects of the government shutdown right here:

This is Not How One Makes America Great Again…

FORCED TO GIVE UP MY OWN NEW YEAR’S EVE DAY…


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Well, I hope that most of you bloggers and blog followers out there have enjoyed your holidays, while I have enjoyed mine as well as having some time off from blogging; However, although I had a pretty good Christmas, there is something that I would very much like to share with you…
I had plans to go out in the daytime on New Year’s Eve and have myself a little fun, because my SSI payment was a day early(yes, I still do get SSI in addition to my regular work pay); For the past few years, I had been going out in the daytime on New Year’s Eve for a nice, little day out, and I had been looking ever-so-forward to going out this year-but NO! My uncle had insisted on going to the garage and to get rid of some of the stuff in the garage while keeping the rest.

Let me tell you(and please don’t get me wrong), all of my own New Year’s Eve day plans have all gone down the toilet, and I have never been so upset in my life, in fact, I was so upset that I had cried, because I had wanted to have this chance of going out in Dover, Delaware in the daytime on New Year’s Eve and to browse around and to buy what I like, and now, because of being forced to give up my plans, I shall not ever have that chance ever, ever, again! And to tell you the truth, I do not know if I would ever even have any chances of going out whenever I have my days off again, and do you know what else? I am still a bit upset over the fact that my New Year’s Eve day plans have been scrapped, just to clean out a storage unit at a storage location! (I understand and know that getting rid of the things that you do not need is important; What I had just addressed is something that I just want to get off my chest.)

 I really don’t mean to get all huffy, but there are things in life that makes me happy, and among them is going out to browse and to purchase what you like and/or need; But there are times when you get upset when you are told that you are being forced to give up your plans just to do something important. Now, I do not mind doing important things, because after all, it needs to be done, but there are other things that I would like to do too, such as going out whenever I have a day off from work…I know it sounds silly, but it’s true…
I hope that I would get to have a chance to enjoy myself and to just go out and enjoy during my day off today…

THE 100-YEAR RIDE: How Honda Became a Globally Well-Known Brand


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The founder of a certain company had turned 100 back in 2016; His name is Soichiro Honda, and he was the founder of a company called Honda, which was founded in October of 1946 in Hamamatsu, Japan, and was incorporated two years later, on September 24th, 1948. Honda is a manufacturer of aircraft, power equipment, automobiles, and motorcycles…Yes, especially motorcycles.
In fact, in 1959 Honda became the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer and has been so to this very day; Honda’s also the world’s largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year.
In 2001, the company had also become the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer, as well as being the 8th largest automobile manufacturer in the world behind Toyota, Ford, and General Motors.
Soichiro Honda had an interest in automobiles throughout his life while working as a mechanic at the Art Shokai garage, tuning cars as well as entering them in races; With the financing from an acquaintance of his by the name of Kato Shichiro, Honda founded Tokai Seiki in 1937 to make piston rings working out of the Art Shokai garage. Sure, they had initial failures, but Tokai Seiki won a contract to supply those piston rings to Toyota, but the contract was lost due to the products’ poor quality. Honda then attended engineering school without graduating while visiting factories around Japan just to get a better understanding of the quality control process of Toyota. In 1941, Honda was then able to mass-produce the piston rings acceptable to Toyota, using an automated process that could employ even unskilled wartime laborers.
In the next few decades to come, Honda’s product line would expand, as well as its operations and exports to countries around the world; The successful Acura was introduced by Honda in 1986 to the American market, an attempt catch up with the luxury vehicle market. In 1991, the Honda NSX supercar was introduced, which happens to be the first all-aluminum monocoque vehicle that incorporated a mid-engine V6 with variable valve timing.

Soichiro Honda passed away on August 5th, 1991; Afterward, the company in which he founded had found itself being outpaced quickly by other Japanese automakers, and was then became engulfed by the truck and sport utility vehicle boom of the 1990s, and they all took a toll on the profitability of the company…
Then, the company had announced plans to halve production at its UK plants following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011, a decision made that involves putting staff at the Swindon plant on a 2-day week until the end of May as the manufacturer began struggling to source supplies from Japan.

Of the many products that Honda has made over the years, they are, in addition to the Acura: Fit, Insight, Civic, Accord, Legend, CR-Z and CR-V, as well as two versions of the Odyssey, actually two versions of the vehicle, one for North America and the other, a smaller vehicle, was sold internationally.
If you would like to learn more about the history of Honda, then please visit www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda.