This video (in the link provided at the end of this paragraph) where this young man literally gave the shirt off of his back should provide proper perspective for all of you (meaning me too) who are so uptight about this election, the racial tensions of late, the threat of war, etc. https://youtu.be/op_lQ4QNoMo

It’s okay to prepare and work on these things (they are important) but while remaining aware of them, praying about them, or even doing your “worldly” best to do something about them always remember what our FIRST mission is….simply to love people and preach Christ Jesus to them mostly by showing them His love THROUGH our actions as we allow Him to work through us.

I am guilty at times for focusing so hard on the “issues of the day” (nothing wrong with this btw) and so are many of you but God is not sitting in Heaven mad at us about is focusing on these things but we MUST also not be so blinded by them that we lose sight of our most important mission and miss opportunities to help people and improve their “human condition” so thatJesus and His perfect heart can be seen by them and the rest of the world also.

Help someone today.  Be a light for Jesus so that people may be drawn to Him through you. Pray for those that have offended you and that YOU have offended (even in todays horrible political and racial climate).

Lastly, remember to love those that hate and despise you just as you love those that you love dearly for Jesus loves you that way when you were a mere sinner and on death’s highway instead of the current road that you are on towards Heaven and our Father God through Jesus Christ.

I love you and the Master does too for we are one and you are one with us dear brother and sister!

Be blessed and have a Jesus-filled day!!!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

You have blessed us with your presence my King. A great burden was lifted from us all when God you chose to take upon yourself the form of your creation to save us from ourselves and our own wicked devices.

The echo’s of your birth reverberated throughout Bethlehem and all of Israel and only those closest to your heart and trusted with wisdom knew how this blessed event would change the destiny of the world.

Your manifestation upon Earth fashioned a hope for your people to be reunited with you and a path for all mankind to receive everlasting life through your one and only Son.

Your love has been proven boundless throughout the ages, your word has stood the test of time, and the hope that your Holy Spirit gives helps sustain the tempted in their hour of need.

You alone O’ Lord are worthy to be praised and we your people bow low in worship thanking you for the gift that only a loving father who is the King of all creation can provide.

You are a beacon of light for those who search for life in the darkness and a candle of hope to those who have no flame. You, the one who never abandons His people suffered a miserable death on a “tree” so that your will would be done are the only one who your children choose to exalt to the highest because you

have no equal.

During this time, this season that has been corrupted by so many worldly things we come to you with a “clean” offering of our love and gratitude at the feet of your throne.

We celebrate your awesomeness and revel in the light of your love as we enjoy the feasts and festivals that dot the landscape of the world but lest we forget you are the reason for the season and we are nothing without you O’ God.

Happy birthday sweet Jesus, may your name be exalted higher than it ever has during this Holy-day season!

Love,

Your People,

By the hand of your servant,

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Gallery  —  Posted: December 25, 2018 in Articles, Religion
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The reason for the season! Gifts are OK, parties also, celebrations are a blessing, but let’s not forget amongst all of these things the reason that we celebrate…JESUS! Even if you don’t have a gift to give or receive you’ve already received the ultimate gift in that Jesus willingly gave His life for you!

It’s the pride of the world that makes us believe that if we don’t have what the world believes makes a “good Christmas” that we should somehow feel bad. No my friends…if you are reading this it means that you have a cell phone, or a computer, or public access to one which makes you more wealthy than most of the world so you are truly blessed and wealthy…you just fail to realize it because of the high standard that you live amongst.

My travels around the world have allowed me to be humbled about how even dealing with racism, elitism, socialism, growing Christian oppression, and the many other issues that I’ve faced in our beautiful country of how blessed that I am to be here. What we face here as people pales in comparison to the evil, the death, and the destruction that goes on in the rest of the world.

Let’s pray today that we realize our blessings, count them and take the time to stop worrying about our “issues” and lift up the rest of this world as this is what we were made to do. We have an opportunity to be a “light that shines in the darkness” but it is only through Jesus that we will know WHERE to be allowed to shine for

the benefit of the world. Jesus loves you and so do I my friends!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Gallery  —  Posted: December 23, 2018 in Religion
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In the Spirit this thought came to mind as I watched a past video of me lifting weights that came across my timeline as a “memory”.
I’ve always found my physical strength comforting as I knew that I could handle myself when dangers rears its ugly head.

I started to lift weights so that I never felt small and helpless again as I did as a child when I was picked on relentlessly and due to witnessing domestic abuse by cowardly men towards my mother and other women and I determined NEVER to be that “small” or helpless again and by God NO ONE messes with me now…well…except my wife and daughters who bully me all he time…LOL!!!

But as I grow in Christ I realize that my physical strength was a farce and that in all reality it is and always has been my spiritual muscle that provides spiritual strength (which also strengthens and heals my physical body) given to me by our Master Jesus that is my true power.

I do, however much like Samson like having them both.

Be blessed today and always!!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Gallery  —  Posted: November 27, 2018 in Articles, Religion
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The midterm elections are over now can we focus on being the man and women of God we were designed to be Instead of allowing ourselves to be used by the politicians, radio personalities, TV personalities, and the media to do the evil ones bidding? In this short video I speak on what we SHOULD be doing instead of doing what the world does.

https://youtu.be/cFOriiXNYGk

Gallery  —  Posted: November 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

(This guest piece is from my one year Bible reading plan on the Youversion Bible app by Nicky Gumbel. I pray that you enjoy it as much as I did. Lastly, I am still healing from surgery so I thank you for your prayers. Be blessed!! Ron)

YOU HAVE ACCESS TO GOD

During the American Civil War, as a result of a family tragedy, a soldier was granted permission to seek a hearing from the President. He wanted to request exemption from military service. However, when he arrived at the White House, he was refused entry and sent away. He went and sat in a nearby park.

A young boy came across him and remarked how unhappy he looked. The soldier found himself telling the young boy everything. Eventually the boy said, ‘Come with me.’ He led the dejected soldier back to the White House. They went around the back, none of the guards stopped them. Even the generals and high-ranking government officials stood to attention and let them pass through.

The soldier was amazed. Finally, they came to the presidential office. Without knocking, the young boy opened the door and walked straight in. Abraham Lincoln, standing there, turned from his conversation with the Secretary of State and said, ‘What can I do for you, Tad?’
Tad said, ‘Dad, this soldier needs to talk to you.’

The soldier had access to the President ‘through the son’. According to the New Testament, in an even more amazing way, you have access to God through the son’ – Jesus.

Many people pray, but not all prayer is Christian. Christian prayer is distinctive – it is Trinitarian. St Paul writes, ‘Through him [Jesus] we have access to the Father by one Spirit’ (Ephesians 2:18).

This is why prayer is such an immense privilege. You are able to speak to God, the creator of the universe, as your Father. You come to him through Jesus, the man who is God, our Lord, brother and friend. Your prayers are inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, who lives within your heart.

Psalm 119:169-176

Access… to the Father

When I first encountered Jesus, I was taught a model for prayer using the mnemonic ‘A.C.T.S.’. Each of these is represented in this passage.

The psalmist’s prayer is addressed to God. Jesus teaches us to address God as our Father. As Psalm 119 draws to a close, the psalmist prays a variety of prayers, which include ‘A.C.T.S.’:

A     Adoration
Praise God for who he is and what he has done.
‘Let me live that I may praise You’ (v.175, AMP).

C    Confession
Ask God’s forgiveness for anything that you have done wrong.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep’ (v.176, AMP).

T     Thanksgiving
Thank God for health, family, friends and so on.
‘My lips shall pour forth praise (with thanksgivingand renewed trust)’ (v.171, AMP).

S     Supplication
Pray for yourself, for your friends and for others.
‘May my supplicationcome before you’ (v.170).

A – Lord God our Father. I adore you. I love you Lord. I praise you that I can come before you, the Creator of the universe. Thank you for the immense privilege of having access to you.

C – I confess my sins to you and ask for your forgiveness…

T – Thank you so much for all the blessings in my life. Thank you for my family and friends. Thank you for so many wonderful answers to prayer. Thank you for…

S – Lord, I pray today for…

Hebrews 7:11-28

Access… through Jesus

Jesus ‘brings us right into the presence of God’ (v.19, MSG). Access to the Father is made possible through Jesus. You can ‘draw near to God’ (v.19). Jesus is the great high priest who makes it possible for you to ‘come to God through him’ (v.25).

Jesus is the Son, ‘who has been made perfect forever’ (v.28). He provides you with a ‘better’ hope (v.19). The word ‘better’ appears numerous times in the book of Hebrews. The writer is constantly contrasting, not something bad with something good, but something good with something ‘perfect’ and therefore far ‘better’.

Jesus’ priesthood is based on a superior promise. The writer quotes Psalm 110:4 to show how Jesus’ priesthood was established through a promise of God. Unlike the temporary former priests, Jesus’ priesthood was confirmed by God’s promise (Hebrews 7:20–21). Jesus perfectly meets all your needs (v.26).

  1. Jesus has defeated death for you
    It is ‘by the sheer force of resurrection life – he lives!’ (v.16). Unlike the former priests, Jesus lives forever, and his priesthood is permanent (vv.23–24).
  2. Jesus is constantly praying for you
    Jesus continually intercedes for those who come to God through him: ‘He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with him and intervene for them’ (v.25b, AMP).

    Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813–1843) wrote: ‘If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.’

  3. Jesus is uniquely able to represent you
    The priests had to offer sacrifices for their sin first, but Jesus was ‘completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God’s presence in heaven itself’ (v.26, MSG). He is the unique mediator who is fully God and fully human.
  4. Jesus offered the perfect sacrifice for your sins
    ‘Unlike the other high priests he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people’ (v.27). When Jesus offered himself on the cross, it was only necessary for this sacrifice to be offered once, since it was totally effective: ‘He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself’ (v.27).

His qualities of a superior life, a superior promise, a superior ‘offerer’ and a superior offering, all demonstrate that Jesus’ priesthood is totally effective in providing you access to the Father. As a result of Jesus’ permanent and perfect priesthood, you can ‘draw near to God’ (v.19). You can, ‘come to God through him’ (v.25).

Father, thank you that I can draw near to you today through Jesus and that I can know that he is constantly praying for me.

Ezekiel 10:1-12:28

Access… by the Holy Spirit

As you pray, the Holy Spirit, who lives in you, helps you to pray. It is an extraordinary privilege to be living in this time when every Christian has the Holy Spirit living within them. Before the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit only came on particular people at particular times for particular tasks.

Ezekiel was one of those particular people. Extraordinary visions of God were given to him by the Spirit who lifted him up. Twice in this passage he says, ‘Then the Spirit lifted me up…’ (11:1,24). It was ‘the Spirit of the Lord’who ‘came upon’ him and ‘told’ him what ‘to say’: ‘This is what the Lord says…’ (v.5).

Ezekiel went on to prophesy that one day the Spirit of God would not only be in him, but will be in all the people: ‘I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stoneand give them a heart of flesh’ (v.19).

God has given every human being a conscience. However, if we rebel against our conscience too often we become hard-hearted. If, for example, we have been hurt by others, we can harden our hearts in an attempt to block further emotional pain.

It is almost impossible to change your heart simply through a decision of the will. But God promises to give you a ‘soft heart’ – ‘a heart of flesh’ (v.19). He does this by putting a new Spirit in you (this is the Holy Spirit, see Ezekiel 36:26–27). The Holy Spirit now lives in you. He changes your heart. He replaces a heart of stone with a heart of flesh.

The Holy Spirit pours God’s love into your heart (Romans 5:5). He heals your hurts and wounds and makes your heart tender. He gives you a ‘soft heart’ that is responsive to his gentle touch and filled with love and sensitivity to the needs of others.

These prophecies of Ezekiel were fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. In the book of Acts, the apostle Peter explains that the promises (including those in Ezekiel) have been fulfilled: ‘Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and poured out what you now see and hear’ (Acts 2:33).

From that moment onwards, everyone who puts their faith in Jesus has the Holy Spirit living within them. This remains the same for all Christians today. He promises you an undivided heart, a new spirit and a heart of flesh. He says therefore, you will obey and you will be part of God’s people and he will be your God. It is by the same Holy Spirit that you have access to the Father through Jesus (Ephesians 2:18).

Lord, give me an undivided heart. Help me today to be careful to follow your decrees and to keep your laws. Thank you that you help me to pray – to the Father, through Jesus, by the Holy Spirit.

Pippa Adds

Psalm 119:173

‘May your hand be ready to help me.’

I have rather a lot to do today; I need God’s hand to help me.

Verse of the Day

‘I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh’ (Ezekiel 11:19).

References

Abraham Lincoln story from Graham H. Twelftree, Your Point Being?, (Monarch Books, 2003) p.97

Unless otherwise stated, Scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version Anglicised, Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 Biblica, formerly International Bible Society. Used by permission of Hodder & Stoughton Publishers, an Hachette UK company. All rights reserved. ‘NIV’ is a registered trademark of Biblica. UK trademark number 1448790.

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Gallery  —  Posted: November 6, 2018 in Articles, Freedom, Religion
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Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.

But since you must kill to eat, and rob the newly born of its mother’s milk to quench your thirst, let it then be an act of worship.

And let your board stand an altar on which the pure and the innocent of forest and plain are sacrificed for that which is purer and still more innocent in man.

When you kill a beast say to him in your heart,

“By the same power that slays you, I too am slain; and I too shall be consumed.

For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me into a mightier hand.

Your blood and my blood is naught but the sap that feeds the tree of heaven.”

And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart,

“Your seeds shall live in my body,

And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,

And your fragrance shall be my breath,

And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.”

And in the autumn, when you gather the grapes of your vineyards for the winepress, say in your heart,

“I too am a vineyard, and my fruit shall be gathered for the winepress,

And like new wine I shall be kept in eternal vessels.”

And in winter, when you draw the wine, let there be in your heart a song for each cup;

And let there be in the song a remembrance for the autumn days, and for the vineyard, and for the winepress.

Started reading the book again, such a beautiful passage about honoring the food you take into your body as well as the source it comes from.

Gallery  —  Posted: October 21, 2018 in Articles
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Encouragement on how to deal with He negativity that comes our way. His refers to Keto but also is relevant to ALL sectors of our lives.

https://youtu.be/vF7D-k8DqS8

Gallery  —  Posted: October 19, 2018 in Articles, keto
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