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2 John 8-10 (NIV):

8 Watch out that you do not lose what we[a] have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.”

During my quiet time God showed me how in “today’s church” that we compromise and conform to this world far to often to keep “peace” (it’s a false peace because Jesus is the only true peace), to keep our governmental tax exempt status, to keep from being litigated against, to keep from being accused of bigotry, or to not offend people.

The truth is that we are an imperfect people that God chooses to use to spread the message of salvation of our perfect Jesus and lately many “churches” are preaching “a different Jesus” that is found within the Holy Bible.

This false jesus (false so no BIG J!) that is being taught…often in churches that many of us attend is “okay” with or gives sin a pass, approves of current feministic or chauvinistic teachings being taught the church that are NOT found in God’s Word, approves of the murder of His created handi-work via abortion, approves of disrespect towards our national leaders depending on which party they are affiliated with or which “color” they are, that it is okay to “accuse” someone today of things that their ancestors did, that it is okay to align against His chosen people Israel with nations/peoples who do not serve our God, and among other things allow other “teachings” (people from other faiths or within our midst) to stand in our pulpits and preach a foreign message than the one that we are taught is the truth.

This should not be dear brothers and sisters so let’s be encouraged today to repent of this sin of allowing sin and untruthful messages to be given access to the world through our pulpits and/or out of our mouths.

Let’s ask forgiveness today of the Lord for walking in agreement with the world on issues to simply “keep the peace” when Jesus (in love but most certainly ferociously) confronted these issues (and whether you like it or not) so that sinners, the church that they make up, and the world has a chance to walk eternally in TRUE PEACE with Him.

He loves you today and so do I!!

Be blessed, have a Jesus-filled day, and If I don’t speak to you again this year via the blog have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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I have purposely kept out of politics for a while and this is the reason that many of you have asked “where is Black on this issue or that issue?”

Know that this is NOT a temporary thing as I choose to focus more on the uplifting life of Jesus Christ than to sit around arguing with people who have already made up their mind about which side of the political fence on issues they sit and who simply want to “argue” a point.

However, as I sat in my quiet time with the Lord today out of nowhere the whole “Roy Moore and Doug Jones” political theatre crossed my mind and as I tried to send it packing I felt as though God for whatever reason was using the issue to point out something to me and know that before ANYONE responds that what I’m about to say I will not argue with anyone on or about as the statement will stand on it’s on so save your “but’s” if you disagree and even your praise if you do agree with it because I’m simply not in need of either.

Roy Moore has been accused of some heinous things and he may or may not have done them but the one thing is that he ALWAYS denies them at every charge vigorously.

Doug Jones however has committed and continues to commit a grave crime for which he is i repentant for EVERYDAY and even commits a further crime by attempting to conceal it with political party cover as he supports and is unrepentant for the murder of millions of innocent children each year through abortion.

This statement does not mean that I support Moore but what it does clarify for me is that I cannot ever support Jones either.

The bottom line that is drawn for me is that one continues to object to, reject, and defend himself against the evil that is being said he has perpetrated and the other wears his as a badge of honor hidden behind the veil of “progressivism” and “women’s rights” YET is a constant and PURE evil of old as told to me some twelve years ago by the Lord Himself upon my giving my life to Jesus.

I said it and again I take no praise nor will I comment on this post and I reserve the right to delete any comments Pro or con as once again this is not a debateable issue for me.

Ton “Big Black” Garrett

Youth leaders often stand in the gap for youth who have parents who are too busy for them.  

They stand in the gap for parents who simply don’t care for or who abandon their children.

They also stand in the gap for parents who are not too busy and love their children as a “help” or assist to their children in their spiritual development or simply to walk beside both the parent and the youth as they navigate through this thing called life.

All of these roles and many more define the youth leader of today yet know and understand that we do not simply stand in the gap for our youth.

Our real mission is to first lead them into a life filled with Christ and then as Paul did for Timothy mentor them to become leaders themselves to replace us so that they can in turn mentor the next generation of our youth to do the same.

This is mine and any Jesus-fearing youth leaders passion and is what drives us to spend our time, prayers, and quite often resources on this segment of society that is often ignored because they are quite often “hard to deal with”.

So I want to encourage all youth leaders and those who have mentored, helped, or supported them (we ALL have a hand in their development BTW) to continue to “dig in” and invest in our youth in the Name of Jesus Christ.

The weariness that you often feel and the pain that you feel when a youth in your care is harmed, dies (for whatever reason), abused, and the list goes on of the terrible things that we walk through them and their families with is worth it and is recognized by Jesus!

So strengthen yourself in the Lord Jesus today ESPECIALLY that youth leader that He had me pen this for this morning who is contemplating quitting because it has become “too hard” to continue.

God is about to refresh you with some of the youth that you have mentored as you see how you have impacted their lives so stop focusing on the “lost ones” and focus on Jesus and the ones that you’ve mentored to good growth in Jesus!

He loves you and last but not least I want to thank all of the parents out there for allowing us to mentor your children and I apologize for those who evily abuse your trust by abusing the privilege of mentor ship of your children by committing unspeakable acts or who only do what they do for selfish reasons.

We who take this deal seriously and simply love your children wanting to see them flourish and allowing the Holy Spirit to use us to do so thank you for this privilege and we vow to not let this honor given to us by you go to waste.

Love and blessings on this awesome day!

Ron “Big Black” and always a youth leader at heart “Garrett

Pray AS you read His Word

Posted: October 24, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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Most people seem to want to pray more.
Over the years I’be found that one way to actually do this is to while reading my daily word that I pray about the things that God through His word as I read it come to my mind.
For instance today as I was reading Jeremiah as he spoke on false prophets God gave me a mental picture of those prophets and it made me wonder in my heart how many times that I may have falsely prophesied in pride or simply because I wanted to look more “Holy” to people.  
Now I know that I’m not the only one guilty of this (😂) but the point is it is no condemnation here but God uses these convictions as we read His word like fertilizer for our growing spirits to help us grow into maturity IF we shun our pride and allow Him to do so.
So as I read His word and issues that I’m convicted of running afoul of His heart on come up I simply pause for a second and say a simple prayer.
For example…on the issue of falsely prophesying I simply say “Lord, forgive me for if and when I have falsely spoke words claiming that they are yours. Help me to lose pride and say ONLY what you would have me to say and I thank you for this correction. In Jesus Name Amen!”
I try to do the same as I read His word and anything on any issue comes up AND also as people or myself come to mind as I read the texts and things come to mind about I.e, health, worries, fear, anxiety, grieving over death, etc., because in that moment I have a scriptural prayer point right in front of me to that God for AS I pray to Him about the exposed issue that came to light while reading His Word.
Of course this will expand your reading time a little but the benefit is that your prayer time will also increase and you don’t have to be religious about it either as some days nothing comes up for me.
Simply put this came to mind as I read today so I wanted to share as it may be helpful to someone’s growth as it has mine.
Be blessed and I love You with the art of Jesus that bears within me.
Oh yeah, this only works IF you actually take the time to read His Word. So make time since nothing else fosters that exponential growth in spirit that so many claim to want than reading and praying God’s Word over ours and those whom we pray for/about lives.
Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Romans‬ ‭3:23-24‬ ‭(NIV‬):  ‬ “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”‭‭‬

As I read this scripture God firmly placed in my heart that we (Christian’s) need to remember this verse when ministering to others since far too often we go about it from a position or feeling that somehow we are better than those we are ministering to when this verse points out that we are not.

We are no better than the drunk, “druggie”, the criminal, the “other” religion people, etc., because the ONLY thing that makes us “better” if you will is that we chose to heed Jesus’s call.

Without Him no matter our station in life or how well we’ve “got it” we’d be in the same boat headed traveling on hell river headed towards eternal damnation ocean and it would be wise that we remember that when ministering as not to “puff up” lest pride enter our preaching as it is a major reason that many refuse to “be like” us.

I’ve found that the most effective form of ministry that is non-threatening is to simply be loving to people as Christ has loved me and to preach the gospel less with my mouth and more with my life.

As I do this those around me become intrigued so I get to actually preach Jesus’s message of salvation and transformation of “our” (theirs and mine) and if they are already in the faith but growing I do my best to humbly show how I grew and am growing so that they can seek God for the best way for them to grow.

Let’s ensure today in our attempts to reach “the lost” or to help our hurting brothers and sisters who may be younger in faith that we do so with the humility that comes from the knowledge that we are all “sinners saved by grace”.

I love you and speak blessings and he Peace of Jesus over all that you do today and I pray that you pray the same for this sinner saved by grace surely needs it.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

My Advantage 

Posted: September 25, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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The seeming advantage that I have when it comes to faith in Jesus is that I remain fully aware of how lost I am without Him, what my lot was when I sought and found Him, and that I am keenly aware that I’m a complete sinner that is only saved by grace.

Remaining aware but not living in this awareness allows me to run headlong into my day serving Jesus with fervor, passion, and with relentlessness all the while doing so with an ever growing level of grace as taught to me by His Holy Spirit.

So I ask you dear brothers and sisters to take a second and recall what He as done for you, where He has brought you from, what He has saved you from/for, and thank Him/praise Him/Worship Him for it.

Have a Jesus/filled day!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

How dare you try to lecture me and those like me (veterans) about “your rights” when it is me and people like me who stand at the gate and secure the wall for you to have those rights.

You kneel and protest because it’s “cool” these days while I kneel out of respect for my dead brother and sister whose body lies in a coffin draped underneath the very flag that you choose to disrespect due to your “rights”. A flag that willl be folded reverently and given to a grieving family that will never see him or her again because they were defending your right to protest.

I have given my life so that you can do your protest but that also means that I know from “living it” that I also have a right to be disgusted at your protest and EVEN protest your protest.

Where you see a flag that represents a myriad of negative things I see those also but I also see it as a representative of a “great experiment” where we in this country despite our failures have the opportunity to correct our mistakes and it’s the tenants behind that flag that you disrespect that gives us the freedom to do so.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett