Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jesus and People Who Like to Fight

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)



Scratching the Surface



(A Brief and Incomplete Guide to Restoring Relationships)

Some people like fights more than friendships.

A woman came to me and asked about the agenda for a meeting. 

I said, “It looks like we’ve got at least one tough topic coming up.”

“Oh, goodie,” she said, “I just love a good fight!”

It was one of the most un-non-Christian things that I’ve ever heard in a church.

Sadly, there are people who like to fight, hit, hurt, beat, batter, bruise, bite, and butcher; betraying the darkness in their souls.

There are people who like to distance, divorce, and destroy.

Pride, control needs, lusts, idolatries, hatreds, and other deeply dark pathologies  masquerading as arrogant and condescending self-righteousness often cause segregations, separations, and schisms.

It’s natural.

Fortunately, Jesus has provided a path to restoring relationships in Matthew 18:15-17:

1.      Try to work it out face to face.

2.      If that doesn’t work, bring along a few fair and objective
folks who will tell the truth to both of you while insuring
neither of you is tempted to lie about the conversation
to others at a later date.

3.      If that doesn’t work, try a committee, board, or bunch of
good folks to sort it all out.

4.      If that doesn’t work, isolate and avoid them.

Unfortunately, while our Lord commands us to love and seek reconciliation with even the unlovable people in our lives, some folks are determined to remain irrational, irregular, irascible, and irreconcilable.

God has another plan for them: “Keep up your guard against anyone who is causing conflicts and enticing others with teachings contrary to what you have already learned.  If there are people like that in your churches, stay away from them.  These kinds of people are not truly serving our Lord Jesus…They have devoted their lives to satisfying their own appetites.  With smooth talking and a well-rehearsed blessing, they lead a lot of unsuspecting people down the wrong path” (Romans 16:17-18).

In other words, some people playing out deeply dark pathologies with no desire for reconciliation must be identified, ignored, and isolated lest they infect the rest of the body of believers with their disease.

There’s no place for a rotten apple in a barrel of freshly picked ones.

While our Lord set the example for always inviting, welcoming, including, and loving, He also said there are evil ones who slip into churches like wolves in sheep’s clothing with no desire to be reconciled to Him which is exposed by their irrational, irregular, irascible, and irreconcilable behavior with the rest of His family; causing Him to conclude, “If someone is inhospitable to you or refuses to listen to your testimony, leave that house or town and shake the dust from your feet” (Matthew 10:14).

Allowing the irrational, irregular, irascible, and irreconcilable to infect a church with darkness brings a stern warning from our Lord: “If anyone is a cause of stumbling to one of these little ones who have faith in Me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung round his neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).

Jesus declares the sternest of warnings for people who are irretrievably irreconcilable: “If you forgive…, your heavenly Father will forgive you…But if you do not forgive…, neither will your Father forgive you” (Matthew 6:14-15).

Restored relationships reflect a restored relationship: “As you do it for them, you do if for Me” (see Matthew 25:31ff.).

When we are reconciled to Him, we are reconcilable with others.

A passion for reconciliation shows intimacy with Jesus.

It’s belief confirmed by behavior.

Remembering we must be reconcilable with everyone to prove reconciliation with our Lord, we will remain reconcilable with even the irrational, irregular, irascible, and irreconcilable; knowing, sometimes with some people, it’s better to talk to God about them than to talk to them about God.


Blessings and Love!


Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!



Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)




    I was asked to talk about myself at a meeting.

    Clergy like to talk about themselves.

    I'm not immune; but, these days, only when it illustrates something/Someone more important.

    It turned out to be a great meeting and I felt hopeful for my particular part of the franchise for the first time in a long time.

    Because I was the last batter up, I had a lot of time to think about it; expecting to start from the cloud of unknowing with a quote from one of my favorite songs: "My life is changing in so many ways.  I don't know who to trust anymore.  There's a shadow running through my days like a beggar going from door to door" (Neil Young, 1971).

    Well, the two guys preceding me took a long time and I decided to say after looking around at the faces betraying increasing impatience, "After being around for such a long time, I know I'm called to what I do and have no resentments or doubts; though I have some never spending Mother's Day or Father's Day with my parents for over four decades."

    They paid attention.

    That's what empathy does.

    If folks weren't so antsy, I would have started, "October 2011 changed my life."

    Then I would have started with Eugene saying sometime during those days alongside Flathead Lake in Montana, "It's not what you are doing but who you are in doing it."

    I would have gone on, "While Jesus saved me - providing confident living in the assurance of paradise immediately after the last breath - long before October 2011, I discovered vocational clarity and a strong calm sanity that had eluded me.  I became more intimate with Jesus than ever before and anger disappeared.  My gut as well as head and heart wanted reconciliation."

    I would have talked about reading Matthew 15 where Jesus talks about people who elevate traditions to the commandments of God in violation of the big ten and Matthew 24 where He ripped new ones for clergy; and confessed I don't know how I missed those courses on pastoral ministry as I have enabled what evoked so much of His disdain.

    Psalm 23, Matthew 10, and John 10 would have been referenced as guiding principles for undershepherding to the Good Shepherd; talking about the difficult yet necessary balance of being tough-minded and tender-hearted while guiding and protecting sheep from wolves.

    Psalm 62 would have been the closing exclamation: "It's easy to remember.  6+2=8.  We're often behind the eight ball in life and ministry; and the only One who can really be counted on whenever, wherever, whatever, whyever, and with whomever is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God alone saves!"

    I think that's more important than talking about...


Blessings and Love!


Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!



Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)



"There are sins of omission as well as commission.
Both insult God's holiness and injure others.
Yet, the former may be worse than the
latter because they rarely invoke
conscience, confession,
and the repentance


"They renovated the chancel area and put a seat
fit for a king right behind the table for me.
I never sat on it...

They put my name in big bold brass letters in
front of the church.  I protested and said
I would leave the church unless mine
was replaced with...

After arriving, I was told about a Lenten
drama in which my predecessor
played Jesus...I said I have
never felt comfortable

I like reserved parking spots for the handicapped and elderly.
They need them; and nobody else deserves them.
I have always refused them because of
something He said about being a...

Lamentably, just a few specks of fidelity on a
beachfront of personal and enabled..."


    Because lots of folks don't believe in charismata in a Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 kinda way, I don't like to talk about one of 'em; but I've gotten into more trouble for what I haven't said and done after seeing...if you know what I mean. 

    Change that.

    His holiness has been insulted and people have been injured when I haven't been an undershepherd to the Good Shepherd in a Psalm 23, Matthew 10, and John 10 kinda way after He has provided apocalyptic moments to prevent insults and injuries.

    When I haven't spoken or acted upon revelation, others not me have paid the price of my omissions.

    I guess I've been like most other...

    I'm too often too concerned about being liked when called to love; for it's easier to be pathetic than prophetic when you've got car payments, college bills, mortgages, and...
    It's that thumb that the Rolling Stones sang about.

    When you've got so many masters, it's hard to be faithful.


    I knew he was a problem within days of arrival.

    He ignored me when I asked him to stop parking in a spot reserved for the handicapped.

    He defied me when I told him to stop parking in a spot reserved for the handicapped.

    When I told staff, officers, and members about it,...crickets.


    We took down a sign reserving a parking spot for the handicapped and replaced it with a sign with his name on it.

    He wiped out my beloved truck not long after that; driving into the church lot like a bat out of hell, ramming it, and bringing a Caliber into my life.

    He showed no shame or responsibility; though he thought it was kinda funny with a strange smile and demonic wink that would be repeated over and over and over and...

    I didn't tell anybody about it because the church had been through a rough interim period and I didn't be hassled.

    Besides, I was new...and knew staff, officers, and members would turn against me because he was just a lovable old goof, bungler, fool, and...

    That was over a decade ago.

    I knew then.

    So many, many, many other confirmations since then.

    Now, a family has been devastated, lives ruined, and...

    I've always said it's more important to love than seek cheap, superficial, and temporal favor or be liked.

    I didn't trust or execute my charisma.

    I joined the long list of those who enabled him to...death.

    I did not protect the sheep and beat away the wolf.


    I forgot two lessons that I have given to so many others.

    No, that's not right.

    I wasn't obedient.

    1. You're damned if you do and damned if you don't.  How liberating!  That means we should feel compelled to do the right thing according to Jesus, the Bible, and common sense.

    2. Shepherds don't follow sheep because shepherds know sheep are too dumb to take care of themselves.  Shepherds guide, protect, and beat away and even beat down predators.

    Omissions are more easily rationalized than commissions.

    That's why they are much, much, much more problematic and painful to God and others.


    With that in mind, it's time to repeat a decades-old discernment about and challenge to Islam.

    It's been said before but must be said again.

    More than ever before, I understand the cost of omissions.


An Open Letter to Muslims

Dear Followers of Mohammed,

I am writing to you as a follower of Jesus; meaning I believe He is Lord and Savior and try to behave accordingly.

Christians regard Jesus as the perfect personification of God and the Bible as providing the perfect prescriptions for following Him.

Assuming you are trying to follow your leader Mohammed according to your sacred literature, I have increasing concerns about how you participate in civilization.

Surely, “Muslims” are like “Christians” in diversity of beliefs and behaviors; acknowledging any connection between some beliefs and behaviors and their founders by their books are often just coincidental.

I differentiate between posers and authentics.

Posers follow their leaders by their books when it’s convenient to their egocentric wants, feelings, needs, and opinions; as in, “I know that’s what Jesus/Mohammed says, but I think…”

Authentics follow their leaders by their books; surrendering the egocentric to the theocentric; as in, “God said it.  I believe it.  That settles it.”

While my guess is some of what I am writing may appeal to posers who are moderately committed to their leaders – “Yeah, that’s right!  I am a moderate!  I’m moderately committed to Jesus/Mohammed as long as it doesn’t, you know, conflict with my wants, feelings, needs, and opinions!” – I am hoping this will attract attention from Muslims who are trying to follow Mohammed by the book.

I have two concerns about how authentic Muslims participate in civilization.

First, from everything that I’ve read about Mohammed and observed in Muslims who follow him by the book, it’s noticeably barbaric from most civilized points of view.

I mean, let’s face it.  Cutting off heads for apostasy, cutting off other body parts for lesser infidelities, and degrading women in so many ways just doesn’t seem very, uh, civilized from most, uh, civilized points of view.

When someone makes fun of Mohammed in a silly cartoon or sophomoric video, you go apoplectic.  You make our snake-handling Pentecostals look like Emily Post devotees.  Are you that emotionally fragile that you can’t handle people who don’t esteem Mohammed like you do?  Yeah, I know you’ve got this convert-to-us-or-be-killed-by-us thing going.  But think about us!  We are a constant source of comic material for Saturday Night Live, Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, and so many others who don’t have to worry about Christians declaring death warrants against them.

And what’s up with the masks when you do your beheading thing?  You look like America’s old KKK on steroids!  It comes off rather cowardly.  If you have the courage of your convictions, man up, name it, and claim it!

Your leaders of your leader are quick to convince their followers that there are dozens of virgins awaiting those who get knocked off for your cause.  While that sounds like something very appealing to Cub Scouts in heat, it comes off as rather juvenile to the rest of us.  Really, is that what your heaven is mostly about?  Sex with virgins?  Whoa.

Second, if what I just wrote is really, really, really wrong about Muslims who follow Mohammed by the book, why don’t you condemn their barbarity and tell everyone that they’re not following Mohammed by the book? 

There’s no such thing as a silent majority.  Everybody knows silence about bad behaviors emanating from bad beliefs accommodates and enables them.  If they’re wrong about Mohammed by the book, then you owe it to, uh, Mohammed to tell them about it and convince us that we’re wrong about thinking Islam is barbaric from civilized points of view.

Christians who believe in Jesus by the book have always been quick to criticize the bad behaviors of people posing as Christians.

Don’t even bring up the Crusades!

Jesus and people who really are authentically believing in Jesus by the book would never have approved of the barbaric behaviors emanating from the bad beliefs of the Crusaders.  They were about as authentically devoted to Jesus by the book as we are hoping you will tell us are those barbarians masquerading as Muslims who go around chopping off body parts, degrading women, and declaring death warrants against anyone who disagrees with their version of Islam.

You can’t blame Jesus for “Christians” who need more than just “some” Jesus in their lives as we are hoping you will tell us about those barbarians who claim to be following Mohammed so closely.

I guess it does come down to our leaders.

Would Mohammed do the things that those murderously marauding “Muslims” are doing in the name of Allah?

If not, you have to speak up!

If so, admit it and let the chips fall where they will!

Would Jesus do the things that those murderously marauding Crusaders did in the name of God?

Absolutely not!

That means anybody who is truly following Jesus by the book will not!

Though what I’ve read and seen from the barbaric “Muslims” and what I haven’t heard or seen from the other ones doesn’t add up to anything positive or redemptive for the place of Islam in a civilized world, I confess not being an expert; which is why I’m waiting for the rest of the Muslims to provide a verdict on the obviously barbaric ones.

I’m just somebody who loves Jesus who is trying to follow Him by the book; and the Jesus of the book is compassionate, merciful, forgiving, and, in short, urging His followers to love everybody like He loves everybody which includes praying and laboring for the best for everybody without regard to who, what, where, when, or why with no need or expectation for response, regard, or reward.

That means Christians who follow Jesus by the book are willing to co-exist with people who don’t want to follow Jesus by the book.

That seems so different from Islam. 

Islamists, the loud barbaric adherents and the silent accommodating and enabling ones, don’t seem to share such a commitment to co-existence.

Christianity, following Jesus by the book, can co-exist with everybody else.

Islam, from what I have read and seen, following Mohammed by the book, cannot co-exist with anybody else unless everybody else converts to it.

That doesn’t seem to leave many options for the rest of the civilized world.

I guess, when all is said and considered, either everybody else will have to go if they don’t convert to Islam or everybody else will have to team up and you’ll have to…

I hope and pray I’m wrong.

Please speak up and encourage us that we’re wrong about you.

For unlike what we’ve increasingly read about and increasingly seen from you, we would like to co-exist.

We’re not asking you to become like us.

We’re just asking you to be more conciliatory and recognize the planet has enough space for all of us.

Before everything but heaven breaks out, please show the world that Mohammed by the book isn’t as barbaric as we’re reluctantly concluding by the behaviors of so many of those who claim to follow him.

If you cannot get your house in order, we will not let you invade ours much longer.


A Follower of Jesus


    I know some will say that's rude or intolerant.

    I don't beg to differ.

    Anyone who defends what just-left-of-center-to-right-to-extremist Islam does to women and our LGBT friends is intellectually dishonest, spiritually deceiving, and emotionally manipulative.

    I don't get anyone from left, right, up, or down who defends...

    I understand enabling.

    Just confessed it.

    It happens when we're ignorant, apathetic, deceived, double-minded, duped, selfish, fainthearted, or...part of the dark conspiracy to...


Blessings and Love!


Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!




Monday, June 5, 2017

Clarifying Moment Comes to Blackhawk Presbytery

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)



    While I've been around long enough that I don't get bugged by it anymore, I used to have panic attacks whenever somebody would say, "Pastor, I'm not going to talk about it right now, but I'm going to bring up something at our next session meeting."

    I've never liked ambushes since a close friend died in one not long after I graduated from high school.

    That's why I've almost always alerted folks to interrogatives or exclamations that I'm gonna bring to meetings.

    I don't like surprises...unless, you know, it's a favorite Cuban or the keys to a Ford 150 or something.

    It's a Matthew 7:12 thing for me.


    Recently, it came to my attention that lots of pastors in our denomination are more than allowing, applauding, and advocating same-sex nuptials.

    Laced with an in-yo-face stench directed at evangelicals like me who used to be in the majority, they're boasting about it.

    Indisputably, it's their right to preside at those rites in the PCUSA.

    They've won.

    Evangelicals in the PCUSA are an increasingly decreasing and marginalized minority.

    Anxiety is growing.

    Hence, an emerging question for PCUSA evangelicals: "While pastors remaining in the franchise have acquiesced to the majority even if they think same-sex nuptials are an affront to over 2K years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity, how long will it be before those who say they won't can't keep ordinations/credentials in the franchise anymore?"


    Blackhawk Presbytery, a regional part of the franchise, has a stated meeting next week.

    Rather than ambush anybody, I'm going to ask two questions right now that I think must be answered sooner than later or more churches aren't going to wait anymore and exit:

    1. Knowing the majority allows, applauds, and advocates same-sex nuptials, how does Blackhawk Presbytery regard candidates for ordination and pastors who feel called to our presbytery who don't?

    2. If the highest court of our denomination mandates all pastors to allow, applaud, and advocate same-sex nuptials, how will Blackhawk Presbytery regard currently installed pastors who won't?

    It's a clarifying moment for Blackhawk Presbytery.


    Four churches have left Blackhawk Presbytery over the past few years: First Aurora, Kishwaukee, Westminster Aurora, and Bethany.

    Essentially, they left because they're convinced the PCUSA has abandoned over 2K years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity.

    For varieties of reasons - fainthearted to bravehearted - some, like me, have remained.

    But there's a growing anxiety and...

    A few assurances and answered questions may help.


    Of course, privately, I've asked these questions.


    Enough not said.


Blessings and Love!


Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Not Just Anybody

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)



Not Just Anybody
(Psalm 51)


“Did I ever tell you about the crazy Australian
who tried to throw away his boomerang?”



          While there are many beloved hymns about prayer, the most popular may be Help! by the Beatles.

          BTW, let’s clear up something right now.

          When John Lennon said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, he wasn’t boasting.  He was telling the truth!  Here’s the proof!  More people still listen to their music than sing prayer hymns in worship and any connection between most organized religions about Jesus are usually only coincidental to a relationship with Jesus by the book.

          For example, take a look at America when it comes to…


          Back to prayer, which we better put back into our classrooms, courtrooms, living rooms, and, yes, churches before it’s too late, Help! was written by Lennon on April 11, 1965 and lasted nearly a month as the #1 song on the charts. 

          Lennon said the song was personal, emotional, and desperate; which explains the exclamation point: “I was aware of myself back then…No acid…No nothing… Well, pot…I mean it…. It’s real!…It’s just me singing, ‘Help!’…I meant it…I was crying out for help…It was my fat Elvis period…I am singing about when I was so much younger and all the rest, looking back at how easy it was…I was fat and I was crying out for help.”

          Sounds like prayer to me:

          Help!  I need somebody.
          Help! Not just anybody.
          Help! You know I need someone.

          When I was younger, so much younger than today,
          I never needed anybody’s help in any way.
          But now these days are gone.
          I’m not so self-assured.
          Now I find I’ve changed my mind.
          I’ve opened up the door.


          And now my life has changed in, oh, so many ways.
          My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
          But every now and then I feel so insecure.
          I know that I just need you like I’ve never done before.

          Help! I need somebody.
          Help! Not just anybody.
          Help! You know I need someone.

          Yeah, sounds like prayer to me.

          It sounds like something in David’s psalms.

          You remember him.

          Popular like…

          Anyway, he also had his “fat Elvis period.”

          While he remains the greatest king in Israel’s history, showed it’s about the size of the fight in the dog not the size of the dog in the fight when he knocked out Goliath for the heavyweight championship of the world, and proved the prophet’s point that a heart for God is more effective in the long run than a diploma from…[You pick your favorite educational idolatry!], he’s also a perfect example of how God forgives and restores people who admit not hide their infidelities and try to live better lives out of respect for Him that also helps others.

          Say what you want about Lennon, Hillary, Trump, O’Reilly, Maddow, Matthews, and whoever’s on the latest popularity poop list; but David could be a real scumbag at times.

          While he was writing those prayer songs for worship, he was also into his day’s porn as a peeping Tom who got off watching women bathe; and got so hot and bothered about one that he used his political power position to knock her up while he conspired to knock off her husband.
          Oh, Pastor Bob, that’s too graphic for our tender religious ears!


          Let’s go to your computer’s browsing history and cable hook-up.

          C’mon, as we’ve quoted Him over and over and over again, it’s all about admitting before absolution.

          David knew the deal.

          We sin.

          God saves.

          What a great deal…with a big part of the deal being our gratitude for His salvation by grace through faith in Jesus.

          Truly, if we get it/Him, we’re so happy about being saved forever by being forgiven for the “fat Elvis period” things that we’ve done in time to insult Him and injure others that we try a little harder to get better about talking and walking like we’re respectfully grateful.

          If we get it/Him, we lament any missed opportunity to worship Him with lavish and exuberant and overcoming praise and thanks.

          Of course, no matter how good we become, we’re never good enough not to need Him to fill in the gap between our humanity and Him.

          In other words, we’ll always need Jesus as Savior even as we’re praying and trying to get better about Him being Lord of our lives.

          It’s those old-fashioned words justification and sanctification.

          We are justified – just as if we’d never sinned – by grace through faith in Jesus.

          We never stop sanctifying ourselves or praying and trying to get better about Him being Lord of lives in praise and thanks for Him being Savior of our lives by grace through faith in Jesus.

          Sanctification proves gratitude for justification.

          That’s why every day includes admittance/confession, penitence or trying to get better about Him by the book, and adoration and thanksgiving because He forgives the gaps even as He says He will help fill them in if we ask His favor, seek intimacy with Him, and keep knocking or asking and seeking.

          Look at Psalm 51.

          Essentially, it’s David admitting He did bad things – insulted God’s holiness and hurt others – and begging God’s help to get better with a loud supplication: “Help!”

          David knows He’s forgiven – and you can read more about how we know that feels in Psalm 32 because we’ve been a part of deal since conversion to Him – but wants to get better and better and better because he’s so happy about it.

          So, in effect, Psalm 51 is David’s big cry for Help!

          19 verses including these synonyms for Help! that bring Lennon’s confessed struggles to mind:

          Have mercy!
          Blot out!

          Wash me!

          Cleanse me!

          Purge me!

          Make me!

          Restore me!

          Deliver me!

          Create in me a clean heart!

          Simply, in short, Help!


          I hope Lennon figured that out.

          David did.

          Anybody who worships God gets it/Him.
          I think of a favorite story from John Maxwell.

          A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get out.

          A subjective person came along and said, “I feel for you down there.”

          An objective person came along and said, “It’s logical that someone would fall down into that pit.”

          A Pharisee said, “Only bad people fall into a pit.”

          Confucius said, “If you would have listened to me, you wouldn’t be in that pit.”

          Buddha said, “Your pit is only a state of mind.”

          I’ll add one.  Mohammed said, “You deserve to be in that pit but if you convert to me, I’ll help you.  If not, die, infidel!”

          A realist said, “Now that’s a pit!”

          A scientist calculated the pressure necessary, pound and square inches, to get him out of the pit.

          A geologist told him to appreciate and study the rock strata in the pit.

          An evolutionist said, “You will die in the pit so you can’t produce any more pit-falling offspring.”

          The county inspector said, “Did you have a permit to dig that pit?”

          A professor gave him a lecture on the elementary principles of the pit.

          A self-pitying person said, “You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen my pit!”

          An optimist said, “Things could get worse.”

          A pessimist said, “Things are going to get worse.”

          But Jesus saw the man in the pit, took him by the hand, and lifted the man out of the pit.

          Whether it’s John Lennon or King David or anyone before or after them like you or me, everybody spends time with Elvis in the pits of life; and everybody yells collectively, “Help!”

          Unlike the crazy Australian who tried to throw away his boomerang, we look up not around or within for deliverance.

          We know we need help but not just anybody’s will do.

          We know there is only one Lord who lived, died, rose, reigns, and lives forever to help.


          Knowing that/Him, we’ll give the last word to Him because He has it and we’ll repeat it for all of those desperate people crying out for help in life’s pits: “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for.  Keep on looking, and you will find.  Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.  For everyone who asks, receives.  Everyone who seeks, finds.  And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.  You parents – if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?  Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake?  Of course not!  If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him.”


Blessings and Love!


Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!