This clip never gets old: “I want a real chaplain who believes in a real God and a real hell.”

The Domain for Truth

In our age where everything is all washed with relativism I thought this clip from the TV show “E.R” was really illuminating that all the figment of imagination means nothing in light of one’s sin, guilt and death.

Watch it:

For those of you guys reading this and are in the ministry, what we are doing is important folks.  We’re playing for keeps.  Don’t forget we have the Gospel, the hope of forgiveness!

Don’t ever, ever compromise with the Gospel.

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When You Send Your Spirit

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                         Psalm 104                                                                 

 (Verses 27-35)

All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.
When you hide your face, they are terrified;
when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.
When you send your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the L
ORD rejoice in his works—
he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

I will sing to the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
May my…

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Seeing What You Want To See

If you want to see the beauty that is around you, you will see beauty. If you want to see the ugliness of this world you will see ugly. Yet if you really want to see the truth, then you will see both. This world around you has both love and hate, beauty and ugliness. Yet this world is temporary, and for those of us who have received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are pilgrims only traveling through it.


1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV) 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.


Psalm 146:8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous;

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Acts 26:18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’


Ephesians 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Art by Julie Sheppard

2 Corinthians 3:16 but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

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I have always been drawn to eyes, both in people and in art. I have learned two people even when looking at the same thing see differently. We see what we are looking for, even when we are not sure what it is that we want. Broken, hurt, and angry people will more likely see darkness and devastation. The ones who only see roses and rainbows can be the ones who cannot handle the pain of this world and they choose to deny the ugliness but only fool themselves. Then there are those whose eyes have been open. They have suffered, and been hurt and abused. They have had great loss in their life but through the brokenness of their life they found the Truth in Jesus. He gives us the ability to see the truth and to beauty even in a broken world.

Everything You Read on the Internet is True….

See, there's this thing called biology...

Everything you read on the internet is absolutely true. For example, here is one of my favorite news stories. It is a man from 1922 out hunting giant grasshoppers. Grasshopper man.


Grasshopper hunting is a popular sport on the internet. Many people have engaged in it, as you can see here, the fruits of another particularly good hunting trip.


These are not my pictures nor are they my “news” stories, they are simply legendary internet examples of why is never a good idea to think for yourself. In fact, it is best to never question anything. Please, just turn on the TV or point and click, close your eyes, and allow your brain to absorb whatever it wants.

The grasshoppers, we often deep fry the legs in a beer batter, golden brown and crispy on the outside,tender and juicy on the inside. Grasshopper breasts are best cooked in a crock pot…

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She Keeps Going Back A Dream

People often ask why a woman returns to her abuser. She gets free only to return. I can probably list more than a dozen reasons. Yet It is not her reasons that I am writing today. I was recently told of a dream a friend had.

They had dreamed that he and his wife were trying to help a woman get free from an abusive husband. Yet no matter how many times they got her away she would run back to him. They finally got her free from him. Then he came after her in their home. He broke in through a window carrying a gun. My friend had his gun but only had one bullet. He shot the guy but it did not kill him.

I cannot remember if there was more to the dream but I had an interpretation. The woman in this dream is like the bride of Christ. Yet she married the false Christ. Even though she loves Jesus she was deceived and you could say that she married His evil twin. Just like a woman trapped in an abusive relationship that she doesn’t know how to truly be free returns only to get beaten more. She has been brainwashed into feeling that she is nothing and deserves the treatment she receives. So she returns. She is afraid and fears that she will die on her own with nothing so she returns. Even when she is free from him she has chains that bind her that no one else can see. Fear, shame, guilt, feeling worthless, hopeless, and the list goes on. Each a link to her captivity.

The one bullet is the Word of Christ Jesus. Why did it not kill the abusive husband? This husband is the false Christ and his time of causing terror and harm has not yet come, but it is coming. Satan knows his time is short so those he cannot destroy he tries to mislead. He is doing everything he can to destroy the Bride before the True Groom returns. Yet like a woman who has been abused she needs people to bring her the healing that only comes from Jesus.Then the truth of Jesus will set her free. Jesus came to set the captives free and who He sets free is free indeed. I may not have the power on my own to deliver another from harm but Jesus in me if I submit to His will and make myself available to be used by Him can help others flee from harm and get to safety.

2 Peter 2:22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

Matthew 24:5 For many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Before I heard this dream I had not thought of comparing an abusive relationship with the church and Satan.Yet now I see that it has its parallels. A woman abused to often will return to abuser even if it ends in death and unfortunately I see many in the church are doing the same thing spiritually. I only pray that we wake up before it is too late.

Home Again!

I have been house sitting for the last two weeks. It was a nice experience. I had not taken care of chickens or cows before. So it was definitely a new experience. You may have seen the pictures I have posted on I was able to unplug myself from the chain of electronic devices including my phone. I truly enjoyed my time and the number of photos I was able to take. By the way the cows were better models and listened when I said stop let me take your picture! Funny but true. The chickens on the other hand made me work for the shot.

But the change of scenery was good for me.

I fed the chickens and gathered eggs.

I also had two other companions. The dog and the cat.

So here I am back home. Getting back into my own routine.  Sleeping in my own bed. Not having to get up and let the chickens out of their coup. I will say that I miss Stormy their dog. She is a great companion and a very obedient dog. Yet here I am sitting at my computer glad to be home. Even though I realize this too is a temporary home, for one day Jesus will return to take me to a place He is preparing for me.

Morning October 25 2016

Good Morning, God bless you!


Genesis 1:5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

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Psalm 92:2 To declare Your loving kindness in the morning And Your faithfulness by night,

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Psalm 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.


Photography by Julie Sheppard

Good Morning! God bless and prosper you. Filling you with peace, love and joy.

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“This church isn’t loving enough!”

Church Set Free

Why do you suppose it is that some churches are considered to be “loving” while others aren’t? Maybe a better question would be, “Why is my local church more loving sometimes than it is other times?”

I remember one time several years ago when I received a phone call one Saturday evening from a very ticked off woman from church who spent at least 20 minutes yelling at me because someone else in our church had been rude to her: “What happened to the love in this church?” she demanded to know.

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t exactly feeling the love in that moment either. She abruptly ended the call by telling me that unless I did something pretty darn quick that she was leaving for good.

So often I hear things like this…

Why are some churches “loving” and others aren’t  why is my local church…

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