Ownership of our choices

I stayed home from work today feeling quite tired and in need of rest. I was compelled to venture outdoors on this beautiful afternoon and walked the perimeter of our property. I communed with God about a great many things. All much too private for this very public venue of Facebook.

This much I can share. I am thankful that God, the Creator of all things, wants to have communion with me, a sinner. As I walked, I was reminded that God created all things good. Because of His desire for a relationship with His children, He created us. In His wisdom, He knows that true love is meaningless without choice. So He gave us the freedom to choose Him along with the freedom to reject Him.

Choosing Him brings blessing beyond understanding and the assurance of eternity with Him. This should not imply life will be perfect. We still live in a world of evil, disease and ruination. We are affected and influenced by that. Rejecting Him assures us a life without the blessings which only He gives. Many enjoy a good life with all of their needs met and have no need of God nor do they choose to acknowledge Him. If one was to life a life void of comfort and contentment but had a relationship with the Creator, that person would still ultimately have everything.

Every man and woman must choose for themselves who they will serve. What they will serve. Once the choice is made, a shift in responsibility occurs. We receive ownership of the consequences of our choices. We have only ourselves to blame. Since we are merely a part of creation, our choices are made from the perspective of the temporal based on observation and experience. When God speaks, He is the only one who is outside the constraints of time. This is huge because it means He is able to see things which have not yet come to pass. He is aware of future events as though they have already happened. He knows what we need before we ask. Most of us never do.

The nature of God is as unexplainable as the act of creation itself. He exists as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is self existent. He has alway been about relationship. Out of all creation, we alone were created to have relationship with Him. Our finite minds are unable to comprehend this. It stands to reason that faith, belief and trust must fill the vacuum of limited revelation. God has not revealed all secrets of the universe but He has revealed how to have relationship through His Son. I believe that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. When I came to trust what The Lord has written and what He spoke into my heart, that was enough for me. He has honored His Word every day since.

Though day by day my body wastes away, my soul remains firmly at rest in His hands. The Creator is where it’s all at!

James

PRESIDENTIAL QUOTE FOR THE WEEK…

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

— John Adams, October 11, 1798

Read it again if you have to!
Jim Richardson

Welcome home!!! (Shaun Groves)

This song is awesome! If you have a pulse, it WILL force you to think about your spiritual walk. OK, I know I’ve been posting a lot of videos lately, but then again this blog has always been a little “fluild” in regards to it’s content. Read along with the lyrics as you watch:


Take, me, make me
All You want me to be
That’s all I’m asking, all I’m asking

Welcome to this heart of mine
I’ve buried under prideful vines
Grown to hide the mess I’ve made
Inside of me
Come decorate, Lord
Open up the creaking door
And walk upon the dusty floor
Scrape away the guilty stains
Until no sin or shame remain
Spread Your love upon the walls
And occupy the empty halls
Until the man I am has faded
No more doors are barricaded

Chorus:
Come inside this heart of mine
It’s not my own
Make it home
Come and take this heart and make it
All Your own
Welcome home

Take a seat, pull up a chair
Forgive me for the disrepair
And the souvenirs from floor to ceiling
Gathered on my search for meaning
Every closet’s filled with clutter
Messes yet to be discovered
I’m overwhelmed, I understand
I can’t make this place all that You can

repeat chorus

I took the space that You placed in me
Redecorated in shades of greed
And I made sure every door stayed locked
Every window blocked, and still You knocked

(Lyrics by Shaun Groves)

Lord bless,
Jim Richardson

A moment with Brandon Heath and Francesca Battistelli…

Unrehearsed and personal….listen….just listen and you’ll understand….

Here’s an unrelated question: Since Jesus was in fact omniscient, did He have the capability of learning?
Jim Richardson

Two simple questions?

1) Why do you think that some non-believers are more polite and considerate than a whole lot of believers are?

2) Does this necessarily mean that these non-believers would be more open to receiving the Gospel?

Jim Richardson

Is this fair?

Senator from New Mexico Jeff Bingaman wants the Fairness Doctrine back, targeting among others, talk radio stations:

What is the Fairness Doctrine? It was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that is honest, equitable, and balanced. The Fairness Doctrine was introduced in the U.S. in 1949 until 1987.

On August 12, 2008, FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell stated that the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine could be intertwined with the debate over network neutrality (a proposal to classify network operators as common carriers required to admit all Internet services, applications and devices on equal terms), presenting a potential danger that net neutrality and Fairness Doctrine advocates could try to expand content controls to the Internet. It could also include “government dictating content policy”. (Source: Wikipedia)

Two leading questions:
1) Isn’t the mainstream media already a “balanced alternative” to talk radio?
2) Why are those supporters of the First Amendment on the “left” now strangely silent?

One question I pray you will think about:
1) With our current economic crisis, why is the house, senate and President debating this issue especially considering that THEY CURRENTLY HAVE THE MAJORITY ANYWAY! Republicans are basically lame ducks leaving conservatism in at least a two year exile! Watch some old video clips of Ronald Reagan on YouTube and then compare them with current leadership. Notice any differences? He kept the faith:

February 05, 2009 Sen. Stabenow wants hearings on radio ‘accountability’; talks fairness doctrine:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0209/Sen_Stabenow_wants_hearings_on_radio_accountability_talks_fairness_doctrine.html?showall
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): “I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves”
Video: http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1155201977/bctid10237007001

Oh and by the way, Freedom of religion along with our Biblical heritage….since it’s not fair either (wink,wink)…is probably next.

We need to take this very serious folks. Once lost, freedom is not easily reclaimed.

Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Jim Richardson

Gaining Ground For The Kingdom: Fight with us!

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I invite you to be blessed in visiting a blog started by a fellow co-laborer in Christ. It chronicles his missionary work in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa (although he is currently in Manzini, Swaziland….wow). By the way, donations to his ministry go directly to support his ministry. This is where the rubber meets the road folks!
Ryan’s blog is here:
http://ryancarmichael.myadventures.org/
Jim Richardson

Dads…..trying to be perfect….

Hawk Nelson – Everything You Ever Wanted (Live)
A song inspired by the affects of divorce …..

Jim Richardson

A few things we’ve gained in Christ

Experience in the life of a missionary in Scotland:
1 Peter:
• New life: we are born again (1:3)
• Hope that is alive and unchanging (1:3)
• An inheritance in Heaven that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading (1:5)
• We are guarded by God’s power (1:6)
• Genuine faith that is more precious than gold because gold perishes, but our faith will never perish (1:7)
• Inexpressible, glorious joy (1:8)
• Salvation (1:9, 3:7)
• Grace through the revelation of Jesus Christ (1:13)
• Restoration, Confirmation, Strength, and Stability in the midst of suffering (5:10)

Complete list continues at: http://missionaries.in/united_kingdom/annamurch/journal/2006/10/12/this_is_what_weve_gained_in_christ
Posted with permission of Anna Murch on October 12: 2006

Please pray for Anna who is serving our Lord in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Jim Richardson

A reluctant yet rare descent into Washington politics!

One of our nation’s most popular radio talk show hosts has offered the following bi-partison solution to solve the current U.S. recession:

President Obama has proposed spending one trillion dollars to stimulate the U.S. economy. Here’s an alternative proposal on how to spend/invest it: Based on the previous election’s voting averages of 54% Obama to 46% McCain, 540 billion will be spent on infrastructure spending initiatives per Democratic proposals and 460 billion will go to capital gains tax cuts and corporate tax rate cuts per Republican proposals. News of this alone would stimulate the financial markets as they did in the 90’s when President Clinton announced that he and legislators had reached an agreement in principle to balance the budget. The market reacted positively to this announcement as it historically does to events from Washington. This satisfies the claims of desired bi-partisonship avowed by the current administration. This will also determine what best stimulates the current economy. Who knows, perhaps both proposals will work! After all, the economy should not be Democratic vs. Republican and this could unify the country (as during 9/11 days) if we simply set aside the politics.

Wanna know who proposed this? What do you think about it?
Clue: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123318906638926749.html

Jim Richardson