Thursday, May 23, 2013

35 years and counting. IRS, Obama twice, Crazy Muslim in London, Miscarriage

I have lived 35 years on this earth today. Up to this point I have seen way more than I ever thought I would. Currently, America is swirling down the toilet of immorality and tolerance while the president is on vacation (again). The Church has been quiet and has been afraid to speak up because of hate speech from ultra-liberal groups. Their has been killings and wars, disasters of every kind under the sun and worldwide economic recession and in some countries, complete collapse of governments and banks. However, this is no different from 35 years ago. I have seen the old footage of cars lined up for miles at gas stations and a lame duck president, wars and pestilence. What I am saying is that there is nothing new under the sun! All is presently getting worse not better and it is not just because I have a bad attitude. This world is going to end one day! Maybe not tomorrow, or in another 35 years, but it will end. The things I think about a lot are what I have done over the past 35 years. I think the first 16 years were pretty good, I had good friends and family around me most of the time. 17-21 I strayed away from all the good people in my life and lived a horrendous and selfish life. I walked away from God and what I knew was right. 22-35, I met my wife, got married, had kids. I have been in a million different jobs, most of them I hated. Gone from $8,000 a year to $60,000 a year, no benefits to full benefits. I still rent a duplex but we are comfortable. My newest child (Baby Hannah) will be here any day now. I have gone through sickness, health. My wife had a miscarriage and we got through that somehow, but for the grace of God! I went to three different colleges and finally ended up with a degree in ministry. Got a job as a youth pastor, quit after a year and regret it just about every day of my life. I have tried different ministry jobs but never been hired again after that. My eyes have been open to what this "church" is not what Christ talks about as his Bride, but is a very corporate system of rules, morality and luke-warm bible teachers that border on the heretical most weeks, band-aided sinners who never care enough about who they believe in to try to walk in holiness like their Savior. I am not bitter, I will just not participate in the charade of emptiness, it is not real and their is no purpose to it. I have learned that most things that I thought were me, just describe me, they don't define me. I am not the chubby, funny and loveable guy that can make people feel better, I am in Christ. I can do nothing apart from him. I have also learned that I will probably always live in a perpetual state of dissatisfaction because the standards that I try to live to are Christ's standards and not my own. I live in an upside down kingdom where wrong is right and right is wrong. There is no way for me to correct this because I am a mortal, finite and impotent man. The more I shrink from the picture the more Christ is fully shown in and through me.

I watched the video today of the man that chopped the British soldier to death with a meat cleaver. My first reaction after the shock of nobody interceding for this man was rage. If I had been in Britain that day I would have walked up behind that man and cracked his neck like an action hero is all the movies. In a matter of seconds all of it would have been over. Death would have given the story a proper and complete ending for that waste of life! 35 years and that is what the world has come to, murder in the public in the light of day. Is there any hope for the Church to rise up? Can the Bride prepare herself for the coming of the Bridegroom with a little more urgency? Why is she sleeping? She should be riled up! Aroused from her sleeping and brought forth from her chamber to show to the world the splendor of the Bride of Christ! Where are you? What have you done?

 I saw a map of the path of the tornado in Oklahoma. The storm was going toward an open and empty area and then it cut back to totally level some elementary schools and a hospital. So sad that children and sick people were hurt and killed. Someone asked me why God let that happen? I just answered him with a question, "How many days did those people that died or get hurt have before the storm hit them?" The reality is, everybody has there day. For some it may be 1 year, for others it may be 114 years. Whatever amount of time you have on this earth is what is allotted to you. It doesn't matter if you die in a tornado or of old age, God is good and he will continue to be good forever. It is not his will that people die and get sick or that storms wreak havoc or wars or pestilence happen! The only reason any of this happens is because of a man named Adam. He sinned and passed down death to all of his descendants and with that death brought war, storms, sickness and any other terrible thing. Why did the tornado blow the way of the schools? I don't know, but I do know why death happens and why all people die. It is so that one day we have a chance to take on new life with Christ in a glorified body on a new earth with a new heaven near by. To be able to experience the glory of God without death and fear.

I said earlier that my wife had a miscarriage, her name is Naomi. I know that even though we never met her on this earth, that she is in heaven and she is safe and much happier with the Father than she could ever be here with this father. Although I miss her and wonder what she is like all the time, I am happy for her. I cried for her for quite a while, but that was only because I missed her.

35 years and I understand much less than I did in my 20's. I am sure that in 10 more years I will admit that I know less than I did in my 30's. But this one thing is for sure, there are only 2 things in life that are important: Jesus and people. There are 2 things you will have after you die: Jesus and people. If you are a believer you will have Jesus as a friend and Lord, with people that are serving Jesus as friends and worshiping him as Lord. If you don't believe in Jesus you will have Jesus as your judge and he will punish you and your friends in hell as your friends weep and gnash their teeth with you in the lake of fire, still worshiping him as Lord.

I don't know what God wants to do with me, but it seems like rambling on is one of them.......
Jake and Becki

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Most people who begin to read this, will not finish. The end of this is not the end of the story. The beginning is also not the end. Most people do not know that I have been in utter turmoil for quite some time. It is not the kind of turmoil that can be relieved by a quick remedy, no medicine or therapy will help. The turmoil that is deep within the canyons of my bowels can not be touched by anyone else because they care not to dive into the deep waters that surround. Some say prayer will ease the ache, just cry out for Jesus to help and he will. The Jesus I know never stopped helping, he never left my side. The turmoil is shared. The ache is shared. The pain is shared. The kind of loneliness felt is akin to being stranded in the middle of the ocean being surrounded by sharks in a deflating life raft. No food, no water, no hope. Just the utter feeling of doom surrounding. All the while having the knowledge of how to survive, how to live just a little bit longer with my wits. The annoying part of my journey is that I notice others alone on their own life rafts, being mocked by the sharks, and I help them. "Look up! There's land over there!" "Go for solid ground quick before the sharks get you!" "Hold on, let me swim over to you and push your raft ashore." 'What? Oh, don't worry about the sharks, I will get ripped to pieces to save you." "What? No, Jesus wants me to help you. He told me!" Now that they are back to shore, I am welcomed on shore for a time, thinking that this is it, I finally have something here. Then the very people helped to shore push me back into the shark infested water. And look, there's Jesus out in the life raft, waiting for me..... "I don't understand, Lord. Why are you out here?" "They pushed me out here and never welcomed me back, I have been saving people every day and have rarely been asked to come to their houses for dinner, or to be part of their lives." "Jesus, that sucks! How long will you put up with them? I am so pissed off right now, if I had the power I would smite them all!" Silence. No reply from Jesus, just a sad expression on his face. A shark rubs up against the life raft causing me to sit down in the raft. I look around to see no land, no people needing to be saved, just me and Jesus out in a life raft.

Friday, December 11, 2009


I don't have much faith. I realized that today after my landlord opted to raise the rent $150 over what we have been paying for the last year. It seems silly to me that I am worried that God will not provide for my family and me. I have never really trusted God with all my heart in these kind of matters, but I really want to begin now. Over the past couple months hours at work have been steadily decreasing and because of that paychecks have also decreased. Fortunately, God has seen fit to provide people to randomly give us money and/or food at just the right time. As much as I praise God for things in the past, I still have a hard time trusting him now. I have been meditating on this issue for the day and have come up with the fact that I have been burned by people so much over my life that I just transition that lack of trust to God. Well, that is not fair to God, he has always been there for me and has never failed me. So, I am trying super hard to trust God and all the things that he has for me. I know his ways are best. As John the Baptist said, "He must increase, and I must decrease." I am trying very hard to keep Jesus as the center of my life and not myself or anyone else. It's sad, my instant reaction when typing this last line was that, because of my good works, God will reward me! What a bunch of hulabaloo! I know God can and will do what he wants when he wants to, but to reward someone for good works is lame. I don't want Jesus to know me by my good works, but to know me by the relationship I have with him and the faith that he has given me. I want Jesus, on that judgment day, to look at me and then the Father and say, "I know Jake and he is my friend. We've been through life together and we love each other. Father, I died for Jake and he truly knows me. He has been washed and purified of any sin by my blood. Father, there is no need to extend your wrath on Jake, he is spotless."

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Supposed to do?

I haven't done what I have been called to do in so long I sometimes forget the reason God put me on this earth! I get so wrapped up in life I forget all about the fact that I am to live by faith and not by sight. It is obvious to me that what has happened in my past concerning pastoring was only a foretaste to what is to come. I have only been witness to a little bit of what God is going to use me to do. There is seldom a day that goes by that I do not think of God's promise to me, "I will use your voice for the expansion of my Kingdom." As plain as day I heard God tell me those words. This was a little over 10 years ago!

I have been learning and planning and praying. In my studies I have found the Word of God to be most effective in teaching me to be pliable and willing to move toward Jesus in better relationship. It is obvious to me that reconciliation was made not when I did anything, but rather when Jesus paid it all on the cross and bridged the gap for me and the rest of humanity. The verses that I have been meditating on for the last couple days have come out of the fifth chapter of second Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 5

Our Heavenly Dwelling
1For we know that ifA)">(A) the tent that isB)">(B) our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God,C)">(C) a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2For in this tentD)">(D) we groan, longing toE)">(E) put on our heavenly dwelling, 3if indeed by putting it ona]">[a] we may not be found naked. 4For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortalF)">(F) may be swallowed up by life. 5He who has prepared us for this very thing is God,G)">(G) who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

6So we are always of good courage. We know thatH)">(H) while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7forI)">(I) we walk by faith, notJ)">(J) by sight. 8Yes, we are of good courage, and weK)">(K) would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim toL)">(L) please him. 10ForM)">(M) we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,N)">(N) so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

The Ministry of Reconciliation
11Therefore, knowingO)">(O) the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. ButP)">(P) what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12Q)">(Q) We are not commending ourselves to you again butR)">(R) giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13For if weS)">(S) are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14For the love of ChristT)">(T) controls us, because we have concluded this: thatU)">(U) one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15and he died for all,V)">(V) that those who live might no longer live for themselves butW)">(W) for him who for their sake died and was raised.

16From now on, therefore,X)">(X) we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone isY)">(Y) in Christ, he isZ)">(Z) a new creation.b]">[b]AA)">(AA) The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18All this is from God,AB)">(AB) who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave usAC)">(AC) the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconcilingc]">[c] the world to himself,AD)">(AD) not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to usAE)">(AE) the message of reconciliation. 20Therefore,AF)">(AF) we are ambassadors for Christ,AG)">(AG) God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21AH)">(AH) For our sake he made him to be sinAI)">(AI) who knew no sin, so that in him we might becomeAJ)">(AJ) the righteousness of God.

  1. 2 Corinthians 5:3 Some manuscripts putting it off
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Or creature
  3. 2 Corinthians 5:19 Or God was in Christ, reconciling
Cross references:
  1. 2 Corinthians 5:1 : 2 Pet 1:13, 14
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:1 : 2 Corinthians 4:7
  3. 2 Corinthians 5:1 : Mark 14:58
  4. 2 Corinthians 5:2 : Rom 8:23
  5. 2 Corinthians 5:2 : 1 Cor 15:53, 54
  6. 2 Corinthians 5:4 : 1 Cor 15:54
  7. 2 Corinthians 5:5 : Rom 8:23; 2 Corinthians 1:22
  8. 2 Corinthians 5:6 : Heb 11:13, 14
  9. 2 Corinthians 5:7 : John 20:29; 2 Corinthians 4:18
  10. 2 Corinthians 5:7 : 1 Cor 13:12
  11. 2 Corinthians 5:8 : Phil 1:23
  12. 2 Corinthians 5:9 : Col 1:10; 1 Thess 4:1
  13. 2 Corinthians 5:10 : Matt 25:31, 32; Rom 14:10; Acts 10:42
  14. 2 Corinthians 5:10 : Psalm 62:12
  15. 2 Corinthians 5:11 : Job 31:23; Acts 9:31; Heb 10:31; Jude 23
  16. 2 Corinthians 5:11 : 2 Corinthians 4:2
  17. 2 Corinthians 5:12 : 2 Corinthians 3:1
  18. 2 Corinthians 5:12 : 2 Corinthians 1:14
  19. 2 Corinthians 5:13 : 2 Corinthians 11:1, 16, 17; 12:6, 11
  20. 2 Corinthians 5:14 : Acts 18:5
  21. 2 Corinthians 5:14 : Rom 5:15
  22. 2 Corinthians 5:15 : Rom 6:11, 12; Rom 14:7
  23. 2 Corinthians 5:15 : 2 Corinthians 12:10
  24. 2 Corinthians 5:16 : Gal 2:6; Phil 3:7, 8; Col 2:11; 1 Tim 5:21
  25. 2 Corinthians 5:17 : 2 Corinthians 12:2; Rom 16:7; Gal 1:22
  26. 2 Corinthians 5:17 : John 3:3; Rom 6:4
  27. 2 Corinthians 5:17 : Isa 43:18, 19; Rev 21:5; Isa 65:17; Eph 2:15; 4:24; Heb 8:13
  28. 2 Corinthians 5:18 : Col 1:20; Rom 5:10; 1 John 2:2
  29. 2 Corinthians 5:18 : Rom 5:11
  30. 2 Corinthians 5:19 : Psalm 32:2; Rom 4:8
  31. 2 Corinthians 5:19 : 2 Corinthians 5:18
  32. 2 Corinthians 5:20 : Eph 6:20; Mal 2:7; Gal 4:14
  33. 2 Corinthians 5:20 : 2 Corinthians 6:1
  34. 2 Corinthians 5:21 : Rom 8:3; Gal 3:13; Rom 4:25
  35. 2 Corinthians 5:21 : 1 Pet 2:22
  36. 2 Corinthians 5:21 : Rom 1:17; 1 Cor 1:30
The reason I posted all those verses is so that there is context to what I am about to say. The footnotes are for further study if you choose. Courtesy of

We are bought and paid for, redeemed and chosen. The believer will be in heaven forever, but what of life on earth? What about the ones that are called to do more than just work a normal job and pass life on by without a care in the world? How about the one's that God has chosen for His work? It seems that this passage eludes to the fact that we are "ambassadors for Christ" (v.20). If we are ambassadors, then we have an important job that can never be accomplished. Imagine, I was you to make fire, but you have no ability to make fire. I want you to produce more skin cells, but you have no idea how to do that. I want you to make the engine in your car work, but you have no idea how to make the engine work anymore than you know how to make fire! But that doesn't stop you from turning the key, or lighting a match, or eating food so your body can replenish itself and make new cells! It is the same with pastoral work. Pastors are chosen by God to bring people that are lost into a relationship with God and make them grow! Impossible! There is no way a person can make someone else have a relationship with God and make them grow, no way. But that doesn't stop us from preaching does it? It is amazing the things Jesus asks, no better yet, tells us to do: 7And proclaim as you go, saying,K)">(K) 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' 8L)">(L) Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,b]">[b] cast out demons.M)">(M) You received without paying; give without pay..... 16V)">(V) "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so beW)">(W) wise as serpents andX)">(X) innocent as doves. 17Beware of men, forY)">(Y) they will deliver you over to courts and flog youZ)">(Z) in their synagogues, 18AA)">(AA) and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake,AB)">(AB) to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19AC)">(AC) WhenAD)">(AD) they deliver you over,AE)">(AE) do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, forAF)">(AF) what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20AG)">(AG) For it is not you who speak, butAH)">(AH) the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21AI)">(AI) Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22AJ)">(AJ) and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.AK)">(AK) But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23When theyAL)">(AL) persecute you in one town,AM)">(AM) flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of IsraelAN)">(AN) before the Son of Man comes.

Believe it or not Jesus told us to do some amazing things that we are not even doing! The question that comes to my mind is, what will happen to me if I do these things? Will I be put in jail, ridiculed, mocked, beaten, ignored, laughed at, or will anything happen at all? The only real danger comes from keeping my mouth shut:
28AndAS)">(AS) do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear himAT)">(AT) who can destroy both soul and body in hell.f]">[f]

O Holy Night

Just wanted to pass on the Christmas song that I am most into at this point in time. I had never heard the other verses until we sang them at church last Sunday. The words are Gospel and I love Jesus even more because of this song. Check it out!

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Come on!!

I have been trying my best to listen to God. I have been listening to many preachers on podcasts and on youtube preaching the truth. All of that is awesome and I love that there are so many men willing to preach the Word every week or every time they are called on to do so. My dilemma comes when one brother preaches well and another has criticized him because that person does not like his preaching stye. Drives me up the wall when Christians get hung up on styles and denominational precepts. The fact is, we must major on Jesus Christ and who he is, and who God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are, and we must set aside the fact that one preacher said a word you don't think he should have said to his church while you say another....what difference does it make? People are dying all around us! People are going to HELL and all you care about is semantics and Mary had a little lamb? For the love of God people are dying in their sins! Don't just sit there, get up and do something about it!

But if I say, "I will not mention him
or speak any more in his name,"
his word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot. Jeremiah 20:9

Preach the Word of God. Tell people they are going to die and go to hell. Tell them they can live forever with Jesus in heaven if they only repent, turn from their wicked ways and follow Christ. They shall be born again and have new life. Life that is full. Life that means something.

All will be judged according to their deeds: 27Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment Hebrews 9:27

Friday, June 5, 2009

Jesus and Saul

I was listening to the Gospel of John and the Acts of the Apostles today and could not help wondering why the disciples and all of the people that were around Jesus and Saul (later called Paul) were so blatantly ignorant of the truth when it was right in their faces? I believe I heard Jesus say about 5 different times that he was the Christ and that he was God and that if they do not follow him, they will die! Or how many times did Paul get up before the Sanhedrin and tell the story of the Jews through their patriarchs and prophets, etc, all the way up through David's line to produce Jesus Christ? I was getting frustrated listening to the repetition, over and over again! Then I hear Paul say, "Fine, if you don't want to listen, then I will take the Gospel to the Gentiles!" Amen! How real is this issue today? We talk and talk until we are blue in the face and no one wants to listen. Fine, if you don't want God's grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, then you will be judged by Moses and the Law. I don't know about you but I want mercy, all I can get!

In my 31 years on this earth and 12 years following Jesus whole-heartedly, I have found that following Jesus is the hardest thing any person on this earth can do. I literally fail everyday to earn any place near my Savior because of my blatant turmoil of sin. There is barely a minute that goes by that temptation is not at my door knocking. Sometimes I turn my head, other times I dive right in. I guess Paul had it right when he called himself a wretched man. Jesus said that apart from Him we would have no place in his Kingdom, no one comes to the Father except through me, and I draw all men to myself. Praise Jesus for his sacrifice, as painful as his walk must have been, I thank him that he was not all talk.

Every day I long for a closer love with Jesus, I see that I am less worthy with every step I take toward him. I see my sin and tremble at the thought of Jesus seeing them too. I hate the sin that I have in my life and I do not live in guilt, but I live in a state of constant depravity. When I see one thing I do not want to do, then I turn my head and see another thing I do not want to do. This world has nothing for me!