Why we “DON’T LOSE HEART.”

Since God has so generously let us in on what he is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands 1383109_10201148395568092_98493658_nand walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times.

 We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.

If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention.

All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.

Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you.

 It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.


 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. 
aka: Earth Suits
That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.

 As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do,
but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.

 What they did to Jesus, they do to ustrial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us – he lives!


 Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us.

 While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
 We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life.
Just like the psalmist who wrote,
“I believed it, so I said it,”
we say what we believe.
 And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive.

 Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!
So we’re not giving up.
How could we!
Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.
 These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us.
There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
~The Apostle Paul (formerly known as Saul)



who am i?

just a guy sometimes known as ‘that salvation army guy.’

a human being, just like you but my earth suit is more than likely not as nice looking and maybe not working as well.

Nonetheless,

i am pressing on,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That is also my church. Visit our Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit us

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

904-824-6956 Ext. 4407


promo saguy

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Comments below

Trust. We can trust Him, can He trust us?

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http://bible.com/97/jhn.2.23-25.MSG

Will develop more thoughts on this in the comment section; however, let me ask you, the reader:

  • What do you see?
  • What do you hear?
  • Comment below.

What stood out to me….
They entrusted him with their lives but He didn’t entrust HIS life to them.

He knew them inside and out.

He knew how untrustworthy they were.

He didn’t need any help in seeing right through them.

He didn’t need someone to help Him see through them or help considering their real intentions. Some of them may have been at the wedding and thought, this is the guy that can turn water into wine 🙂 Some may have been saying in their mind,

‘i think i found a new BFF!’

He didn’t have to take a few days or sleep on it or spend time with head bowed, eyes closed talking to the Father about them and asking The Father for advice on whether or not He could trust them.

HE knew because He and God were/are one.

I can not write much more now because i have been jumping up and down trying to edit this here and there.

 

i don’t write from top to bottom. i do;

the top intro, sometimes have to jump to bottom, plug in the middle sections, save to draft, come back and write more, answer phone, learn sign language to communicate with new hearing impaired co-worker, make some calls, take some calls, make some copies, prep. for up and coming things, check on some things, occasionally use the bathroom….i think you get the idea (catching breath).

So i must stop now and DO ‘other somethings’ for

“OTHERS.”

God is trusting and depending on me to do this and do it my best.

 tis the season.


He is the same today, yesterday and for ever (will get Bible ref. for this and put in comments later…Heb.?)

He knows everything, He knows our true heart and desires and when we are not honest with ourselves, others or Him.

He loves us anyway but He wants to be able to trust us with what He has given us.

We are human but when we ask Him to come into and be part of our lives, it is only then that we can be one with Him. Engaged and even married to Him. Final wedding day is coming (His return, 2nd coming for the bride aka the church, body of believers).

He knows what we don’t know.
Is.55 His thoughts far above ours.

Many other passages reveal He looks @ & reads our heart, we may fool yourself but can not fool Him.

TIme to decide if you want to love Him back, fall in love with Him, let Him in to be part of you…then you will become more and more like Him.

I will not ask,  are you a Christian anymore, i will ask and challenge you to ask others, yourself and me,

“Are you Christ like?”

When i am asked, the answer is,

“With Christ’s help, i am trying.”


Be sure to look at this scripture with 20/20 vision (20 verse before 20 verses after more or less) John2:1-30;3:1-10 <—click here to look at it here on your computer (this link is to NLT -New Living Translation, find which translation you understand best).

My 20/20 view will be in comment section noting larger picture, context, culture, notes of who was there and other considerations.

That is what we are doing with “God’s word, considering, listening, applying. Not questioning God but asking healthy questions that God will give us answers to if we open our eyes, heart,  and the mind HE created.

Consider the context, context is key.

Consider Culture and whose mail you are reading (who is it to?) <–in this case it is a record for all to read, whosoever will.

Ask who, what, where, when how. Ask lots of questions, fully consider, put yourself there.

Apply lesson you get from this, the old w.w.j.d. (what Would Jesus Do)  then D.W.J.D> (do what Jesus Did).


~ Roll Credits~

My Righteousness, The Lord Jesus Christ

Holy Living Word Of God

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey                                                                                              (just a another dog of peace leading people to The Good Shepherd                    ~ John 10)

I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That is also my church. Visit our Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit us

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

904-824-6956 Ext. 4407


YOU ARE INVITED TO COMMENT BELOW ON WHAT STANDS OUT TO YOU IN THIS PASSAGE (JOHN 2:23-25)

WHAT IS GOD SAYING TO YOU?

LISTEN

Read THE book,don’t rent the movie.

HIS WORD HERE AND NOW.

 

Reason in Relation to Revelation

MY son’s 1st sermon. He gave it in Saint Augustine Florida and in Clearwater Florida…now ,here is the manuscript and video so no matter where you are, you too can hear what he shares.

It still amazes me that as far as the internet reaches, God hand reaches there AND BEYOND.

pressing words

Among my pets is a hamster that goes by the name Humble. I had no idea how sly a hamster could be until this little guy became a part of my family. You see when he was first adopted while I was away from the house I kept him in the top of my closet as to keep him from my cats; it seemed like a great spot until one day when I made it home to find him missing from his cage. I had been gone all day, the height of which he had to have fallen must have been eight hamster stories high and reminding you of my two cats I was sure he hadn’t survived the in devour. With some help I searched every crease, crevices, and cubic centimeter of my place having no luck what so ever towards his safe finding. At this point in panic…

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SHORT SWIPE LEFT

My daughter who finished college and now teaches middle school said she was in a coffee shop (big surprize huh?) that a lot of college students go to. While in there she noticed  people kept walking by this guy in there and patting him on the back and saying,

“Throw one up for me!”

When she inquired she found out he was a local youth pastor that everyone in there knew and that was their way of saying,

“lift me up in prayer!”


Keep this in mind as i share with you a conversation i had last week sometime….


i got into a discussion with someone last week sometime and they were saying how bummed out there we’re getting by the news feeds and even facebook post on their cell phone.

i told them i had heard recently that some college students use the expression,

SWIPE LEFT


 

No need to read this section if you are already are familiar with this slag:

Translation

Swipe left is in reference to when they are looking at pictures of potential people they think are cute or ‘hot’ and they would consider going on a ‘not so blind date with. They don’t go to a soda shop usually to meet, they go to a coffee shop or on the internet.

Different, I know but try finding a soda shop in the year 1980 on up to the year 2000 up.

From what i understand Facebook started with young adult college students developing a way to ‘check out other’ students…to get to know them better 😉

Some human beings go by outward appearance 1st so if they come across a pic. (picture) of someone whose appearance they are not attracted to they,

“Swipe Left”

They take a finger and swipe it across the screen to the left and it goes to the next pic.

They move on.


So the person i am talking to (closer to my age) says,

“oh, well, on my phone for the FB (facebook) feed i have to swipe up.”

I smiled and wondered if they heard what i heard.

They said,

“yeah, ‘swipe up’!”

As we both raise out hands in prayer lifting up our burdens.

My Son’s 1st

This is my son’s first sermon.
This is the 2nd time he was able to share this 1st sermon because Major Ronald and Rebecca Mott had him deliver this child and plant these seeds in St. Augustine Florida (The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine Florida FB)
Enjoy…
Published on Dec 9, 2015

Alexx Bailey, Salvation Meeting, November 29, 2015, The Clearwater Citadel Corps

Benji’s crimson heart (inspiration to a short novel)

BENIt is always very hard when someone you know dies. Questions fill my mind and heart and even effect my speak, or lack thereof.
What do you say to people that were even closer to them than you were?
How do you accept the reality of something that your mind can not process and just doesn’t seem possible or real?
The first words out of my mouth was, “No!”
Looking deep, i know there are steps people naturally take and denial is the label on that first hard, cold stone step. It is printed right there and on my forehead for anyone nearby to read. That stone step turns into tears and floods my mind and becomes a river. “a river of denial.” The river of d’nile runs deep! If i remain in it, i will drown in it. i know this because i know others this has happened to. i also know because it has happen to me. (Pause, think about this…Selah… selah~more than a good name for a band).

Without going into some type of lesson on the 4, 5 or possible 6 signs of denial or a study on the grieving process and 42 steps to wellness and self help shtuff…
we don’t always know what steps to take. We may learn different steps that help. But what about when you can not walk?
What about when you feel like you just can not take any physical steps let alone spiritual steps & some mental steps. We try processing it all and we know there are things that need to be done but you are just…….
DONE!
Are you done?
ARE YOU DONE FOR?
Listen reader, friend, i am no better, i believe i may be better off  (my future) but i am not a better person, i am no authority on health, life or death. However, i’ve learned some things from my mistakes and muck ups.
I’ve learned what happens to others when they don’t take any steps or the wrong steps.
(Pause here again to know that it is okay to stop and rest, a time to grieve …Ecclesiastes 3…there is a time for everything, we just don’t always take or make time for those times and try to go on to other thing when what we should do is just stop.)

Turning the page and carrying on
Back to thoughts…Steps (i’m moving like Tim Conway, without the wheelchair)…. I am not “old”(that is arguable by those in their 20’s)
but i am old enough.  As i get older i am realizing how nice it share.
There is a whole world, never forget that there is a whole world out there, a whole world out there of other people. Everyone i already know and those i am meeting along the way, i want them to share things with me. When we share, especially when we are considerate of each other, respectfully sharing  both ways, somehow we realize we are not alone and we are similar in many ways. We may be different strings, different types of instruments, but we are still in the musical family (different strings -Rush song ref.).
We realize they too have sadness, joy, pain, disabilities and more. No matter how old we are, no matter what disabilities we have… we can learn from others how they deal with it or don’t deal with it and how that is working out for them as a person, another human being. If my pain has taught me nothing else it has taught me humility, it is still teaching me that i am human and others are too.
That may sound very elementary. We learn it and live it in elementary school. We learn it in class, on the playground,  at lunch, after school but some how as we grow up we some how get this idea that we are invincible and then we grow up a lil’ more (mature in other ways) and we realize (come to an understanding/wisdom/knowledge)
“We are not going to physically be able to press on as we once were.”
Our loved ones, those both older than us and younger than us, they are not going to be able to physically press on as they once did.
They will not remain the way we knew them when they were younger.
i know this is no real revelation but please share these few moments with me, i am so glad you can to visit me, even if only in the form of reading a blog post. Now that you are here and reading this you are letting me share with you.
I want  You to share with me, just share.
This isn’t some type of ploy to get more comments or hits on some youtube channel or promo some latest thing i am trying to sell you to make you thicker, thiner, smarter or more religious (please don’t do that and don’t buy it from anyone who is selling it). The more lies and cheap crap people buy the more lies and cheap crap will be manufactured.
Enough of all that…i think this we can probably all agree on but no one may say it or put it in print, especially those working for the manufacturing company of “YOU NEED THIS INC.”

Time to turn the page again

i want  You to share with me, just share.
Not give me something for pain, not help pay my bills that are falling short, not try to solve my problems and offer your opinion on …whatever, just share your life experience with me.  i will listen.  i not only want to, i need to listen.
Who am i?
Notice all the lowercase “i”s MY loving son Alexx Bailey (Click here) helps edit some of my stuff, he reads it and although we are not editors and chiefs we advise each other (LOL) yep, we do and one time he told me,
Dad your things (post) are riddled with lower case “i”s  other than that i like what you said here or there…
With “eyes wide open, and heart wide open” he lovingly shared this with me and i said,
i know son, and i hope it stays that way.
i went on to explain….
i am not going to change it because  HE>i .
For me, “i” should never be capitalized or capitalized on but Lord help us to always capitalize Him but never capitalize on HIM.
HE > us.
HE> them. ….amen?
HE is greater than (>) than all.

STEPS

  • So, are there certain steps?
  • 12 of them or 42?
  • How do we get anywhere from here?
  • What do i do?
  • What do you do?
  • Is there a stairway to heaven?
  • Can we buy one? (Led Zep., get the led out,)
  • Where do i get one of those?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How much strength or ability does it take to climb?

i’m very weak right now.

i know ‘no body’ here can  really help me climb.


Turn the page yet again
Sure, there are steps.
If there is a Jacob’s Ladder for angels, then you know there are some rungs that would be worth climbing for us. They are worth climbing  more than any  corporate ladder this world sets up, or could even offer.
The conditional corporate world’s ladder leads to just more muck. i’ve been there, tried that. Others have shared with me that they’ve been there, done that. Some that share with me are still bitter from the muck and mire they got in their mouth from it.
Each one of us need to find out what the cost is for us. We all come to a point, hopefully,  where we consider how to pay for those steps. IS there some type of “layaway” plan? …i personally have had mine paid for in full and i have to be reminded of that. I keep trying to make payments and the upper management keys reminding me,
“hello? tom beetle bailey, they are already paid for, now enjoy them, use those steps, press on the best you can, we got your back “mister”. It is all under control sir.”
That puts me at ease, but i guess it is my short term memory loss that causes me to say,
“i got it…wait, i lost it again.”
It is then upper management calls me again and say,
Mr. Bailey, may i call you tom? or beetle?  The real problem lies hidden beneath your short comings so when you say, “I” got it, there lies the problem. We have it under control sir and The Lord is taking care of everything, you just breathe and take one step at a time…don’t skip some or take 2 to 4 at a time, you’ll overdose. Now go back to work, just being you and be sure to acknowledge  and represent the company you are in an agreement with, please.
Those steps are right before me but only i can take the steps for me. Only i can climb this and get thru this, no one can do it for me. i have to get up and go forward, onward (onward by the band YES) and upward. i can and will but i know also i am too weak to do it alone. My Father is not currently living here. Oh yes, He is in my heart, His Spirit is supernatural and helps me from the inside out but i need a friend in the flesh who is not all about the flesh, if ya know what i mean. i am too old, mature, wise enough now for all that playing around and doing things that don’t really last and end up just making me sick, offer false hope, and give disease rather than solutions for my disabilities and pain. My Father gives me wisdom enough to know the difference between what i can not change and i am coming to just accept that. He also has, as i’ve said before, helped me grow some ballistic courage recently. It’s nice. Very helpful and others seem to be encouraged by it too. It only comes from Him. fully relying on God and resting is not some type of temporary fix.
Jesus is not a crutch, He is a stretcher because you can not even limp into heaven without him” -Greg X. Voltz (click here for full concert invite)
I am only 47 as i write this but i got serious about attempting to develop this relationship when i was around 13 or 14 years old. He is still working on me and i don’t think He and i will be done this construction, reconstruction and remodeling until the day i die.



It is time to turn another page
~More steps~
Man,  this stairway is long, this ladder has a lot of rungs!
There are steps to take  but some of them are so natural, they just happen. We take them without even thinking, or processing them fully and then we wake up and realize,
OH…i am already on that one or this one.
Sometimes it seems that we wake up and say, how did i get back three steps down rather than up? Or does it just seem like i am falling back?
Sometime we figure out why we fell or stumbled and we want to fully process that, and that won’t hurt to consider it all but when it comes right down to it…
we are where we are right now (VanHalen Ref).

Turn to a new page

How do we go up from here and how do we keep from doing the same thing over and over but expecting something different to be the outcome?
We’ve learn so much and what we don’t know we can google or ask a pro. and get advice, opinions, 2nd opinions and even some scientific facts. Those facts and opinions always get mixed up -(Inside Out Movie Ref.) However, in this day and age we do know more about human traits and how most of us react to situations and circumstances.

Let me just stop here for a moment.

Reader, you stop too…. maybe exit this post or look away or shut down your computer. Shut down but don’t shut up… talk about something, whatever is on your heart,  out loud with The Heavenly Father, creator of life who giveth and taketh away.

If you just do not believe in Him, it is okay, He believes in YOU.
When you talk to Him, even if you missed church 1 Sunday or you have never even gone 1 Sunday,  make sure you are engaged and open up.
Make it a two way conversation. Listen, don’t do all the talking. Just start by addressing Him, even if that is,
“God, whoever you are. i don’t really know you or understand you but i want to acknowledge you just now…the one who made me.”
 Don’t  just spout out some prayer you learned from sunday school or from a good catholic friend or you hear in some movie.
Listen … Listen to the Heavenly Father but don’t listen to the father of lies because he too will speak (trash talk) while you’re trying to speak to the Heavenly Father.

Given a new page
How can we carry on with simple daily life and activities and necessities let alone required responsibilities?
Moment by moment
Do it moment by moment, not day by day, not one day at a time. Moment by moment, time means nothing. The calendar, the seasons…they mean nothing right now. Our cell phones and bills and reminders will all be there is we just drop them for a few min. a day or a few days. I know it is hard to lay those things down, they are important in their own way and to every body else you are accountable to but right now you may notice that even basic needs like  money, food, water, where you sleep tonight…it all means nothing.
If you are truly grieving right now, you realize time stands still while the cold cruel world and creation itself is made to eventually die. The  demands of all that we know around us now carries on like a whirlwind. It circles on around us just over head like a buzzard waiting for us to die so it can have something to eat. It would eat you alive and sometimes tries but most of us are stronger than that and seem to have a Spirit in us that helps us get thru another day, another hour, another…moment.
For some, depending on who you are missing right now and how they were taken from you, as well as, how much time you did or didn’t spend with them it may be harder for you than for others who miss them too.
We all just need to take this time  moment by moment. Get up on that step, step one, it is painful but worth it. As you climb be sure to take time and rest, right there on one of the steps. Maybe your already on step 47 and you’ve been able to take one step a year. The Heavenly Father is patient with us, unlike family and friends we know here. He will wait, remember HE is the one lifting you up, one step at a time. One moment to the next. HIM, not we ourselves.
There may be several steps in a row or one step in particularly here and there that you need to camp out on for a little while.
…………..It is okay, it is all going to be O.K………..

Pages closer to the end

Don’t try to take two steps at a time thinking you will get there before everyone else and you can do this because your some supershit. No, just one step here, then another, then another. Not comparing yourself with other people’s progress or letting them tell you about your progress, they don’t know yours any more than you truly know theirs. Not worried any longer if you used the word shit while limping straining to get to the next level playing field. No longer bothered because you  no longer seek THEIR approval. IT doesn’t really matter if they approve or disapprove every lil’ thing you do or don’t do according to their gospel. It is not us vs. them.
It is each individual child developing a personal relationship with the one who gave them life and who will decide when  that child (although sometimes a full grown mature adult) is to  die.
Do we offend the heavenly Father?
  • Maybe, if we don’t talk and listen to Him i think that would offend me if you never thanked me for our friendship or love.
  • If we don’t follow rules that He gives us for our own safety, not to be a kill joy or control us, then
  • YES WE DO OFFEND HIM. That is made very clear

but when another human makes it sound like HIS commands are their rules rather than letting God show all of us why those barriers,barricades, commands are there it seems to cause us to just want to jump over the bar and off the cliff.

Are Commands the same as demands?

We all get mucked up. Sometime we do things when we get mucked up and those very things just muck us up more. Welcome to the world, hello, it is part of our old nature (Romans Chapter 6 & 7)
It is more natural to do that than to not offend Him. i came to realize i didn’t want to hurt HIm anymore. I didn’t want there to be anything that came between me and Him because without Him i lost the will to survive and thrive in life. After all, He is the source. He is the source not only for life here and now but He is so powerful that He is also able to be the source for life after this life.  (Romans 8)
From what i know of Him in my personal relationship, He doesn’t like a lot of words, He doesn’t place more priority on any particular word or decide what words should or should not be used between Him and each individually. He doesn’t control us like a puppet, He doesn’t forbit us to dress, talk or pray any particular wa. He does make it clear how we should love Him and love each other, treat Him and treat each other and He does ask us,
“If you are going to call me and call on me and use my name, use it well, wisely and for Christ sake, not yourself, not in vain.”
When we call on Him with our voice or WITH OUR ACTIONS are we doing it in vein? I think that may be the question that matters and what we should focus on. I’m not sure there is a word that He can’t stand to hear, He invented the words and allows us to speak them (even with sign language if needed) but i recently realized we can curse Him and offend Him when our actions are saying one thing and our words are saying something else.
We guard our lips more than we guard our actions and our heart. We watch what we say more than what we are doing and actions do speak louder than words. They do.
We are sometime so concerned with what is coming out of our mouths that we forget to see those around us who need to see God’s characters in us.
We do not see them sometimes. We look the other way or we say with our actions, i am above you on this step, i am better than you, look at me! And the whole time rather than letting Christ pull them up onto the step we are on our actions are shoving them off the step they made it to and tossing them backward all the way to the rock bottom.
Are we more powerful than God?
God allows freewill (rush song ref.)
He wants everyone in Glory.
However, He allows us to choose freely, out of love, not obligation. His love and acceptance is unconditional. We can accept His gift or reject it, just believe and find out where this relationship goes or just don’t believe it…
He also allows us to interact with others.
We are given the opportunity to paint an accurate  picture of Him as a reflection of Him and who He really is
or
Cause people to say,
How wonderful it would be if we were as concerned with our actions as we were about what words are o.k. to use or not use.
I love when people watch their mouth but appreciate it more when they watch their actions and try not to offend others with those.

SPEAKING OF THE FAMILY

THAT CLAIMS TO BE HEAVEN BOUND
and
HOW WE SPEAK
When translating the Holy Bible years ago they would use the word harlot and somehow that is ok but don’t say, “Gomer was a whore” (Hosea 1:2)
When reading one of the 1st translations you will read the word ass. You will read the word prick. Do we soften that so the reader isn’t offended by the Word of God when translated? Do we translate that word harlot into prostitute or whore so the reader says,
Oh yeah i know what a whore is!”
Or just keep reading it and not translating it and use another word that one could say in church without raising any eye brows and whispering,
He has a potty mouth.
Or spend time debating what John the meant when he said,
” “You brood of vipers!” (Lk. 3:7 NIV)
Have a business type meeting or church board meeting over why or how  Jesus would call the religious leaders of His day
You are like whitewashed tombs, whitewashed tombs? (Mt. 23:27 NIV)
Then talk and try to decide to change the color of our song book from white to red because the red represents the blood of Jesus but others argue the white stand for His purity yet others might say the white reminds me of when Jesus said that thing about white washed something or others and i just don’t like any changes. The 1 youth representative says, ‘we gotta change or become stagnant.’  Then another speaks over the youth, what do they know, gians order by offering the fact that “The white ones get too dirty, the white scrapes against the holder we put them in and then they look dirty and we don’t want people to look at them and say, ‘look how dirty this songbook is…this must be a dirty church!’  and as a church we  don’t want to represent that!”
meanwhile, you are sitting there not just reading this, i hope your head is in that room with that community/church board/elders with one youth….and you are thinking
Are song books that important? i wanna go back to singing without instrument and not fight about the cover of some book.
ah, to just belt out amazing grace (all verses) at times like this, turn the focus back on what He has done for us, not what we are doing for Him.
Meanwhile, back in the meeting….
Another starts thinking more and more about the color of the song book while another starts thinking about how to pad the holder on the back of each pew (chair) so that the books won’t turn 50 shades of gray….their mind wonders and they think about some other book and then they come back mentally and check back in and by this time someone else is raising their voice because they proclaim that they don’t want to give people attending and newcomers the impression that , like the color of their song book this church and its congregation is off color in any way, form or fashion and….blah blah blah….turns into baal….baal….baal….and other idols and meaningless shtuff to get out eyes off what really matters….
God The Father, God The Son God, The Holy Spirit
and
how to interact with Him, each other and develop a plan to live with Him here as well as on into eternity.
That is only possible
HIS WAY.
NO ONE can tell you, teach you, convert you into the perfect person you must be to get there.
If those who didn’t care if they offended Him, those who don’t want to consider Him or think they don’t need Him, that He is not real…if people with that mind and heart set  all lived there too….
how would Heaven be any different that earth?
People will try to convert you, save you, get you to get off the  darkside (star wars ref.).  They can try, they may try with an overzealous attempts and drive you nuts, they do it out of love and concern but they drive you nuts and sometimes you feel further away when they get in the way and you let them and their ways drive you further away from Glory and into a relationship here and now.
i know this because i’ve been on both sides. i am not in the middle now. i’ve been on the side where people are pushing and pulling me and then i started a relationship with Christ and then i saw the push and pull still going on. i am sure that i’ve pushed and pulled or come across that way, i don’t mean to, i just really believe and want others to have the same joy i do.
Their ways, my ways, our ways are not God’s ways.
You know, sometimes we forget.
The Lord God said,
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
We forget, we do, we are human. We want to make sure loved ones know God loves em’ and sometimes we don’t show it or we show it by doing what some consider ‘shoving it down their throat yelling….
“It may taste bad but take it, it is good for you!!! JUST TAKE IT!!!!! HERE, TAKE IT TAKE IT TAKEIT!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Are you sick of trying to take it the way it is offered to you?
Are you sick?
Are you maybe sick and don’t know it and others are quick to tell you how sick you really are and why you are sick?
Maybe…just maybe we are all sick.
Maybe we are all going to die someday.
hmmmm, yeah i think i can say with certainty that we will all die .
I can say with certainty a lot of things and share with anyone and everyone how i find peace, love, comfort even while knee deep in manure and a mucked up world.
IT doesn’t bring a smile to my face when i am in pain or grieving not being able to see my loved one again but it keeps me sane.
It, HE, Jesus, send this strange, unknown, unexplainable
comfort.

Final pages
the death of a loved one causes us to consider a lot.
Crazy how death makes us mad at life one min. and then glad we are still alive the next.
We get mad at God, the God of creation for taking someone’s life, allowing it to happen but then we realize we are still here and we consider is there something better than here? Is there? What do you know? what do you believe? Does what YOU believe really matter to you?
What i believe matters to me, it don’t mean anything to some others but  there is nothing they can do to add or take away from my life unless i let them.
So now, i will continue to climb and i will accept the encouragement from others also climbing but i WILL NOT any longer listen to the father of lies and his false accusations, assumptions and twisting of all that is good. I will not let him pull any triggers or push any buttons any longer.
I will live life and live life more abundantly (to the max.) and get to know this Heavenly Father, who somehow touched my heart and is speaking and teaching me.
Here is what i’d like to wrap this post up with….
I always like to see the last thing someone posted on social media.
Here is what i found with my friend James Benjamin Dailey (“Benji” to those of us at The School for officer’s Training back in 1990-1992).
Won 5 Bonus FREE Coins! Play Crystal Island today!
CRYSTAL ISLAND
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TomBeetle Bailey
TomBeetle BaileyI always like to see the last thing someone posted, I Praise Our Lord Jesus Christ because my long term friend that i’ve know for years but was only able to be around from 1990-1992 is now enjoying the rest of his days in a much better place than this old world. Father i pray in the name of your son Jesus Christ, that you will find me worthy because of His shed blood; to get daily bonuses while remaining here on earth and on that final day, my final day, that i too, like Benji, will dwell in your house forevermore. In the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.

James Benjamin Dailey is no longer playing crystal island he is living in THE Crystal City (read all about it).

I too ‘won 5 Bonus FREE Coins!’

and much more.

Dear Family, friends, those who knew ben, those who never knew him but you know his family, those who just stumbled across this blog post…you are being given free coins, gifts, talents, all kinds of blessings in many different ways.

Use them wisely while you can.

Your entrance fee to heaven (the crystal city) is paid for.

No amount of work will get you there but play, work, rest like you mean it and you want to please the One who holds the keys not only to life but also to death.

Accept and believe this in your own time.

Don’t let anyone push you or shove you.

IF you already know ‘The Way’ share it don’t shove it.

If you want to know ‘The Way’ He is listening….

ask HIM.

Pressing onward,

~beetle


……….Comments and credits below as they come…….

Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free!
Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.
“Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.
See how I used him to display my power among the peoples. I made him a leader among the nations.
You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.”
Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.
Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD . “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
Isaiah 55:1-8
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry.
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands!
Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the LORD ’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”
~God
(found in Is. 55:9-13)
click here to read it in pretty much any version/translation you want or need…this link leads to the new living translation. I recommend
YouVersion.com for anyone you know who is visually impared, you (as well as they) can listen to it there.

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When the head is crowded and your soul is too

From

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on Playersoul – Rare Grooves & Funk Classics
BY SIR JOE QUARTERMAN & FREE SOUL
Video here:
(this will make you smile and laugh maybe literally lol (is that llol?)
i’ll try to remember to put this in the comment section to with full credits if possible.
TomBeetle Bailey

Pain speaking pretty loud but i’ll take THIS physical pain over the pains of mental and spiritual anguish i have had in the past….no more of that torture. God is good and bearing my weight. GOD’S GOT MY BACK gasp emoticon wink emoticon smile emoticon JOHN 3:17 (yes, yaknow the verse above verse 16)https://youtu.be/Cx4nNpyVDuU

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TomBeetle Bailey

“We all got something”

…some of us got several things, we all have gifts, we all have disabilities, strengths and weaknesses, we are ALL human, thank you for being human too. ~Trusting the Superhuman, the GOD MAN, Jesus Christ to help me like only He can and work thru me and others IN HIM to help each other thru this mucked up world.https://youtu.be/1_4HGFdNwY0

Creed’s Scott Stapp Reveals his BiPolar Disorder

What do you suffer with?
I just cut and pasted this, not sure i need to say anything more.
If you care about me, others, yourself i trust the above info. God can use  to help you and others.
For me Jesus is the way, the only way. God is LOVE. The best thing is HE is Superhuman. His Spirit is above all. If ‘found that out to be true. I am developing a relationship with Him, the seed was planted long ago and when religious people left me alone and when people who loved engaged themselves with me God got a hold of my heart personally.
I will continue to develop this relationship, i will probably mess up here and there, but “what if i stumble what if i fall” (dctalk Jesus freak ref.)
HE IS STILL THERE
i think we are ALL way too use to conditional love, i won’t get into all that, don’t think i need to, reader you know what i mean because you too are human and put expectations on others.
You have expectations, certain things, behavior that is required by family, friends, others. We all do, that is what getting things done is all about. BEing a responsible person that people can depend on is a real good thing. However, if others expectations are taken more serious and honored more than God’s expectations on us i have a problem, we have a problem.
When God’s expectations and His unconditional love shouts,
“Just love me 1st. Serve ME 1st, take a day off, keep at least that one day set aside (holy)”
and then it (sometimes) gets filled (by some) with being busy going to church more than being the church.
i have a serious problem.
Shouldn’t i?
Shouldn’t we?
Go to Steve Simms post/book if this is moving you inside.
Thanks to Steve and his willingness to be used by God, just a simple ordinary man made extraordinary by God,  the fire of The Holy Spirit is raging in me.
So, i got a problem, as mentioned above if your speed reading or skimming this….
  • Is it because i am unstable mentally?
  • Is it because i am being a jerk or been jerked around , a yes man trying to please others?  
  • Is it because….
Does it matter why?
What matters is keeping the main thing the main thing. As i ref. in another post…
‘Jesus was a carpenter, probably the  best, but that wasn’t His main gig.’ (click here)
I need to close now but if you want to argue or check in on me or leave a comment with your opinion that would be great but just know,
“You can refute how i feel, you can debate what i’ve said, you can help me with my grammar and spelling of how i said it (you will get extra brownie points and sincere appreciation for that full time job editing my stuff), you can even argue over what The Holy Bible says, but….
“You can not refute what is going on in my head and my heart and my personal experience and encounter and on going relationship with The Holy Spirit. Nor can i or will i refute you for what you are finding to be the truth.  i will ask you, how is that working out for you?”
Look, be honest with me and with yourself and think, THINK for yourself and ask yourself,
“Is it a lifestyle or just something you’re just going along with. Is it a religion, just another gathering or attendance thing or is it more like falling deeper and deeper in love with someone?
(Credits in comment section or directly on Youtube)
i too, “I’m after love that lasts, not more religion. I want you to know God, not go to more prayer meetings.” (Hosea 6:4 click here to go to Hosea chapter 6) <<<—–that makes it pretty accessible huh?
Read all about, those are God’s words not mine.
It is pretty clear what God wants and needs from us.
Show me your joy, your real peace and i’ll show you mine and let’s either agree to agree or agree to disagree but let’s just all START to get along and TRY to love one another.
Thank you for reading and letting me share and get in your head, keep what is good and delete, swipe left or best yet, swipe up and let the good stay and throw out the bad, throw it away.
I’m closing this post now because enough said.

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

When i wrote this i was working at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That was also my church. Visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

904-824-6956

blIND bEGGAR (Open Air Brass band)

PLAY ABOVE AUDIO WHILE YOU READ

Time to take it to the streets or at least the parking lot.

Let’s take this outside, wanna fight?

Wanna take a brass horn and snare drum and kick it!

ATTENTION MUSICIANS IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FL/JACKSONVILLE AREA

Last year we  put together a “pep” band, kinda last minute for our Superbowl Sunday party. IT went well and anyone was welcome to step in and play, they even let me play the drums but it is Dec. right now so….

i sent this lead to some college age kids i know (we use to say college cats)

i am holding auditions for a new band. The above music is the style i am looking for.

In the comment section i will post some more music of this style so you get what i am shooting for. Only serious, fun and dedicated musicians need apply.

You can ‘get me number’ from KEvin Fulford or Nick KElley i have ‘given me number to them’ via private message. If you don’t know KEvin or Nick then leave a comment below and i can contact you.

Anyone interested can ‘call me cell’. Only those that feel like they can jam like this need to apply with an audition.

Above musical skill (while aptitude is needed) i am looking for the “attitude” it takes to pull this off.

Please note, this is separate from the indoor Salvation Army Brass band or ensemble.

THANK YOU.

~CREDITS~

From the album “Rebirth of New Orleans” (Basin Street Records, April 12, 2011)……

Phil Frazier – Tuba
Corey Henry – Trombone
Stafford Agee – Trombone
Glen Andrews – Trumpet
Chadrick Honore – Trumpet
Derrick Shezbie – Trumpet
Vincent Broussard – Saxophone
Keith Frazier – Drums (Bass)
Derrick Tabb – Drums (Snare)
Tambourine Green – Tambourine
Soloman Doyle III – Percussion
Reed Watson – Percussion
Dwayne Williams – Congas
Lionel Delpit – Vocals

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Bigger Moving Picture -Freewill

https://youtu.be/HWNY57CAY5U

Hope video above shows on your device. If not, click here–> AWAKE to see.

tombeetlebailey

If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.

We have choices to make about everything.

Some have said, “nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Well, if you don’t pay taxes the consequences is imprisonment, if you are caught;  but DEATH, now THAT is another story,  we have absolutely no control over. We are human. We are mortal and we all come to a point a facing death. However, while we are alive each of us have an opportunity to exercise our freewill.

This song is not only a GREAT musical ride but it is the bear honest truth, although some people don’t want to acknowledge this, everyone has their “God given” opportunity to express their own free will.

The Bible is really clear for us on the outcome of living according to our will rather than God’s will but the CHOICE is still ours. He…

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Led Zepplin/Hosea

Another post on Hosea, ‘GOMER YOU WHORE!’

The band called “Led Zepplin”, i know this devotional will go over like a “Led Zep.” for some of the readers but that is okay, then it is not for you, read on my friend.

THE BAND “Led Zepplin” has a song called, “Hey Hey, What Can I Do”

Click below if you want or need to hear it:

THE MAN Hosea has a song too.

Click below if you want or need to hear it:

Book of Hosea to see it ya gotta read (hearing impaired) or listen to it (visually impaired).

CONCLUSION:

Led Zepplin expressed a problem they had. Hosea expresses trouble he had. Jesus has that same trouble with his bride.

Bride get ready. Those who are not the bride or wearing a soiled wedding gown, out of oil for your lamp, or wearing the dress for someone else…….check one of the following:

In my relationship with Jesus i am:

(check one that best fits your relationship)

  • Going steady

 

  • Dating occasional

 

  • Engaged

 

  • Married to Him already

 

  • In love with Him

 

  • Like Him

 

  • Think He is a great guy but don’t want to date

 

  • Want to date but see other people too

 

  • Want to be married but also pleasure myself

 

There are a lot of options i know but choose one. .

“If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice” -Neil Peart

He (God) already knows, just doing this so we can be honest with ourselves & maybe each other..

Led Zep. has another song called, “Dazed and Confused”. I will try to do another post on that one but it fits with this same idea and subject for now that you can acquire on your own if you wish. It is free or may cost you a few cents or a little sense.

i think maybe we are confusing Christ. We are not really fooling Him, just fooling ourselves at times and trying to pull the wool over others eyes but some day it will all come out in the wash 1st Corinthians 4:5 .

So don’t get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of – inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the “Well done!” of God.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/1-corinthians/4-5.html

We are sending mixed messages that HE has no problem interpreting and making clear, seeing how things really are.

Jesus Wept over Jerusalem (shortest verse in the Bible). He wept cause he knew/knows some in that city, this city, this world, were/are just not going to accept him.

Jesus weeps over us, not cause our political stance or leaders & whole system is mucked up but because to many individuals are.    I was.    My life was ALL MUCKED UP! Sometimes it still gets mucked up but HE LIFTS ME up out of the mud, mire, ditch, pit Psalm 40.

Maybe this post confused you. Maybe you feel confused. Call me, better yet call HIM (CHRIST), talk directly with the one who made you and me. He is over/above it all. Dial Jeremiah 33:3 (he was more than a bull frog).


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