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I am a Christian #lovenothate

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I am a Christian, at least based on my understanding of what a Christian is; a person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings. (Definition pulled from Google instant answer. For a more biblical answer to what being a Christian is, I found an amazing blog post) But, because most people’s understanding “definition” is so generic, it is allowing people to build a foundation around a word or phrase, rather than a specific belief system and way of life(or The Word)! As I say “belief system” I am talking about the belief that we are saved by the sacrifice of Jesus.
I feel the term “Christian” is being over-used by people who aren’t willing to live their life by the guidelines left for us.
 
I am not an expert on the Bible, I get it! BUT, I’m pretty confident in saying there’s a 99.9% chance no one on earth was around when it was written. I say that because it is words on paper, like paint on a canvas, everyone’s perception of the Bible is a little different in one way or another.
 
I saw an image online a few weeks ago that explained it. “Being a Christian means doing the right thing for the right reason, celebrating life and loving everyone.” To me this is simple. They left out getting saved/baptized, but think about it. If everyone on earth lived with this mindset would we not be collectively happier?
 
Unfortunately, we are stuck in a very different world. Between being uneducated and being closed minded we fight over things we shouldn’t even be talking about.
 
What should we be talking about or living like?
 
(Luke 6:27-38)
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt.  Give to everyone who asks you and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
 
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.  But love your enemies, do good to them and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, because his is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.
 
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap for the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
 
I shared that passage because it is (in my opinion) the breakdown of the life we should live as true Christians.
 
I know we can open “The Book” and pick out different verses to argue ANY point in life. To be honest, some of us “Christians” do that 7 days a week. I’ve used a verse or two in the past to make a point but the Bible is not what I wanted to talk about.
 
Another reason I shared the passage above is because I wanted to make a point.  The Bible does not tell you to hate those who sin.  Unfortunately we have used a few bible verses to fight their point of view. I wanted to write this post to spotlight something that I feel we, as Christians, don’t realize.
 
(Exodus 20:7)
You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
 
The thing I feel we, as Christians, should understand is this:
When we post Bible verses such as Deuteronomy 22:5 “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this” or Leviticus 18:22 “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable”, we are doing so saying those who commit these sins are “destined” for hell and some are using these to “hate” those who do. 
 
When we use Bible verses to back our personal beliefs and not 100% those of God’s Word, we are using the Lords Name in vain. If you live the life where you do not sin and want to make others aware of their sins to help guide them to God, fine.  But, I’m pretty sure you, along with me and every other human, don’t live a sin free life.
 
The bible clearly states “for, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
“And so I tell you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy. But blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven”
 
If you want to come down on people for “sinning”, talk to everyone because “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
 
I could be wrong, but if we ALL (yes, even those who do not believe and have yet to feel the power of God work in their life) live our lives as God tells us to in Luke 6:27-38 (listed above) I believe we will see a change in the world.
 
Hatred for something you do not understand is sin.  When you refuse to love, it is that in which God sees the black in our hearts.
 
I am not saying that it doesn’t say in the Bible that “homosexuality” isn’t a sin but the next time you say “God made Adam and Eve and NOT Adam and Steve” remember … God made Steve too! I also want to state that “WE” are not the gate-keeper.  Until the time we make it to the gates of Heaven, no one knows who is in “The Book of Life”.
If you feel as if you have sinned and want to ask God to come into your life and want to accept Jesus as your savior please look into this prayer.  If you have questions or just want to talk please shoot me a message on twitter (@cjhallock)
 
Even if people sin, regardless of the sin, we should love them.  Jesus didn’t walk away from sinners, he wanted to be around them and love them.  Shouldn’t we do the same?
 
I leave you with a quote from a good friend of mine.  This is something he said as we had an impromptu Bible Study as I was prepping for this post.
 
“As a Christian community we are failing because we are not showing the love of Christ” – Richard Keen
 
Thank You for taking the time to read this.  If you liked it please feel free to share with anyone who might need to hear/read this.
 
Also, if you find that I have missed a point or misquoted a verse please let me know.  I have used “Today’s New International Version” for verses listed above.
 

What is on your Bucket List?

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OK, so I just sat down and watched “Bucket List”, a great movie and a must watch if you ask me!

But, while watching it I started thinking.  Not that I need a bucket list, but living life to the fullest every single day, that is living! So I think it is time that we all make a promise to each other!

There is nothing in the world that we may want to do that we can’t.  We just have to find a way!

How to be happy…

Well, in 30 years I can’t say I have the end all, be all answer, but I can say I do have a tip that will help you enjoy life.  Want to know the tip? Here goes!

SMILE!

There is nothing that can hold you back.  Enjoying your life is as easy and making a positive out of whatever situation you may find yourself in!

What have you been in that most would think to be a negative situation that you have found a positive message from?

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I am a Champion – Champion’s Creed

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The “creed” in the video and below are both a bit different but both are powerful in words and I strongly suggest you watch the video above and read the words below.

The Champions Creed

I will conquer what has never been conquered,
Defeat will not be in my creed.
I will believe where all those before me have doubted.
I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor and respect of my team.
I have trained my mind and now my body will follow.

Who am I? I am a champion!

I will acknowledge the fact that I am an elite warrior,
Who arrived at the cutting edge of battle by any means necessary.
I accept the fact that my team expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than our opponents,
Never shall I fail my brothers.
I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight.
I will shoulder more than my share of the task, whatever it may be,
One hundred percent and more because I have surrendered me for we.

Who am I? I am a champion!

Gallantly will I show that I am a specially selected and well trained warrior.
My heart and my soul will be the fuel to carry my body when my limbs are too weary.
Although I may falter, I will never lose focus as long as there is hope in my mind and my heart is still beating.
I will never give in to the evil that is weakness and I will fight that evil with my dying breath.

Who am I? I am a champion!

Energetically will I meet my enemies, many will challenge me, but none will stop me from my goal.
I am not the strongest, I am not the fastest,
I am good because I have found something worth fighting for, and I will fight with all my might.
Surrender is not a champions word.
I will never leave a brother to fall at the hands of an enemy,
And under no circumstances will I surrender, for my ears are deaf to the word cant.

Who am I? I am a champion!

Readily will I display the discipline and strength required to fight on to my objective,
And I will complete my mission.
I will rise when I have fallen to rip the heart from my enemy and leave it beating on the ground.
My enemy will both fear and respect me.
If he does not, I will make him respect me with all that I have to give.

Who am I? I am a champion!

History will remember my name but he does not have to be kind,
For I have denied his criticisms and put in my own praise.
Nobody will define me, and nobody will tell me what I cant achieve.
None will say that I havent given all that I have to give and none will take my glory.
For those who have stood by me I will fight for, and for those who have deserted me I will crush.

Who am I? I am a champion!

Proper Perspective – A Daughter’s Letter Home

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Mom and Dad goto Hawaii!

A Daughters Letter Home

Dear Mom and Dad:

It has now been three months since I left for college. I have been remiss in writing and I am very sorry for the thoughtlessness in not having written before. I will bring you up-to-date now, but before you read on, please sit down. You are not going to read any further unless you are sitting down. Okay?

Well, then, I am getting along pretty well now. The skull fracture and the concussion I got when I jumped out of the window of my dormitory when it caught fire shortly after my arrival are pretty well healed now. I only spent two weeks in the hospital, and now I can see almost normally and only get those sick headaches one a day.

Fortunately, an attendant at the gas station near the dorm witnessed the fire in the dormitory and my jump, and he was the one who called the Fire Department and the ambulance. He also visited me in the hospital and since I had nowhere to live because of the burnt-out dormitory, he was kind enough to invite me to share his apartment with him. It’s really a basement room, but it’s kind of cute. He is a very fine boy and we have fallen deeply in love and are planning to get married.

We haven’t set the exact date yet, but it will be before my pregnancy begins to show. Yes, Mother and Dad, I am pregnant. I know how much you are looking forward to being grandparents and I know you will welcome the baby and give it the same love and devotion and tender care you gave me when I was a child. The reason for the delay in our marriage is that my boyfriend has some minor infection that prevents us from passing the pre-marital blood test and I carelessly caught it from him. This will clear up with the penicillin injections I am now taking daily. I know you will welcome him into the family with open arms. He is kind and although not well educated, he is ambitious.

Although he is of a different race and religion than ours, I know your oft-expressed tolerance will not permit you to be bothered by the fact that his skin color is somewhat different from ours. I am sure that you will love him as I do. His family background is good too, for I am told that his father is an important engineer for the sanitation department he works for. Although they say he runs his office from his truck.

Now that I have brought you up-to-date, folks, I want to tell you that there was no dormitory fire, I did not have a concussion or a skull fracture, I was not in the hospital, I am not pregnant, I am not engaged, I do not have a venereal disease, and there is no boy in my life.

However, I am getting a “D” in history and an “F” in science and I wanted you to see those marks in the proper perspective.

Your loving daughter,

Now, Think about this letter every time you think you are going through a rough time.

Is it really “That” rough or is it just a minor discomfort?

Hope this changes your views on things a little bit! 🙂

3 Questions To Awaken The Real You!

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3 Questions To Awaken The Real You” and reach your “Mental Fortunes“.

In our society, unfortunately, life holds just a little more than a spot in the 9-5 rat race for 40 years before retiring.  Too many of us will think about our life, looking back, and wish we had the opportunity to do something different.  Some of us may have been lucky enough to have the opportunities and didn’t take them.

Sound familiar yet?  (Don’t worry I’m in this field and I’m sure 95% of us are) Read More

4 Quick and EASY Tips On How-To Become The Person Of Your Dreams

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Quick question…

What would you like to be when you grow up?

I bet you often heard this question asked many times when you were still young from your parents and relatives.

But, have you really given that question some deep thoughts?

Different people have different dreams.

So, what’s your aspiration? Do you want to become a doctor, lawyer, pilot, or entertainer?

Or…

Would you like to be a Tom Cruise or Bill Gates?

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I Want To Die

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This just sucks and there is nothing I can do to make it better except…

Stay Boosted!

I know the title and the caption underneath it isn’t the best thing to have on “Stay Boosted” but I wanted to get your attention.

I have been watching a video with Anthony Robbins about a man who was suicidal and the troubles he faced along with the thoughts of why he wanted to end his life and it made me think.

 

There has been a few times when I thought it might be easier if I just end it all and “clock out”. But in those moments I was being 100% Selfish and wasn’t thinking about anything or anybody but myself.

The problems we face whether they are financial or otherwise are nothing but building blocks for our character. We see so much negative and focus on so much negative on a day to day basis that what we go through gets escalated until we think we are facing the worst thing ever!  I used the term “Stay Boosted” at the top of the page very lightly because some of you may not understand exactly what I mean when I say Stay Boosted.

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