Del added a blog entry in Del's BlogHonestyI recently received an e-mail notice from here that someone had wanted to start a personal message. The e-mail stated that the individual wanted me to use their hotmail account to do so. Under some circumstances I would not mind. Under some I would.
The person used a screen name and the hotmail address gave no indication who they were. The names did not appear familiar.
I do not blame people for using screen names. Safety, workplace discretion and families all may play a part when one is transgender. I can understand that.
I typically do what may not appear to be the brightest thing in the world. I use my real name and tell the truth about myself. I personally do not care what anyone thinks. I have my reasons for what I do and if that offends some so be it. When I am offended I tend to forgive as I would hope others would forgive me.
I do not try to hide the fact that I am a heterosexual cisgender male minister. That alone causes some to have preconceived notions about me. Some may even hate before knowing anything about me. Sort of how people treat some of you as transgenders.
Neither do I hide the fact that in accordance with the word of God I do not agree with transgender views.
You will note that I never openly use the word of God to slam any transgender posts. Neither would I do so in private.
Some may wonder why I am here then. Not only the transgenders here but people who may know me in real life both in workplace and ministry.
The truth is that even though I am in disagreement with transgender views I still know that I would want people to treat me right. That means that if I was not sure about anything and questioning I would hope someone just might be around that could help and have the guts to go where some may not.
That is part of the basics of Christianity. While I may not agree with the views here there may be that babe in Christ that is wondering about some things about what the word of God says. In such a case I would hope that I could give the right answer.
Not to agree with everyone. Not to disagree with everyone. Just to be honest and tell the truth.
There are those however on any site that would just love to ask a question so they can set someone up. Run back and tell all that guy is a trans basher or whatever when it isn't the truth.
I have gay friends and co-workers. I also have some co-workers that I suspect to be transgender but not out.
I would never out any of them nor embarrass any of them. I merely try to treat them like anyone else. What they are or how they feel about straight, gay, cisgender and transgender issues means nothing at work. If they wish to reveal they are such and such to me at work they will. If not they won't. I'm there for a job and not to please people or gossip.
The reason I say all of this is because naturally I won't answer e-mails if I do not recognize the person in one way or another.
If people realize that I am here and open about who I am they should be open about who they are to me in private.
Anyone in ministry has their life a rather open book to the world. Many watch just to see if they can find fault. Sadly some try to find fault so they think they have an excuse at the judgment seat of Christ. "Well he did this or that" or "Well he said this or that" or "Well he was on such and such a site."
The truth is that we all give account of what we do and say in this world on that day. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. If someone sees me here let it be known that it is in the hope that should there be a babe in Christ and that individual wants to ask someone that is willing to be here about scripture that I am willing to help.
I am not seminary educated but then neither were Peter and John. They took note they were ignorant and unlearned men but they were with Jesus.
I guess in conclusion what I am saying is that if a person ever wants to send an e-mail be honest about who you are.
I probably have enough enemies and people wanting to either set me up or gossip about me just like you all.
I don't have any ill will towards whoever sent the e-mail. They evidently joined and sent it and then left. A search of members revealed nobody by either names. The link on the e-mail showed it could not be found here even though it brought me to this site.
As I said, even though I do not agree with transgender views I hope that the vast majority of my blog posts show I do not judge you all. How you live and what you believe is between you and God. I only drop in from time to time as on other sites I have had people send pm's asking questions about scripture and such.
To me the most important thing in this world isn't whether or not I am liked. It isn't what I possess or what the Lord gives me.
The most important thing to me is that even though the Lord shared all glory with his Father before this world was created he chose to come into it and die for the sins of people like me and you who could never repay him.
He lived a life of poverty and being hated by all men for what he spake and what he did. When he told the truth and rebuked those that were wrong they wanted to kill him. He knew that when he returned and drove the moneychangers out of the temple they would want to kill him. Yet today nobody wants to believe that he will get angry when people insist on doing that which he hates.
He was so poor that it took a miracle for him to pay his and Peter's taxes. Two hundred pennyworth is not a great wealth. I'd like to see some of the rich ones try to live on $2.00 today. It's a far cry from a mansion or jet.
He was blindfolded and beaten and his beard was pulled out and yet he stood there silent for those he would soon be butchered alive for.
They debate if he was white or black when scripture shows him to be the olive tree in the garden of the Lord God. A scourge removed much of that skin and I wonder as they pulled his beard out how much flesh came off with it.
All fled and nobody was there to even give a word of encouragement as the all this happened and he went to the cross.
Still he spake forgiveness and forgave the one thief that repented.
He finished the building of the house of God and gave up the ghost. He never once railed out against those who mocked, beat, scourged and crucified him.
He was the perfect witness of what Christians should be.
He was honest and it caused him to live in poverty and being hated of all men.
I would hope that more would try to be honest.
Even in a worst case scenario it would never be as bad as what he went through.
Having said such should anyone lurk and know me or be a member and want to send an e-mail all I ask is that they be honest about who they are.
It should be clear that would not out nor hurt anyone.
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Del added a blog entry in Del's BlogChristmasTo start with I would like to share a few thoughts about being a true Christian. There are many heresies out there but scripture says it must need be that there be heresies among you that those who are commended are made manifest. (loosely translated)
When it comes to Christianity it swings from one end of the balance to the other.
Some think if you have trouble in your life or you don't fit their little self made mold of what a Christian should be you are lost. I know this from experience. I have lost many friends and ex fellowship mates because they think I am lost. Many times over foolishness.
Think about what it was like for Mary and Joseph.
To start with an angel told Mary she would bear a son and name him Jesus.
That is fine but she wasn't married. To those who judged according to the seeing of the eye she appeared a harlot. An unwed mother.
This also was the equivalent of getting the death penalty. In their culture Joseph could have put her away or had her stoned. Yet she was quick to say let the will of the Lord be done.
Joseph probably looked like a fool in the eyes of the town people. The poor sucker that got trapped by a harlot and suckered into raising someone else's kid.
It's true he raised someone else's kid but that someone else was the highest power on earth and in heaven!
Next they had to travel to Bethlehem to pay taxes.
Since they lived in Nazareth the Lord allowed a greedy ruler to arise that wanted everyone to be taxed in the city of their heritage. Christ was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem. This appears bad and meant a lot of traveling pain but the point is that the Lord will use whatever means he needs to get people where they need to be. In this case a greedy king.
Imagine the anguish Mary went through being near delivery time and riding a donkey some hundred miles or so.
Any woman that has given birth knows the last thing a woman in such shape would ever want is to ride a donkey. Much worse when you stop to consider that she probably had to get off the donkey in the hot desert and use the bathroom many times.
Today if people have to sit in church longer than an hour or don't have padded theater seats they cry. If they have to wear decent clothing they cry. If they don't hear a sermon that tickles their little ears they cry.
Imagine all this then having no body give you a room. Talk about heartless.
Today some do the same without seeing it.
"I won't let that kook that believes in the baptism of the Holy Ghost and speaking in tongues preach in my church."
"We don't want THEIR KIND in our church."
Here you have this Christ child in you (in your heart by faith spiritually speaking) but you don't fit their mold of what a Christian should be.
Imagine then that after being abandoned by all her fellow Jews (us being abandoned by friends and other so-called Christians) giving birth in a manger.
All has gone wrong all along and now you're just doing what is right and it isn't bad enough that every body abandons you but to top it off now you're in pain. An illness takes you or an affliction (maybe bills and the worry about them) gets a hold of you and you have no where to turn.
Many today would say surely Joseph and Mary were out of the will of God.
Finally Mary gave birth in a foul smelly dung and urine filled place. Today hospitals make people take all sorts of precautions.
People would say surely he wouldn't have the Son of God born there!
Or as with us: If they're truly Christians God wouldn't allow their whole life to stink and be so foul and disease ridden!
So much for man's methods. The Lord was born among feces and urine and who knows what else and grew up healthy just as my grandparents did before hospital births.
Today if these things are happening and you are doing your best to love the Lord with all your heart and walk in accordance with his word take comfort in knowing that the same thing happened to Job and Joseph and Mary.
Sometimes those who appear the farthest from being in the will of God are the ones walking the closest to him.
As written, Judge not by appearance but judge the righteous judgment.
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Del added a blog entry in Del's Blog1 Corinthians 12:3I see where many people are getting hurt by the wrong use of the gospel. Straight, cisgender, gay and transgender alike. Sadly that's what happens when people behind pulpits and in positions of authority use the natural mind to select doctrines, sermons and teachings.
To start when Paul wrote to the churches saying a fellow laborer was coming the flock wasn't asked to vote whether or not he was acceptable. They were told who was coming after the true elders prayed and laid hands on the ones chosen of God. That is why the baptism of the Holy Ghost is so vital. The Lord said the Spirit of truth, or Holy Ghost would seek the things of God and not that of man.
In 1 Corinthians 12:3 this is verified.
 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
I won't go into the gifts of the Spirit now. That's another post if the Lord will.
Too many today are calling the Lord accursed and not calling him Lord. Their natural mind and the spirit of man cannot do these things according to scripture.
The word says he that trusts his heart is a fool. It also says the fool says in his heart their is no God. That anti-christ me, me,me spirit only wants that which pleases man.
The word says to be carnally minded is death.
It also says that the spirit of man lusteth to envy.
It's no wonder Christianity has become so foolish.
In Joshua 7 Achan took the accursed thing. Silver, gold and a Babylonian garment.
How many today are telling people the Lord wants them to have riches, and all sorts of worldly possessions rather than what 1 Corinthians 1:30 says about wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption in Christ. It's just not good enough to draw flocks in this evil era.
It is also written in Proverbs and Psalms that the curse causless shall not come.
It says those who overlook the poor and give unto the rich bring a curse on their own selves. It is written that those who justify evil and condemn the righteous do likewise.
All these things are as calling the Lord accursed.
Neither can these people say Jesus is Lord by the scriptures.
They can mutter the words but their kingdom is divided and their heart far from the Lord.
Hence, no miracles.
Now for the spiritually discerned word.
1 Corinthians 2:4-14
 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The scriptures above are pretty straight forward and easy to understand.
The need of spiritual discernment is why the gospel appears to be foolishness to the unbeliever having not the baptism of the Holy Ghost on one side and preached and taught amiss on the other. Why true Christians seem foolish to some and the gospel being preached and taught amiss offends and destroys the faith of others.
If the Lord will I would like to go into the laws and prophets to show how the word of God should be taught and preached. What scripture calls the rightly divided word of truth. That which manifests both light and darkness and glorifies Christ Jesus as the main point.
For this post I will stop with two examples of the word being spiritually discerned and the natural mind not being able to understand it.
 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Until the Lord revealed this unto the disciples they did not know what the seed was.
The word means what the Lord says and not what the concordance says.
It is spiritually discerned.
 But he spake of the temple of his body.
The scribes and pharisees knew Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek better than any Gentile today and they didn't know the Lord was speaking about his body.
Once again the word means what the Lord says and not what man thinks.
Once again we have an example bearing witness to what Paul said about the word being spiritually discerned and the natural mind seeing only the things of man.
That is why they could not see the Lord of glory as he stood before them.
They judged by what they saw with the natural eye.
My next post should start a series of what who the Lord is, what was foretold of him and what he did and didn't do for us.
I hope those who hang in there are blessed.
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Del added a blog entry in Del's BlogUtter DisgustToday I wanted to make an entry. I typed for about an hour making sure that which I was attempting to post was line upon line and precept upon precept and scripturally sound. I had a really great entry for manifesting Jesus in the laws and prophets.
In my haste to finish up I hit the wrong spot on the page and lost everything.
I'll make another entry when I get a chance.
The object of my next entry will be what I was attempting tonight. To show anyone interested whether a Christian or not the rightly divided word of truth that manifests the Lord, who he is and what he fulfilled.
Maybe next time I won't get in a hurry.
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