Why “Foolish Preaching?”

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Why “Foolish Preaching” for the name of a Blog?

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”

So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.

But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead,

And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18-29 NLT

Or, another way of saying it…

The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written, I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head, I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots. So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God,

—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.”

“While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti -miracle—and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us who are personally called by God himself—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”

Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 MSG

So, what may be “foolish preaching” to some, even here on this blog, to others, may it bring hope, healing, and peace to the heart and soul of those who are hurting.

Your thoughts?

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I Held To A Ridiculous Hope

Why I Didn't Commit Suicide? Reason #4

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I chose not to commit suicide because I held on to a ridiculous hope that one-day things would be better.

My life was worse than I had ever dreamed it could be.  I was eating MRE’s the Red Cross had given me during the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina.  I carried my last handful of dimes to Winn Dixie for a couple items, pretending I was on a mission to cash in all my change.  In reality, it was all I had to my name.

Every bill was due, or past due.  The cable had been turned off.  I expected the electricity to be off most every day I came in from work.  Capital One, who had financed my car, was calling most every day inquiring on my next payment.

Suicide seemed not only to be the best way but the only way out.  Those were the nights I would toss and turn in my bed, trying to figure a way to survive, and count again the reasons I couldn’t end my life.

I just couldn’t do it!

 I didn’t have any idea how, nor when, but someday.

April 18, 2006, I gave up.  I quit trying.  I had done everything in my power.  I walked into my apartment, fell across my bed, and wept like a child.  I prayed, “God, this is it!  I can’t go any farther.  You’re going to have to touch me here.  You’re going to have to bring me up from this bed.”

After long uncontrollable sobs, soaking my bed with tears,

In that very moment, I knew things were about to get better.  Here’s what happened.

  • I was hired by Edward Jones Investment Company in May 2006.
  • In August 2006, I got my Series 7 Security Licenses.
  • November 2006, I became “Papa G,” to my first grandson!
  • In 2007, Edward Jones opened an office with my name on the door.
  • April 2008, I met and fell in love with my red-head, Karol! 😉
  • July 2010, granddaughter #1 was added to my Papa list!
  • August 2010, I married my red-head, Karol! 😉
  • August 2010, I welcomed Karol’s son and his wife into my family, agreeing to leave off the “step” in stepson!
  • November 2011, I walked into Life Church, praying, “God if there’s any way you can get to me, will you please touch me now.” He did!
  • January 2012, God escorted me through a season of forgiveness.
  • August 2012, my daughter and son-in-law added my grandson #2 to my Papa List
  • March 3, 2013, I became the pastor of Life Church Meridian.
  • April 2013, my stepson and daughter-in-law added granddaughter #2 to my Papa List!
  • March 2014, my youngest daughter added a son-in-law to our family!
  • November 2015, those two added granddaughter #3 to my Papa List!

I told you!!  I had a ridiculous hope that ONE DAY, THINGS WERE GOING TO GET BETTER!

That same guy who searched for reasons not to commit suicide now has a family of 13!  I have the most awesome sons and daughters a man could ask for!  I have 5 of the coolest grandchildren in the world!  I have one smoking hot wife, who loves me and prays for me daily!  I pastor the greatest group of people at the most exciting church!  I’ve got the greatest friends in the world, and now you’re my newest best friend!  I am blessed beyond measure, and it all started with, “Be still and know that I am God.”

I’m so thankful I didn’t cheat myself out of these blessings God had in store for me!  Didn’t I tell you it was ridiculous faith!

Hey, all it will take for you to experience His best for you is surrender.

Click Here if You Missed The First Part of The Suicide Series

Or, Here’s Reason #1, Reason #2, Reason #3

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Why I Didn’t Commit Suicide – Reason 3

My Girls

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I refused to commit suicide because I didn’t want my daughters to think that I didn’t love them enough to hang around to see them grow up.

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 My daughters were the main reason I didn’t take my life when I was at rock bottom.  Although during that dark season, our relationship was strained, due to my choices and actions, I had a love for them, and I knew I could not leave them hurting.

The girls have always been close to my heart.  I loved my son, but there’s just something different about dad’s and their little girls.  Then when my son died in 2002, my love for my girls only became stronger.  Losing a child makes you appreciate and cling to those children who remain even more.

As I lay on my bed in the midnight hours, and the thoughts of ending it all crept into my mind, I would think of my girls.

 Perhaps you are having a rough time in life now.  Maybe it has been so bad that you’ve thought of just ending it all.  Thinking,

Take it from someone who’s been there, and chose to stick it out.  I am so thankful that I didn’t end my life.  Those nights, eleven years ago, we some of the most difficult times of my life, but today, I’m so thankful that I chose to come up with a list of reasons.  My two daughters were the biggest reasons, and they have made me so proud that I never allowed those thoughts to mature into suicide.

Check Out Reason #1 and Reason #2

Be sure to read, Reason #4 (Tomorrow).  That will answer any question you may have about the REAL Reason that sums up the previous three!

Have you found your reason to life?  Leave them in the comment section below.  I’d love to hear them!

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