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Hey, Jude

You were thinking of the Beatles or the new movie, Yesterday about their music, were you? Well that’s alright. However, I’m thinking of the one chapter book written by the flesh brother of Jesus Christ. Jude (Judah) was the son of both Mary and Joseph and grew up in the same home as Jesus. He crammed several sermon-worthy, provocative items to encourage, challenge and caution us in this short book or letter.  Who knows, this may end up being a multi-part blog.

First of all, let’s talk humility. He doesn’t note that he is Jesus’ brother. He states that he is the “loving servant” of Jesus and “brother of James”. He doesn’t boast of his credentials, family line or connections. He knew his rightful place as a servant of the Most High. He recognized his status and did so with a glad heart.

He wanted to luxuriate and revel with his spiritual brothers and sisters in the tremendous, eternity-altering gift of salvation. However, he was evidently a man well aware of the season in which he and others found themselves, one that just like today, caused him to send out a rallying cry to defend and contend for the faith. Beyond the blatant slaughter of our brothers and sisters in multiple nations at this very point in time, we who have enjoyed so much freedom in the United States of America are now frequently banned or our posts are filtered out of searches on YouTube and Facebook. And in a just obtained memo from the FBI written in May, they are saying that if we believe several things that they call conspiracy theories, we may be threats. Now, I know the latter doesn’t equate to our Christian faith so directly and succinctly. However, many thinking persons who are first and foremost Christians, hold certain beliefs based of evidences both overt in this physical realm and covert in the spiritual realm (based upon our understanding of the principalities and powers of darkness in this present age who are fueled and fooled by the prince and power of the air, Satan). We understand that there is a larger plan afoot right now that would silence anyone speaking for morality, life, true liberty, out of absolute love and selflessness. Many of us are Christians.

Yes, several brothers and sisters have had to rely on their own websites or other platforms to continue getting important messages out to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. But even those will be taken off-line at some juncture. Friends, evil is never content to play on it’s side of the street. Rather, it spreads like wildfire and overtakes those unaware before they can awaken. Now is the time to ask the Holy Spirit of God to rouse you from your slumber. Pray for God to show you where you need to grow in your understanding and that He give you vigor and perseverance. This is not for the faint-hearted. Read the full counsel of the Holy Bible.

Church, wake up. Stop playing ostrich. When it all comes to your door and they say, if you believe in Jesus, we will take you to an internment camp (look up that definition – it’s sobering) or we will drop you right here, when they say, you and your children will starve to death if you don’t become one of us, taking the unchangeable marking of/union with the Beast, do you have the boldness to say, “I am ready to live or die for my Savior” and that “God is God above all gods and He SHALL SUPPLY ALL of my needs through the glorious riches in Christ Jesus”? I pray He grant me that strength. Remember, dearly loved friends, that your kids belong first to the Father who shared them with you, same is true of your spouse, mother, father, sister, brother and friend. He is more than able to equip each one of us…but are you/we willing?

Enjoy the blessings; but please don’t be seduced by them.

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What’s in Your Mouth?

We use our tongue to praise God our Father and then turn around and curse a person who was made in his very image! Out of the same mouth we pour out words of praise one minute and curses the next. My brothers and sister, this should never be! Would you look for olives hanging on a fig tree or go to pick figs from a grapevine? Is it possible that fresh and bitter water can flow out of the same spring? So neither can a bitter spring produce fresh water.
James (Jacob) 3:9‭-‬12 TPT

We are spoken to so much in the book of James about the need to tame our tongues. We’re also told in the scripture that it’s evident what’s in our heart by what comes out of our mouth, to paraphrase. Furthermore, we are told to guard our hearts above all because out of it flow the issues of life. Circling back to our mouths, we are told that the power of life and death is in the tongue.

I just want to briefly say that I have learned that firsthand, specifically in relation to a situation referred to in the post entitled, Observe the Mouse. God spoke to me to change what I was saying, much of which was very factual to any objective observer who could review available evidence. But I started going with the scripture that talks about calling those things that are not as though they are. That doesn’t mean to just confess things like the kind of job you want or that you’re out of debt, although those things can be fine depending on the condition of one’s heart. But you can use that premise to speak life in the midst of death. Once I started speaking life into the situation, forgiving and loving my perpetrator and confessing on a regular basis that all of my enemies have to bless me and that I bless them and do not curse them, I saw dramatic change that I did not know how it would be possible or if I would ever see such change.

I challenge you to speak life and to do as the word says, to pray for your enemies, those that persecute you and say all manner of evil against you for the Lord’s namesake and to bless and not curse. Choose life and you’ll reap unfathomable blessings today!

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Observe the Mouse

I could not find a photo of a mouse casting a shadow. So, I thought one with sticks of dynamite but in cartoon form could also help me convey this message that the Lord shared with me several years ago when I was going through a very tortured time in my life.

A battle had raged in my life for several years causing a lot of emotional upheaval and I wanted it to be over. I perseverated over my offender. My mouth was filled with comments to others about everything involved in the situation. I would show emails to some of my inner circle that I trust deeply. I would ask for prayer. Nothing but nothing worked to bring any alleviation.

The feeling of being so small and lorded over and controlled was part of my daily identity. One day the Lord showed me an image of my perpetrator standing only as tall as your average field mouse. He was trapped in a glass container that is much like you might find containing an old, small ornamental clock, such as might have set atop your grandmother’s piano. He kept scratching at the sides, trying to climb them and was yelling. And I saw his shadow cast which was something like 10 or more feet tall. Ridiculous I know, but that’s part of the point. Then I looked back at him and realized he had no traction and I couldn’t hear what he was screaming.

The Lord showed me that I had developed this individual into an idol not out of affection but because of my tremendous focus on the situation and the power that I ascribed to this individual. I had to repent of idolatry. I thought idolatry was only possible when you did have great affinity for something or someone.

I was so blessed and refreshed to realize that the shadow is what I had been perceiving as reality. It was a mere distortion; and I knew the one who had the ultimate power to deliver me from the pain and from my own perceptions.

To whom do you turn when you need a new perspective? Start the conversation today. You’ll be blessed and set free in Jesus’ name!

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UTBW Logo Mug

Hi Everyone

I just flipped the switch on the website for our first featured item. If you go to the Shop tab you will find 11 oz and 15 oz options. This mug has the full colored logo on both sides and so is perfect for both right and left handers.

The post photo is of the sample mug I ordered in the 15 oz size. It looks and feels sturdy.

This would make a great gift for yourself or a loved one who finds their identity in Our Lord Jesus Christ… or someone that you are praying will come to do so.

Let’s walk this path together. None of us have arrived yet.

God bless you.

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Where You Goin’?

Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Pass through the camp and command the people, Prepare your provisions, for within three days you shall pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.
Joshua 1:9‭, ‬11 AMPC

Go on then! If God is for you, no man, monsterous disease or demon can stand against you and prevail. He said it. Do you believe it, friend? Come on, let’s go with Jesus to the other side of your problem to your miracle.