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Jeremy’z Journey: Will a man rob God?

Somewhere in audio cassette history is a recorded skit for Christian puppet shows called Pathetic Prayers. Pathetic Prayers were prayers that God should never hear from us. I remember one with the lead character Eggmont, a very small and meek sounding boy who once prayed that God would smite his bully “This Nelson Guy.”
However, the pathetic prayer called into mind today is one in which Eggmont thought he could put a dollar into the offering plate-uh and that because God repays good deeds ten-fold, that in a few weeks he would be able to get ten dollars back out of the offering plate-uh. I don’t remember the skit exactly, and unfortunately I couldn’t find it to listen to it again on the internet. Anyway not remembering this completely, what I remember is that Eggmont was praying as he laid his offering in the plate-uh that God would bless it ten-fold so that he could get $10 back, and that he would re-invest it in the offering plate-uh and over the course of several months of praying for ten-fold blessings, Eggmont planned to gain his ten-fold blessing of $1 million dollars, which of course, he would be able to take from the offering plate-uh.
Anyway, the original skit is an awful prayer that God should never hear, but the way Eggmont presented it was tremendously hilarious.
Ok. So maybe we don’t take money from the offering plate-uh. Maybe we don’t pray to be blessed ten-fold for our $1 offering on Sunday, intending to take $1 million from the church later. But we do rob God in similar ways. I’m not talking about robbing Him of proper offerings and tithes – although a premeditated hint would be that our scripture is about tithes and offerings—I’m talking about robbing Him of what He is due from our lives – our unwavering devotion.
As we go through our daily lives, how do we serve our Lord? Do you go through a day without mentioning God to someone, or do you go a day without praying and praising God for allowing you to wake up? To breathe? To be alive? Do you spend time each day praying and reading God’s Word? We, as Christians, can’t be a light that guides others to the true light of Jesus Christ, if we roguishly rob Him of our daily service?
Jesus himself told us, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me,” – Luke 9:23 (New International Version).
Because of our obvious theft as individuals, our nation, founded on the principles of God despite what many claim, is also inherently guilty of denying God His due. A prophet of God wrote 400 years before Christ was born in the book of Malachi exactly how God is angered by this blatant disregard for He who is worthy of our worship.
“Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty – Malachi 3:7 In the Biblical occurrence of these words, the writer was talking to Jews who had turned away from being faithful to God. They were, as mentioned in Malachi chapter 1, promising pure animals for sacrifice to God but then bringing blind, lame and otherwise impure sacrifices.
But I think the verse above also relates true words about the United States of America, which is to say that “since the time of (our) forefathers (we) have turned away from (God).” But if we return to Him, He will return to us, as promised in His message of Malachi.
“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – the whole nation of you – because you are robbing me.” – Malachi 3:8 – 10.
Sure, we seem to be a prosperous nation who has seen a slump, but a full-blown curse. As each new generation of Americans turns farther away from God, it can also be assumed that He will turn away from America in similar fashion. His blessings, which so obviously fell upon the American continent of our forefathers, seem to no longer fall on our nation as a whole.
Do I dare suggest that God doesn’t bless Americans? Of course not. God does bless those who faithfully serve Him. As mentioned along previous journeys, we have to have the faith to step out of the boat and walk with Him on the choppy waters of the world.
“You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God, What did we gain by carrying out His requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.’” – Malachi 3:14 – 16.
It certainly seems that those who relish money and power above God are prospering. While today’s modern society has justified what are called “gray areas” about what sin is, God doesn’t see it as gray. He sees it as black and white. While someone who murders may be seen as worse than someone who lies on a job application, a.k.a. “padding your resume,” it is all sin in the eyes of God. While we as humans may blur the lines between morality and atrocity, God sees the line clearly.
As the verses above state, some believe it is pointless to worship God and to follow The Way of Christ; however there are great rewards for doing so. We are to conduct ourselves in a manner that upholds our Lord. We are to give ourselves to Christ in service and devotion and love, and one of the many things we get in return is that He will show us selfish humans what it means to honestly serve, how to be deeply devoted and how to truly love others.
As the Apostle Paul wrote to early followers of The Way, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,” – Philippians 1:27.
If some deem it useless to serve God, then why should we continue to follow Him – to follow the straight and narrow path? He will bless us abundantly.
“Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” – Malachi 3:10.
But aside from the blessings we will receive, we will accomplish something far greater by robbing Evil. By faithfully following Him we will be a blessing to others who need one. By loving as Christ loved us, we will guide someone else to His love.
And what will become of those who are righteous in the Lord?
“They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” – Malachi 3:17, 18.
It is so awesome; it is an incomparable heart emotion to know that you are His!

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Jeremy’z Journey: Physical freedom losing; Freedom in Spirit remains untouchable

Independence Day, a.k.a. the Fourth of July, is a United States federal holiday commemorating the signing and ratification of the Declaration of Independence.
Sitting in a church fellowship hall, commemorating an anniversary of two people who had dedicated fifty years of life to each other I watch the line of a couple hundred people shuffle around the buffet tables. Three days before America is to celebrate its 236th year of Independence, we sit in what served as the main structure of this church for 91 of those years. These two individuals have dedicated themselves to each other for fifty years, but have dedicated themselves to God and this church for countless more than that.
Staring at my plate, I grab a quick little morsel of chicken casserole. Four little food-stabbing devices peer out from the end of the handle, so I increase the bounty by piercing a chunk of fried chicken. I then twirl and swirl this concoction through the flavorful juices known to all southerners as chicken and dumplings.
“Mmmmmmm! Mmmmmmm! Mmmmmmm,” I think as my taste buds are in overload from the trio of chicken produced flavors I just ingested on one fork. This one bite represents freedom, Baptist-style.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”—the Declaration of Independence.
The United States of America’s founding fathers’ dream was that all men should be free to pursue happiness, freedom and their own life. Whether conservative or liberal – whether Republican or Democrat, tea drinkers or other political party – we all must admit that America has traveled a long way from the cry for independence quoted above.
Men (and women) “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” however the Creator and those rights He gives all humans are assaulted by the same government bodies that first acknowledged them. Don’t forget the ways the Creator has been attacked, misconstrued, used for political gain, diluted, downplayed, up-played and then ignored by those seeking power in our political machine.
Most of us would agree, that there are those who strike freedom at every opportunity they have. Whether liberal or conservative, they all answer to their own ambitions, not God’s will for their lives or our country.
It was C.S. Lewis who said, “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good
of its victim may be the most oppressive…”
Americans have been stripped of many freedoms they believe they have and stifled out of practicing other freedoms because exercising such might offend someone else. I find it ironically atrocious that the Ten Commandments hanging up in a small school in Appalachia can offend someone halfway across the country into suing to have it removed, even when the parents of the children at the school, the administrators at the school, the community around the school and others in the local jurisdiction aren’t offended by it at all. In this and many other instances, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has made it their mission to give small groups of individuals the right to dictate the freedoms of the rest of us. Don’t get me wrong, it was great when these groups were instrumental in gaining equal rights to vote, equal rights to seats on the bus and other equality movements. But now it seems these days those groups spend more time trying to attack our differences in an effort to make us all scared-into-neutralism, not freedom.
Americans are more afraid to exercise freedom because it may offend someone else. People, it isn’t illegal to offend someone. It isn’t illegal for someone to smoke within 3-feet of the Wal-Mart door that my non-smoking 2-year-old, 4-year-old and 8-year-old have to walk through, even if it offends me and makes me cringe a little on the inside. It isn’t illegal for illegal immigrants to gather on courthouse lawns with flags of their home countries, while claiming they have the right to be called American in their native language, not traditional American English. These attorney groups like the ACLU rush to defend the American rights of non-Americans who don’t want to be Americans, they want to turn America into their own country. These attorney groups rush to defend the rights of homosexuals to stand in the street and parade, but let a group of heteros get together, put on our single-colored, non-rainbow striped pants and scream at the top of our lungs, “We’re here; we’re straight; deal with it.” (All of our families immigrated from somewhere, so don’t get your multi-colored panties in a bunch. I’m not trying to offend; I’m just making a point.)
Seriously, where is the attorney multi-lettered group that stand up for those rights?
“… those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval
of their own conscience,” Lewis continued.
But who says it’s for our own good? Why must we all be neutral and afraid to say what’s on our mind; afraid to express our freedom? While our freedom to express freedom publicly is under bombardment, they can’t take away the freedom of our spirit.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” – 2 Corinthians 3:17 (New International Version).
I think that was kind of what the founding fathers were leaning toward when they talked about Human-Americans having been “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” Once you have the freedom of the Spirit of God, it can’t be taken away. While openly exercising our belief in Christ may be unpopular and offensive to some that unalienable freedom cannot be taken away. Sure, there are those in the Bible who were imprisoned for speaking and teaching about Christ, but the freedom from sin Christ gave those individuals is so powerful that they still spoke of, wrote of, and preached of this freedom in the spirit all the way to the end of their lives.
Freedom from sin cannot be taken away.
Jesus himself said, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” – John 10:29, 30.
God has given us ultimate freedom – freedom to accept Christ and forgiveness of sin, or to deny it. But accepting Christ’s freedom and forgiveness of sin does give us a “Get out of Hell free” card but it doesn’t give us a “Get out of Sin free” card.
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature” – Galatians 5:13.
Similarly, the Apostle Peter wrote, “Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God” – 1 Peter 2:16.
Just as our founding fathers wished that no one should take advantage of their brother to express their own freedom, God doesn’t want us to take advantage of forgiveness and continue to live in sin. But what are we to do with our newfound forgiveness, our newfound freedom?
Well, that’s simple. Jesus taught us this lesson over and over in His time here on Earth and Peter reiterated what we are supposed to do with our freedom.
“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the King” – 1 Peter 2:17.
Father God, we thank You for giving us Your Son Jesus Christ to forgive us of our sins and iniquities. We thank You for giving us best freedom of all, which is the freedom of Spirit. We cannot do anything on our own that would provide freedom from our sins, and we thank You for freely giving us the Way to receive Your forgiveness. We thank You for allowing us the opportunity to truly live as free people by accepting Your love; Your forgiveness; Your freedom. Amen!

Jeremy’z Journey: No Vanity for old Souls

“Oh, have you had plastic surgery?” It’s a frequently asked question.
“We haven’t seen her in months and now she has emerged thinner and her skin appears tighter and more youthful , so clearly she has had work done,” Entertainment reporters accuse celebrities on a seemingly daily basis.
Our so-called modern society seems to be obsessed with a denial of inevitable aging and the absolute refusal of allowing age to be shown.
“Fifty-one year-old woman looks twenty-five,” one advertisement touts.
“Ask us about our Botox VIP program,” another ad invites.
According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the most performed plastic surgery in 2011 was Lipoplasty (liposuction) at 325,332 surgeries performed, followed by breast augmentation at a close 316,848. Over 2.5 million botox injections – a.k.a. Botulinum Toxin Type A – were authorized and performed that year (2,619,739 to be exact).
According to Wikipedia, “Botulinum toxin is a protein and neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin can cause botulism, a serious and life threatening illness in humans and animals.”
Botox, as it is known for medical and cosmetic procedures, can be absorbed from eyes, mucous membranes, respiratory tract or non-intact skin. Justinus Kerner (1786-1862), a German poet and medical writer described botulinum toxin as a “sausage poison” and “fatty poison” because it often grows in improperly handled meat products. The toxin was purified for the first time in 1928 and a little over 20 years later it was discovered through experiments that the botulinum toxin blocks neuromuscular transmission through decreased acetylcholine release.
If any of that made sense, or sounds good as something to purposely inject yourself with for beauty reasons, then you have far more faith in the medical community of practicers than I.
But the older a person gets the more wrinkles their skin shows and the saggier certain body parts get. That’s the nature of flesh for you. But apparently natural aging provides little concern for the condition the soul that rests inside that body.
David wrote in Psalms, “For like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” – Psalms 37:2-4 (New International Version).
I’m no certified theologian, but what I read in those verses don’t say that in giving “you the desires of your heart” that He will give you the skin of a 25-year-old the rest of your life. And “safe pasture” doesn’t mean physical safety. Throughout history, many righteous people have suffered and tragically lost their physical lives. God did not always rescue their flesh. Though the reasons for life’s tragedies, worldly problems and dilemmas and, yes aging, remain a mystery, it is by faith that we can conclude that “safe pasture” refers to the spiritual safety He guarantees us, not aesthetic safety or beauty.
Vanity has a way of keeping one from realizing the faults in one’s life. It deters one from having a clear view of self. Whether hyper-vain in believing they are the most beautiful person on Earth, or hypo-vain thinking that no one can be uglier than them – thinking that no one could possibly need to be aesthetically-altered more than them – keeps them fully wrapped up in their flesh. In today’s modern society it doesn’t seem polite to say vanity or the lack thereof. Instead we label this as self-esteem levels. Either way you look at it, it causes people to lose focus on the status and needs of their soul. Vanity causes someone to be self-centered and self-focused, and is a tool of evil which causes humans to keep from examining themselves on the inside.
“For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin” – Psalms 36:2.
We, especially in this society of celebrity, beauty, size-0 models and so-forth, put too much emphasis on outward appearance. Even some who claim to be righteous do so only to show others how righteous they can appear to be. The Bible warns these people. Jesus himself said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21
As a Food and Drug Administration-approved substance for treating strabismus and other eye-related disease, botox itself continues to rapidly become a major industry in the United States. The global botox market is forecast to reach $2.9 billion by 2018. The entire global market for facial aesthetics is forecast to reach $4.7 billion by 2018, of which the US is expected to contribute over $2 billion.
Some reject the idea of having low self-esteem levels as they continue walking into visual enhancement clinics. Some say they are just fixing themselves to be how they have always imagined they should look. Others try to “reverse the aging process” with make-up, masks, gels and other semi-liquid concoctions before going the way of the injection or scalpel. These agents, whether they work or not, provide for another multi-billion dollar industry in our world: cosmetics
“Our skilled plastic surgeon and medical staff take great pride in our highly efficient and reliable procedure, from consultation to surgery,” a website reads as it attempts to calm potential clients.
Truth is, if you’re looking at one of these websites, you’re either conducting research for a column such as this one, or are already convinced that your body – not your soul – can get closer to perfection.
As explained in last week’s edition of the Journey, “Nobody’s perfect,” except Jesus. Although I’m sure there are a few surgeons who would suggest they could help Him get rid of those nasty-looking nail scars in His hands. Oh, and don’t forget the ones caused by the crown of thorns forced upon His head before being torturously hung on a cross.
During consultation, one might say “Our skilled plastic surgeons” can give you back those six-pack abs Jesus. That will help to cover-up the place where You were relentlessly stabbed with a spear. “We can get you ready to go shirtless at the beach,” the doc might say.
Maybe those last jokes were a little too rough for some, but the truth is that our modern world tries to hide and cover-up the life, gruesome death, resurrection and ascension into Heaven of Jesus every day. So if He were in the flesh today, why wouldn’t they try to mask His scars as well.
Truth is that none of us should be more concerned with the outward appearance of our bodies over the wrinkles in our spirit. Truth is every one of us humans was created special to Him who made us. Besides, one day the flesh that we wear today will be gone. It’s nature. We can’t fight death, nor can we escape it. A fight against aging is just as futile – it’s going to happen. What we should all be concerned with is preparing ourselves for the life after the flesh is gone. Whether a positive afterlife or negative is up to each individual and whether or not they accept Jesus Christ to forgive them of sin and save them from hell. Flesh can only last 100-years at the most give-or-take. But the spirit can live forever in peace or torment.
Now to our title: No Vanity for old Souls. According to information gathered by Frontier Harvest Ministries, there are 2 billion Christians serving God in 141 countries today (roughly 33% of our current global population). However, there have been 2.4 billion people who have been taught about Christ but remain non-Christian. While Americans continue to roll out dollars for cosmetic surgeries and procedures, only about $250 million gets spent on foreign missions annually. That’s not Baptist, Protestant or any other denomination. That’s all of them!
Another fact for you: America, known for being the land of God has the least number of converts per year, according to the above referenced data. The country with the highest Christian conversion just happens to be a country formerly known for killing Christian missionaries: China. That’s right! According to the statistics, China’s Christian population grows by roughly 10,000 a day.
So while the starting question may indeed be frequently asked, “Have you accepted Christ to forgive your sin and be your personal savior,” is being asked less and less in our country.

But if you are worried about yourself in this life, please consider your soul first.
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn” – Psalms 37:5-6.
If you do this and get your spirit correct in the eyes of God through His son Jesus Christ, then Psalms 37:3, 4, quoted above, will surely be yours. You will find His spiritual “safe pasture,” you will find “delight” in the Lord and . . .
“He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Jeremy’z Journey: Hung up on the word “Christian”

“Why did you do that? Aren’t you supposed to be a Christian?” some jeer back at us when we make a mistake.
It would seem that non-believers in Christ find personal enjoyment when a Christian “falls from grace” in their words. Fortunately for all of us mere humans, God’s grace is infinite and definite and there is no falling from it once you receive it. Regardless, Jesus Christ intercedes on our behalf.
But as Christians, we should seek to love others as Christ loved us.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you,” – John 15:13 (New International Version).
We’ve all heard the saying, “Nobody’s perfect.” The word “Christian” doesn’t mean that we are perfect. It does imply that at some point in our individual life, we have been saved by the One who is perfect.
In John chapter 8, verses 28 and 29, Jesus himself said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I Am and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; He has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.”
That verse doesn’t say that Jesus sometimes does what God the Father wants Him to; it doesn’t say that Christ sometimes skips church and the opportunity to pray with others, and it doesn’t say He sometimes sneaks around thinking no one can see Him committing sin, so it must be ok to do so.
No. It says, “I always do what pleases Him.”
“Christian” according to dictionaries everywhere means one who adheres to Christianity, or “Christian” is a label to identify people who associate with Christianity. A more simplified definition is that “Christian” means “Christ like.”
As Christians, that should be what we all are seeking to achieve: To be like the One who has shown, shows, continues to show, and will always show God’s love for us and all humanity.
Sometimes it seems we get wrapped up in the comfort of the word “Christian,” and not involved in being like Christ. When we stop trying to be Christ like, it opens us up more and more to that question at the top, “Aren’t you supposed to be a Christian?”
It’s easy for those people to poke at us who are trying to live our life according to God’s Word. And yes, when we mess up, we are usually the first to poke ourselves about it. “Man, what have I done now?”
That’s because it’s easier to set your sights on your own goals and live toward them. Career, family, and living your own life or even those who live for drugs and other personal desires have it easier. It’s not hard to live a life of sin and self. It takes strength and perseverance, love and humility to live your life for Christ.
Christians were called many things before settling on our current label. For example, “Salt of the Earth” – Matt. 5:13; “my sheep” – John 10:27; Jesus said, “You are my friends” in John 15:14; we are “parts of the body” of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:18; “Dear friends and aliens and strangers in this world” – 1 Peter 2:11; and “My dear children” – 1 John 2:1.
There are many other labels for us, the “Christian,” in the Bible and I’m sure many others in the world. However, my favorite appears in Acts 22:4 when Paul calls us, “followers of this way.”
We are “followers of this way.” In Acts, Paul refers to believers as followers of The Way several times. We are followers of Christ’s way – followers of His perfect way – followers of Christ’s perfect love.
We all can be followers of The Way if we trust Jesus to guide us.
One follower of The Way recently appeared on a major alphabetic-titled network as he attempted and then succeeded in walking a high wire across Niagara Falls, some 1,300-feet across and 200-something feet above his watery death from America into Canada. The alphabet and its Time-related parent company didn’t have the faith in Christ that this 7th generation high wire walker has and therefore required him to wear a tether just in case he should slip and fall. I get it, from the worldly network’s point-of-view showing a man fall to his death isn’t good for them. Unless of course it’s a fictitious crime scene fatality show.
But that didn’t stop Nik Wallenda from shouting that he follows Christ’s way to the millions watching on TV and hundreds of thousands in attendance to witness the breathtaking event.
“I’m extremely blessed to be where I am,” Wallenda said following his twenty-six or twenty-seven minute walk over the American continent’s most-known deathly river-filled chasm from one country to another. The whole time he walked, Wallenda was on camera with a microphone recording every word he said. Wallenda’s staff and the network were even able to ask him questions during his walk, as if he didn’t need concentration. The whole time he was calm and in prayer, thanking God and praising Jesus for blessing him.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think God wants all of us to walk a tightrope to give Him praise. God gives each of us our own talents that He wants us to use in serving Him. Wallenda’s gift from God just happens to be the ability to perform these stunts and honor God as he does them.
One network newscaster couldn’t help but chuckle as he asked, “How do you pray to a deity to protect you in doing something that is this risky?”
“I believe that God has given me this ability. Whatever anyone sets their mind to, if they trust God, He’ll bring them to the highest mountains… But I believer that God opens and closes doors in our lives and I believe there’s Divine Intervention, as you mentioned, in everybody’s lives. And as long as we’re willing to access that and believe, in faith God provides for us,” Wallenda answered.
Pardon me if I’m out of line, but, “Amen!”
Of course, Wallenda also attributed his success to his tightrope-family lineage and his personal years of training and developing this skill. But first and foremost, he attributed his success to God and His son Jesus Christ.
As Nik Wallenda proved, sometimes it isn’t easy to follow God’s will for your life. A thin 2-inch cable covered in water, mist and wind from every direction and hands and arms that are going numb from holding a 40-foot long balance beam may never be obstacles that most of us Christians have to bare. However, we each have our own obstacles to overcome in following Christ and seeking Him in our everyday lives.
But when we falter; when we get off his narrow path for our lives, He is there to catch us. He is there to forgive and redeem us and show us the way back to His will for our life.
Ephesians 5:1, 2 says: Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
That’s what we are supposed to be as a “Christian.” We are on this Earth to be an imitator of God; be an imitator of Christ’s love and live a life that reflects that love to others around us.
The Apostle Paul knew, and used his experiences to help guide us when we fail to live up to Christ’s model; when our flesh wanes against The Way of the Spirit. He told those around him who were struggling: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ,” – 1 Corinthians 11:1.
We discussed “Christian” in our Sunday school class recently. One of my classmates, with a grin said, “I attempt to be Christian.”
Our class teacher pointed out that being a Christian is like medicine. “It’s a practice,” he said laughingly.
Finally, we have come to a definition of the word “Christian” that really fits. Being “Christian” is an attempt to be like Christ. It’s a practice.
God’s paradigm has been shown to us in Christ’s life. God gave the Christ’s followers the wisdom to write of their struggles and victories in following His Way, which make up the New Testament and help us along our walk with Christ.

Jeremy’z Journey is a way for me to reflect on my struggles and victories in Christ and I publish it and pray that maybe, just maybe something that I have gone through might give someone else the strength and desire to pick up a Bible, look and read about Christ’s life, His struggles and His victories in God, and begin to follow The Way.