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Love Me as a Sinner


‘The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners, of who I am the foremost. ‘ 1 Timothy 1:15 ESV
I have quoted very few scriptures in writing my blogs in the past. The fact that I have many types of friends and write a lot about baseball may have had something to do about it. I get inspired to write more about my faith. God has given me this talent to put words on paper that some people find interesting, so I might as well use it.
I am a sinner. You are a sinner. Your parents are sinners. Your kids are sinners. Your friends are sinners. Your pastor is a sinner. You get my point? We were created in the perfect image of God but, as being humans who are descendants of Adam and Eve, we are sinners. God sent his son, Jesus, who died to save us from our sins so that we may have eternal life. The ONLY way to God is thru Jesus.
Cool, ain’t it? We are humans. We suck. We are unintentionally mean to the ones we love, make more mistakes than we can count, yet we can get to heaven because Jesus died for our sins. Not because we go to church every week, because there are people who have no church. Not because we study our Bible, because there are people who cannot read. It’s because we believe in our heart that Jesus is the way to God and He came to save us from our sins.
Do what you gotta do if you want to be part of a church. I could care less if you are Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist, or Evangelical. Just believe in Jesus and we can all be part of the family of God.

‘Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.’ Proverbs 14:21 ESV
What about the people that aren’t Christians and who don’t believe in Jesus being the way to God? Shouldn’t we do to them as we would want them to do to us? Hmm, I have heard that before. We should love them. Doesn’t seem too hard to me. Oh, but it is. But why? We already established that we are all sinners. Doesn’t matter what your sin is. I love my wife and family, my friends and my fellow Christians. I do my best to love everyone. Just because some people’s sin is more obvious than others, does that mean we should love them less? No no no, we should love them more.

‘And the Pharisees and scribes grumbled saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”’ Luke 15:2 ESV
Jesus came to save the sinners. He spent more time with the non-believers than believers. He ate with them and performed miracles on them. So shouldn’t we do the same? Yes. Have dinner with your Christian friends to share the community and fellowship but also do the same with the non-believers. Show them community and fellowship. Share your faith thru the love you show them. Be a witness to them. Be the best dang sinner you can be. You are going to mess up. Know that you are going to be loved no matter what you do. We are all God’s children.
So, no matter if you are red, yellow, black or white. No matter what church you go to. No matter what, show your love to sinners and they will feel your love to them.
Pray for them. Pray that they are winning their battle over sin. Pray that they have accepted Jesus into their heart or that they will. Pray that someday you will see them forever in heaven.
Love me as a sinner, pray for me as a friend.

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I Need to Pray More For….


 

I need to pray more for someone who wants equal rights for all and gets upset when people opposed to them get something legally that doesn’t go their way.

I need to pray more for a person who proclaims themselves a Christian and posts on social media negative and derogatory comments.

I need to pray more for people who believe their social media accounts are part of their freedom of speech.

I need to pray more for people who willingly break the law and expect not to be punished.

I need to pray more for people under age that want to drink alcohol.

I need to pray more for those who don’t know my business and are afraid to ask me.

I need to pray more for teenagers who don’t realize how good they have it.

I need to pray more for parents who deal with their children way different then I do.

I need to pray more for people with a busy holiday schedule because they don’t realize those of us without one would love to have one.

I need to pray more for people who get cold easier than me.

I need to pray more for the men and women involved in cases of harassment and all the truth, lies, myths and misconceptions.

I need to pray more for the best thing that has ever happened to me. She knows who she is because she edits this blog.

I need to pray more for the second-best thing that has ever happened to me. He probably won’t read this.

I need to pray more for far away friends because telling them I miss them doesn’t seem enough.

I need to pray more for those far away from family and friends because I have been there.

I need to pray more for people who are negative towards their sports teams on social media. My Grandma taught me that if you can’t say anything nice, just don’t say it.

I need to pray more for the police and firefighters who go to work every day.

I need to pray more for our wonderful country and the politicians who think they run it.

I need to pray more for you. If you have anything you want me to pray for you know how to find me. I will add you to my Echo app.

Please pray more for me.

 

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Things I Am Thankful For


Yeah. I haven’t written a blog in a while. Some of you might be thankful for that. LOL I decided I wanted to write down some of the things I have been thankful for this past year. This list will be in no particular order and I am sure will not include everything.

I am thankful I have received Jesus as my savior

I am thankful for being a husband

I am thankful for being a father

I am thankful for Quest Church

I am thankful for being 1 of ‘Party of Six’

I am thankful for being an American

I am thankful I have a house and I can look for another

I am thankful I have a job I most of the time enjoy

I am thankful for Pattonville High School

I am thankful for Northwest Missouri State University

I am thankful for the St. Louis Cardinals

I am thankful for the St. Louis Blues

I am thankful for MLB Network

I am thankful for Disney

I am thankful for being a Veteran

I am thankful for our military

I am thankful for the Police

I am thankful for the Fire Department

I am thankful for Framily

I am thankful for the Mountain Banshee Project

I am thankful for the Figment of my imagination

I am thankful for Northern Pines

I am thankful for long distance friends

I am thankful for disc golf

I am thankful for a Kansas wedding

I am thankful for an ice wedding Framily experience

I am thankful for baseball

I am thankful for movie theater popcorn and the movies that I go to see while eating it

I am thankful for Jeff the Moose

I am thankful for missionaries

I am thankful for shaving my head

I am thankful for my dogs

I am thankful for a good rare steak

I am thankful for dark chocolate

I am thankful for ice cream in many states

I am thankful for sweet tea

I am thankful for a good alcoholic drink

 

I would like to be thankful with you sometime. You know where to find me…

 

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Heroes Need Help


 

Normally I am not a hero. I am a Christian, husband, father, and friend.

For the past 15 years my family has gone to our dentist at Ladue Family Dental. We have referred friends to them because they make you feel welcome and comfortable. So when they got a new hygienist that fit my schedule we trusted them and said sure we’ll go see Paula. After chatting with Paula she told us about how her son would have been about Josh’s age. That’s when we learned about Dawson. Some years before Paula had lost her hockey loving son to a childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma. Then she told me about St Baldrick’s and how her husband and a group of friends raise money every year at a local bar called Helen Fitzgerald’s and it was coming up soon. How do they raise money to battle childhood cancer?  Shave your head of course.  I told her that Josh and I would love to help and shave our heads. So last March, Josh and I did. We joined many of Dawson’s family and friends and shaved our heads to help raise money to fight this ongoing battle. We also came together to support Paula & her family because that is what friends do.

So this year, Josh and I have let our hair grow for a lot longer period. There’s a bit of grey showing in mine and I need to use a comb. My hair hasn’t been this long since shortly after I was married. Even Josh’s hair is longer than he feels comfortable with.

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This is the 12th year total for the St. Baldrick’s event and Josh and I’s second as we continue to be a part of a group called Dawson’s Hairless Heroes. The group will get wacky matching t-shirts and shave our heads on March 4th.

Since I am a hero for this event, I need your help. Pray for us. Pray for Josh and I as we prepare to go on stage to get our heads shaved. Pray for Paula and the whole Ivanowski family as they fight against cancer and remember losing Dawson. Pray for the whole event at Helen Fitzgerald’s as many people will be there doing their part to help fight childhood cancer. Childhood cancer research needs financial support. So if you find it in your heart to help us financially, please follow the link’s below to mine or Josh’s page to donate using your debit or credit card or see me between now and the event and I will take cash or check.

Before they turn 20, about 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will have cancer. Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 2 minutes. More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined. Kids’ lives matter. In the 1950s, almost all kids diagnosed with cancer died. Because of research, today more than 85% of kids with the most common type of cancer will live. But there is work to be done. Kids like Dawson and others with countless types of childhood cancers have little hope for a cure.

The St Baldrick’s Foundation has funded research in 27 countries, including all institutions that treat kids with cancer in the U.S. So when you donate money and pray for us, you’ll know you’re making a big impact.

If you want to join in the fun, come join us on March 4th.  As we get closer to the date I’ll know about what time our group will have their heads shaved too.

Jeff’s Page          Josh’s Page

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I am Not Sorry


 

I am a Christian. I do my best as try to live in the example of Jesus. I fail. Badly at times. I know I am nowhere close to the person I believe I should be. I am not sorry for the person I am.

The views I was raised to believe and have been confirmed in my life experiences have molded me. I came from a broken home. I barely speak to my blood family. I love every one of them. I am not sorry for this. Please don’t feel sorry for me.   

 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;

 

and in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son Our Lord,

 

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

 

He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;

 

He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the one holy Universal Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

 

Amen. 

 

Why are people using social media to be mean? Why do they think they can get away with it? I have unfollowed and unfriended many people on Facebook and Twitter who I believed were being hurtful to people or just cruel in general. I am not sorry for this.

 

I beg of all who would read this to be nice to people and not to post anything that could be considered mean or hurtful. I will never be sorry for trying to make this world a better place.

 

Everybody get together and try to love one another right now!

 

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We Finally Have an Answer


Do you and your family always get asked that same question over and over again? You know what I mean. No? Ok, I’ll give you a few examples. Some friends of ours were dating for the longest time and of course the question they got asked all the time was, when are you getting engaged? Well, earlier this winter, that question was answered. Or are you and your spouse happy and all alone at home like a few of Lyn’s good friends? I know they get asked all the time when or if they will have kids. So far, a dog has been a wonderful child to them.

If you know my family, you know that we are busy from March 1st to when we go to Northern Pines in early August. School starts right after that so we rarely have time for any other type of vacation. Well, Jeff, what does this have to do with you finally having an answer? If you don’t know where I am going with this, I invite you to reach out and contact me to get to know us better. I know some of our friends are probably getting excited reading this as they have figured it out by now.

Our family’s most asked question is ‘When are you going back to Disneyworld?’ Well, we finally have an answer (Hence the blog title). Josh has requested that we make one more trip to Florida before he goes off to college. To us, this left only one timeframe to plan this trip. That was Josh’s senior year winter break. The St. Louis Blues got awarded the next NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on January 2, 2017 so going over New Year’s wasn’t really an option. We even had other options like a cruise or going to California instead to go to Disneyland. Some great old friends and In-N-Out among other things tempted us. Luckily, Lyn has been in regular contact with her friend, Laura Liden, Dream Vacation Planner, at Pixie and Pirate Destinations travel agency. So, she told us about a deal that got us a free dining plan to help with the raised prices of Christmas time at Disneyworld. So we jumped on it. Josh finishes finals around 1030 on the morning of December 21st, so we are flying out as soon as we can to check into Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort that day to take advantage of the deal. We will fly back as late in the day as we can on December 27th to take advantage of as much park time as possible.

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So if you want to join us at some point down in sunny Florida over Christmas, we welcome you. As of today, I believe the deal we got may still be available. We look forward to spending Christmas at Disneyworld. So just to repeat the dates, we invite you to join us December 21-27 at the beautiful Disneyworld resort! 

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2015 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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