I know the title of this post sounds a little disturbing. Just keep reading and I'll explain. I am not talking about diversity as it pertains to race or socioeconomic status. I am talking about diversity as it pertains to real joy and happiness in this very short life. I have many friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors that seem to struggle with issues of depression, sadness, guilt, anxiety, frustration, anger, forgiveness, gossip, deceit...I could go on and on with the types of issues that we all as the human race deal with in this world, but I think you get the gist. 

I too have dealt with all of those issues and I still battle anxiety when it comes to closed areas such as elevators and don't misunderstand me, I also struggle from time to time with forgiving others or keeping my cool in traffic and anger issues, but I have an inner joy and contentment that is so hard to explain to my friends or family. It's a contentment that only comes from God and knowing that I belong to Him and He will never forsake me or leave me. Gods promises are real and if you knew me 10 years ago, you would see the transforming work of Christ in my life and how my life has changed. To some of you reading this post, you will not understand where I am coming from. Until God drew me to Him many years ago, I wouldn't have understood this either. My life today is the complete opposite of how it used to be. I am not the same man I was before. Today I have a genuine love for people whereas before I didn't know what loving others truly meant. Today I have peace whereas before my life was always chaotic, always searching for the next big purchase or the next thing that I thought would fill the emptiness in my life. 

So, when I speak of diversity, I want everyone to be like me and to have the peace and inner joy  that I have. My prayer is that God will draw you to Him as He has me and that He will reveal His truth and open your eyes as He has mine. The song "Amazing Grace" has such truth in it, especially the verse "was blind, but now I see".

John Newton's "Amazing Grace"

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.


T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.


Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.


The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.


Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.



Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.






 
 
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In eternity, time stands still. 

God is just! He demands justice as you and I demand justice when we are wronged!

True repentance is becoming aware of the sin in your life and having a real hatred of it.

If you claim to be a Christian and you don't shudder at the sound of Christ's name being taken in vain, you are only a Christian in name. 

Most Arminians see the gospel as an insurance policy, not the life transforming gospel that it truly is.

"We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit." ~ AW Tozer

"A true convert does not receive the Gospel as an addition to his previous life but in exchange for it. To receive one is to lose the other." ~ Paul Washer

"At the moment of conversion/regeneration the outward signs may be less than dramatic, however the gradual effects will be monumental." ~ Paul Washer

 
 
"While You Were Sleeping"

Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you're lying in the dark
There shines an everlasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight

Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only Son
The Way, the Truth, the Life had come
But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we're sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we're lying in the dark
There's a shout heard 'cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
 
 
Beautifully delivered message of truth from Paul Washer.