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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 9.6.18 ♥

🎶We chase misprinted lies
We face the path of time
And yet I fight
And yet I fight
This battle all alone
No one to cry to
No place to call home🎶

I always thought Nutshell by Alice In Chains as Layne’s living suicide note. Beautiful vocals & some of the most tasteful and soulful guitar playing you’ll ever hear. The singer Layne Staley died from a mixture of heroin and cocaine, known as speedball. The death certificate reads Staley’s death resulted from “an acute intoxication due to the combined effects of opiate (heroin) and cocaine.” The autopsy concluded that Staley died on April 5, two weeks before his body was found, and the same day that fellow grunge pioneer Kurt Cobain died by suicide in 1994. Staley’s death was classified as “accidental.” When I heard Layne passed I felt, “Layne wore his soul on the outside. He was luminous … too tender for this world. He was an amazing musician, an inspiration, and a comfort to so many. He made great music and gifted it to the world.” Anyone can become addicted to anything. There are many addictions in life, eating, smoking, booze, sex, pornography, the stock market, gambling, tattoos, lying, stealing, gossiping, et cetera. Addiction has a very subtle nature about it, a deceptive element, overcoming the victim before one even realizes what has happened. The nature of addiction is that a person gets sucked in before they know it, entangled hopelessly in the web of a deadly Black Widow spider. That is the nature of sin and addiction, the more you try to escape and free yourself, the more entangled you become. This is why it is so critically important that a person be born again, having the Holy Spirit coming to live within them (Romans 8:9). The very second you trust upon Yeshua/Jesus, the only begotten Son of YeHoVaH/God, your sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit comes to indwell your body. This is the only true and lasting hope for addicts. Believe me I’ve been there! Life is too short to allow sin to overcome and ruin one’s life. The way to avoid addiction is to be aware that it can easily happen if you’re not careful. Our sicko society places all sorts of temptations, evil influences, lusts, worldly music, and other harmful things in front of our youth, while never warning them of what can happen. You never hear warnings about the consequences of fornication, abortion, pornography, homosexuality, feminism, divorce, or other sins. Instead teens are handed condemns at government schools and Planned Herodhood is invited into each school. It’s insane! The safest way to prevent becoming addicted is to have the Biblical mindset of 1st Timothy 6:8, “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” Hasatan’s crowd can only tempt you if you desire something. YeHoVaH/God says to be satisfied with simply food and clothing. In all honesty, you don’t need all the electronic toys and gadgets, cellphones, internet, new car, et cetera. Those who live for materialistic things are some of the most miserable, mean, and angry people in the world. Death is right around the corner. You cannot take any of it with you. Only what’s done for Yeshua/Jesus will last. Certainly it is ok to own possessions and a nice home, car, whatever, but don’t ever prioritize money, career, or things above truth, doing what’s right, treating people as you want to be treated, and obeying YeHoVaH/God with a grateful heart. Facebook friends, the most important decision you’ll ever make is where you’re going to spend eternity after the resurrection. The decision is in fact yours alone to make. I’ve already made my choice. How about you?

https://youtu.be/O1T4m4sfz2Q

 

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 12.28.2017 ♥

My good friend at work Robert Tunin, always quotes this song “Freewill” (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice). “Freewill” is the second track on Rush’s 1980 album Permanent Waves. It is written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson with lyrics by Neil Peart. The song’s lyrics deal with the subject of free will, emphasizing that free will is not a gift but rather a choice, explaining that no one can attempt to evade the fact that they must choose, but that evasion is itself a choice. I believe “Freewill” is Neil Peart’s attempt to proclaim a disbelief in YeHoVaH. There are many things that Peart gets wrong in the song, and many things he gets wrong about YeHoVaH. The main thing is that he sees the idea of Our Father as some impersonal puppet master and that somehow a belief in spiritual things is futile. This a song I have heard many times and also played in a few bands I was in. The song is a great musical piece and the words hang together lyrically. But there is no truth in it. Yes there is “Freewill” YeHoVaH has designed the human family with “Freewill” and the danger is that with free will comes the “Freewill” to reject Him. This is the one continuous thing since the garden of Eden incident that humankind has “Free-willed” and taken the choice to reject Him. We live in a world that has rejected YeHoVaH and the idea of God. The bible tells the story of a God and the plan of restoration. From Genesis to Revelation we find a story that involves hundreds of characters, dramatic scenes, battles, intrigue, love, abandonment, loss of cities, slavery, captivity. Biblical history tells the story of a God who is deeply committed to a relationship with his creation. Far away from the idea that He is distant. He is present in his nearness. He is not in some fluffy cloud heaven but inhabits the world today. YeHoVaH gives everyone the freedom to choose Him or reject Him. The bible is littered with people who have made the choice to reject or to receive Him. Rejection has consequences as well as Receiving has consequences. When we often talk about “Freewill” we talk about it in a way that is individualistic and selfish not a “Freewill” that is concerned with the world and selfless. “Freewill” has been used in the past to justify the most horrible of actions and inhumanities. Facebook friends, let’s not go there again. In John’s gospel we find John the apostle talking about those that receive or reject Yeshua.

John 1:1-13
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John speaks of what it looks like to receive Yeshua and what are the consequences of receiving Yeshua. John’s prologue starts like reading Genesis. We find YeHoVaH in it, we find choice in it, we find here a description of what He is like in this prologue. We find a description also of what happens to the person who receives and does not reject Yeshua. We also find Yeshua’s role in the creation it’s self and the relationship that a person will come into because of their reception or welcome of Him. John says that we become family, we become children of God. People who are now related to God. The old order of things now reversed. That which happened in the Garden of Eden now over because of Yeshua. The “Freewill” choice to chose has had it’s fulfilment when Yeshua is chosen. When he is received. We become people who are in relationship with YeHoVaH’s. The Rush song “Freewill” is an anthem to Neil Peart’s understanding of the way things are. My own understanding is not like Peart’s. Paradise was lost in the Garden but, it is now found in Our Messiah Yeshua. That would be my own understanding. Far from being puppets at the hands of an impersonal puppet master. Those who receive Yeshua take their rightful place as children of YeHoVaH. “Freewill” has led me to the feet of Yeshua and I have chosen to follow him”. What about you? Amen?
https://youtu.be/bpOyQhgM1FU

 

Faith, God, Love, Music, Personal Journey

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 1.23.18 ♥

🎶Is this love that I’m feeling,
Is this the love, that I’ve been searching for
Is this love or am I dreaming,
This must be love,
‘Cos it’s really got a hold on me,
A hold on me…🎶.

“Is This Love” became one of the most popular hits for Whitesnake. The song “Is This Love”? Is really about just that……… “LOVE”. It’s about a question? Behind the question is a hidden question, a deeper question. How do I identify love in the first place? Of course everyone needs love, deserves love, longs for love, and in a way cannot function properly as a human being unless they know love in some way. Whether in a marriage, or love that exists in a brotherhood, love that exists in friendship. Love helps us all function as human beings. The song is asking really “What does love look like?” There are as many books written on the subject of “Love” as the planets in the sky. Therapists offer love courses to identity the blockages to love. Even the church has cashed in on the scene. From the “Marriage Course” to the University of Notre Dame in the US offering a degree course in “Love” Theology.
Just think of the many songs that have been written about love in our lifetime and that appear on social media? We’re talking about all of iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google, YouTube, Topspin, Rhapsody, and now Facebook all have “Love” songs. It is reckoned that there are about 97 million songs that contain thoughts about love. I don’t know how the stats are researched but it gives us an idea that love is something that is prized and wanted by just about everyone on the planet. Facebook friends, the Bible is a book that speaks of love from the from the snake attacking Adam’s love in the garden, to king David giving into his base desires in 1 Samuel 11 and his prayer of wrong doing in Psalm 51. Love is seen in the prophets, in their fiery condemnation of the people of YeHoVaH for backsliding and turning away from His laws and His love for them. Love is seen in the book of proverbs the love of passing things down from father to son and the love demonstrated in Proverbs 31 with “The Good Wife” Love is seen in the book of song of Solomon, it’s the most erotic book in the bible. Love appears in the New Testament with Yeshua’s birth and thought his life he offers people love. He dies a death of love, because YeHoVaH loves us (John 3:16) Love offers a way to be free. Perhaps the most famous chapter in the New Testament is 1 Corinthians 13 – Which is the answer to the search for “What does love look like?” and how do I recognize it when I see it. “Is this Love” – Paul’s answer would be “Yes”. Is This Love”? – What does love look like. 1 Corinthians is a description of what Love looks like. Real love, dependable love – Love you can rely on. Love that remains. This is the kind of love you find in Yeshua It’s the kind of love that you should find in the church. I’ll leave you to figure out if you can see it in Our Fathers people or not. This is the kind of love that I’m longing for in all my relationships. The kind of love that is strong and true. I know that this love will make me a better man, a better father, a better friend and a better disciple of Yeshua. Have you found love? Are you like the song “Is This Love” trying to recognize love and are not sure? Where ever you are in life’s journey one thing is for sure…… You need love. This passage in 1 Corinthians helps us recognize it when it comes. Because infatuation and lust won’t stand the test of time, infatuation and lust will never sustain us though our whole life….. only love will. Amen? https://youtu.be/ujnH4yNqL8E

 

Personal Journey

Devotional With Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 5.24.18

I remember as kid, I always received most of my new albums from Columbia House in the mail by saving up my allowance. What a joy that was as a kid. I recall receiving Dr. Hooks “Pleasure and Pain” album. I was going to church at the time with my parents and jokingly wondered did Ray Sawyer pluck out his own eye because he seen a Beautiful Woman😂? Yeshua/Jesus said if your eye causes you to stumble, then pluck it out. Some translations do read, tear it out or pluck it out, and throw it away. I’ve never seen even one picture illustrating this teaching. The reason, of course, is that it’s probably too graphic. But that’s exactly the point. He gave us this example, not so we would put it in picture Bibles, greeting cards, or Bible coloring books for children, but so it would be burned into the eyes of our hearts. He said it so that you would take that sin in your life so seriously that no matter what the cost or sacrifice, you would pluck it out and throw it away. Imagine plucking out your own eye because it causes you to stumble😵. In the same way, pluck out that sin that’s causing you to stumble. Pluck that ungodly thing out of your life. Throw it away, be done with it already. Keep your eyes, but as far as that sin is concerned, there’s only one thing to do pluck it out.
Facebook friends, what is it that should have no place in your life? Today, pluck it out.(but not like poor Ray Sawyer) Amen?

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The King Is Coming

Saw this on Facebook. Love it!

Something to ponder, right? 😉

 

God bless everyone!