The Disregarded Books: Part Two

Last week, this series began as I outlined the Book of Thomas and its ancient text of Gnosticism. Martin Luther intended to return to the original faith of Jesus for the Christian Bible; therefore, he accepted only those Old Testament books originally written in Hebrew. So many gospels were excluded from the modern Bible. Today, I will tell of another example called the Gospel of Mary…


The Gospel of Mary, discovered in 1896 in Cairo, became a passionate debate because the narrator of the book is not clear, according to biblical scholars. Was it the Virgin Mary or Mary Magdalene? Ten pages of difficult text were missing from the gospel, including the first six pages. One can assume we will never know who authored this lost book. Upon reviewing much of the text, however, strong signs point out that Mary Magdalene may have written the passages.

A section of the book, still intact, depicted a scene after the resurrection and Jesus appeared to the disciples. “Mary,” the first to see Him, was given a secret teaching through a vision, and she shared it with the disciples. Skeptical of her profound knowledge, they mocked her, especially Peter and Andrew. Why would Christ tell a woman such a private message?

Here is an excerpt of this conversation from the Gospel of Mary:

(Mary) said, “I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to him, ‘Lord, I saw you today in a vision.’” He answered and said to me: “Blessed are you, that you did not waver at the sight of me. For where the mind is, there is the treasure.” I said to him, “So now, Lord, does a person who sees a vision see it through the soul or through the spirit?”

Mary claimed Jesus taught her that the inner self is composed of soul, spirit/mind, and a third mind between the two, which sees a vision. Then the text breaks off, and the next four pages are missing. When the script picks up again, Mary is describing what happens immediately after death. She proclaims the soul will have an intense conversation with four powers who will try to hinder the ascension to heaven: darkness, desire, ignorance, and the excitement of death.

The Gospel of Mary reveals many details about Mary’s relationship (or lack thereof) with Jesus’s disciples. Regardless of its exact author, it drives home the idea that it’s our human striving for the things contrary to nature that cause sin. Other points said by Jesus in the disregarded book speak of the unjust persecution of Jews, the passion of jealousy, and the divine right to our roots within God’s realm.

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Again, as in the Book of Thomas, those who made the ultimate decisions of which books would go into the modern Bible felt the Gospel of Mary was of a Gnostic nature. Why? It was gnostic because women were not to be heard in biblical days – it was against religious standards. Mary, regardless of which one authored the book, had deep insight into Jesus. If we search back into the Bible, Jesus often sought her advice before the disciples. Wouldn’t this make her Gospel a bearer of prophecy?

I found this book to follow along with most Bible passages. It enlightens the character of Christ and His view of living in peace. I believe our modern Bible could benefit from Mary’s profound book. To end this blog, I want to share a passage in the Gospel of Mary with you, which is Jesus’ promise of peace:

“Acquire my peace within yourselves! Be on your guard so that no one deceives you by saying, ‘Look over here!’ or ‘Look over there!’ Those who search for it will find it”


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Do You Fear God or Fear the World?

I wrote about the fear of God recently and what this concept should mean to Christians. The quote I said was, “He wants us to understand we should run to Him when the enemy approaches us.” So, today, I would like all my readers to take a closer look at your environment. Do you observe fear in many people’s eyes? It’s prevalent, too, in Christians who are supposed to be a model of God’s being.

Satan and the antichrist have joined forces to create havoc in the world, so we are submissive and live in fear, just as Satan likes us to do. Hiding in our homes, we stripped ourselves of freedom, isolated from society. Spiritually disconnected congregations are not fearing God and His promise to protect us. Instead, we’ve converted to the dictionary meaning of “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.” This kind of fear is the opposite of faith!

I must ask, how much faith do you have in God’s power? Are you afraid to be in public or do you show anxiety walking outside your home? Are you scared to live by yourself? Do you fear losing a job, your home, or a loved one? Why live in fear?

When we truly know God’s love, our life is transformed, and fear is nonexistent. We must understand that mankind does not have control over any circumstances, for only the Lord develops our future. The love He instills in us is not weak. He does not want us to walk through life full of fear, worry, and anxiety.

The dictionary word fear begins with a thought, and where the mind goes, man will surely follow. For this reason, studying the Bible and meditating on its words is crucial for Christians. Fearing only God will give Him the respect He deserves, and in return, He will protect you from harm.

If God is on your side, what can man do to you? We must trust Him that all things will work together for His glory. You can’t fear God and fear the world at the same time. You are peaceful or fearful, but you can’t have both states of mind.

Today, stand against the evil forces at every corner and fear the God who keeps you whole, undivided, and safe. Have faith in His words! Be vigilante in prayer and prepare yourself for His second coming, not on the fears of this world.

Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” Ecclesiastes 12:13–14.

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The Lost Sheep

Let’s explore an imaginary scenario today. You own a large farm with a hundred sheep milling about the fields. One morning, as you rounded up the sheep and returned them to their stalls, you noticed one was missing. What would you do? Would you say, “Oh well,” and mark it off as lost or dead? Or out of compassion and concern, would you seek help to find the missing animal?

Last month, my wife wrote a story about the Mustard Seed parable. In the theme of Jesus’ ministry, my story, today, tells of the Parable of the Lost Sheep:

1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.  Luke 15:1-7

Many people are reserved when sharing their faith with others, but Jesus claimed Christians are to reach the lost with the hope of Christ. As the parable describes, Jesus spoke to the tax collectors and sinners despite the hissing Pharisees mocking Him. God focuses on the lost, not just believers.

The work of salvation was not intended to end with Christians, but to go out to the other “sheep.” All believers are His chosen ambassadors. Jesus no longer walks on the earth, so He asks us to speak on His behalf, for we have a ministry of reconciliation. He requires us to leave our comfort zones and selfish desires behind and seek the lost sheep in the field, and believe me, many have vanished from their Christian beliefs today.

What causes a Christian to lose their faith? Perhaps their faith was shallow from the start, or they doubt the Bible. Sometimes lost men feel they cannot compare to holier people, creating a weak soul. The negative news and social media can persuade fragile minds. This is the reason Christians need to study the Bible continually and memorize its words.

It is important to tell all sinners Jesus Christ will forgive their sins. Spend your time with them, just as Jesus spent time with the lost. Answer their questions and concerns of faith. Be an example of the goodness and mercy His forgiveness can bestow on their life. Never close the door on a friendship with a floundering soul, for you are subtly (re)planting the seed.

Now, go find that one lost sheep and hoist him upon your shoulders. Carry him back to the Lord’s arms with unconditional and non-judgmental love. Will you seek to follow Jesus’ example?

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The Secret to Salvation

Steeped in my mind are the slender memories of Vietnam. Today, we witness the same violence on our own stomping grounds. I cannot help but seek peace with God, for it seems to be humanity’s only hope. The noise and chaotic atmosphere of gunfire and pepper spray capture the illusion that war is agony on earth.

Our unruly citizens battle for a belief they do not truly comprehend, but they still seek the opposition. Taking up arms to fight to the death, they create a hell in their own mind. A peaceful protest turns into another violent sunset, like an afternoon thunderstorm. Do we know what or who they are worshipping? What will be their secret to salvation?

Satan has deceived most of humanity to believe they have an immortal soul. It is only him who will laugh in the night air as the wounded lie in desperation and lawlessness settles in like a heavy dew. God’s willingness to grant us the freedom to make our own choices allows for the moral and physical evil.  Combatants will not escape the penalty for disobedience to the Lord, which is death, for the only thing that thrives in hatred is hate itself, not salvation.

A solid Christian will quickly recognize evildoers. Nonbelievers do not know the Bible in any capacity, nor do they lead a life according to God’s rules. Only goodness and love develops from faithfulness. Violent and self-destructive humans do not possess these characteristics because bitterness consumes their souls. They display traits of abusiveness, chaos, misstating truths, and rejecting reality.

Pope Francis was once asked in an interview if we should try to convert evil people, and his response was, “NEVER!” He pursued his comment by saying Christians should live by example and our testimony of the true faith in God.

If we analyze this theory, we quickly note that righteousness begins at home. When we raise our children to know God, the Ten Commandments, and the Bible, they will always remember this love, despite their choices later in life. That is a Christian parent’s duty, especially if we baptized the child in the church. Unless victims of brainwashing, our offspring will eventually realize this is their only way to salvation through Jesus Christ.

We cannot deal with evil on our own – this is a misconception. Christians must pray to our Heavenly Father and ask for deliverance. Give the wickedness of the world to God and let Him handle it. This is the secret to salvation!

These are horrible times of no direction or leadership, and God is our only miracle. Placing trust in Him will be the only peace you will receive in the concrete’s dirty gutters. Seek our Almighty Lord for vengeance, for it is His, not yours.

Thank you, Lord, for being there for us and allowing us to cry out to You in our times of need. God, there are things happening around us right now that we do not understand. Some of these things make us feel weak, helpless and afraid. Even in the midst of this, we know that You are the Lord.

We know that the situation is in Your hand, and we trust You. We beseech you for strength and for wisdom that we would be able to endure this situation and be able to handle it in a way that would bring glory to Your name.

In Jesus name. Amen.

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Faith in Failure

Failure is a word most, or many would just assume skirt around. How many times must we fail? There may be a job and home losses, relationships gone awry, wars, or even deaths of loved ones. God didn’t prepare us for such horrible conditions, as satisfaction had its limits. Only now do we turn to God with outstretched arms and give it all to Him. Don’t you know, in those unsuspected times of remorse, God loves using failures for His glory? Yes! It is time to watch and listen for His message. Have faith in failure!

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:9

Our Father chooses those who are NOT perfectly polished and prepared for a purpose. The people you least suspect will be His chosen ones. A perfect biblical example was the Jew called Saul of Tarsus. Saul murdered and tortured Christians, yet as he walked to Damascus, God blinded him with a light, and Jesus appeared before him. Saul converted to Christianity and ultimately became an apostle.

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Many people walk the earth today with a torrid past, yet they turn their lives over to God. I am one such example. I went to bed a carpenter and was awakened and told to write His messages to the world. It did not behoove me to argue with the Lord despite being dyslexic. For being a faithful servant, God has adorned me with countless blessings – it was my faith in failure.

Never give up on your faith… this is my best advice. What if the Wright brothers gave up, or Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, and Henry Ford? Sam Walton filed bankruptcy three times before he started Walmart. Look how their faith amidst catastrophes made them successful. As their failures came, their faith drove their power.

Humanity is born to fail, and it is only by faith that we learn we can do anything our heart desires. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, pray for answers, and wait for God’s whisper. Adverse events can bring such love if you receive the confidence from our Almighty Father. We can either believe in the lies we are not good enough, or draw closer to God.

Let the Lord fill us with thankfulness and humility. As long as we fail, we know God is in control of our destiny. Stand against the tide in the turmoil of life and watch faith in failure grow more robust than ever.


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The Quality of Life

What is the value of your quality of life? Perhaps as Christians, it’s understanding we do not do spontaneous things without putting God first into the equation. Does your quality of life reflect the image of our Holy God? Can we have a good quality of life if we are living in constant sin?

In my childhood years, I thought the quality of life only depended on attending church. We dressed in our finest apparel and polished loafers. Socializing with other members of the church created encouragement and acceptance. But was that ‘quality,’ or was it just an hour of mingling?

Christian living isn’t easy, but challenges and difficulties of life help us grow to have Jesus Christ’s mind and the character of God. He gave us the Bible to teach us the best way to live. However, very few Christians rarely make time to comprehend it. It is a wealth of information on the quality of life because it addresses fruitfulness, success, happiness, joy, purpose, and blessings. So, allow me to highlight some points on today’s topic.

In the New Testament, God relates the quality of life to an assurance of His favor and a sense of doing His will. In some circumstances, material blessings imply much, but the focus is not on physical possessions. Personal greed, lust, and pride are explicitly mentioned as the adversaries of a quality of life, for they create selfishness.

“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  Luke 12:15

So, what is a real quality of life for Christians? It is spending our days in the expectation and hope of eternal life in God’s kingdom. We can start by abiding by the Ten Commandments, which is a firm guideline for morals. Let’s add unity, harmony, and peace with the Lord and others into the equation. It is loving all God’s children, and sometimes using ‘tough love’ in His image. We should remain in constant prayer and often praise His Holy name.

I ask, is there peace inside your heart, soul, and mind? It’s about time that all Christians get off the fence and plow their ground. Respect the written Word of God, for your salvation is at risk. Do not attempt to minimize or change the Laws of God to suit your own needs.

Take this moment to ask God to come and enter your body of flesh and heal your spirit. It’s a temple, so dust off your soul, vacuum your spirit, and cleanse the ungodly thoughts. Now you will begin to find the Christian quality of life.

God bless you!


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Virus and Violence to Victory

Rampant corruption runs deep in our country. We hide in our homes and pray things will get better. Virus, violence, and victory… which one do you stand for?

Corruption and undermining good intentions have progressed as long as life has existed. We can start with Cain and Abel, where hate and greed dominated the soul of a brother. But bigger than this was the man who walked with Jesus named Judas. He betrayed Jesus and sold His soul for thirty pieces of silver.

What’s new today is not new at all because it’s just another viral wave of interruptions. Many people try to ward off the godly intentions of men. Through the course of history, our founding fathers fought feverishly for our freedom. A hundred years later, civil wars brought unrest, and thousands died at the hands of the enemy. Years later, we fought to protect what man deemed worthy of God’s protection.

Today, we watch another wave of hatred. It is still the men who give their sweat defending humanity’s rights from viruses and violence, so we may once again live in victory. Every war had viruses that plagued soldiers. “Agent Orange,” I remember, was the disease that killed so many of my friends who served in Vietnam. Now, COVID 19 is as viral as any war ever seen on our land. It can be said the virus and violence running through the veins of our precious country is just another attack to hinder our sweat equity.

Victory is the vibrant whispers of standing together, believing in one God, and going home to a place of peace, as our Lord Jesus promises us. No viruses or violence will be… just the sweet triumph of living where evil is not permitted behind the gates of Heaven.

I lost a talented friend and follower this week. He stood for the men who wore their sweat on their brow and was the greatest fiddle player in the world, Charlie Daniels. He gave his life to be with Christ while hoping he made this world a better home for America. I hope a comrade, a soldier, or a statue will stand in honor of this good man’s memory. God graced us with his presence. We should all be blessed to call him “friend.”

From virus to victory and all the violence we’ve endured, let us praise God for our strength, for we are stronger in numbers. No virus can claim where eternity prevails! Jesus paid our debt to be free from the sins of the world and non- believers. Rise, my friends! Our Redeemer lives graciously in our hearts and homes.

Virus and violence (is there a difference??) have no home in our hearts or home when we live in victory with Jesus. Praise God, won’t you? For it is He glowing our bright light. Listen to the lyrics, the sweet sounds of victory for God is about to bring us all home.

A Psalm of David (Psalm 108: 1-6; 12-13)

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make melody.

    Awake, my soul!

Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn.

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations.

For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.

Give victory with your right hand, and answer me, so that those whom you love may be rescued.

O grant us help against the foe, for human help is worthless. With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.


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The Perfect 10

As society sways in and out of the going tide, I reach for answers deep inside my soul. Hatred brands many minds as their evil destruction is so uncharacteristic of God’s original creation. Today we are at the mercy of the town criers who scream, “The world is ending!” Funny, it’s only the unbelievers who are running scared and to such wild extremes. God set on stone tablets the instructional directions that we are to follow – the perfect 10, known as the Commandments.

While rereading these moral laws, can we understand that if everyone lived by them, then crime, hatred, and deplorable sins would barely exist? And of all the alterations to the Bible and God’s Words, never have these laws been touched. Interesting! So, they are my perfect ten, for they are the only laws we need to live a godly life.

In my reverence, I consider what man has done to the essence of society. They removed the Lord from schools; very few believe in Him or attend church, churches are burned down, and social media placed bans on Christian posts. Among the battle cries, we have hateful, godless children and adults who wave their artillery, damning everyone’s life. In their rightful mind, no man will find peace and harmony without the Lord seated in their soul!

As history repeats itself, God sent the perfect ten for the Israelites, His chosen people, to follow because riots and upheavals were commonplace. His commandments, handed to Moses, defined their sin and revealed the difference between the holy and a commoner.

“Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ (Exodus 19:5-6) …”

The Lord also clarified that those defiant in His laws will forever carry the guilt because it is blasphemy. Need I clarify that society, today, doesn’t want any standard of righteousness, rules, or Commandments? People do not recognize their bondage of sin, and sadly, they are doomed. Satan has deceived the inhabitants of this world!

Christians, I ask you to please pray for the lost who dominate our land. May we all soon, see the power of the Perfect Ten. Let us hold close God’s laws and never forget their meaning or value for our eternal salvation.


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Recognizing Humanity

As appalling current events unravel before our very eyes, an underlying message lies deep between the lines of the newspapers and social media posts. Christians must understand we need to stand up, today, for the Lord and His written Word. Be followers of Jesus, or live in the sinful realm of Satan!

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.  1 John 3:7

Are all people not created equal? Did God make one race superior over another? No! He made each person unique in His own light, and an “image of Him.” So, why is there a need for racism?

My first thought in recognizing humanity is the word equality. It engulfs the notion that every person, regardless of religion, race, or gender, has the same rights. I believe this to be true, but many in the United States have a tough time putting it into practice. I think the issue is not about equality, but a varying difference of opinions. Let me give you an example…

In today’s times, the Jews often dispute “the image of God.” They feel strongly that God was referring only to Israel’s nation, for they abide more so by the Old Testament than Christians. The problem with this is God didn’t create people to be more valuable than others, nor more deserving of His love than others.

We must come to grips with the fact that humanity will either accept God’s Word or not and live a life worthy of God. It is an individual choice – one which will be personally answered to before the Lord.

I find the greatest country on earth, oddly enough, is spreading the most immature behavior. Americans are like a box of crayons standing collectively inside a little cardboard box. Our colors bring vibrancy to creativity, yet the mean-spirited are determined to break us in half, creating separation through social justice. We each bring gifts and talents to the table, and all skin colors and religions are equal in the worth that God has given them.

My goodness! Isn’t it time to come together? Yes, I’m aware Satan has control over many; but it shouldn’t deter the rest of our communities from acknowledging the self-worth of man.

In the spirit of recognizing humanity, let us attend church regularly instead of rioting. If you want equality, then put God first. Yes, let’s recognize humanity! Instead of rioting and judging others for their race and religion, let us go to church on Sunday morning and ask for forgiveness. Pray for the lost that they may find solace in the Lord.

It is Satan’s unending motive to disenfranchise us from God, so why are we empowering him? The discrimination of racism begins in the heart, so give it to God! I ask you to recognize humanity for what it is – the Lord’s beautiful creations… born with many differences.


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Life Is a Sherbet Sky

In our hurried day, we rarely capture the time to examine life. We have appointments to keep, bills to pay… a constant hustling from dawn to dusk. But I love to watch a campfire glowing as evening arrives over the treetops. The dark of night glows a sherbet sky. The silhouette of the trees makes a perfect outline against the impending darkness.

I thank God for my beautiful life, though sometimes it’s been tough. Having scuffles with Satan trying to alter my direction, I always seem to return to my point of center. I wish everyone knew God is the center of life.

Every day it seems a calamity of things needs changing in our world. In my prayerful mind, I know God reigns control of events. Life remains so viable… a splendorous touch between myself and the Holy Spirit. Some say it’s paranormal, but being one with my Maker is a resounding joy. I cherish the majestic evenings when I can sit outside and enjoy the fruits of my endeavors!

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Matthew 6:33

We often take life for granted until God teaches us its worth. Within a kiss, a hug, or maybe a sherbet sky, lie those precious, irreplaceable moments. All those family members who we wish were closer, or still, with us, are times gone forever. We’ve paved our road to the heavenly Father.

Life… what beautiful memories and a wonderful dream! The sherbet sky fills the imagination as God gives all mankind the right to survive in His name. Our almighty Lord and Creator is life. Never doubt or deny His existence, for, without Him, life on earth would be a black hole.

Praise God on this day for the sun rises, shining on our daily dreams. As sure as He exists, it will set tonight, and the heavens will look like the break of dawn. Life is a beautiful sherbet sky when the Lord and I can share it with you.

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20 (NIV)


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