The Sad State of American’s Church

I am sad that the physical church does not know how to trust God and not people. Maybe this is part of what Jesus was talking about when He said few would find the right path: Just a thought and not being judgmental.

Sad is the fact that people would rather believe the worst about someone than actually look at the truth about them self. Is this not the “American” way?

For example, there are not five official acts of worship to be completed out of habit each Sunday. There is only one act of worship to be completed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Furthermore, when Jesus said that people would know you are His by your love, He was never limiting love to just those that believes the way you believe. After all, did Jesus not love the Clint Eastwood in all of us: the Good, Bad, and Ugly?

Each person within the church that thinks they know the whole truth and therefore does not need to listen is ignorant of the truth.

The church needs to start worshiping God through Jesus and stop worshipping their own self-made knowledge. They need to stop worshipping the roadmap idle known as the Bible. Roadmaps do not get you to the desired destination: Taking actions from following the directions of the map gets you to the destination.

I will continue to seek truth. I will continue to worship the God who through love saved me from a tumor in my gut. I will continue to worship the God who saved me from a living chemical hell on earth. I will continue to trust in God’s grace to lead me where I should go and towards His true church.

Hugs always,

Guy

Biblical Trinity?

Is there a Trinity

 

Over the greater part of the last two years, I have been studying the concept of the “Trinity” and yet I find I am as much confused about this topic as every before.

For example, I can find cloudy supporting information in scripture for and against such a concept; However, I do not find any clear direct mention of such a concept in scripture.

Pretend that I am a ten year old: Can someone explain this concept to me and tell me in a simple but factual way, including scripture, why you believe in or against the concept of the “Trinity”?

Furthermore, please be brave enough to let me know if what you are telling me is something you actually came to believe on your own through studious hours of research or if it was something taught to you by other people.

Thank you in advance.

ARE YOU PREPARED: DEATH PREPARATION

ARE YOU PREPARED: DEATH PREPARATION

Be prepared ahead of time with this list of important documents and information needed when there is a death. Loss of a loved one is traumatic. Self-preparation can help reduce the stress for loved ones during this difficult time.

 

1.  Very Important Preparations:

 

  • Inform estate executor or family member where they can find your important documents.

 

a)   Will or Living Trust

b)   Birth Certificate

c)   DD-214 and other Military Papers

d)   Social Security Card

e)   Divorce Decree(s) (if applicable)

f)    Marriage Certificate,

 

  • Even if you have a Will or Living Trust, discuss your wishes with the executor or family member ahead of time for the disbursement of property, pets, finances, etc. Put this discussion in writing and have it signed and notarized, if possible.

 

  • Take care of your funeral and burial arrangements in advance. After you die is not the best time to take care of the details of burial and will add more stress on your loved ones. Decide beforehand if there will be a funeral, Calibration of Life, small reception, full burial, or cremation.

 

  • Let a family member know the lactation of your current financial statements. This includes bank accounts, income records from all sources, investment and retirement accounts, other assets, credit card accounts, past 4 or 5 years of tax records, and other financial accounts.

 

  • A family member or the executor will need to inform the social security office when you pass away so they can stop any future social security payments. This is also important if your spouse or child can qualify for a Social Security Death Benefit? A married child or spouse may qualify for a death benefit from the Social Security Administration. Call your local social security office to find out.

 

  • Inform estate executor or family member where they can find your important asset and liability records. Mortgage or rental documents, deeds for property, last home appraisal, HUD statements from home purchase and each refinances, receipts for home improvements, vehicle title, outstanding bills such as utilities, phone bills, medical payments, real estate taxes, outstanding loans, subscriptions, or memberships., and any other information related to current assets.

 

  • Do you serve on any boards or volunteer committees? Inform estate executor or family member of all organizations you are involved with and provide phone numbers of key people who you serve with in these organizations?

 

  • If you are involved in any legal disputes inform estate executor or family member of them and provide a limited power of attorney for these matters.

 

  • Inform estate executor or family member where they can find all of your health records and insurance policies.

 

  • Inform estate executor or family member if want to be an organ donor.

 

  • Provide an up-to-date list of all important phone numbers so that your family members will not have to search these numbers out after your passing.

 

2.  Important Recommendations:

 

  • It is recommend that you buy a portable fireproof box, if you don’t already have one; it should be large enough to hold files and a few valuables, but not so large that you can’t easily carry it out if you have a fire. Following are some of the items that you should keep in the box:

 

a)   List of insurance policies, bank accounts and contact information

b)   List of debt obligations, due dates, and contact information

c)   Your family’s passports, birth certificates, and DD-214’s

d)   List of medications, prescription numbers, List doctors and pharmacies that you currently use.

e)   Copy of durable power of attorney, living wills, and healthcare proxies – yours and all those of which you are attorney-in-fact or healthcare surrogate

f)    Copy of each of your wills and all those of which you are the executor

g)   Safety deposit box keys

h)   List of investment, retirement, and bank accounts, with all contact information

i)     Your original Social Security card (when you’re not using it)

 

3.  Final Preparations:

 

  • Finally, you should keep a true copy of this checklist in your portable fireproof box. As you can see, much of the information on the list above is already called for elsewhere in the checklist.  Keeping track of your vital information should be made as simple as possible. Don’t make it any harder than it has to be.
  • Also, keep the original copy of this checklist with your will so that your executor or personal family member representative has access to both. Give other copies of this checklist to individuals such as your lawyer or your close relatives who have copies of your important documents. Keep copies of documents such as wills and trust agreements in your portable fireproof box for easy access.