You have been brought here through the Divine Hand of Providence; GOD has allowed you to make the choice, that doesn’t necessarily mean you arrived here by pure chance.
[Proverbs 16:33 ESV]
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.
Now that you are here, what is Mark 8:35 all about?
First, we have the registry (the only things required to sign up are your Name, Email Address, (for our blind email system, more later) and Zip Code).
Why would you want to join our FREE registry, maybe for the same reason that I conceived the concept?
I was in fear that if the time came for Christians to be persecuted, I would not have the strength to stand for my belief. So I have created his registry to be able to “go on the record” in an attempt to keep my “flesh” from denying our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
You see there was this guy, Peter:
[Mark 14:30-31 ESV]
30 And Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times."
31 But he said emphatically, "If I must die with you, I will not deny you." And they all said the same. ...
This welcome page is not a Bible lesson (those are on my membership page, more on that in a bit}, check out some of the sample writings linked on this page. However, just in case for some reason, you are unaware how the above verses conclude we skip down a bit to.
[Mark 14:72 ESV]
72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." And he broke down and wept.
There are a lot of lessons in the above verses, some are explained to my way of thinking on the membership page (please don’t get put off yet, the membership page has a onetime cost of $3.00 USD and I will even break down where that money goes, if you read far enough on this page).
Back to the FREE registry:
I am going to assume that if you have stayed here this long you are a Christian, one that is probably wondering why should I sign up?
I am not here to start a cult, or become a gathering place for extremist examples of anything except for the love shown to us by Christ Jesus
If mine is the only name in the registry, so be it (You may want to reconsider and join me at a later time)
By the way, NO information, Name, Email. Or anything else, will EVER BE SOLD to ANYONE, There are NO AD’S of ANY KIND ON ANY PAGE
Before I go on to the topic of persecution(especially christian persecution), let me tell you about the membership portion of this site:
As I stated, there is a onetime fee of $3.00 USD, that is three dollars, one time, forever (or until there is some kind of unrecoverable computer crash that wipes out all the data and backups."
That $3.00 is broken down as follows:
Between 30 and 50 cents will pay the PayPal fee for collection
50% of the remainder will be donated to the local (small) church I attend, full disclosure, I am at this time a member of the board of directors of the church, serving in the position of CFO
Of the remainder ($1.25 or so) 10% off the top will also go to my church as tithe, the rest will go to recouping the cost of developing and maintaining this site, also to the IRS, and the rest to supporting my family. Talk about a Get Rich SLOW (or Never) scheme.
The Membership portion of this site has, collections of my sermons and other writings, including my “book in progress” Me and Mine, that tries to explain my understanding of GOD and the universe as we “know it”
There are also links to original music by both my Lovely Wife and My Step-son, both talented songwriters (of whom I am most proud) in addition to links to helpful Bible study tools and other topics.
You (or I) never know what might be found there at any time, so please check back often.
As for my writings, I am not the greatest Bible scholar that ever lived, and I don’t pretend to be, I hope that you might find some insight into your own relationship with GOD from your readings here, my writings are not any great explanation, but more of the way I reconcile the Grandeur and Majestic Power of GOD with my own feeble human mind using his words.
All my writings are free for you to use in anyway (steal my ideas, they all belong to GOD anyway).
Please do not use them in a way that dishonours our GOD, if you do, you have to answer to HIM.
Free Sample Writings
Google Christian persecution, you will find many examples from both around the world and in the United States also, from beheadings and imprisonment to lawsuit’s and fines, you will also find more on the Membership page including history and current examples and their impact on our lives.
Better than Google, here are a few things that Jesus himself told us:
[Luke 21:12-17 ESV]
12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. ...
16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death.
17 May you all be hated by all for my name's sake.
Or from the Gospel of Mark:
[Mark 13:11-13 ESV]
11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death.
13 Also you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Very Bleak, but we have a promise, if we STAND WITH JESUS:
[Mark 8:35 ESV]
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.
All quotes are from the ESV (English Standard Version) translation of the Holy Bible