John Ward

All you can take with you is that which you've given away

Lies, All Lies..

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

Satan, the deceiver, is good at deceiving. It’s funny how easy it is to forget that.

We love to under-spiritualize things and over litergize (create human customs, words, rules, etc.) things. We love to pretend that we have it all under control and that these head games everybody talks about doesn’t bother us.

Ever play golf? Ever heard of the rookie who was leading insurmountably until he cracked and gave up the lead to the crafty veteran? Ever head of the guy who “couldn’t win the big one”?

These people exist, and they are you and me. We are the fallen.

We continually think that we solve our own problems. We also think that we create them all, as good Christians should think.

But we are continually being deceived. We are lied to. We are constantly lied to.

I remember the first time I led at the church I work for now. I thought I was horrible. I tried my hardest, but I thought nobody liked me. Thought i was too old, not cool enough, not a good fit. Too nervous to look cool, whatever. Three years later I still have my job and was not fired thank God, but I never would’ve known considering how I felt on stage that first night.

We are constantly told things that are not true. Even love is such as this. A drama queen. Date one and you will realize that no love will ever calm her insecurities. Love rejected is love that does exist to that person. You cannot overcome someone who will not believe you love them.

Bring that to the Christian. We are constantly lied to.

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

“And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world.”

“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

It’s amazing how easy it is to see how the Bible describes Satan. He is constantly deceiving us. You’re not good enough. No on likes you. You’ll never be good enough. No one will ever like you.

Sometimes we start to believe these things and that’s when the trouble becomes; when we try to be anything more than what we are: children of the King.

We are alright. We are blessed. We are whole. We are strong, courageous, and well-liked/blessed.

Don’t let any lie tell you otherwise.

-John Ward

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The Top 4 Misused Verses In The Bible

Posted on Jun 30, 2014

Don’t use the internet to promote your own misguided theology.

And by theology, I mean *your* form of the gospel.

I absolutely *hate* it when I see some link disguised as truth simply to promote their own form or sect of the gospel.

Don’t promote the poverty gospel, don’t promote the prosperity gospel, don’t promote Calvinism or Arminianism or anything other than Christ’s gospel.

The gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pharisees and Sadducees use scripture to support what they believe.

Don’t be like that. Support the gospel. Don’t spread your propaganda, especially when it’s disguised as some “fact” we’ve just now discovered. You’re just making Christianity look bad, and I’m tired of that.

- John Ward

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