Les B
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 3 years, 9 months and 12 days.

  I have published 261 blogs and 1,067 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Dec 10 2017 08:27:25pm

 I currently live in: United States.
 About Les B

wanting to be a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. To overcome through Christ regardless of circumstance.

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Why Do We Make It So Complicated?
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Colossian 2: 4 10 “Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (NJKV) Over the past weeks, a smile and chuckle comes as I......
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Strong in the lord
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Eph. 6:10 - Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. (NIV) How humbling used by Thee, Why oh God, do You speak to me? Some read the words You say, Eternal value in price did pay! Brothers and sisters the world all around, Many without holy word You still ground. Lord You are perfect in all Your ways, Please teach wisdom numbering days. Showing battle is not mine lacking power on own, Only in Christ's strength victories find. Spirit guides steps for You such ease, Walking in Your heart, greatly pleased! Holy Lord this is much too much, Loving so great You came to touch. Direct words and hands to bring your glory, In trust can tell Jesus story. Lord and Savior He is the One, Life eternal found in the Son! Heavenly Father, You are mindful of me, Why dear Lord, you hung on......
The joy of the lord
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Neh. 8:10 - This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (NIV) This verse is a favorite and repeated by many often. Uplifting and encouraging but how exactly do we achieve it. A look at Nehemiah's life while rebuilding the wall and gates of Jerusalem provides insight. A captive in service of the King of Persia (cupbearer and advisor), he gains favor from both God and man. How? He calls to the Lord on behalf of Israel in repentance for sin leading to captivity. (Neh. 1:6) With integrity and transparency, he shows sadness and distress for Jerusalem's condition. (Neh. 2:3) Through faithfulness the Lord using the King of Persia, grants passage and materials to restore Jerusalem. (Neh. 2:8) Confronted in other Province's by......
The afflictions of job
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Job 3: 24, & 28 - Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy? … So man wastes away like something rotten, like a garment eaten by moths?" (NIV) Suffering as Job start so well, Accepting good and bad, Both pass through God's hand. Days turn to weeks and weeks to months, Boils cover body, and why's cover soul. Tell me oh Lord, where did You go? Your Face hidden now, Am I a cursed enemy, Rotting out in the cold? Accepting Your Supremacy, I still do not see. Saying to repent, Though not of what my friends say. Of pride deep inside and questioning Your plan. Why oh Lord is the pride so great? Suffering drives fate to the depths of Sheoul. They say Your purpose is to show Heavens' glory and worth, Why dear Jesus, allowing such hurt? To further refine......
From anhedonia to my adoni
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Eph. 2:10 - For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV) The last two visits to my new doctor have been quite enlightening. Mostly from me asking very pointed questions. He does not sugar coat answers using rosy rhetoric. All while maintaining an air of possibility. During an October visit, I queried point blank. Why are there no medications being developed specifically to treat OCD? He truthfully stated big Pharma does not ever see recovering the hundreds of millions of dollars for R&D to bring a medication to market. The customer base is too small. In particular, the small fraction of a percent in the world whose condition is acute as yours. It all came down to dollars and cents. This week we spoke of the......
Am i really a christian
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Isa 29:11 - These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (NIV) This is a really good question. The real key to me is not what has been said or done. Where am I with the Lord at this very moment. Preachers, teachers, etc. point to three things which make us part of the family of God. Believe on the Lord Jesus and be saved … not the belief demons have of Christ (know He is the Son of God). Rather believe He is the only Son of God sent to take my sin, making a way to the Father. Acknowledge sin and turn from it to Christ. Like the prodigal leaving pig pens heading home. Receive Christ Into heart as Lord and Savior. Not I who live but He within me. By Jesus stripes, righteousness, and crucifixion is acceptance with the......
Three learnings about god over and over - i just keep gettin
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Matt. 26:74 - Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, "I don't know the man!" Immediately a rooster crowed. (NIV) No matter the number of times moved between rage, bartering, and grief with God. The Lord always holds and draws back to Himself. As I rage on, He never gives up … truly amazing grace. Now if only able to finally get and stay in acceptance. Heb. 13:5 - “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” The more learned of God the greater the realization of how little I apprehend Him. The Lord's boundless love, patience, and mercy in Christ. Job 36:26 - How great is God--beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out. (NIV) Through the years as grief, upon grief, upon grief mount. The Lord insists......
Giving up - showing up
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Prov. 4:6 - Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. It is often said with age comes wisdom. I have found this not to be true. Wisdom only comes from the Lord. Wisdom as referenced in Proverbs is the Messiah Himself. For us who live since the cross, this is Christ. Bethy's blog Choosing a Title brought much reflection. The lady she mentioned openly sharing struggles with mental illness greatly challenged me. I have felt for some time a "call" to be minister to others who face suffering from mental illness. I start to thinking, 'Lord, look at where I am after battling for over four decades. What do I have to offer anyone when I'm so broken? You know the laundry list of diagnoses. Severe Mental illness (SMI) with......
Christians, depression, and suicide - a reality check
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I Kings 19:3, 4 - Elijah was afraid and ran for his life … He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (NIV) Facts on major depression and suicide: Studies show no variance of occurrence considering all factors. (social, economic, faith, ethnicity, etc.) 5 - 10% of Americans suffer from a major depressive disorder and 25% show criteria existing for a depressive disorder. (15 to 30 million and 80 million respectively) 2/3rd's of the 30,000 US suicide's each year are people suffering depression. The vast majority of suicides are people feeling they no longer belong, or are cared for, and now a burden. Major depression is not simply a......
I am concerned for you
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Ecc. 4:12 - Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (NIV) Thinking of the accountability/support group attending for over a year, then reading Bethy and Kirsten's words placed three items on heart. The encounter with the young lady who asked about healing of mental disorders;. Why wouldn't a loving God and Father do this for His child? I asked the exact same question of the Lord saying, "Lord, I as a father if having the ability to heal my son or daughter from a serious illness would do it because I love them." Expecting a reply I have never received a direct answer as to why has not done this for me. Yes, other Christians have their faith meters, willful sin, and generational curses passed down. What God......
I did not want to disturb you.
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Psa. 142:4 - Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. (NIV) The heartbreaking words of this title were said to me a couple of weeks ago. As a matter of fact, I realized no one has said to me they love me in I not sure how long. So is the life of those with chronic disorders. My doctor about a month and a half ago, acknowledged as people move from the "mainstream of life" into battling and becoming disabled with chronic health issues … people disappear. Does not matter if they are people of faith or not; each moves on with life. Matt. 25:36 - I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. (NIV) Reading K's blogs on crying......
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