Les B
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 3 years, 8 months and 25 days.

  I have published 256 blogs and 1,052 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Nov 19 2017 12:20:46pm

 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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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......
Our biggest problem and greatest need
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Gal. 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (KJV) Many things have been written about this verse on CB and the Christian world. This translation is chosen for a very specific reason. I and we too often speak and think of Christ and the crucifixion in past tense. Something done two thousand years ago allowing us to now consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to righteousness. The Lord is very specifically making a point of this truth present tense. At this very moment, are we crucified in Christ whatever we are doing or encounter? Is my heart, thoughts, and life given completely to this notion … I am crucified......
An offering of thanks and praise
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Gal. 5:22, 23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (NASB) Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you so much for today for Your Spirit and Word. I write a simple thanks to You! Though others grow tired of hearing my woes … Thank you there were no anxiety attacks today! Thank you Lord Jesus. Praise Your Name! I sound like those thanking You for a day without drink. There has not been a day like this for two years. Only something, the Lord of all could do. Thanks and praise to Your Name! Giving rest to my soul, what wondrous grace! Speaking now of Your yoke easy and light. You are gracious to all who seek You. Lord, I ask the Spirit helps make this a day of remembrance.......
God's work and grace
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Psa. 77:1, 2 - My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud; My voice rises to God, and He will hear me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness; My soul refused to be comforted. (NASB) In times of great trial and suffering, simple choices confront. Focus on the mountain of trouble or choose God's direction. Five simple but difficult actions to take through His Spirit: Recall the wonders of His work. (Psa. 77:11, 12) Stand on the promise of God's written and living Word Christ Jesus (Psa. 119:5) Never forget He is always with us. Even in the roaring furnace. (Duet. 31:6, Isa. 41:10) The Lord guarantees He will comfort all coming to Him who grieve. (Matt. 5:4) Ask His Spirit to strengthen to consider current suffering......
Overwhelming grief, overcoming grace (lamentations 3)
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Lam. 3:1, 2, 4, 8, 11 - I am the man who has seen affliction … He has driven me and made me walk In darkness and not in light … He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away … … Even when I cry out and call for help, He shuts out my prayer … He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces; He has made me desolate. Jeremiah, writing of the Holy Spirit most certainly was lamenting, or "crying out" to make sense of suffering shared and endured from Israel's Babylonian captivity. God allows him and the chosen people to become desolate. Even petition and prayers are closed. (Lam. 3:8, 10) Certainly, the sins of the generations are being visited upon all of Israel. Why does Jeremiah and those who remain faithful to the Lord walk crooked and......
Our daily bread
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Matt. 6:11 - "Give us today our daily bread." Christ teaching the 'Lord's Prayer,' this verse is truly foreign unless growing up destitute, homeless, or in a developing country. Living in uncertainty of food present for the day's sustenance. This reality existed in the crowd spoken too in 1st century Israel. Food, shelter, and clothing are basic needs in life. No health, wealth, and prosperity teaching if only possessing enough faith. Not facing the daily reality of lack of food, judging the five thousand becomes rather easy. Only to follow Jesus for satisfaction of physical huger. (John 5, 6) What is wrong wanting Jesus to meet the basic needs to exist? Christ’s focus is on the eternal and spiritual obtained only partaking of His body and blood …......
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