To Which Kingdom Do You Belong?

We must trust in the Sovereignty and Providence of God and to His promise of a better world to come. Our hope is in Christ and not in a president or in our government. (Revelation 11:15).
We must remember that ultimately we are not in control of the world events around us. We must trust in God and in His Sovereign will for our nation.

 We need to be more passionate about advancing the gospel than we are a political agenda. We need to fix the church before we go “make America great again.”

The things of this earth will pass but when we leave from here we are taking the gospel with us, not our political affiliation. 

So, where are we placing our hope? Are we placing our hope and building a castle in a kingdom that will fail? Or are we placing our hope in the Eternal Kingdom built for us in the Kingdom of Heaven?

By no means does this mean you should avoid politics, but we must put God first and above all. Because if we place our hope in an earthly kingdom we will be let down. 

If anything remember this: the Kingdom of God does not advance through political power but through the gospel. (Phillipines 3:20, Hebrews 11:9-10). 



I can either choose to live a life of righteousness or choose to live in sin. I cannot do both. 

In the book of Revelation 3:20 God says he hates lukewarm Christians. Either you are full on for God or you are not there is no in between 

As for myself? I’ve been living in the land in between. I am a wretched man. One day I’m all in for God and in the same day I fold it all and am ice cold. 

 More often than not I’m ice cold. Makes me really wonder where my priorities lay anymore. 

A Generation of Conditional Worship

Take a seat my friend, grab a cup of coffee and lets talk about theology. Stay with me now, I’ve got something to say that you might want to stick around for.
Theology. What is theology? Simply put, theology is the study of God in scripture, history and in nature. Theology is not a religion. It’s a study that helps us (try to) understand God. I like how R.C. Sproul stated “Perhaps, no doctrine has greater bearing on all other doctrines than the doctrine of God.” The better we try to understand the nature and character of God, the better we can understand the nature and character of man.

America: Land of the free, because of the brave. No other nation per capita has more people that claim to be Christian than any other country. It almost seems as if the religion of the Ancient of Days started here in America.

In recent years we have seen a generation that is hungry for God, a revolution of hipster millennial Christians show up to church with ripped up jeans, coffee in hand from a local coffee shop ready to hear the latest worship songs from Bethel Music and Hillsong. The Christian church has never seen a more passionate generation of worship for God.

But wait, there is a catch. The same worship hungry church goers seek a conditional God to an easily offended generation. We live in a generation that is emotionally weak, and everything is watered down including the truth because they’re so easily offended.
In order for churches to attract these young hipsters they tend to compromise on their theology and doctrine, careful not to offend them but simply want to lead them to Christ. Some churches are wanting to attract millennials by watering down the gospel and allowing them to seek a conditional God and is accepting of sin. While we are encouraged to come as you are, churches are failing to teach of regenerated heart and never addressing sin. A millennial focused church seems more interested in making converts and in growing numbers to Christianity instead of making disciples totally committed to Jesus Christ.

So where do we go from here? How do we correct this epidemic of misleading millennials in  false doctrine of Christianity?

First we should heed warnings from Revelation 2-3 and what it tells us when it comes to compromise when it comes to Jesus. In the letters to the 7 churches Jesus warns of the different actions in which they are lacking. He who has an ear, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches (Rev 2:7a NASB).
Much like the message of Sardis this generation is very much alive for Christ, but yet at the same is dead. This generation needs to wake up and strengthen the things that remain (Rev 3:2).
Then in the message to the church of Laodicea, that they are neither cold nor hot but lukewarm and that He wants to spit them out of his mouth (Rev 3:15).

This generation and all Christians for that matter should listen to the warnings to the churches of Sardis and Laodicea. We are alive in Christ but cannot decide if we want to live for him because we are too caught up in the world and want to hold onto sin (preaching to the choir here).

While I am not pointing fingers entirely at the Millennial generation, its to myself and the whole Christian nation of America. We as Christians need to remember that we are to conform to the image of Christ and not of this world and leave no room for compromise.

The end is near and Jesus is coming soon and very soon. We do not have time for self-centered Christianity. We need to stop worshiping a conditional God and turn our eyes upon the unconditional saving grace of Jesus Christ. We need to stop trying to fix Christianity to conform to our needs but conform to the teachings of Christ.
We need to stop compromising our theology and doctrine to please people just because they are offended by the truth

Feeling Empty

For the past week I’ve felt extremely empty and alone.
I feel like something is missing.
I haven’t felt God’s presence in the past week. I know He hasn’t left me and He is still there.
Last week I wrote in my journal: “Empty me Lord of everything that is of me and not of you”.
This is where the healing begins? Emptiness?

What I know for sure:
1) What has defeated me does not have to define me.
2) My failure forces me to face my future.
3) The place of my greatest fall will be the place of my greatest call.
4) Real salvation means real change.

My prayer tonight:
Heavenly Father, I know you are there but the past week I have not been there. I have felt so alone. Forgive me Lord for being far from you when you’ve been right by my side. Help me to draw near to you Lord. Help me Lord to feel you are near. Restore me Lord. Make me new. Transform my heart and change me from the inside out. Help me so that my actions reflect Your Son Jesus.
In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.


To silence a mistake
A life must be erased

A silenced “mistake”
A life is aborted in place

A silent scream
The end of a murderous dream

A generation wiped away in silence
A redistributed decision
Only to be sold in parts in the name of science

A generation that cares more about life outside the womb but not inside the womb
All lives matter except the unborn
The unborn child doesn’t have a choice
The unborn child doesn’t have a voice
Your choice silences another voice

What #MemorialDay means to me – Remembering my fallen comrades

Arlington National Cemetary

Arlington National Cemetery

August 30, 2010 was like any other day in the life of a Chaplain Assistant in an U.S. Army Infantry Unit Ministry Team. My Chaplain and I arrived at on outpost in Kandahar, Afghanistan to visit some of our soldiers, provide some well needed care and ministry and to conduct a chapel service for them. This had been the norm for just shy of two months in country.
When we arrived at the outpost I went to the tent I’d be sleeping in for the night and took off my gear and put my assault pack down and was getting ready to go see a few buddies.
As soon as I came out the tent I was met by someone and they told me to grab my gear and that we were about to go on a foot patrol, one of the squads of Delta Company had taken a hit and we were going to see them. I grabbed my body armor, my kevlar and slung my M4. I was immediately met by my Chaplain and he briefed me that two of our guys had been killed in action. My stomach sank and everything seemed to go silent.
As we prepared to go on the foot patrol I went into defense mode to make sure my chaplain got there safe to provide much needed ministry that would turn out to be a very long day. Our guys were located at an abandoned house by a small village just outside the outpost. When we arrived the helicopter was just landing to pick up our fallen comrades. My chaplain went ahead to pray a blessing over our KIA’s (killed in action) and I waited back and pulled security with the rest of the guys.
The helicopter took off and the chaplain told me to continue pulling security. Moments later the commander gathered up the men of the squad to brief them what had happened to their two brothers in arms, they knew their friends had been hurt, they didn’t quite know they had been killed.
A heaviness laid across my fellow Soldiers. Brokenhearted and angry a few men cried and hugged each other, a few went recluse and went about themselves.
As I walked around I talked with a few guys offering words of encouragement and embarrassing my brothers in a hug. A friend of mine walked up to me, a medic who had been on site to try and save his fellow comrades who were just killed moments ago. Tears streamed down his face.
“They died. I was their medic and I couldn’t save them.” the medic told me.
“You did everything you could. You got out there and did your job.” I told him as I placed a comforting arm around him.
As he cried he went into more detail about what he had to go through. My heart broke for him as he told me. I offered a few more words, hugged him and he went on.
Later on that afternoon I was sitting up against a wall in the compound taking it all in. It had been a long morning and I was trying to gather my emotions from what was a very chaotic day so far.
My chaplain walked up to me and sat down next to me. We talked a for a little bit and encouraged one another to keep pushing on. Then he hit me with harder news that I wasn’t expecting. A friend of ours, Chaplain Goetz, another chaplain who served in the Brigade we were in had been killed that day too, just moments after our friends in the unit were killed.
My heart sank. I held back tears as I nodded, he encouraged me more and we moved on. We had ministry we had to provide to our guys.
It was late afternoon and the men were exhausted physically and emotionally. Another squad came in to help pull security so they other guys could rest. I immediately volunteered to pull security with them wanting to help any way I could. I pulled multiple security shifts that afternoon and into the night. I remember standing there pulling security prepared for anything.
Because of that event I formed a bond with those men that will never be forgotten.
After what was a sleepless night, the Chaplain and I had to get back to our main outpost to begin preparing for the memorial ceremony.

1LT Noziska and SSG Grochowiak Memorial Ceremony In Kandahar Afghniastan

1LT Noziska and SSG Grochowiak Memorial Ceremony In Kandahar Afghanistan


That day, August 30, 2010, three men lost their lives serving their country. 1LT Mark Noziska, SSG Casey Grochowiak and CH (CPT) Dale Goetz. Chaplain Goetz was the first chaplain killed in action during the Iraq/Afghanistan war conflict.
I’ll remember that day for the rest of my life because it brought the reality that war is hell. But with war comes sacrifice, and men like Mark, Casey and Dale paid that ultimate sacrifice for their county so that we may live in liberty and freedom.

On Memorial Day we take time to remember the men and women of this country who didn’t make it back home and paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives.
Tomorrow is not a day to thank a veteran for their service to our country, but a day to remember those who didn’t make it back home. If anything have compassion on those who lost a friend.
My prayers go out to those dealing with the loss of a husband, a father, a brother, a wife, a mother, a sister and a friend.

Remembering those who gave their lives so that we may live in freedom. Thank you for your service to our country and paving the way so that we may know what freedom is.

A Consuming Fire – overcoming things that take you away from Christ

Sometimes life gets in the way. Our days can become mundane and routine we tend to leave out and neglect the most important thing in our lives, our relationship with God. The busyness of life consumes us. Then in our downtime we find other things that consume our time to escape the reality of a busy life. Some people find solace in reading a book. Some people find comfort in watching mindless hours of television. Some people spend countless hours with their head buried in a smartphone enslaved to social-media. Regardless, we tend to find things other than God to consume our time. It’s not that we don’t have time to fit God into our busy schedule, it’s that we don’t MAKE time to spend time with God. We are bonded to other things that take our time away from God.
What if instead of spending countless, mindless hours in front of the television or on smartphones we find solace in spending that time in prayer and reading God’s Word? What if we take all that time and be consumed in God’s Word and become fully committed followers to Jesus Christ and not just say we are?
John Piper said “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”
Sometimes we need to dial it back and refocus our eyes on Jesus. The only way we can refocus our priorities is to completely abstain or fast from those things that consume our time.
Isaiah 58:5-6 (ESV) says “Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke?”
Clearly things that we become addicted to are just an attempt to fill in that God-shaped hole with other things that are not of God. Can you fit a square peg into a round hole? No. The only thing that can fill that void is God. Abstaining or fasting can undo the straps of bondage and addiction and lift that consuming burden. Fasting can loosen the bond of sin and break addiction and help us to realign our priority in Christ.
Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in order to resist temptation, so fasting to resist sin can have a powerful stronghold over Satan when he tempts us.

Recently I’ve taken a short break from something that has consumed a lot of my time. I chose to abstain from Twitter for three days in attempt to loosen the yoke of its addiction. Instead of my days being consumed in Twitter, I replaced that time spent in God’s Word. God revealed to me just how precious our time with him truly is. Instead of spending 3-4 hours at night scrolling and tweeting, I spent those hours immersed into God’s Word.

My other addiction was politics and news. It fed my need to tweet. The news only fueled anger and I got consumed in the things of this world and the entire time I took my eyes off Jesus, who is the only mediator between us and the  bondage of an evil world. I was always upset at the decline of civilization I failed to look at the one solution that was needed, Jesus. I spent more time being angry at the things I cannot change, instead of focusing on the thing I CAN change and that’s my relationship with Christ. 

With that being said, as I write this I am feeling led by the Holy Spirit to push my fast an additional 5 days until next Wednesday, making the fast last a week. Also to resist any further temptation, I’m deleting the app on my phone until I feel God giving me the green light to log back on. 

I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be silent on world issues and politics. But what I was silent on was my relationship with Jesus. 

I’ve always said silence is not an option. At this point, silence needs to be an option so I can realign and refocus my life on Christ. Because what I shouldn’t be silent on is my prayers and time in Gods Word.