Torah Glory Joy


*Please take a moment to read… the blog below…It’s powerful….. thought provoking and life changing..
In the midst of pain and hurt we sometimes just don’t understand why things happen but we must know there’s comforter in Jesus who’s waiting to walk with us through it all but that’s not all. He’s willing to carry the burden and load because he knows we can’t carry it alone. Yesterday Shaun said something that’s so true. Death is so difficult because that was never the original design or plan at the beginning of the creation of the world. Now there using their tragedy to bring others closer to and in relationship with the creator… Continue to pray for this family as they share their faith and strength through this difficult trial.

Torah Glory Joy

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With great sadness and sorrow I share this…

Just over two weeks ago, on Wednesday June 24th around 5:45pm we unexpectedly lost our baby girl, Torah.  I found her unresponsive after trying to wake her from a nap.  We immediately administered CPR, as did the medics when they arrived on scene, but we were not able to resuscitate her.

She was only two months and eight days old.  We are still in utter shock and disbelief.

Our hearts ache and hurt with the deepest of pain we have ever felt.  There have been moments, minutes, and hours of pure agony; tears that seemingly flood our eyes without ceasing.  Shaun and I hurt for each other and for each one of our children.

This is the hardest thing we’ve ever had to face as a family.  We’ve been clinging to God for strength and comfort; and, through it all we’re seeing…

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JESUS IS CLOSE


Jesus is close and near to us and he’s closer than sometimes we think. We may not feel his presence because we’re so wrapped up in what we may be going through we fail to realize it. As we go through Jesus is watching us just like he was watching his disciples as they were struggling with the boat oars as they sat in the middle of the lake because of the force of the wind. As Jesus watched them struggle he was going to pass them by which is interesting.

Could it be because even though there was some struggle even in the midst of it they hadn’t panicked? Well out of fear they panicked and cried out and when they did Jesus responded. He responded by getting in the storm right along with them seeing them through their moment of fear, confusion, helplessness, and hopelessness and even though they panicked Jesus never did.

As we go through the many challenges in life sometimes we panic. We panic because what’s right before our eyes may be something we can’t see through or see the outcome. But even when we panic Jesus never does.

Mark 6:47-51(NIV)

47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.

48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them,

49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed

JESUS NEVER PANICS IN ANY SITUATION WE’RE IN. WHY? BECAUSE HE KNOWS THERE’S POWER IN HIS NAME AND HE KNOWS IF THINGS DOESN’T TURN OUT THE WAY WE EXPECTED THEM TO. HE’S STILL SOVEREIGN AND WORTHY OF ALL OUR PRAISE AND IN THE END NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IF WE BELIEVE IN HIM WE’LL BE WITH HIM FOREVER IN ETERNITY AND WHAT CAN COMPARE TO THAT…..NOTHING!!!

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HE MEETS THE NEED BUT ALLOWS US TO PARTICIPATE


Its one thing to be concerned about someone’s need and it’s another thing to do something about it. In the Gospel of Mark the disciples were concerned about the physical need in regards to food of those who had been following Jesus.

But it was Jesus who decided to do something about it. What’s cool about that though is that even though Jesus took care of the need he allowed them to be a part of it. After breaking the bread Jesus gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people.

Mark 6: 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. (Jesus provides/they participate in providing the physical need).

Not only did Jesus allow them to be a part of this physical need at this present time. He paralleled that right before his ascension but this time he allowed them to participate in something more important.

Jesus knowing we needed a savior (provided a spiritual need by dying on the cross) left his Holy Spirit to us after his death while leaving his words with his disciples allowing them to participate (by preaching the gospel he taught them) in the spiritual need of God’s people.

Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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YOU ARE LOVED!!


Just know you”re loved!!! Happy Valentines Day..

McSellers Thought Of The Day

Valentines day bring sadness to many people throughout the world because they feel less special if they”re not in a relationship. But according to Gods word everyone has a valentine and the good thing is his love is greater, everlasting and unconditional.

John 15:9- “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. His love is so deep that John:15-13- “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Just know you”re loved!!!

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YOU HAVE A VISION BUT WHOSE IS IT?


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Proverbs 29:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

There’s something to be said about a vision. In the scripture the word vision represents several things.

1. It represents a direct connection and revelation from God. (His vision)

Genesis 15:1
15 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward

2. It represents what’s in our hearts in essence our ( own vision).

Ezekiel 13:7
7 Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken?

3. Visions doesn’t always start easy and may come with struggles, pain, correction and discipline and even require us to step out of our comfort zone before we see the reward.

Acts 9:10-15
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.
12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.

4. Some visions are only to be proclaimed at a certain time. Meaning there’s a time a place and an order in which they are to be revealed.

Daniel 8:26
26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”

Matthew 17:9
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

You have a vision but whose is it?
In the end without God’s guidance and direction through prayer for his vision(not our own) the people will perish.

WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE FACE OF YOUR ENEMY WHO DO YOU SEE


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As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King today and what he stood for there couldn’t be a better song that symbolize what he stood for. In our current state of racial tension and divide and as we embark on a new journey with the inauguration let us remember that Martin Luther King might not have agreed on certain points with the President Elect but one thing we know based off his legacy despite how he may have felt he still would have consider the President Elect a brother and a son of the living God. #takealisten

HOW WE RESPOND TO CONFLICT SAYS A LOT


How we respond when someone insults us not only shows us who they are but more importantly show us who we really are and where our hearts truly stand. In the midst of being insulted Jesus did a couple of things that can only be done in the spirit but in our flesh we want to do the opposite. This is what he did.

1. He didn’t retaliate.
2. When he suffered he didn’t make threats.

The reason he didn’t make threats was because he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He totally trusted in God and not himself understanding that what he was going through was purposeful.

1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

When we are insulted we want to retaliate and when we suffer we want to make threats instead and put our situations and trust into our own hands instead of putting them in the masters hand. We can truly trust that he has a purpose and plan far greater than our own and know that just like Jesus in difficult times we too can tap into the Holy Spirit allowing it to lead us.

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A LIFE LESSON FROM LES MISERABLES


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Forgiveness can really change someone’s life and draw them closer to Christ.

With that I’ve watched Les Miserables twice when it first came out after getting the DVD for my wife because she enjoyed it and I fell a sleep on it both times we watched it. I remember the first time watching it I asked my wife five minutes in will they be singing like this the whole time because I hope not it’s making my head hurt. She said yes and I was like oh no lol and I fell a sleep after 15 minutes in.

Well yesterday I actually watched it seriously with my bride without falling a sleep and just couldn’t stop thinking about the love of Christ and just how one-act of forgiveness can change the world and the story to someone’s life. When Jean Valjean was homeless needing someone to take him in it was the Bishop who took on that burden to cloth, house and feed him. Valjean out desperation took items of value from the Bishop and fled which would cause trust issues, bitterness and unforgiveness. But when Valjean was caught and brought back to the bishop by the police the bishop denied him taking the items even given him more than he had taken.

That one-act of forgiveness changed the course of Valjeans life drawing him closer to Christ and it changed the life of Fantine, Javert and Cosette to include the people Valjean was the Mayor of during his time and it all started with the Bishop displaying the love of Christ through his forgiveness.. I could write more about the love of a mother willing to do anything for their child displayed in Fantine. I could write more about the duty Javert felt like he had to do believing he was doing truly the right thing reminding me of Saul before he became Paul and I could write more about Cosette a girl in desperate need to be loved after losing her mother. I could write more about a group of people wanting and desiring fairness and a better way of life from those who oppressed them. I could write more about a group of wealthy young men who were willing to stand against oppression against the will of their wealthy family. But what speaks to me the most from a story with several stories. Is the Christ like act of forgiveness. Reminding me just how impact full forgiveness can be.

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Job and Suffering Part 1(Intro)


#MUSTREAD.. Please take a moment when you can and read this blog post written by my daughter. I must admit when I started reading this I forgot that a teenager wrote this because of the depth of the truth written in it. But I was quickly reminded what Paul told Timothy. 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)

12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

There’s no such thing as perfect or perfect kids or family and we’re not perfect parents but one thing I can say is that this writing shows that even though we’re not perfect by Gods grace we’re doing something at least a little right. I’m so proud of this young ladies heart and proud to call her my daughter!! Her heart is for her generation and the youth under her so if you know anyone in her age group or younger don’t hesitate to share this with them.

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Hey everyone! Let’s get into the Word God has put into my heart today.

So, today I want to focus on suffering. I know, not quite the “comfortable blog”, but I feel we all need to know a little more about suffering, how it works, and why it’s good for us. For the next couple of days or so I will be focusing on the book of Job. Job suffered a lot in this book and I believe we can learn much from him and his suffering.

Lord I pray that you open our hearts and minds to the Scripture I am about to speak about. I pray you give me the words to say. I pray that after I write this blog and after people read it, we all walk away from it with a better understanding of suffering. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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