God the Parent

Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to God’s kids. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said to them was: “Don’t.”

“Don’t what?” Adam asked.
“Don’t eat the Forbidden Fruit.” God replied.
“Forbidden fruit? We got Forbidden Fruit?
Hey, Eve..we got Forbidden Fruit!”
“No way!”
“Where?”
“Don’t eat that fruit!” said God.
“Why?”
“Because I am your Creator and I said so!” said God, wondering why he hadn’t stopped after making the elephants.
A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and was angry.
“Didn’t I tell you not to eat that fruit?” the ‘First Parent’ asked.
“Uh huh,” Adam replied.
“Then why did you?”
“I dunno,” Eve answered.
“She started it!” Adam said.
“Did not!”
“DID so!”
“DID NOT!”

Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own…thus the pattern was set, and it has never changed.

All Things Virgil

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3(NIV)

A friend of mine, who is also a Christian, in the Christian Gaming Community has had some really difficult times in his life recently. His mother died last year and he had taken care of his mom during her illness up until her passing however he has been unable to get a job since. His sister has depression which has advanced since their mother’s death and as a result of many missed days at her job she was recently let go of her position. Now with no income and no financial support or assistance to pay their bills their future has become very uncertain for them right now.

Virgil and I spoke of his feelings of frustration, depression, and feeling that God had abandoned him and sister in his time of need he felt so overwhelmed and scared. He has been praying but things just keep getting worse instead of better.

I told Virgil that I had been searching for a long time praying to God to show me where He wants me to be to do the things that God wants me to do for Him. Decades later I realized that God was preparing to take care of my parents utilizing my nursing experience. My girlfriend had passed away from a rare blood disease and without a job I would be homeless in a few months. I moved back in with my parents and a year and a half later my mom’s health began to decline.

I am accustom to reading the bible randomly picking pages to read in hopes of gaining insight or a glimmer of God’s message or wisdom for me. Since moving back in with my parent I have started reading the bible from beginning to end and then repeat. One day I found this…

And whoever does not provide for relatives, and especially for family members, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.  1Timothy 5:8 (NRSV)

I realized then that I had finally come to the place where God wants me to be for God’s great divine plan…my prayers have been answered. I explained this to Virgil who immediately understood the message I was conveying but the uncertainty of their future still created so much anxiety that Virgil was scared for himself and sister.

26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)

It was late at night when we had finished talking so we prayed. Virgil left Teamspeak 3 to go talk to his sister and I began to write.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7 (NIV)

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)

Darth Vader conducts the Imperial March when the Central Garrison invades the Rochester Symphony.

Today I decided to show my great nerdy-ness because I thought this was pretty cool.

11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)