Hi, I am Who I am!

First off let me say this. I am a Christian. I am washed in the blood of the Lamb. I am saved in Christ and I am, contrary to popular belief, NOT PERFECT…But I am forgiven. I have the same problems that everyone else has. I am human after all. I get depressed and I get so down at times that I just want to check out of reality for a little while. Now there are those that are gonna say things like:

“Wait if you are saved, then you’re perfect. So how can you be depressed?”

Nope not perfect. I won’t be perfect till I get to be with the Father and receive my reward, whatever that might be.

Or

“If God loves you the way that you say he does, He must not be a very loving God to let you go through the depression.”

God does love me. He sent his son to die for me and for you, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t have tribulation. We are going to have tribulation. (Romans 12:12, Acts 14:22, Romans 5:3, Romans 8:35-37, 1Thessalonians 3:4)

Or

“You must not be as saved as you say you are or Jesus would take away all your problems.”

It doesn’t work that way. I am saved in Christ, but I still live in the world and still have to deal with all the problems that come with it.

So

Yup I have heard them all. We tend to lay blame for our problems at the feet of the one who created us. We shake our fists in the air and yell “Why are you doing this to me?” It’s God’s fault or the “loves you so why” nonsense. We did this, not God. We did this, we had it made in the garden. We lacked for nothing and yet we threw it all away. We blame God and yet it is not His fault. We need a scapegoat and He is the goat to be scaped.

Even Christians do it. I have, jokingly of course. “Someone up there doesn’t love me!” We call out to God and cry that it is his fault and it’s not. Now why are I so on this “His fault” line. Cause well it’s true.

I am who I am. I am a flawed human being! I am saved by grace and living in the love of the Lord. I love being a Christian. They say that being a Christian is a ball chain thing. I am a slave to the King and nothing could be further than the truth. Since I took Jesus as my own, I have had all the freedom that I so love. Jesus is a not a ball and chain but rather He is a chain breaker, a prison shaker and a pretty awesome Saviour!

There is no such thing as a perfect Christian today. We are flawed. All we can do is do the best that we can and serve the Lord and spread His gospel. If we all do that then our Lord will be known around the world and be worshiped! We are to be Christ like and as hard as we try, we won’t be able to . Christ is Perfect! We are not!

You are loved. Loved by a loving God. Loved by a Saviour that gave his life for you. So when someone says “aren’t you perfect?” You can say!

not perfect

“Keep Looking UP! His Coming Is Nigh!”

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Jesus Is!

Who is Jesus, well there are many names for Him! The Bible is full of them. You can’t swing a cat without reading one.

1Cor 15:45-47

45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.

Paul writes that Jesus is the second Adam. Without sin and perfect. Adam was originally perfect in every way. Had he done what he was suppose to do, he would have stayed perfect but alas he did not.

Jesus on the other hand was perfect. He was born perfect for he was not just a mortal man. He is God made flesh!

Allies, the Christian band, calls Jesus “The Last Chance Cafe.” For He is the last chance.

“NO man comes before the Father but by me!” John 14:6

Rev 21:6

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “[a]It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.”

Jesus is the First and the Last.

White Heart calls Jesus “The Beat Of A Different Drum”

Rock And Roll Worship Circus calls Jesus “The Undiscovered”

Carman calls Jesus “The Champion”

C.S. Lewis calls him “Aslan”

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2010/04/and-answer-was-aslan.html

So many names of the Loving Saviour!

John calls Him the Advocate (1 John 2:1) He also calls Him the Word (John 1:1). Matthew calls Him, Beloved of God (Matthew 12:18). Mark called Him, Good Teacher (Mark 10:17). Luke calls Him, Consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25)

He is throughout all of the Old Testament. Daniel calls Him, “Ancient of Days “(Dan 7:9), David calls Him so many names. “King of Glory” (Psalms 24:7), “Chief Cornerstone”(Psalms118:22), “Most Mighty” (Psalms 45:3).

Jeremiah

“Branch Of Righteousness” (Jer 33:15)

Isaiah

“Wonderful Counselor (is 9:6), Mighty God (Is 9:6), Eternal Father (Is 9:6), Prince Of Peace (Is. 9:6), Mighty One Of Jacob (Is 60:16), Man of Sorrows (Is 53:3)”

These are but a few. Look them up and get the read along points if you have them in your Bible.

Jesus has so many names that are not biblical but still so important. One person I know calls Jesus “The Love Of My Life”. Whatever you call him be it “First Love” (1 John 4: 19) to “Love of a Lifetime” or maybe the simple “Saviour”.

The names we give to the Saviour of the world is up to us. They can be biblical or not. We show our love and respect for Him when we do so. If people look at you funny, smile and whisper “Jesus is Groovy Man!”

“To God be the Glory, for in His love for us, He sent HIS Son to die for all mankind.”

Carman said it best!

 

“Keep Looking Up! His Coming is Nigh!”

 

Copyright 2019 Jim Ley

 

 

 

 

I Quit…A Song

I got the words of a poem from a friend and decided to put it to music. So I am posting it here for all to hear. I hope You enjoy it. I will post the lyrics as well. Now please understand that this is acapella, as my acoustic guitar is broken. The Chords are on a png at the bottom.

I Quit

 

I Quit (words by Glenn Todd/ music by Jim Ley)

Verse 1

I’ve held back tears and faced my fears,

Those demons now behind me.

I’ve spun the wheel and made the deal,

Those chains no longer bind me.

Chorus

I’ve been through hell

I know it well,

I’ve walked it with a smile.

But that was when we still were friends,

Out on the Crooked Mile.

Verse 2

I still think of you but with each day passing,

The spell you cast….it’s not lasting.

And everyday as I grow stronger,

The desires I craved become no longer.

Chorus

I’ve been through hell

I know it well,

I’ve walked it with a smile.

But that was when we still were friends,

Out on the Crooked Mile.

Verse 3

The strangle hold you had on me,

I broke the mold….I’ve been set free.

That’s it…I’ve kicked…I’m done…I quit,

I’m going to fix my life and what I’ve done to it.

Chorus

I’ve been through hell

I know it well,

I’ve walked it with a smile.

But that was when we still were friends,

Out on the Crooked Mile.

Verse 4 (closing)

I’ve been center stage,

And filled with rage.

I’m going to clear the air,

I’m going to turn the page.

 

FINI

i quit

Hey don’t be afraid to enter some Constructive Criticism. I haven’t chorded a poem in a very long time, If you think a different chord would work instead of the ones that are there, let me know.

 

“Keep Looking Up, His Coming Is Nigh!”

The Liar In the Room.

The LIAR in the room. That person who says all the lies that he can and expects us to accept what he says. He thinks that we are gullible and some are but most aren’t. You might be scratching your head and wondering who this person is. Let me give you a hint. Orange tan, hair piece, small hands, escalator oh and made fun of a disabled person. if you haven’t figured it out yet……..Donald J Trump is who I am speaking of. How do you know that he is lying, his lips are moving.

Birthright Citizenship!

He has claimed that the US is the only county that has Birthright Citizenship. No other country allows it…..ummmm sorry but he lied. Here is  a list of countries that allow Birthright Citizenship:

Rank Countries Who Offer Birthright Citizenship
1 Antigua and Barbuda
2 Argentina
3 Barbados
4 Belize
5 Bolivia
6 Brazil
7 Canada
8 Chile
9 Cuba
10 Dominica
11 Ecuador
12 El Salvador
13 Fiji
14 Grenada
15 Guatemala
16 Guyana
17 Honduras
18 Jamaica
19 Mexico
20 Nicaragua
21 Panama
22 Paraguay
23 Peru
24 Saint Kitts and Nevis
25 Saint Lucia
26 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
27 Trinidad and Tobago
28 United States
29 Uruguay
30 Venezuela

So you can see that not only did he lie he has no idea what he is talking about.

Most Popular President

He claims that he is the most popular President of all time….nope..in fact it is just the exact opposite.

2018 Quinnipiac poll

A Quinnipiac University poll taken March 3–5, 2018 asked 1,122 voters in the United States who they thought were the best and worst Presidents since World War II.[45]

Best President since World War II:

  1. Ronald Reagan (28%)
  2. Barack Obama (24%)
  3. John F. Kennedy (tie) (10%)
  4. Bill Clinton (tie) (10%)
  5. Donald Trump (7%)
  6. Dwight Eisenhower (4%)
  7. Harry Truman (tie) (3%)
  8. Jimmy Carter (tie) (3%)
  9. Lyndon B. Johnson (2%)
  10. George H.W. Bush (tie) (1%)
  11. Richard Nixon (tie) (1%)
  12. George W. Bush (tie) (1%)
  13. Gerald R. Ford (<1%)

Worst President since World War II:

  1. Donald Trump (41%)
  2. Barack Obama (21%)
  3. Richard Nixon (10%)
  4. Jimmy Carter (8%)
  5. George W. Bush (6%)
  6. Bill Clinton (4%)
  7. Lyndon B. Johnson (tie) (2%)
  8. Ronald Reagan (tie) (2%)
  9. Gerald R. Ford (1%)
  10. Harry S. Truman (tie) (<1%)
  11. Dwight Eisenhower (tie) (<1%)
  12. John F. Kennedy (tie) (<1%)
  13. George H.W. Bush (tie) (<1%)

Sorry Donald, you aren’t the most popular..but you are #1 as it’s worst President!

 

The Wall

 

He has said that the wall is built…it is not, not even close to being built. Part of it and well yeah, it won’t work.

 

The Iraq War

He says that he was against the Iraq war…he lied. He said on the Howard Stern show in Sept 11, 2002 when asked if he supported going to war in Iraq…

“Stern asked Trump directly if he supported going to war with Iraq, and Trump hesitantly responded, “Yeah, I guess so.”

Yup, he lied!

 

The Stock Market

Donald Trump says that the Stock Market was open the next day after 9/11. Ummm he was wrong…again!

“The stock exchange didn’t open again until Sept. 17, 2001. Even a week after the attacks, conditions were hardly normal.”
So like yeah…you were wrong Donald!
The Tax Cut
Sorry, but once again you are lying Donald. Your tax cut is not the biggest of all time….that honour goes to Ronald Regan! Not batting a thousand here Donald.
So like these are but a few of the lies and misnomers that Donald Trump has said. He pulls myths from a hat and spouts them as true. He is a liar. He is not a genius. He is a dumb ass that lied and feared his way to power and he is doing it again. He needs to be stopped. He makes fun of disabled people and calls out for his followers to beat people up. He acts and looks like a child when he doesn’t get his way. He is the worst President of all time!
So when you vote on Tuesday, vote for who you want…not who Donald wants. Don’t buy into his fear mongering! Vote your conscience. It will never lead you wrong!
“Keep Looking Up! For His Coming is Nigh!!”

My Stream If You Care To Listen In.

I DJ in Second Life and I have been asked how is the best way to listen in. Well If it is on your phone, VLC media player is best unless you use an Iphone, then Itunes is good. You can  download VLC here:

VLC Media Player For Android

Or you can get it through Google Play

If you want to listen through your computer, get either Itunes or VLC for windows.

The go get the Listen.pls file to listen in.

(My Stream)

Now you need to know the schedule that I have. Go here

My Schedule

What do I play? I play rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, disco, funk, Christian Rock, Top 40. (I don’t play f-bomb music or gangsta rap. I refuse to play music that degrades women or children or is racist. Neither do I play Techno or trance or any other electronic music, it gives me a headache (yes folks I am an old fart!))

 

“Keep Looking UP! His Coming Is Nigh!”

42 Years!

1976, the year I made the most important decision in my life. No it wasn’t done to please anyone. I wasn’t forced into it. I didn’t go unwillingly. In fact truth be told, I did it for reasons at the time I didn’t understand.

1976, I was 16 years old. I was lost and confused. I didn’t have a girlfriend. I was too homely for a girl friend. I didn’t have a lot of friends at the time. I had a few but not as many as you would think. I was an awkward teenager. I was tall and gangling. I was the guy that girls avoided at the prom. “Eww no dancing with him! He’s ugly”

1976, I was invited to church by none other than my sister Nancy. Yes it’s her fault! I started to go and felt something like I had never felt before. Then I met the man that would become my best friend. He would be my best man at my first wedding. He would be the brother that I never had and the friend that was not afraid to smack me upside the head. He was the one that taught me how to play the guitar.

1976, the year that would send me on a collision course with the family that would become my second family.  I was proud to call them Mom and dad. He always seemed to accept it grudgingly but he would smile when I called him Dad.

1976, I came to know the greatest love that had ever lived. I found the one person who would love me for me, scars, warts and all. He willingly died for me. He did not cause he had to but because he wanted to..but..yes there is a but!

1976, I went though all the confirmation classes. I went through it all.  I even got baptized into the United Church of Canada but ya know something. I spoke the words but meant none of it. I said the words but knew I would never go through with them. Some say that it was wrong and it may have been that way but I think that If I had not done it then I would not have had my meeting with the Lord!

1976, So I went through the motions. I played the good Christian like a lot of people do from time to time. I played the roll well but I didn’t play it well enough. Jesus saw straight through me.

1976, Christmas Eve. The day that I let my defenses down. I had a conversation with the Lord. A very pointed conversation. I was convicted and convinced that I was not living the life He wanted me to live! Let me tell you about it.

I was 16 and it was Christmas eve. My mom and step dad had gone down to Niagara Falls and had brought me back this crucifix. So I hung it on my wall, facing my bed and there it hung. I didn’t think another thought about it. So Christmas Eve comes and I am sleeping. I wake up to see this bright light in my bedroom. Some dumb ass was shining his headlights into my room. I looked around and saw a light coming from behind the cross. I thought that was nice of my step dad to put a light behind it. So I went back to sleep.

The light persisted. I sat looking at it in my bed and then my eyes widened as I saw the head move. The head looked down at me and said “Do You Love Me?” I said “Yes Lord?” and the response I got was “Then why do you do the things that you do?”

“I don’t know.” was my only reply.

The response was something I was not expecting. “I love you.”

“I love you too.” was my response. I was shocked. I was a sinner. Even after taking Jesus as my own, I was still the same person I was before. I was still swearing and doing all the bad things that I did before.

I went back to sleep but the light persisted still. I looked at the Cross and the same words came to me. “Do you love Me?”.

“Yes.” I said.

“Then why do you do the things that you do?”

“I don’t know.” was my response.

I went back to sleep. The light persisted. I was getting annoyed. I opened my eyes and looked at the Cross.

“What do you want from me?”

“YOU!” was the response that I got.

I sat there. He wanted me. A broken individual that had no intention of doing the things that I had promised all those months ago. He didn’t want my money or anything else I had. All he wanted was me. I was dumbfounded. No one wanted me. I was a useless human being. I was a liar yet Jesus wanted me. I crumbled.

Christmas eve 1976, I took Jesus as my own and I even though I have fallen off the path and gone different ways into the wilderness, Jesus has always wooed me back to his righteousness.

It’s been 42 years that I have walked with God! I am not the perfect Christian. There is no such creature. Jesus was the only perfect person that walked this earth. He was so perfect that He let Himself be crucified for my and your mistakes!

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am “Not Perfect…Just Forgiven!”. I make mistakes everyday. I take His name in vain and He reminds me that I am not to do that. He doesn’t yell rather gently reminds us of who He is!

If you don’t know the Jesus that I know, then maybe it is time that you did. He is free for the taking. He won’t expect you to do anything that you don’t feel comfortable with. Jesus loves you. Just like He loves me. Not cause He has to but because He wants to. We are not worthy of His love or His sacrifice.

None of us are worthy but through the shedding of His blood. Take Him as your own and you will not be disappointed!

 

“Keep Looking UP! His Coming Is Nigh!”

Jesus’ Gang!

I was asked to join a gang…….I gave them this response….

“I am already in a gang….the best gang of all…and my Leader is pretty rad….balls to the wall sort of guy….after all…..He did spread out His arms and die for me!”

 

“Keep Looking Up!! His Coming Is High!”

My 1 Corinthians 13 In A Nut Shell!

The Excellence of Love

13 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; [b]bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of [c]prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I [d]became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror [e]dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the [f]greatest of these is love.

“True love can not be bought, stolen or given away. True love must be received in it’s purest form….from the heart. True love can not be manipulated for anothers gain. It has no ulterior motives and is not used to set conditions. True love, loves the one that it fell in love with, not only from a distance, but also close at hand. True love is unique, and not easily found. It is hard to hold yet so easily tamed. True love can not be smothered for it will always be comfortable with the one that it is with.”

“Keep Looking Up! For His Coming Is Nigh!”

Politically Correct..I Am Not!

I am not politically correct. I don’t mince words or try to be nice. I am not going to candy coat anything. I call a spade a spade. I don’t like this way of talking that make it seem that you are something that you are not. If you can’t handle being called what you are then you have a problem. I know I am going to upset a few people with this blog.

When I say I am not politically correct I mean just that. I have Indian in me but I am not a Canadian Native…I am Canadian. Jesus was not politically correct. He didn’t put on airs to appease the people. He spoke it like it was.

It seems today that people get “insulted” way to fast. It use to be that calling a man a “WASP” was okay. Now it seems to be an insult. They grumble and groan about it but I bet half of them don’t know what the term means. They will think that it is a racist term when in fact it is not. It actually means “White Anglo Saxon Protestant”.

I am not going to mince words but on the other hand I am not an idiot either. I don’t use racist terms. Never have and never will. The “N” word is not in my vocabulary. I call a black man a black man. I call a man a man and a woman a woman.  I don’t play favorites.

We have to do the same. People don’t like it too bad. Enough with the nonsense and the bull. We walk around on eggshells. We are afraid to say what we think cause we might insult someone. I say enough.

We are called to be like Jesus. We are not called to dumb down stuff. We are not called to cow tow to the masses. We are called to present Jesus Christ. We are called to be plain. No apologies. As I said before, Jesus did not mince words. He told it like it is. He wasn’t playing no “nice” game. He called a sinner a sinner.

As Christians we have a responsibility to do the same. To be like Christ. Not Be like the world.  For we are not of this world.

 

John 15:18-19

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

 

The world hates us Christians cause we are not of this world. We are of another. We are the chosen ones. He chose us out of the world. He chose each and everyone of us because he knew way back then that we would be His. He chose us before we were born.

So what does this all have to do with being politically incorrect. Well simply put..and I will repeat it. ” Jesus was not politically correct. He didn’t put on airs to appease the people. He spoke it like it was.” We are called to be the same.

I have had been asked why I tend to be so direct. Well Jesus was direct. He didn’t say a finger was a heart or a foot was a lung. We are to do the same.

You might disagree with me. You might even say I am wrong. Totally wrong and that is your right. You can call me out and tell me to my face that I am wrong but I have the Manual to back me up.

1 Corinthians 11:1

Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

We are called to be Like Christ. So Be Like Christ! Now here in lies the problem. We are flawed human beings. We are failures. We are Sinners! But we can still BE CHRIST LIKE! He will guide us and lead us to the path we are meant to be on. So many people say that they want to be Christ like and they give up. They walk away and say this is not for me. Jesus could have done the same thing but He instead chose to do the one thing that could prove His mighty love for us. He let himself be crucified for us. He laid his life down for us. So I ask this:

Are you willing to be like Him. Are you willing to be politically incorrect. If you are willing to die for him, will you live for him too. Be Christ like no matter the consequences.

I offer you Jesus Christ. I offer you the joy of His Salvation to you. I offer you a love like no other. I offer you a life of tribulation that will be a wonderful thing. Jesus is worthy of my praise and worship because I was worthy of His death on the cross. I will be like Him, even in the flawed imperfect way! I willing take on the tribulation of the world cause I am His (even though I am flawed to the hilt)! Will You!

 

“Keep Looking Up! For His Coming Is Nigh!”

 

Love Is!

love is blind. Love is blind. Love Is blind. Love Is Blind! Let that sink in for a bit. Let the revelation of it make you go…hmmmmmmm. (I will wait!).

Okay so now that you know that LOVE IS BLIND!! Did you know that it is true. Love is one of those emotions that are wonderful and fulfilling. Love makes you feel giddy and alive. Your world turns brighter. It comes alive. Without love, life is a slight drab. Now with that being said, to some a life without love is just fine for them. They have fun and enjoyment well until they see their friends in love. Being in love is one of the best feelings in the world. But, yes of course there is a but. Love is felt tenfold when it is coupled with the love of God!

We say that love is blind but it’s not.  We say we will love forever, we don’t. We fall out of  love for whatever reason. Maybe because we are tired of getting hurt or the love we once felt is no longer the same. It has mellowed. It faded and as hard as we try, we can’t get it back. But there is a secret to keeping your love alive.

The love of God can keep the earthly love you have alive. God’s love is unconditional. Believe it or not, our love is not. We set conditions on it. If you loved me and so on and so forth. We say that cause no matter what, we are not secure in the love we have for each other! But the love of God never fades or fails. It is always secure and we can revel in it. Bath in it. Swim in it!

If both of you are in the Love of God then the love you have for each other will be stronger. Does this mean that your love for each other won’t be tested. Won’t be stretched. Nope. Sorry but we are not God, we are human. We are nowhere near perfect. God’s love is perfect and true.

Jeremiah 31:3

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Where the love we have for our spouse is a human love, prone to failure, we sometimes just don’t feel the same way anymore. “I love you but I am no longer in love with you.” is a true statement and it happens for whatever reason. We fall out of love. It happens in Christian marriages as well, but it is worth the work and the fight. Let God in and He will help you.

“Keep Looking Up! His Coming Is Nigh!”