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 MAKING A WAY WHERE THERE WAS NO WAY

By Mark Henderson

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Father God created you in His image. Because God is perfect, it’s impossible for Him to make mistakes. You’re no mistake!

When’s the last time you paused long enough, to think about how God feels today? When I reflect on God’s expression of concern for man’s loneliness, I sensed His loneliness. The Bible says, “It is not good for the man to be alone” — Genesis 2:18

I discovered a scripture that opened my eyes to have empathy for God and change my perception of the world. I now see everything through the lens that is the eye of Father God’s heart. I practice the art of contemplative prayer above all else as I meditate on His feelings. The Bible says, “The Lord was sorry that He had made [your name here] on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” — Genesis 6:6

Why was Father God grieved that He created [your name here]? The answer is found in King David’s response after being confronted by God’s prophet Nathan. The Bible says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”

Who doesn’t love their mother? How would you feel if you did something that made tears run down her cheeks? The Bible says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”

Contrition is the state of feeling remorseful and penitent. The Bible says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:3

REPENTANCE. It’s a fundamental posture of Those of The Way here at For Something Good. Repentance involves being willing to change our hearts & minds as we turn from current ways of living, so that our lives are more oriented around God, his grace, his values and purposes. In Luke chapter 7, the third gospel, we see that some of the most surprising people repent — notorious sinners — and some people you’d expect to repent don’t. You see, Jesus is perfectly comfortable with sinners. Having said that, Jesus has strong words for those who sit in unrepentant sin!

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”

— 1 JOHN 1:9-10

We invite you to commit to repentant hearts that are willing to be changed and disrupted by Jesus. Pride and fear prevent many people from repenting.  Let’s not let our pride or fear get in the way.

Are you anxious?

Meditate with the mantra as follows:

be still and know that i am GOD

be still and know that I AM

be still and KNOW

be STILL

BE

Our creator simply desires that you “Be”. Live in the present. Be authentic. Be who you were created to be. Say this after me, “Forwards Ever, Backwards Never.”

How many of you have experienced a broken heart? I dropped out of college when my fiancé broke up with me to be with someone I thought was my best friend. When were you betrayed? Why does a good God allow seemingly innocent people to suffer? I now know that God allows evil to touch my body and destroy my possessions. As a result, I came to realize that all I truly control is my attitude. No one can touch my soul or spirit unless I allow this. Agreed?

The Spirit of God impassioned me to end my career as a bean counter (i.e. Certified Public Accountant) and become a writer and photographer. His Spirit led me to create an ePublication to share His message of redemption that we call The Gospel. It’s called For Something Good which derives from the scripture as follows: “But Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.’ So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” — Genesis 50:19-20

The aforementioned pivotal verse is as follows: “to preserve many people alive”. This is God’s mandate for us all. The Bible says, “and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations.” — Luke 24:47

We present three mandates in order to be accepted within For Something Good: 1) Treat All People With Dignity 2) Enter Every Conversation With An Open Heart 3) Be The Circle [we are equal].

Sherilyn Cordova Pumaras

Sherilyn Cordova Pumaras

When you lay the number “8” on its side, it means infinity. There are two circles, and similarly there are two paths at the fork in the road when we exhale our final breath and die. Being The Circle ⭕️ means accepting the fact that all people are created in God’s image, and thus we are all equal. The other circle in the number “8” is made up of those who think that they are more-equal than others. Often times these people talk AT or down to others. They feel the need to attempt to control others. The first man, Adam, ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because he listened to the enemy of our soul, the ancient serpent, who deceived him into believing that he could be in control and thus be like God. The word “EVIL” transposed or spelled backward is “LIVE”. These two intangible forces are diametrically opposed to one another. Right?

I recently asked my Filipino friend, Sherilyn Cordova Pumaras, whether she journals. She replied, “I don’t journal. I just write some poems to describe the day I want to remember.” I responded by saying, “I love poems. Please kindly share your favorite one with me.”


TO SEE

By Sherilyn Cordova Pumaras

You like how the sun shines


But you hate when the ground runs dry


You love the summer breeze


But you cannot withstand the winter freeze


You wish for rain drops to form


But you left when it turns to storm.

You know, That's why,


you never get to see the rainbow.

Because Dear,


You forgot,


She's a beautiful disaster.


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Sherilyn wrote me, “Before I go to sleep, I am imagining what my future will look like. I always make plans, but sometimes nothing works out the way I wanted it to be. It is kind of disappointing. Sometimes, I even thought of giving up!” In Sherilyn’s poem the verse “You wish for rain drops to form But you left when it turns to storm”, speaks to her suicidal thoughts.

In our ePublication For Something Good, we center on two overarching themes: 1) Physical-suicide 2) Spiritual-suicide. Here’s my question, “Which form carries eternal consequences?”

During this season of life ask yourself, “Is it more about the journey, or the destination?” Forks in the road are common place, and yet a particular one determines our destiny.

Ask yourself, “What’s truth?” In ancient times I understand that a majority believed the earth to be flat. Simply because a majority believes a thing, does that make it truth? Say this after me, “Just because you say it’s so, doesn’t make it so!”

In college I took a course in world religion thinking that it would strengthen my faith. The teacher was a former Methodist pastor who’d become secular and he undermined my faith. I was raised Lutheran and this was my first experience defending my faith. I failed miserably.

A truth no one denies is that everyday we grow older and then we must die. Upon death, we may turn to the left where we’ll be set apart from God’s unconditional love, or turn to the right where we’ll wholeheartedly embrace eternal contentment and gratitude sharing a community of fellow worshippers of God.

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Isis Slomba Albuquerque Tozati

I once met a woman who began practicing the art of Jiu-Jitsu. Inscribed over her left breast inside her Gi were the words “you cannot teach heart”. Similarly I know that it’s impossible to teach the Holy Spirit. Ineffable is the word that best describes this. It means unspeakable. As an example, how does one describe a rose’s fragrance? One can’t because it’s ineffable.

When I follow Jesus mandate to share God’s message of redemption with strangers, I trust that the Spirit of God will make a way where there was no way. Without Father God’s ultimate sacrifice of His only Son’s blood that covers our sin, there was no way. So ask yourself, “What’s my part in this?” The Bible says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” — Psalm 51:17

When I first connected with Sherilyn through social media, I asked her to write a story for my ePublication. She wrote a piece entitled, "He wasn't lying, I was”. The tragedy of this story is that she lied to herself assuming that her broken heart had healed, and yet life’s hurts cut deep and are marked with indelible ink.

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Almighty Father God allows innocent people to suffer and as a result we know empathy and compassion. Empathy means to feel what other people feel. I have a question. So when’s the last time you thought about how God feels today? When we pray expecting God to care about how we feel, why would anyone think He’ll listen if they don’t care about Him? Often times people treat God as though He’s an object. Agreed?

Evangelism begins by seeing people through the lens of God’s unconditional love. Only then am I able to appropriately understand how to meet broken hearted people right where they are. That’s the secret to inspiring hope by sharing the gospel. Were my heart never broken, how would I know empathy for God; those He created in His image?

The key to evangelism is in becoming a story teller. Your story matters and likely broken hearted people will listen. More than anything people want their feelings to be validated. We all have the right to what we prefer and how we feel. Yes?

Melody Noel Hernandez agreed to allow me to video record her personal testimony as follows:


 

When I was eight years old my father took me with him to visit a young married couple who had visited Trinity Lutheran Church in Santa Ana where I attended parochial school. I’ll never forget my father, Vernon Henderson, asking the question of greatest significance. He asked, “If you die tonight and God asks why He should allow you to enter into heaven, what would you say?” Iv’e been asking that question to thousands of people. When they respond that they believe in God, I reply that Satan and the demons believe in God. Sadly, too often people who identify as Christian respond by saying, “I’m a good person or I do good things.” God will not and cannot change the terms of the deal. My message from God is that there exist only two words that unlock Heaven’s Gate: “I Repent!” One cannot say this merely in their mind, one must circumcise their heart and with contrition and remorse mean what they say. Agreed?