The Earth is at the Center of the Solar System.

I want to share another poem with you guys. This is a reminder that sometimes we just need to get out of the way and quit trying to make life all about us!  

Just like when scientists thought the earth was at the center of our solar system, we put ourselves as the focus of everything.  We want what we want when we want it and how we want it.  So in a way, at least sometimes, we pretend the “earth” is at the center of it all.

“for through him (Jesus) God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:16-17‬

The Center
Man is self-centered—fallen; kind he’s not.

His ways are often selfish, prideful ways.

He is still clinging to his godless thought,

And he will hold on to the end of days.

He thought earth was the center of it all;

He thought too that all was around himself,

But found at center, there a flaming ball—

A brilliant lamp on a celestial shelf.

Man also views his life the center slew;

He cares too much what others think of him,

And often fails to care to go into

The presence of the single-son called Him.

Don’t be the selfish one; be like the son.

Life doesn’t need a center; it has one.

Holy Division?

Let me just start with a bold statement: I hate denominations.

Now before you take defense of your own beloved section of the Christian faith, hear me out.

Some of you reading this may not fully understand what the idea of denomination is. Basically, a denomination is a group of people who have a set of beliefs. Those groups whose beliefs include a belief in Jesus as the savior of the world are under the bigger umbrella known simply as Christianity.

Many denominations and sects have formed over the years as people have disagreed on various topics. These disagreements have led to churches being separated, relationships being severed, and people being hurt.

Pain and sorrow often result from these divisions.

This brings me back to my original statement: 

I hate denominations.

I hate them not because I have anything against the people involved in them or even some of the beliefs they profess. I hate them because of the ill effects they can have.

What starts out as a small disagreement turns friends into enemies and brothers and sisters into opposing forces.  
The problem is that people can’t just agree to disagree. Everyone believes they are right and anyone who opposes them is wrong.  

Then, the people who were once united because of their beliefs are now divided because of them. When if they would just look back to what brought them together in the first place, they would be reminded that they are still united in that.

After all, the most important belief is the belief in Jesus Christ, so why do we let the tiny insignificant ones divide us?

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:10, 

“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”
So let’s think for a moment that none of the things I have just said are true. Let’s think about if the church was unified.

If the church was unified,

Then the Lord would be our guide,

Not the impulses of fleshly sins.

There would be no denomination;

There would simply be Christians 

Throughout each nation.
If the church was really unified, 

Religion would have already died.

We’d forget about the little things

That seem to bring up the most conflict,

And focus on what good news brings;

We’d stand with the healthy to reach the sick.
If the church was truly unified,

Christians would’ve deleted the word pride.

They wouldn’t care what others think;

They would only care about man’s eternal state .

Yes, then we’d truly be on the brink 

Of something unimaginably great!
If the church was completely unified,

There would be change of a different kind.

Hunger would finally be ended;

God’s light would be shined to all men;

The persecuted would be defended;

And the lonely would ultimately have a friend.
Unity is not just a word in the church;

It is a state of connecting all the Christians, one by one—

Without judgement, politics, or dogma—

By the common factor of believing in God’s son.

With true unity in the church, 

There is no Methodist, baptist, Pentecostal, or AG,

No Lutheran, episcopalian, Calvanist, or Nazarene.

No matter your face,

No matter your race,

No matter your backround, 

Or your former case,

You’re invited to the banquet;

You’re invited to the feast.

God’s set your place;

He’s saved you a seat.
For under Christ’s blood we are all just the same

Whether Jew or Gentile, we’re all simply Christians when we believe in his name.
So we Christ-followers should strive for this unity.

All you believers please listen to my plea,

That we would all be united to make a greater impact,

That we would all be united to raise up Jesus’ name,

That we would all be united to reach the ones whose souls lack

A knowledge of the one who’s risen from the grave!

I’m with Him

The past Presidential election kept my interest more than any other election in my lifetime has. This was partly due to my age and ability to understand what was happening and partly due to the many dramatic and controversial events that surrounded it.

Scandals, rumors, lies—they all made it to this race. Whether through social media, speeches, or debates, the levels of entertainment were never low.

Aside from the high-profile protests, many people broke out in personal arguments trying to defend their favorite candidate and his policies, beliefs, and statements. As the candidates, who at times seemed more like stars of a reality TV show than prospects for president, were thinned out, the excitement only grew. And after giving endless negative comments and harsh criticisms, the people of America realized that they had to pick a new leader out of the few remaining candidates.

Many were filled with dread at this task.  

Although I was not able to cast my own vote, I did have my choice made. I knew who I would have picked.

Eventually, the final two prospects were revealed and the debates began. And I, like many other Americans, often found myself filled with anger and surprise at the words that were shot toward my candidate of choice. I was so completely attached and mentally wrapped up in the situation that I let myself become overwhelmed in anger when my pick for president or the beliefs I stood for were attacked.

Finally, on the night when America would gain a new leader, I was slightly afraid—afraid that who I thought should win would be thrown to the wayside as the opposite person took the victory.

What I did not realize was that, as a Christian, all of my worries and fears were futile.

Even today, as the controversy mostly surrounds our new President, I see many people uselessly fretting over his actions and interactions.  

I am not trying to say that we should not take interest in the events affecting our nation or that we should ignore our leader’s conduct, whether good or bad. For in Romans 13:1 it says,

“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”

‭‭I am saying that God has given us a leader; and we owe President Trump our prayers. So let us intercede on behalf of our President, for God can use him to do good in our nation.  

But these things are not things we should be overwhelmed or worried by. As Christians, we already have a future we believe in. For us it’s not about making America great again or being with her. For us it’s about being with Him!
So today as President Trump meets with Putin, let us all be found in prayer. And let us not forget who is on the heavenly thron

What About God?

Recently I was in a house and saw this sign setting on a shelf in the living room.

At first glance it may not seem to have any kind of significance to you.  But when I saw it, I was immediately surprised and disappointed.  

Think about the sentence, “Bless this nest.”

What is the subject?

It appears to be an understood you, but does it logically make sense for the homeowners to be asking all their visitors to “bless” their “nest”?  

Not really.

So then who is the subject?  Who is blessing the nest?

Bless this nest is fairly similar to the phrase God bless America.  It is even closer to the phrase God bless this home.  The only thing that makes Bless this nest different from those two, aside from its bird theme, is its not having God as its subject.

It completely omits God, leaving Him out of the request.  It asks for blessings just like the other two do, but it asks for them from no one in particular.  Speaking into the wind, it makes an unaddressed statement fly into oblivion.

What is the point in even asking if you are not calling anyone to listen?  Would you ask no one in particular to help you move a sofa and still expect someone to come and fill your request?  No.

So this is why this sign caught my eye.  This is why I stopped to take a picture of it.  This is why I am writing now.

We all must realize that if we want divine blessings, we must call out for divine help.  We cannot expect blessings without acknowledging the author of blessings. 

Many people want health and wealth; they want to be blessed, but they fail to Ask God to do the blessing.  They expect blessings to just fall into their laps as they lead care-free lives ignoring their creator.

In Psalms 1:1-3, the psalmist says,

“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”

This verse shows us that if we will stay away from wickedness and focus on God’s word, we will prosper.  

I am not preaching a so-called prosperity gospel.  Just because you love God does not mean nothing bad will ever happen to you or riches will always surround you.  There are more blessings than just blessings of physical wealth.

To see that those who meditate on God’s laws and stay away from the acts of the wicked, we must change our view of what a blessing is.

In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word blessing has three different definitions:

  1. Approval that allows or helps you to do something.  This is the type of blessing that a couple asks for from their parents when they are looking to be married.
  2. Help and approval from God.  This is the sort of blessing that the phrase God bless America is asking for.
  3. Something that helps you or brings you happiness.  Since “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens…”(James 1:17), this third one is practically synonymous with the second one.  I for one consider help and happiness to be good and perfect things.

So when we look at blessings in this way, it is a lot easier to see how people can be blessed even when their lives don’t seem very prosperous.  For blessings can be anything from good health and family to peace and happiness.

Even aside from these things though, God has given us His grace—the greatest blessing anyone could ever ask for.

So let us remember to ask God for blessings and to thank Him for them when they come.

How Do I Start?

There are so many ways I could start this blog—this journey.

I could start it in English; 

I could start it in French.

I could start with my full name.

Yes! That would be a cinch.

I could start it with good bye

Just to mess with your mind.

I could tell you a big lie

So the truth you won’t find.

I could start with photographs,

Or with a clever phrase—

With a post about giraffes,

Or how the heifers graze.

Yes I could do all of this,

But it seems a fellow

Should not start off all amiss.

So I’ll start with: Hello!

My name is Adam Muly!  I am a full time student and self-proclaimed word nerd.  To find out more about me, visit my about page.

I am starting this blog for fun!  My posts will be real.  They will be rooted in scripture, and I may try to crack a joke every once in a while!  

I want this to be a place where you feel comfortable because I am open and honest about myself.  

I pray that you will learn something new here about God or the Bible.  I know I am not perfect, but I hope you will be encouraged as I try to balance my love for words and my love for His Word.  Most of all, I hope you enjoy what you read here!

What will this blog be about?

  • God—I love God and His word very much.  Naturally, most of my posts will at least mention God or be related to Him. 
  • The Bible—I believe that everything in the Bible is true and useful to everyone.  Although it is one of the oldest books of all time, it still applies to our daily lives.  This being a blog about words, it only seems right to cover, in my opinion, the best collection of words the world has ever and will ever know.
  • Books—Since books are my favorite way to enjoy words, they will definitely be incorporated into my posts.  Whether it is telling you about a book I love or warning you about a book I hate, my inner bibliophile will show its face.
  • Authors—Probably no one is more familiar with words than an author.  That is why I love them and long to call myself a published one.  My favorites are the old writers of fiction, but some non-fiction and new fiction is very good as well.
  • Writing—Even though I am currently working on my first novel, I do not claim to be an expert writer.  However, I thoroughly enjoy writing.  Fiction, non-fiction, poetry—it is all a blast to write, and I like to think that I am decent doing so.

This blog is for you!

So whether you are an avid reader, a novice writer, a lover of words, or just someone looking for truth and hope—I think you will find something here that will interest you.  I look forward to the journey ahead of us!