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The Naked Gospel

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2010 by mike pollie

Hey folks so glad to see you here =D

I am going to start blogging on a book im reading called The Naked Gospel by Andrew Farley

I just started and I dont like to get ahead of myself but I will start as soon as I am done and let yall know what i think =D

I will then repost this link and you can check it out

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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 by mike pollie

Here is another thing people might not like me for saying. We need to quit making excuses. I was talking to someone today about a movie that is just nasty and I don’t think anyone, not to mention a follower of Christ, should watch. I wont call out the movie only because that’s not my way. But lets just say that it is full of foul language sexual innuendos and racial remarks that I don’t believe anyone should be proud of. But, this “christian” friend of mine thinks, out loud to me, “well that’s just hollywood”. Ok, he is right it is just hollywood. And for that reason I don’t think we should embrace it. You might call that religious but I call it guarding your heart. I feel the same way about followers of Christ thinking its ok to use foul language. Im sorry that’s just how I feel. We go see movies that are just vulgar the whole way through and we don’t even blink. I think its so funny that when my wife and I first started going out we went to see a movie. That’s not the funny part. The funny part was that we both kind of felt uncomfortable about the movie because it was pretty bad. But we both were like trying to just be with each other so we were like yea sure that movie was alright. I mean I’ve seen much worse movies in my life but this movie was pretty raunchy. We should never do this. If a movie is not good, glorifying sin that is, then why do we continue watching it. If we need to put the kids to bed before we watch a movie or program of any sort then that should tell us there is something wrong with this picture. I believe the same thing about music. You can say you like the beat all you like and that the lyrics don’t affect you one bit but I don’t believe it. Sorry. We get to bobbin our head humming along and all of a sudden we start saying the words. Next thing you know they slip out of our mouth during conversation or frustration or anger. This should not be. It happens though. Now some people say that when that happens you shouldnt think that someone has lost their anointing. Again ill have to say im sorry. I don’t agree with this tolerance. I don’t believe that you lose your salvation. But, at the same time God cant honor that. I believe that you lose your anointing and that you have to earn it back. I believe earning it back comes through repentance. There might even be some penalties to endure here on earth. And furthermore you might not ever get back to where God intended you to be or go. Im not going to mention names but some very prominent evangelicals and catholics have fallen to earthly pleasures and will never get back to where they once were or to where they could have gone in Christ Jesus. Sorry but that’s just the way it is. The bigger you are the harder you fall. It stinks but that’s the way it goes. I knew a guy who lived in a town and pastored church for a bit and then something happened. I don’t know the full story but I do know that the guy left his town and family and now is all alone running some motel in a little broke down hick town full of crack heads and tobacco farms. That’s all that’s there. This guy tried to tell me about Christ but I could see not a shred of power in his testimony. I’ve seen better testimony from alcoholics to tell you the truth. Its sad but true. Not saying God anoints alcoholics but im just saying that there was nothing on this man and its kind of sad because this guy might have been truly a believer in Christ. Our hearts and minds are what lead us to our actions. We need to keep our guard up. I don’t see why a follower of Christ would want to enjoy nasty movies and raunchy music. I tried to go dabble in the old things I used to do. It didn’t work out for me. Some might say that God lets you choose how you want to live in Christ Jesus. I don’t fully believe that’s true. I do believe that before Christ you can choose to follow Gods ways or your ways. But after you truly accept Jesus as God Lord and Savior things are never the same. I don’t care what people say. Some say that its so easy to sin. Not if you know Jesus it isn’t. Even if you keep on doing the sin its not easy. It hurts. It haunts. It burdens you. I know. Im not just telling what I’ve seen in others. People try all the time to tell me I don’t know it all. You know what I agree that I don’t know it all. But I know a lot. I know a lot about how people are because I’ve done most everything you can do in the sin and guilt and hate and lust and game playin world. I know the tricks and when I see them being played I can decipher them most of the time. Like I said, I don’t know it all. No one does but God. But I know a lot about Jesus, sin, and how they interact with each other. You cant just go out and whistle in your sin when you know Christ. Its not that easy. We all make mistakes. David slept with a mans wife and then had the man killed when he found out he had gotten his wife prego and didn’t really care about it at all it would seem until someone confronted him about it. You might say “well there you go”, even the man after Gods own heart didn’t seem to care and sin came easy to him. But, please notice I did say that he didn’t care until someone confronted him about it. Nathan went to David and confronted his sin to his face. You see there is a difference between David and the believer in Christ. David didn’t have the witness living inside him. Yeah David did want to know Gods heart. But David sinned just like you and I sin. But, we have inside us the Holy Spirit of God. Before Jesus’ ascension, people didn’t have this witness living inside them. Sin came a lot easier. Though they knew what was right and wrong like all mankind does, they didn’t have the convicting Holy Spirit inside. So, it didn’t bother them as much. If you can just sin and sin and sin and it not bother you at all then you might not have that Holy Spirit up in you like you think you do. If there is something right now that you do that doesn’t bother you at all then you might want to talk to God about it. Im talking about black and white sins not the grey area stuff. If you are out at the clubs getting drunk and sleeping with every girl or guy who takes their pants off for you and don’t care one bit about it then there might be a problem there. God tells us to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but we are listening to nasty music and watching nasty movies promoting the darkside. We are to be in the world but not of the world.

Now ill get really weird to most people reading this im sure. Look I don’t feel that there is any difference between people smoking weed drinking beer or smoking cigarettes. I also don’t believe that either of the three are in and of themselves wrong. The extent to which you do anything makes it wrong. Its kind of like eating. Look food isn’t a bad thing. But overeating obviously has its downfalls. The same with money. Money isn’t bad. But it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil. Im kind of getting sick of people being so down on alcohol and weed but not caring about the number one killer of them all which is cigarettes. Im sorry that’s just out of wack to me. Now just to clear the record I haven’t had a drink or smoked weed in two years and haven’t smoked a cigarette in over a year. That doesn’t seem like much until you realize that for at least 15 years that’s pretty much all I did day in and day out. I was either high or drunk or something from age 13-28. Many witnesses can verify that too.

Now that we got that cleared up, I want to put forth something really interesting. We actually make alcohol, it’s not God-made. I never see the bible condemn alcoholic drinks. I do see the bible condemn alcoholism though. There is absolutely nothing in the bible that says smoking tobacco or marijuana is wrong. You can point at certain points in the bible telling us to respect our bodies if you want but that’s just a grey area and I don’t believe its right to accept one and not the other. Either they are all wrong or none of them are wrong. Is money wrong. No? Does money cause problems? No. Does sex cause problems? No. Does alcohol cause problems? No. Does marijuana cause problems? No. Does tobacco cause problems? No. You know what causes problems? Us. Yep. That’s right. Its our fault. We are the ones who cause the problems. We need to take everything to the extreme. I mean if you’ve ever been to a college party or prom party or any upstate NY backwoods or ghetto party then you know what I mean. I aint talking about some nice catholic wedding party. Although im sure they get out of hand too. But regardless of the circumstance or whos throwing the party the point is that if there is a problem due to the “drugs or alcohol”, (which if we are serious I believe alcohol is the biggest drug in the world next to cigarettes), it is not the fault of the “drugs or alcohol” as much as it is the persons fault who does them. Look, nobody ever forced me to do anything I ever did in my life. I drank smoked and took every drug I ever did of my own free will. Now I know there are some circumstances where people are forced but its not as much as people think it is. I also don’t believe peer pressure is as bad as people make it out to be. What im saying with that is that most people want to do the things they do and that is the bottom line. I don’t really think there is any loss of Christlikeness by drinking a drink. I don’t think smoking tobacco is antichrist. I don’t think smoking a joint or pipe of marijuana is antichrist. I do think that abusing any of those things is antichrist though. Just like abusing our money in selfish ways is antichrist. Just like eating more than we need to is wrong. We are fat alcoholic selfish druggies over here in america. In someother countries they eat good drink alcohol smoke tobacco and marijuana and have a good amount of money. But I just don’t see some countries being like us. We are just super-consumers. We consume to the max. That is who we are over here. That is our real sin.

The Presence

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 by mike pollie

A big misconception in life is that we usher in Gods presence. Its actually the other way around. When Moses was checking out the burning bush in the wilderness something interesting happened that was just recently brought to light for me. You see when God started talking to Moses He told Moses to take off his sandals because the ground he is standing on is holy. God told Moses that the ground “is holy”. We don’t need to usher God into our presence. Lets not forget that God is everywhere. We are the ones who need the ushering. And even more than that if we know the Lord Jesus Christ then God is living inside us ok. So what do we need God to be ushered into. We are already in His presence. Its kind of like Gods blessing. So many people go to “churches” and conferences to get the blessing of God. Look, God has already blessed us. The first thing God did when He made man is blessed him.

In Psalm 139 verses 7-10 David asks the rhetorical question “Where can I go from Your (Gods) presence?”. The answer is, of course, nowhere. We cant escape Him. So the point is not that we need God to be brought to us or to be brought to God as much as we need to realize that God is here. Where is here? Where are you. That’s here. So get it already ok. God is where you are. So experience Him already. Just let God be there in your life. You don’t need music or a pastor or even a bible. Im not saying that any of those things are bad. But, I think that sometimes we think those things are “the way” to God and they tend to take away from God. I love pastors and praise music and the bible. But, I do believe that above all those things we just need to know God is here. When we cant go on. God is here. When we need to be loved. God is here. When all else fails. God is here. Just let God be here.

There is a place in the bible in genesis 28 where Jacob went out toward a place called Haran while he was on his way he decided to stay the night because the sun was set. While he slept he had a dream (vision) of the angels of god ascending and descending to and from heaven. God spoke to him there and told Jacob that he was going to give the land which he was in to him and his descendants. God also told Jacob that his descendants would be like the dust of the earth and will spread all over the earth. North south east and west. God then told Jacob that He would be with him and keep him wherever he goes and wouldn’t leave him until He did what He said. Jacob woke up after that and said the conclusion to this chapter. “Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it”. You see God is here we just need to recognize that truth. Even when things don’t seem to make sense. Im writing this as I wait for my wife to give birth to our firstborn baby. But when that baby comes out it will already be entered into eternity. You see our baby stopped breathing moving and living physically three days ago. But I know without a doubt that God is in this place. Ill write more now after the birth. Yes praise the Lord, we had an awesome baby boy Joshua Paul Pollie. The most beautiful boy you’ve ever seen. He got to go right to Jesus without the hassle of this world. Not saying im not blessed by God in this life. But c’mon lets be real, this world isn’t all its cracked up to be. Jesus even attested to the fact that we will have trouble on this planet. But we don’t need to fret because He is present and all we have to do is r-e-c-o-g-n-i-z-e.

One more thought id like to put in here is pretty disgusting. See when you are a homeless druggie like I was you don’t really care about much at all. If you do care about anyone its usually because you need something from them. Im for real. If you still care about anything then you probably aren’t really a homeless druggie. I know it sounds like I might be downplaying other peoples drug addictions but im not. Look I saw some things that would either sicken or scare to death most people. Imagine opening a bathroom door on the beach to find 5 dudes all gang bangin one hooker. Yeah I saw it. How about walking the street waiting for a man to pay you to have sex with him. Yeah I’ve not only seen that I’ve been that. How about going out to find hookers for your “christian” co workers while they sit home getting drunk and smoking weed. How bout that. Yeah that’s some wacked out junk there. But let me tell you the nastiest thing I can personally think of. And yes to me its nastier than having sex with men. I used to sleep in outhouses. That’s sick and let me tell you why. When you sleep in an outhouse you cant shake the smell. I mean I stunk so bad that I couldn’t even stand myself. I feel so bad for crackheads now that I know what its like. But here’s the point. That stink didn’t go away after I left the outhouse. Oh no. you know why? It got into my clothes. Look, if you truly receive Christs Spirit into your life then guess what? You are in the presence of God. Rather the presence of God is in you. If you need to get into Gods presence then His presence isn’t in you. You see this was the unfortunate plight of the old testament saints. If it really mattered I would feel bad for the old testament saints who, number one, never saw the Christ die for their sins in their lifetime but still believed in Him, and , number two, never had the Spirit of God living in them. Dude that really stinks. Im for real. It would be so hard for me to believe if the Spirit of God didn’t live in me. Jesus called those of us that haven’t seen Him in the flesh more blessed than those who did. Jesus told Thomas that he only believed because he saw Jesus but blessed are those who have not seen Jesus but still believe in Him. That’s us ok. I know you’re not stupid but sometimes God has to even remind me of how blessed I am. Again I just say recognize. God is here. If you know Jesus then God is in you. Present for ever more in you. You are in His presence. Now all you have to do is realize it. Live like it. It is, whether you like it or not.

Well I thought I was done but I have to tell you also about a time about 4-5 months after I got saved. I left the ministry I was at to live and work at a ranch. I figured that I needed money to live a life worthy of being called a life. So I left the ministry on a pass to check out the ranch and while on my pass I got to drink a beer or two at night. That felt good. I thought that I was cool with that since my crack addiction had pretty much taken away my alcohol addiction. I did ok too. After that pass I told the ministry that I was leaving and on good terms left to go to stay at the ranch. Well I started to work at the ranch and stuff went ok for a bit. I drank a few beers once in a while and then started smoking a joint or two here and there. That got to be kind of regular but I was still holding up and not really getting messed up or anything and I thought I was cool. After a month or so I had some money in my pocket and thought to myself. Hey I can go get some stuff. So I went in search for some crack. I knew at that time I wasn’t delivered from that yet. I shouldnt have done it and so on and so forth. But hey if that all didn’t happen I wouldn’t be here today. I tell you what. I have never had so much trouble getting crack in my whole life. I was even in california ok. I thought drugs would be all over the place in cali. They were of course but I was trying to get the wrong drugs. Meth is what cali is all about I would later find out. But let me tell you what. I could not get away from God the whole time I was trying to get crack. It just wouldn’t happen. No matter how much I tried to do the drugs I just couldn’t get the right stuff. I tried to get some coke one day to make my own crack and it took me like 4 hours jumping through hoops I’ve never heard of in my whole life. Then one day someone I had known from the ministry just happened to be working next door to me and eventually even ended up living on the ranch with me. This is the first time I ever smoked meth. I snorted meth once at this all night weird fest thing we had at a friends house whos dad made the stuff. Id never smoked it though. And once I smoked meth I never wanted to do it any other way. You see I loved smoking. I wasn’t really much of a snorting person. Even when I did coke like every day for like a year I didn’t like the fact that I had to sniff it and then keep sniffing like all night. But when I met crack it was a love affair. But that’s not the point. During all of this stuff at the ranch God was there. Not just around me though like the rest of my life. God was in me now. I couldn’t shake Him. This guy who had been at the ministry tried to get me to check out “other religions” but I kept telling him I already knew Jesus. I thought that he did too but obviously he didn’t. So,even though I was doing some weird things that I shouldnt have been and even some things that I had never really done in my life, I could never deny Christ. I just couldn’t do it you know why. I know Jesus. I don’t believe in Him. I know Him. Another example of knowing that God was with me that whole time is that I did something I never had a conscience about doing, stealing a car. I had stolen many cars in my life but never cared about anything having to do with them. I had gone to a bar and some beers one night and I had a pretty good buzz on, and as I was leaving I saw a car with an open window. So I opened the door and fished around for some change or whatever I might find, and the keys just happened to be in it. So I did what seemingly came natural to me, I took it. But the strangest thing happened. As I was driving down the road, swerving between the yellow lines, as best I could. Suddenly something hit me like a baseball bat to the back of the head. And suddenly I felt something I never felt before. Bad. So, I was forced to turn the car around, take it back to the bar I was at, and walk home. Nothing else can explain that, except, God was in me.