Saturday, November 23, 2013


For i would say several months or more I was pulling triple duty at church. I was on the Praise and Worship team, I was the sound man, and I was the camera guy. Mind you I was the camera guy when I had a working laptop of my own I could edit the church services on and sell them on DVDs after church. Time went on and the lap top due to probably a virus. So I moved to the desk top and lo and behold that also got a virus and wouldn't turn all the way on. So I haven't had my fair share of "luck" if you will. So with no cpu to edit the dvds on I stopped filming the services which caused a bit of an uproar with certain people when even after I told them what happened wasn't satisfied. Which turned me into a complainer. People would look at me and ask me if i was filming and I'll look at them in a way like, "I've done told you what's up and yet you keep on asking me the same dang thing..." then that leads to insults...moving on. So, in the midst of complaining, I became bitter. I became lazy. I became blind. Why do I say blind? My sister has a lap top where I can edit the DVDs on. Why I never asked her to use it? Because I've used it before but it would build up memory on her laptop and I would become lazy (see I admit my faults), and my sister don't play that. So the services I'd record and save on her lap top wuold become deleted. Can't say I blame her. To be honest I couldn't handle the pressure. I've never been to good with pressure. Especially when it came from people that get on my LAST nerve. Anyway, let me get back on topic. So you don't have the car you want. You don't have the dream car you have, yet you have a car that gets you to where you need to go. You don't have a mansion. You don't have a deluxe department in the sky, yet you have a roof over your head, and a place to sleep in. You're not eating steak and lobster every night, yet you've never gone hungry. I feel we complain so much we not only become blind to the things we don't have, but I'll go as far to say that we become ungrateful. The bible says, in everything give thanks. The song writer put it like this, "Give thanks with a grateful heart/Give thanks to the holy one/Give thanks because of what he has done for us." You don't have what you think you should have, but you are saved. You got God. Stop complaining. There's wealthy people in this world that are heading to hell in a cadilac, and you're heading to heaven in a used punch buggy. A short one this week but I hope you got something out of it. If you like what you read don't be afraid to click that follow button and leave a comment below sharing your thoughts. You don't have to be a member to comment by the way. Thanks for stopping by and... Stay Saved, Daniel Richerson

Thursday, November 14, 2013


I usually don't type blogs without some kind of music playing in my ears, but I'm going to try with this one.

In other countries, people walk for miles to get to a church service. I don't know this personally, but I've heard from gospel artists that have been to other countries. I bring this up because where I live it's getting cold now. Not as cold as other places in America, but cold enough. I'm already hearing excuses about not going to church or coming out to the building where we fellowship because it's too cold. How spoiled are we in this country? They're people all around that wishes the only thing keeping them from going to church was the weather outside. Let the weather drop a little bit that will require you to wear a coat and actually turn on the heat in your car, and you don't want to leave because it's too cold. SMH...all caps so you know it's real. What if God treated us the same way? What if Grace and Mercy did not exist? What if God didn't love us? We sing the song, "We being the sacrifice of Praise, into the house of the Lord." Yet we don't sacrifice praise. I'm not saying I'm perfect, but what I'm am saying is enough with excuses because God has plenty of excuses to not deal with us.

Hebrews 4:13 in the Good News Translation says, "There is nothing that can be hid from God; everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before his eyes. And it is to him that we must all give an account of ourselves." I bring this up because I hear young people blocking they're parents or any other authority figure from their personal social media pages. You can do all the blocking and private pages you want to but you can't block God from anything. God sees all and knows all. Plus the Bible says in Luke 8:17 also in the GNT, "There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing kept secret that will not come to light." So your parents don't see what you're doing on Facebook or Twitter. You can fool parents easily. I do mean easily. Especially the new millennium parents, that's another blog for another day. Now my mom is connected with me through social media. She follows me on Twitter and is friends with me on Facebook. When I post stuff out of line, she doesn't call me out in front of God and everybody. She messages me and tells me her thoughts and most of the time I change the way I say stuff out of respect. I got nothing to hide. I'm friends with my pastor on Facebook. I used to be friends with all the ministers from church but...let's leave that alone. Back to the point I got nothing to hide. Who I am on Facebook is who you will meet in person...or at least I try to be. So keep denying your parents friend request. Keep blocking other authority figures that try to help you. Now I do think that parents shouldn't try to get connected with the kids to spy on them. Got to let kids be kids. When I teach Sunday School or just teach the youth at church in general, it's more of a rap session than anything else. Most of the kids get preached at already by the Pastor and their parents. I like talking to the youth. The little I know about what's going on in the "secular" world I talk to them about. With that being said, I'm the last person in the world from being relevant with what's going on that's "hip."

Like I said I talk to youth I don't judge them or chastise them for their actions. That's not my job. If they befriend me on Facebook, and I see them post filth and foul and filth, etc, I'm not going to rat them out to their parents. That's not how I roll. I prefer giving them the message and let them make the decision to get right. Most of the youth do know better. They just don't do better. Does it have to do with the living environment? I'm willing to say some of it does. At the same time though, they are old enough to know right from wrong, and old enough to decide what to believe in. What I try to do is lead by example. Do I like to laugh? You bet. I like to have fun believe it or not.  I just don't do everything by the doctrine or tradition. By that standpoint, I guess you can call me a rebel. Any other rebels out there? Holla at your boy.

Stay Saved,

Daniel Richerson