Episode Nineteen: On Monday afternoon Whisper was browsing on Harold’s computer when she found Harold’s Spotify playlists. She noticed that one of the playlists was titled as gospel. On Sunday evening Whisper located Harold’s iTunes audiobook downloads. She was cognizant of how many of Harold’s … Continue reading Street Dreams Eps. 19 and 20
Episode Three This morning Keith Ross was hoping that listening to Creflo Dollar’s message would help to improve his mood and provide him with some inspiration. He did attend a local church occasionally, but preferred to stay at home and watch services via the internet. … Continue reading The Life and Times of Keith Ross by Ken David Stewart Eps. 3 & 4
Open Heavens, Anointing, and God’s Favour.
This is episode three of the series that I’m currently working on called, A Christian With an Attitude. This is episode three. Warning: if you are not a believer, you could become one by reading my blogs and listening to my podcasts. This may not occur suddenly. It might take a few weeks, a few months or possibly even a few years, but I pray that the Holy Spirit will visit you in a prompt manner. This is up to God, not me. If you hate Christians and the church, perhaps you should read this to as there is a lot of bad press on the news and social media about the fellowship of Christian believers. Unfortunately, some of this criticism is justified In my articles and podcasts, my goal is that you come to know the real Jesus and not the fake Jesus that is so often portrayed in the news and on social media and sometimes by the church itself. What I’m saying is that I won’t take any responsibility or credit if you become a Christian. That is between you and God. If you are a discouraged Christian, I pray that I can bring you some hope, breakthrough and encouragement.
For approximately one month, I’ve been living under what I call an open heaven and have been blessed with a powerful anointing upon my life. This is also a time in which I am blessed with a special kind of favour from God. I’m not a theologian, nor do I pastor a church in the physical realm. I’m just your average garden-variety Christian. I have secular jobs such as working as a substitute teacher. I am also an author, a blogger and have my own podcast show. I’m not rich and famous yet, but if it’s God’s will, I will be someday. If I don’t become rich and famous I will continue my blogs and podcasts anyway as if even if only one human being on this planet is blessed, I will be grateful to God forever.
You may ask, faithful reader, what in the world is an open heaven? I don’t think I can theologically define the term, but I can share what it looks like to me. To begin with, I have not experienced an open heaven for a long time, until now. Just last month, God brought me out of a horrible clinical depression that probably lasted for two months. During this time, I could barely get out off my living room couch.
After my breakthrough, I began to progressively feel better on a day-to-day basis. Life gradually became a little more tolerable. I was able to accomplish at least a few simple tasks per day. After about three weeks I was back to my premorbid, baseline status. In other words, I was functional. I am now back in the saddle and am once again a productive member of society. I give God praise for this positive change and so does my wife. You can only imagine how difficult it is to be married to a man who is too depressed do anything but lie on the couch and watch television. I thank God that my wife is a godly woman and did not leave me. Many other women would have. I am greatly blessed.
When I am blessed by an open heaven, things rapidly start to improve for me. I begin to have hope, my energy level increases dramatically and I feel much more empowered to deal with the stresses of daily life. Stress in life is inevitable. It cannot be avoided. Whether or not stress will make you ill or even kill you is significantly based on your ability to cope with life’s major and minor crises. I don’t want to only be able to cope with stress. I want to thrive in stressful situations. I want to enjoy the stress. One fact that every Christian needs to know is if they stick out their neck for God and take risks, they will soon discover that they have an enemy.
The enemy’s name is Satan. And believe me he hates God and all Christians. In fact, he hates humanity in general. If one is mostly just a Sunday Christian who attends church regularly, and perhaps even attends a Wednesday evening Bible study, Satan will not likely hassle you too much because you are already saved and there’s nothing he can do about it. He doesn’t think that you pose much of a threat to his kingdom. If, on the other hand, you’re a radical Christian or as I call my podcast A Christian with an Attitude, the enemy will do everything and anything in his power, which is limited by God, to make your life miserable. As it says in the Bible, you must count the cost. My wife and I have both made the decision, to count the cost and pay the price.
Satan’s attacks are very predictable, but may show up in a variety of forms. If you usually have a harmonious relationship between yourself and your significant other, you may suddenly realize that now you are now bickering constantly. Your car may break down and you may be burdened with an expensive repair bill. You may think that you have a good relationship with your supervisor at your job and now feel that he or she is finding fault with your every move, even if none of this criticism is justified. I believe you get the idea. Satan will do anything that he can to destroy your ministry. If you are a believer, you have a ministry. You don’t need to be an ordained minister to have a ministry. If you help the needy and disenfranchised people in our society, you have a ministry. You can justifiably call yourselves lay ministers. My wife and I don’t get paid a cent for our extracurricular service to God. We don’t worry about this because God will be a debtor to no man or woman.
On an informal basis, my wife and I minister to the poor, needy, disenfranchised, mentally ill, youth at risk and to those suffering from the terrible disease of addiction. We both love our ministries both as a couple and as individuals, but believe this, it can be very draining on both our finances and physical and emotional energy. May God bless, prosper you, heal you and give you good success. In Jesus name, Amen.
Episode Three of the Ken David Stewart Show
Christianity with an Attitude.
I got saved when I was 27 years old. The only reason that I said the prayer of salvation was that I wanted fire insurance or in other words, I did not want to go to hell. Following my salvation experience my walk with the Lord has been very problematic to say the least. In my case, I cannot honestly state that it was a walk. It can be more accurately described as a stumble with many returns to my pre-Christian way of life. During my life I have fallen into the depths of depression and spiritual darkness. At times in my life, I felt like I have been submerged in the pit of hell.
I have often struggled with affection or any kind of liking towards my fellow man. I admit that on numerous occasions I had a strong distaste for people, both believers and unbelievers. I’ve attended many churches, this was most of the time due to the influence of my wife, Martha. She is a very strong Christian woman.
Over my life. I’ve especially had a difficult time with the Bible, the church and other Christians. All three have failed to meet my expectations on many occasions. There have been long periods of time when I have adamantly refused to attend any Christian services or Christian events. I selfishly disregarded the pain, disappointment and frustration that I caused my wife. In a very cavalier manner, I thought that I could not tolerate the hypocrisy that was being demonstrated by my fellow believers and the church.
As I am blessed to have a great deal of insight about myself, I also fully recognize that I am a hypocrite too. I thought that by avoiding contact with the church and other believers, I was at the very least, saving God’s Kingdom from one more hypocrite, namely, myself. There were times that I was either physically or emotionally too impaired to attend church. Perhaps, at these times, I had some excuse.
I have very mixed feelings about the first Baptist Church that I attended. I respected and appreciated the zeal and moral integrity of my first pastor. He would visit our home quite frequently. The Baptist pastor and I had some very serious discussions about the Christian life. The pastor and I got into many a heated argument. At the time I was employed at a job that I utterly detested and was suffering with extreme issues of low self-esteem. I told the pastor that I wanted to quit my job for the sake of my own health and sanity. The pastor sternly rebuked me for wanting to take away the financial security and economic welfare of my wife and family. I was very hurt by this rebuke.
I was quickly drafted into the role of being a leader in the 20% of any congregation that takes charge and gets things done. This is the same principle, whether in the secular world or the Christian world. 20% of the people do 80% of the work.
In this capacity I attended weekly Bible studies, served as an advisor to the Sunday school faculty and went along on local missionary drives. I was highly regarded for my abilities as both a student and as a teacher. My pastor respected my intellectual acuity and my sincere desire to play a significant role in the growth of the church.
Unfortunately, my honeymoon with the Baptist Church did not last very long. My personal lifestyle and attitudes showed little change after I became a Christian. To tell you the truth, they demonstrated no change at all. I continued to smoke tobacco, drink alcohol and listen to my favourite band, the Rolling Stones.
There were other issues as well. My family and I lived in a mobile home. We seemed to constantly be having problems with our plumbing, furnace and appliances. As I had absolutely zero aptitude for any skill set beyond the intellectual and educational, a small team of church goers volunteered or were appointed to give me some handyman assistance. I was not in the financial position to have any professionals repair my home. After a while, one of my church helpers told me that from now on I should learn how to do my own household repairs. This was well before the days of You Tube, so it was very difficult to learn any handyman skills on my own. After all, no one had taught me. I started to be infested by a strong spirit of resentment toward my fellow Christians at my first Baptist Church.
How I Was Able to be Delivered From My Hatred of the Church and Christians Yesterday evening, my wife, Martha received a long- awaited breakthrough. Her husband, Ken David Stewart agreed to attend the spiritual gifts training session at a wonderful church in Winnipeg. I … Continue reading How I Overcame My Hatred of the Church and Christians