Monthly Archive: June 2015

A Time For Forgiveness: Thoughts On Charleston, SC Shooting

Matthew 5:43-48  You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Photo by Stephen E Norton; APDear Readers,  Three days ago, a man walked into a church full of Christians (who happened to be colored), sat there as the Word of God was preached for some time and then opened fire, killing nine Christian brothers and sisters and wounding several others.  As I am writing this, I am still stunned.  I am emotional.  I weep not for my fallen brothers and sisters in Christ.  I need not shed tears for them; for they are at home in peace and love with the Lord.  Hallelujah!  I weep for their families.  I weep for their friends.  I weep for everyone who has lost someone to senseless violence.  I also weep for my nation, my beautiful America.  I wonder, why she is so cruel at times?  Yet, even while I am in the midst of such madness and confusion, I still see hope.  I still see God’s light shining through the darkness.  Praise His name!  Thank you, Jesus!  When I picked up the paper today, I wept again.  But, this time they were tears of joy.   (more…)

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Standing Up For Jesus

Mark 8:34-48  When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”Randall Daluz - The Good News

Dear Readers,  The last couple of days have been difficult to say the least.  An article discussing this site and the validity of my faith, came out on Saturday.  When the reporter contacted my lawyer to secure an interview with me, I was very hesitant at first.  I knew that people would doubt me and spew hate towards me.  In this world, there are more non-believers than believers.  It is no small feat to publicly claim Christ as your Lord and Savior, especially when you have been wrongfully convicted of triple murder and are looked at like a black boogie man.  As I do with every major decision I make, I prayed and asked the Lord for His guidance.  I do not feel worthy to represent Jesus. The Lord put it on my heart that I must.  Soon, the interview was scheduled.  The Lord put it on my heart not to practice what I would say.  He encouraged me to speak from my heart and trust that I would know what to say when the time came.  One of the first questions the reporter asked me was how I came to Christ.  I answered her honestly.  I explained to her the miracle that occurred when I was nearly murdered.  My statement included actions that the perpetrator of the crime took.  [You can read what I said in the article on BDN.com]  I don’t like to talk about those events, but I had to, briefly, for I had to explain what had sparked my faith in Jesus.  I was a man who needed to see before he believed.  What happened left me no doubt that God is real.  It was the first of many experiences where Jesus revealed Himself to me (or for the first time I realized it.) (more…)

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I Am Not Perfect, I Am Forgiven

Randall Daluz - Let Jesus Have The Final WordII Corinthians 4:5-6  For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Dear Readers,  It is not easy being a Christian, which is why it is such a narrow path to walk.  None of us are Jesus Christ, though some people expect us to be.  It’s like – all of a sudden, now that we’re saved, we’re expected to be perfect.  I am just a man.  I am not worthy of the Lord’s salvation, but He has given it to me never-the-less.  Praise You, Lord!  THANK YOU, JESUS!

Recently, I have had a couple of incidents where people have called the validity of my faith into question.  Boy, does it hurt when that happens.  It stings like vinegar on an open wound with salt on top.  Painful stuff.  Not long after my last post, “A Stress-Free Life“, I was put into a situation where I momentarily let stress get the best of me.  Now, I did employ the techniques that I wrote about and they did work like they almost always do.  None-the-less, I felt convicted.  The devil clouded my mind with doubt that night.  He made me feel like I let God and all the folks who look up to me down.  I tossed and turned on my pillow, feeling shame.  I wrote a letter of apology to the person I had a disagreement with that night.  My conscience would not rest until I did.  That person had made a comment to me stating, “I thought you were supposed to be a man of God.”  Man, that hurt.  When I was done with the letter, I fell to my knees and cried, “Lord, forgive me, for I have misrepresented You, my King.” and I prayed for His peace and strength.  The Lord spoke to my heart.   (more…)

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Happy Father’s Day, GOD!

Randall Daluz - Happy Fathers DayJohn 10:29-30  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and My Father are one.”

Dear Readers,  I pray for a happy and blessed Father’s Day for all the Dad’s out there.  As you celebrate this happy holiday, take a moment and thank the Greatest Father of all time, GOD.  It is not easy finding gifts for our earthly fathers.  It is even harder to find something for our Supreme Father.  What can you give a Father who truly has it all?  The only things God wants from us is love, respect and obedience.  When we give those to Him, it brings Him glory.  Aren’t those the greatest gifts that any child can give a father?  Those gifts are a small price to pay for God’s grace and blessings.  And, yet, most of us have a hard time with them, don’t we?  I know I do.  Our selfish and sinful nature hinder our ability to honor the Father.  We get so caught up in ourselves and our own desires that we forget where it is that all the good in our lives comes from.   (more…)

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A Stress-Free Life

Randall Daluz - Keep Calm And Call On JesusMatthew 6:27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

Dear Readers,  One of the devil’s most powerful and destructive tools is stress.  There are few things in this world which can harm you, age you, unsettle you and assault your mental and physical well being more than stress.  I am convinced that the leading cause of illness and death is stress.  Stress – like hate – is poison.  My current situation can be very stressful at times.  There are no vices in here to take the edge off.  One must learn to cope and combat stress naturally.  I have learned some techniques that I would like to share with you.

The first is prayer.  But, before you pray, it is best to calm yourself and clear your mind.  For me, the best way to do that is to simply breathe.  Sit down in a comfortable position.  Keep your body relaxed. (more…)

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