Trees are known by their fruit

Posted in How God Reveals Himself with tags , , on March 19, 2018 by mclmuskrat

“A Different Kind of Tree” is a book about life. It is a book about how and where you get nourishment; a book about where you have planted your roots and what fruit you bear. Everybody bears fruit; the only question is: Is your fruit good or bad? Is what you do of a positive impact on others or is it of negative impact? This book is about growing in the LORD, if you love the world and it’s evil, you are not in the LORD (1 John 2:15-17); it is about the decisions you make in life. Each Chapter starts out with a portion of my true life story because this book is also about “the journey”, my journey through the bad, the ugly and the good. It is about my journey out of darkness toward Christianity and becoming a true Child of God. Check it out at The book shows that God is great and truly forgives, we simply need to repent and try to do better.


Part 2 – Your Relationship with God

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , , , on February 6, 2018 by mclmuskrat

Following my Part 1 from last week, let me give you an example of how much God loves you. Aside from the fact that you are created in the image of God (Genesis Chapter 1), God listens to your prayers for others, your prayers for yourself, and is willing to take action according to His will. In the example below, Daniel has been praying for his people and for himself.

Daniel chapter 10, verses 12-14, an angel came to Daniel:

“Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I [an angel] have come because of your words. The prince of the kingdom of Persia [one of Satan’s demons] withstood me twenty-one days [a war in the heavens], but Michael, one of the chief princes [one of God’s main angels], came to help me [God’s main angel came to help the first angel], for I was left there with the kings of Persia [Satan’s demons], and came to make you [Daniel] understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.”

Here we see God not only hearing, but acting due to the prayers of a man who believes in the LORD. God not only sent a messenger, an angel, but when that first messenger  was delayed by evil forces, God sent a more powerful angel to hold off the evil influences to allow Daniel to understand God’s will. My point is this…this story shows how important your relationship to God really is…that God will work out His will, whatever it takes, to those who love Him. Knowing this happened to Daniel gives us understanding that the same can also happen to us.

Part 1 – Your Relationship with God

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , on February 1, 2018 by mclmuskrat

2 Timothy chapter 3, verses 1 to 4 states: “In the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” (ESV)

Probably most will say that the above verses spell out our current culture. They would be correct; but please note that the end times have been on-going since the death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. The human values noted in 2 Timothy 3 have been on display for most generations since. Yet, we have the ability of seeing first hand these ugly sinful values on display in our current time on this planet.

We need to turn; that is, we need to repent and turn toward our only Savior, Christ Jesus! Any view of history, no matter how long or short, reveals that mankind cannot save themselves. Many will reject the idea of an ultimate savior, saying there is no God because there is evil in the world. Will you bet your eternal soul on that? …or, do you believe this world is all there is?

God will bring all things to a close and re-create all things anew at His time. Out of love, He is waiting for as many as possible to turn…to repent and accept Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior, so to find a heavenly home.

Part 2 will be an example of how much God really cares for those that love Him.

Moving Backward into the Deep Caverns of Hate

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , , on January 18, 2018 by mclmuskrat

Evil comes in all packages. Often, groups with the nicest sounding names can be the most evil; wolves in sheep clothing. Where I live, middle America, I see no racism…we all get along just fine. I see people helping one another. Why is it that the purported racism seems to most often be in the big liberal cities, rather than middle America? God created all of us in His image; we are all children of God. Whether you believe in God or not, you were created by a Divine Hand. All blood is red! We Christians (true, not just name only) do not see the human differences; so, I must ask, is there a business, a way of gaining power and money from promoting hate?

I am not completely unaware; I have been a witness to history for more than 60 years, but we seem to be moving backward into the deep caverns of hate. Have we not learned anything after all the trial and errors that have been made in our 200 years? It appears to this one observer that the arguments are growing more absurd and dangerous. Why is hate fueled so much? What is to be gained? In recent memory, there was a Washington News Bureau Chief who broadcasted, to his own demise thankfully, that the GOP would be happy with black people drowning as hurricane Isaac approached. This so-called journalist didn’t know the real facts; that it was the GOP that brought about all the civil rights improvements we have in this country…that the KKK was first a democrat group. Can we move forward and not backward?

In recent memory we have Ferguson activists threatening the police and praying for their death. But people like this are fueled by their leadership. The so-called Reverend Sharpton, speaking in a church on the events in Ferguson claimed an ancient Biblical text, not supported by Jesus Christ, that there would be an “eye for an eye” in retaliation for their perceived mis-justice in the case. In other words, he was saying there would be death for death and the fight was not over. In pulling down Old Testament verse to suit his passion, his political agenda, he chose to not obey the teachings of Jesus (Matthew 5:39-45) for a pastor is not to make the Word of God his vehicle for hate.

Please, I pray, let’s turn around before it is too late in this country to repair itself and become a “Godly Nation” again. Shalom.


Won’t you turn to Him now?

Posted in About the Book with tags , , on October 18, 2017 by mclmuskrat

I have to admit, I am so very tired of hearing from our academic institutions, be they from kindergarten through our highest universities, of the gushing out of pure garbage of the zero-evidence non-proven “truths” about how mankind came into being.  So prevalent in so many circles, most drink it in as truth. Absolute trash about how creation came about, even from the likes of the great Steven Hawking. They all pour out their ideas, all the while ignoring the very science that proves them wrong.  You can not (should not) pick and choose your supporting arguments to fit your agendas if your adventure is to find the real truth.

I have written on this subject before and I am not going to try to fight in this short post. But what I do want to request of anyone out there with a brain of their own, please think through all that you hear, test it out, does it hold even a little bit of water? You are sensible people, don’t just buy the voice of the mob!

For thousands of years thoughtful scholarship has taken place to show and prove that God is not just some construct. God always is and has been, and will be! God is the non-created “first cause”! We have never had the ability to know more than we can electronically today, and that will only mushroom many times over in the future. But we have never been more mistaken on what the truth really is. Ecclesiastes 12:1 says, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them [your days]’.” (NIV). You still have time; remember your Creator. Seek a Biblical worldview instead of a humanistic worldview. You have been gloriously created by a very loving God who wants you to be in relationship with Him. Won’t you turn to Him now before the end of your days?

Spiritual but not Religious…oh really?

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , on September 25, 2017 by mclmuskrat

You hear people say, I’m a spiritual person but I am not religious. What does that mean? Many will tell you that spirituality is finding your inner peace, finding your true self and your true path…whatever that means. They will tell us that spirituality is deep healing of mind, body and spirit…a shift to a higher consciousness and understanding. This is all humanism; making the person the power generator capable of reaching the high levels on their own. This type of thought sets the individual at the center of all that happens. This kind of spirituality is simply a preoccupation with ourselves.

Real spirituality is something you cannot do on your own, but requires formation by God’s Spirit. Called “Spiritual Formation” and it is entirely different from the humanism we see all around us. It is complex and takes a lifetime. Spiritual Formation places Jesus Christ in the center to keep us out of the center.

If you really want a worry-free life, one with a peace that passes all understanding, you only need to turn to Christ Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to  be a child of God. God will replace your evil heart with a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). God will put His Spirit in you (Ezekiel 36:27). This is the real spirituality available to all people.

What will be MY response?

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , on September 18, 2017 by mclmuskrat

Forgiveness, what a word. The Bible tells us to forgive 70 x 7 times; in other words, an unlimited number of times. The Bible also tells us that if we don’t forgive others, that we will not be forgiven. We are all told to forgive one another but it is very hard to do. Here is why. There is a thing called the “stress response”. If the stress response is triggered by a meeting of one you said you had forgiven, then you had not fully forgiven.

A lawyer beat me out of a sizable architectural fee 40 years ago. He was an evil person and hurt many others. He also hurt my wife and children. The courts were of no help after years of trying, so one day I decided that I was carrying way too much baggage about this guy, after all I had recovered from the pain he caused. I wrote him and said I forgive you. Of course, I never got a reply; I didn’t expect one. He probably thought I was weak. Soon, I began to consider…what if I run into him on the elevator? How would I feel? Being honest with myself, I decided I would get nervous, flushed with adrenaline, and so thought I had not FULLY forgiven. It took about a year of working on my forgiveness before I decided I would have no reaction and could actually wish the man “a good day”.

Yes, to fully forgive can be difficult but I promise it will be YOU who will be blessed in doing so. Furthermore, each and everyone of us needs forgiveness for something; looking back, I could fill a book; I am so glad that God has forgiven me, now what will be my response be to God’s mercy and grace?

Jesus, the only Hope of the World

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