Friday, September 30, 2016

Seeing the Rainbow

"The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the Earth."
Genesis 9"16

There are times in life that it just seems one storm after another!  You know how it is, you have one thing go wrong after another.  Life just beats you down and you wonder will it ever end.  But then you see a rainbow.  This beautiful rainbow.  Then you remember the good.  I think a lot of times it is like that.

Think about being in an actual storm, you only see the rain all around and it is dark.  But then you see a little sunlight and a rainbow.  You know the storm is about to end and you will be in the sunlight again.

Now think about storms of life, you only see the bad.  You concentrate on that till someone shows you something good.  Then you see the Sonlight and know that it is almost over.  You see the good and the bad starts to disappear.

So I say look for the rainbow in life and know it brings hope!

Friday Funday

Just a little picture to enjoy today!  Hope everyone has a great Friday!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Adopted in God's Family

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holly and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved."
Ephesians 1:3-6

God doesn't say only these people are my children, no he says we are adopted children through Christ.  We are born again into a family of God.  As someone who is adopted, I love reading scripture like this.  It says to me that no matter what, I have a family.  I am apart of, chosen!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Matthew Vines: "God and the Gay Christian" | Talks at Google

The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality

I absolutely love this video!

LGBT Christians Explain Their Faith

Rear-view Mirror

"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses, the fragrance of His knowledge in every place." 2 Corinthians 2:14

Rear-View Mirror
by Lesley Hooper

If I could look back and see her just once more, it would all be worth it.
To feel her touch, kiss her lips, to be with her.
To hear her say my name,
To see her beside me.
Instead, I just see a glimpse of that life in my rear-view.
And what is in the past is not in the now or future.
I look forward to see who is there next.
No one in sight, not sure if love exists again.
Will there be someone who is my companion?
Then, I see the Driver of my life has this.
He is in the future, he is in the now, and
He is in the rear-view mirror.
Christ, the only one who is in it all!
He reminds me that He has this.
That love will come in time.
I will not be alone as He is always there.
So he let's me see the rear-view to remember where I have been.
Then he shows me the future.
And says "It will be better then you can imagine!"
It is in the now though that I find comfort and a companion in Christ!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I can't change even if I tried

It amazes me when people say you can change things about you that you have no control over.  Changing me being a lesbian is like saying don't be bipolar or even still change skin color.  Okay we can change the color of our hair and eyes and skin, but nothing is permanent unless tattooed. But somethings are not that easy to change.

I won't stop loving women and longing to be with one in a committed mature relationship.  I tried to be with men, but instead I just laughed at what I saw.  I have no attraction to a man.

I am a lesbian and there is no changing it!

Acappella It is Well

This song just is so beautiful!

Acappella Softly and Tenderly

Wonderful music ~ this song talks to the soul!

I hate hearing things like this

Church kicks out Lesbian's mother

Here is what it says:

03:07 PM ET

Gay detective's mother booted from church

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
(CNN)–The mother of a gay detective has been booted from the Tennessee church she attended for decades.
Elders at Ridgedale Church of Christ told Linda Cooper and two relatives that their public support for Kat Cooper, Linda Cooper's gay daughter, went against the church's teachings, local media reported. In a private meeting, reports say, Linda Cooper was given a choice: publicly atone for their transgressions or leave the church.
Linda left the church.
Kat Cooper is a detective with the Collegedale Police Department. This month, she fought successfully for health benefits for her same-sex spouse, Krista, from the town.
The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution allowing for same-sex partner benefits, becoming the first city in Tennessee to do so.
Along the way, the mother publicly supported her daughter. That support appears to have led to a rift with her church.
"My mother was up here and she sat beside me. That's it," Kat Cooper told the Times Free Press of Chattanooga. "Literally, they're exiling members for unconditionally loving their children - and even extended family members."
"Her answer to them ... is that she had committed no sin in her mind. Loving her daughter and supporting her family was not a sin," Kat Cooper's father, Hunt Cooper, told CNN affiliate WTVC. "There was nothing to repent about. They certainly couldn't judge her on that because that was between her and her God, and it was not their place to judge her for that."
"The sin would be endorsing that lifestyle," Ken Willis, a minister at Ridgedale Church of Christ, told to the Times Free Press. "The Bible speaks very plainly about that."
The news enflamed the passions of critics and supporters of the church's action.
A phony Facebook page for the church was created by one critic, who posted glib messages affirming same-sex marriage shortly after the controversy went viral. "There's nothing about girl on girl in Leviticus," one post reads.
Mary Sturdibint, a Collegedale resident, told WTVC, "I don't think they should be kicked out of church. If you're going to kick out someone, it needs to be the two that are same-sex that's married. I do believe in that."
Willis declined an on-camera interview with WTVC but released a written statement.
"This is an in-church private issue. Because emotions are so inflamed at this point, I choose not to comment any further," it read.
"The church is overseen by elders. I am a minister, not a pastor and therefore, do not have the authority to speak further on this. The news is getting mixed reviews."
Multiple calls to the church and the Coopers by CNN were not returned.
Church of Christ structure
What happens next for the small suburban church remains unclear.
There is no denomination to hand down an edict praising or condemning the local church's decision.
Churches of Christ are a loosely joined group of independent churches that are autonomous by design. There is no denominational oversight, formal structure or even a denomination headquarters.
Local churches are governed by appointed elders in a structure the church traces to the early followers of Jesus described in the New Testament, said Ronald Highfield, a professor of religion at Pepperdine University.
"They're organized in congregations with their own local leadership so that no other congregation, no set of congregations, no convention can exercise any ecclesiastical discipline over another congregation," said Highfield, who is also an elder in his local Church of Christ congregation.
While there are no documents or position papers by the church on the issue of homosexuality and how members ought to interact with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender family members, he said that on the issue of sexual orientation, churches in the denomination fall on a spectrum from progressive to conservative.
Most churches, Highfield said, hold a traditional Christian belief that sex is to be reserved for married men and women and that sex outside of that marriage arrangement is wrong, regardless of what the church believes about sexual orientation.
"There is an implicit covenant when you're a member of a congregation to adhere to the scriptures and the authority," he said.
So, he said, supporting a view that could be seen as undermining the teaching of the church could be grounds for excommunication.
Highfield was unfamiliar with this particular congregation until the story broke and said as for its decision, "whether it's just or fair, I'm not going to make a judgment."
Not a new issue
For decades, churches have wrestled with the issue of homosexuality, leading to splits and schisms of individual congregations and entire churches.
Some churches, like the Episcopal Church, have shifted from the traditional Christian position on marriage to now bless monogamous same-sex unions and perform same-sex marriages in states where they are legal.
While churches that have formally shifted their policies on same-sex marriage are in the minority, Americans' opinion of such marriage has shifted significantly from opposition to support.
A CNN/ORC poll conducted in June, when the Supreme Court was deciding the fate of the Defense of Marriage Act and the validity of a California law banning same-sex marriage, 55% of Americans said marriages between gay or lesbian couples should be recognized as valid. That marked an 11-point swing from 2008, when 44% of Americans said the unions should be legal.
The public outcry about the exile of the parents of a gay adult child from this Tennessee congregation seems to mirror this shift in public opinion.
Some pollsters and commentators have pointed to tension about same-sex marriage as a reason for an exodus from churches, particularly among young people.
Many mainline Protestant churches have seen a decline in membership, whilepollsters have noted a steady increase in "nones," or people saying they have no religious affiliation. In its latest surveys, the Pew Forum on Faith and Public life puts "Nones" at 20% of the population.
Pew has also noted that at the same time younger Americans are leaving churches, older Americans are returning in a pattern that matches historical trends that have shown people become more religious as they get older.
Because there is no central office for Churches of Christ, reliable numbers on membership are difficult to come by.*
When the Ridgedale congregation next updates its membership rolls, it will be crossing out the Coopers. The family told the local newspaper they were devastated to leave a church where they had been active for 60 years.
For now, both the Coopers and their former church are standing by their own convictions, and after six decades of traveling together, they are heading in different directions.

 according to publisher 21st Century Christian's annual "Churches of Christ in the United States" which they have compiled since the 1970s.
H/t @BobbyRoss

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Today I was listening to a sermon on prayer on my way to work.  It spoke of Jesus being a friend.  I forget that at times.  I am sure most do.  We look at Christ as God, as Savior, as a great man, but we fail to realize that he is also our friend!

The Bible is full of Christ calling us friends.  My favorite verse is John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."  That don't say lay down his life for servant nor stranger, but friend

Then further in John in verse 15 it says "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my Father i have made known to you."

That speaks to me more then just any kind of friendship.  It speaks as though a best friend kind of relationship.  He won't hold anything back!

Being a lesbian with a past in the Church of Christ, I don't make too many friends for fear of acceptance.  If they knew about my past, or that I love women not men then they won't want to know me.  But with Christ, it is different, He says I take you as you are, you are my friend, and I will share Heaven with you when it is time.  How powerful is that!

Jesus is the best friend to have too because he don't walk away.  He is not going away.  Sure you can walk away, but Christ is there waiting for you to come back.  He wants good for you and will go to the Father on your behalf and ask that you be blessed.  He is like no other friend!

Next time you feel alone, say a prayer and know you got the best friend listening to you!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Acappella - I'm At Your Mercy

As I stood inside the courtroom 
The judge came walking in 
There was One who stood beside me 

A compassionate friend 
As he spoke my situation 
I knew that he was in control
Of the destiny of my eternal soul

With a hush the crowd awaited
To receive the words he'd say
A finality was pressing 
Like no other day
To reveal my destination
That was what I soon would know
To eternity, where was I to go?

Yes, your honor, I'm at your mercy
You can do with me 
Just as you please
Please remember 
My testimony
The blood of Jesus
Covers me

When the time came for the verdict
The anticipation rose
But the people knew too well
The path in life they chose
Those who had not cared to answer
When in life he gave the call
Or had known his grace and love
Only to fall

But as he looked in my direction
I was not afraid
'Cause the nailed-scarred hands
Were there defending me
But then he rose to give the answer
As we bowed unto the Lord
He said "Well done my child,
Great is your reward"

Repeat Chorus (x2) 

Please remember 
My testimony
The blood of Jesus
Covers me 

Scriptural Reference: 

"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior." Titus 3:4-6

Church comes first

So, I get asked to do something for someone and say no.  It was to help with an event for a fundraiser.  I normally would say yes, but this time it fell on a Sunday.  I said no because I have church and it also happens to be my mom's birthday.  I was made to feel like I was doing wrong.  Well, Sunday is for Church and time with God.

Guess my priorities have shifted.  I would have in the past said yes, but these days, I take my health, bills, and more in consideration first.  I know, now, that it is okay to say no and that it is right to put God first and foremost.  So Sunday is for God, even though everyday is for God, Sunday is my day to fill my spirit.

Just because

It amazes me that some feel just cause I came back to the Church of Christ that all the sudden I am going to be straight. I am a lesbian and will be till the day I die.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Judge less ye be judged

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Matthew 7:1-2

Today I am mindful that this world judges you.  In the Bible we are told not to, but that falls on deaf ears.  Too often in life judgments are placed.  

We talk about what the person has done wrong in their life but we never take time to talk about what they did right in their life.  It is easier to point out flaws and mistakes.  But do we think what that could mean for us?

Christ says don't judge or you will be judged and by the same manner in which you judge.  So what does that say to me?  It says, simply put, that if I turn my nose down on someone, then God will turn his nose down on me.  If I am not a friend to someone because of their past, then God will not be a friend to me.

That is a scary thought, that thought that God would not be a friend just because I am not friendly to others.  So if I want God to be my friend, then I must not judge others and be a friend.

That is hard to do though.  What about when they hurt me?  What if the wrong they do is against me?  What if they live a life I don't approve of?  What if they believe different then me? What if what if what if....It don't say don't judge but these you can.  God says don't judge.  

I don't know about you, but I want to be judged with favor and kindness and mercy and how will you judge others?

The Closet Professor: Softly and Tenderly

The Closet Professor: Softly and Tenderly: Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,  calling for you and for me;  see, on the portals he's waiting and watching,  watching for you and...

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Our Covenant in Christ

Today I have been looking at the word "covenant" and studying what that means.  God made a covenant with us.  It says in Mark 14;24 "This is the blood of my covenant, which is poured out for many."  So let's look closer at the word.

Webster says it is an agreement.  So if we reread scripture, it says that this is the blood of my agreement, which is poured out for many.  So Christ is the new covenant.  So therefore, the Old Testament is the old covenant and Christ is the new covenant.

Can we learn from the old? Yes of course!  But even scripture say this about the new covenant, "It is He who has qualified us making us to be fit and worthy and sufficient as ministers and dispensers of a new covenant of salvation through Christ, not ministers of the letter of legally written code, but of the Spirit; for the code of the law kills, but the Holy Spirit makes alive." 2 Corinthians 3:6 AMPC

So what am I saying, we are of the New Covenant!  We are saved through Christ!  We don't follow the old law, but have been washed clean through the blood of Christ and a new promise!  A new agreement!

So when old law is thrown at you for being you and true to the Spirit, simply say I am under the new covenant with Christ and walk washed by the blood!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Funday!

Hope everyone has a fun day today!  Remember, when the world seems against you, God is with you!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Facebook Church of Christ Group

If you are in the Church of Christ and you want to be part of a group for LGBT because you are or because you support...go to:The LGBT Church of Christ Facebook Group

I will not let in haters, this will be a safe place.  So welcome and come on in!

The Closet Professor: Lesbians and the Bible

This is really well written!

The Closet Professor: Lesbians and the Bible:

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Romans 1:26-27

While some biblical interpretations of the Bible condemn gay sex between men, it nowhere condemns being a lesbian. Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 mention men having sex with other men, but say nothing of women having sex with other women. In the Sodom and Gomorrah account in Genesis 19, the men of the cities wanted to gang rape other men. First Corinthians 6:9 mentions effeminate men but does not mention lesbians. While the above passages are often taken out of context to condemn male homosexuality, they in no way do so, but that is a post for a different time. This post is to address love between women. It was a request I received in an email.

Only one verse in the Bible refers to women being with women: Romans 1:26. However, this passage discusses pagan temple prostitution, not lesbians having sex. In The Message's translation of Romans 1:26-27, it puts it this way:

Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.

While Leviticus can be used to condemn homosexuality (and the Old Testament is just that old and outdated by the New Testament), the Bible does not mention lesbians. Why doesn't Leviticus mention lesbians? Most likely because these passages are not talking about homosexuality as much as same sex lust. Same sex love is far different. One might argue that it did not seem important because women were not important during ancient times, but we know of female rulers of the ancient Hebrew, so that argument becomes invalid. Women were as important as men in Hebrew tradition.

The truth is that the Bible does not condemn homosexual love, whether it be between men or women. The concept of homosexuality as it is today was foreign to the writers of the Bible.  Lesbian and gay relationships are not godless or loveless, but filled with God and Love. Homosexual sex only becomes a problem when it is godless and loveless.

The Closet Professor: The Rainbow

I really like this!

The Closet Professor: The Rainbow: I posted this back in July but I wanted to post it again today because today is Vermont Pride. Rainbow Christ Prayer: LGBT Flag R...

Growing up and my background

I was born back in 77 and adopted right away. My family was Church of Christ so that is what I was raised in. I always knew I was different but didn't know why or how. So when I came to be about 18, a preacher said to go out and search for my own religion. Which I did!

 I went to a Presbyterian private school so I learned about them. I studied wicca and began to like what I saw. There was a Goddess, there was acceptance, and about then I was realizing I was different not just because of my mental disorders, but because I am a lesbian. Soon after I found wicca, I realized it was nice but not what I wanted either. I tried shamanism and still nope not for me. 

I then went to druidism and fell right into a feeling of home. I practiced this religion for a long time and walking away from it was not an easy choice. I basically though felt as though I gave everything to the path and yet got nothing in return.

 So I started looking again. In my heart, I always missed the singing in the Church. I missed the people. So I walked back in.

 I then started praying to God and things started happening. I asked for signs that I could be a lesbian and in the Church of Christ and found this blog called the Closeted Professor. Boy was I so happy to find this.

 About that time I was also saying if I found it was okay to be a lesbian and in the Church I would go back and give it my all. I found that answer through some searching and reading. I then asked God if this is the path I was to walk and if so to show me a sign. That morning I went to a service and was given two. In the sermon the preacher said "Pagans run" and I have been my whole life. I was and am tired of running. Then he said, "Come home" and I knew right then that I needed to go back to the Church of Christ.

 Now, I at first tried holding on to the pagan ways and do the Church of Christ thing, but I have realized I can't have both. So now the journey starts. And you know that I am coming from a colorful background and I will dissect each thing and hopefully this will be fun even though it is a deep subject.

Introduction to my blog

So this is the first post. I don't know what I want to write just yet, but I do want to document this journey. I recently went back to the Church of Christ after about twenty years living as a pagan. I always said if I learned I could be gay and in the church I would go back.

 Well I learned I could. Not many would agree with that, but it is what I know to be true.

 In this blog, I will take a look at the scriptures you believe say it is wrong deeply and dissect each one. I will quote other people's blogs, books, and other sources of information. I will talk about how accepting or non-accepting churches are.

 I will document my life so others will know that they are not alone! I am a Church of Christ Christian and this is my story!