How it is with us and Kingdom Relationships is blessed. Let me briefly take you back to how I was raised, married and what I did for a living so you can get an idea of where I am coming from.
I was blessed to be loved and raised trusting in Jesus. My parents and siblings were devout Missouri Synod Lutherans. Our farm house in Nebraska was a home of hospitality, often filled with the laughter of happy people. God was the source and center of our relationships. We prayed at every meal, shared the Word in daily devotions, regularly fellowshipped with other believers, and worked together. We lived worthy of our parents, helped one another, and enjoyed our family, extended family and friends. Through this family and neighborly lifestyle, Messiah Jesus led our family to know God our Father and helped us be faithful and loyal to God and one another. Even though we didn’t recognize this as participating in the kingdom; it was. I highly value this rich heritage.
After High School, I went to college for two years. Then, enlisted in the Air Force and served as a flight simulator technician for four years. After that, I was blessed when Judy married me and we started raising a family. I worked for the phone company and went to night school at UNO to get a degree with a business major and math minor. Most of my work life was marketing telephone systems to businesses. Now, I am 78 and Judy and I live in Colorado Springs.
Our own Godly family is a blessing to Judy, the wife of my youth who I love dearly, and to me. Our son and his family live in Irvine, a suburb of Los Angeles, Our daughter and her family live in Lincoln, Nebraska. This family picture was taken at our 50th wedding anniversary at our celebration in 2015.
Another blessing is the companionship and walking our Bassett Hound Dash gives us. I walk Dash 3 times a day. Like all Bassetts, he has his schedule. It’s before breakfast, about 10 and around 2 except when its hot out. Then we wait until just before sundown. Dash has helped me get acquainted with the neighbors for 5 blocks around. Most know Dash. I free range him. No leash. And he strolls and sniffs and greets the neighbors that want to pet him.
How we got to Kingdom Relationships
My search for more life in Christ began in the 1970’s. I began getting a picture of life in the kingdom of God and found marvelous light. Then, along with Judy, we began studying, receiving, and applying the gospel of the kingdom. Since I was raised Lutheran, I started by reading and studying the Bible, sola scriptura—Scripture only.
Over the years, Judy and I have shared in one another fellowship with all kinds of believers. We had to sort through many bent teachings by relying on the Bible and the Holy Spirit. We have found that very few who trust in Jesus as their Savior view themselves as the ministers (priests in the kingdom) they are in Christ. God has made us what we are, creating us in Christ Jesus to do good works, in which God long ago planned for us to live (Eph 2:4-10; Eph 4:11-17; Heb 13:20-21; Rev 1:4). Anything you do that is motivated by God’s love is a good work, whether you do that work of ministry in your homes, in your come togethers, or where God connects you to help. A mother making her child’s owie better is ministering. You are a minister whether you recognize it or not.
We have found small groups to be our most valued fellowship. We started sharing the Lord’s Supper with others in a small group back in the 70’s. When we moved back to Grand Island in the early 80’s, we attended church but also invited our friends to participate in the Lord’s Supper in our home. We even celebrated Passover Supper annually in the Messianic mode. When we moved to Colorado Springs in 2001, we continued that same combination of fellowship.
Last year, in February 2016, I was led to start my Kingdom Relationships blog to help those who trust Jesus as their Savior grow up into Christ the Head of His body.
Now, I am gratified to find over 5,000 Christians a month from around the world are visiting my website. I use Webalizer Stats and AWStats to show me where my visitors are from. Here’s where you all are from in my latest Webalizer look, based on data from March 1 to March 15, 2017.
The green is European Union 35%. Commercial (.com) 25% and Network (.net 15%). Unknown 15%, Russian Federation 1% and Germany 1%. Awstats shows the highest pages accessed are from France, United States, China, Russian Federation, Canada, Israel, India, Brazil, Taiwan, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Philippines, Italy, Turkey, Romania.
I need feedback
From the data I get, I can see which articles are of highest interest, but I need feedback from your comments or emails. Consider me your friend and fellow believer. Please feel free to add to or subtract from what I have written and if you want more on the subject? You can write lengthy comments and I welcome them. If you prefer, you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like me to post an article you have written, email it to me. If you have read an article on another website that rang your bell, please send me the link. If I get permission, I will post it on Kingdom Relationships. Also, I would like to know what Christian sites you read most and your favorite books and authors and other visitors would also be interested.
May our God “make you worthy of His calling and by His power accomplish every good thing you decide to do and every work of faith, so as to glorify the name of our Lord Jesus among you, and you in Him, according to the grace/charis of our God and Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Th 1:11-12 An American Translation