The Humble Heart Foundation

The Humble Heart Foundation Logo

The Humble Heart Foundation Logo

My wife and I have formed The Humble Heart Foundation with the goal of supporting those that live in poverty, and or live without permanent housing (The Homeless). Our non-profit will initially focus on creating a shelter project that will provide nightly shelter and a hot meal for those folks that need it. Additionally we will gather supplies to create and distribute personal care kits.

 

Our longer range goals might include skills training with volunteer instructors, support of a tiny home project, coordination of other support agencies, and more.

We will be working in Lake Charles, Louisiana where the need is high, and the weather frequently inhospitable to living outdoors. We are just beginning and need all the support we can get. Volunteers, donations, and input all will be greatly appreciated.

If you can, and care to support us, our first need is to file for our 501(C) (3) status, and that cost is $400.00 US Dollars. Please think prayerfully about supporting us at out GoFundMe page.

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Love all, The wild Cat Story

Love

This morning as I was outside thanking God for the new day and all the blessings he has bestowed on me, the local “homeless” (Wild) cat that comes around showed up wanting her breakfast. She has been coming around for a year or more, and Jennifer and I feed her and talk to her.

Anyway, I welcomed her as she appeared, and got her bowl of food. She ran over and stopped under the little trailer in the car port as she always does so I placed her bowl down in its spot. This morning though, I scratched the ground in front of her and talked softly. She allowed me to get within one foot of her this morning without moving or showing any fear.

We feed her and love her simply because she is a beautiful creation of God. This is what LOVE really is, doing something for another that can do nothing for you in return. Expecting nothing in return for your love.

How many of you do this, or better yet do this for another human? Would you get up each day and go offer a meal to the man living on the corner, or the family that lives in boxes out in the trees near town?There are many of you out there that love animals and advocate for animal rights, post Facebook posts about animal cruelty etc. So how much more should you love and care for your fellow-man?

Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves. As seen in Matthew 22 we learn that the greatest commandment from God is to Love.

The Greatest Commandment

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So knowing that love is nothing more than caring for and doing for another without expectation of return, these scriptures say it all. Love has nothing to do with acceptance of behavior, or sex, but is the greatest action we can take.
We are all born in sin, we are all sinners in God’s eyes because of the fall of man as stated in Genesis. However we all have the ability to be redeemed (Saved) by accepting Jesus as out savior, giving our lives to him, admitting our sinful status, and making the changes we need to live as Jesus taught.
Everything we do outside of God’s commandments, outside of Jesus’ commands is sin. That is the definition of sin, actions or thoughts taken without the spirit of God guiding us. Jesus’ last words “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” granted God’s forgiveness to us all from that point on. However in order to be saved we need to ask Jesus into our hearts, accept his forgiveness, admit our sins, and then go on living while making every attempt to denounce sin in our lives. The unconditional forgiveness we received from God is only valid if we ever after make an attempt to improve ourselves and live as God commands.
Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Nothing in any of this says we should accept behavior that is outside of God’s commands, nothing in this says we should allow sinners to influence our own thinking or actions. We accept and love others as ourselves without regard to their status with Jesus, however we are not asked to approve of, or accept sinful behavior.
In fact, we are commanded to flee from sin:

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sin(s) a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sin(s) sexually, sins against their own body.

So, the message here is that we should love each other, support each other and love God, however we also should flee from sin by living as Jesus taught, and by admonishing those that are lost and need Jesus’ guidance. Hating sin, and trying to share guidance is not hating the person, it is actually the unconditional love I speak of.

Humanity in Crisis: Jesus is the Answer

  1. The US has over 800 bases around the world.
  2. BRICS is steadily gaining strength and making progress.
  3. Russia and China refuse to bend to the will of the US.
  4. Execs and other “in the know” people are creating bug out sites far away from the major countries.
  5. Greece is collapsing before our eyes.
  6. The federal government knows that the US dollar is soon to collapse.

What does all point to? Many see world war three just around the corner because the US policy of hegemony has alienated Russia and a few other countries.

The only way humanity can accomplish anything, possibly preventing the destruction of our world as we know it, is to ask God for direction and trust in Jesus. Every one of us needs to accept Jesus in our hearts as our savior, and pray vigilantly for his direction and strength.

There is no human answer to these global, destructive patterns that governments are following. The answer is to bring back Gods morals, and God into our hearts and minds, and to listen to his words.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31 NIV

Salvation is not guaranteed

God forgives us our sins and wants us to ask for his help in our lives. The forgiveness is unconditional, however salvation is not.
If you were to act the fool in your parents house and raise hell, your parents would most likely still love you, but if after being taught the truth, you still continued raising hell, and refused to accept their guidance, they may very well throw you out.
How much more do you think God loves us, and he too has the right of judgment to decide whether you live in his house.
So all sinners take heed, yes you are loved and forgiven by God, however you can not continue to live a sinful life and strut your sin around demanding “Equal Rights” from government, and expect to be asked into God’s house. Repentance must follow forgiveness, in other words, you must change your sinful ways.
No amount of human justification will affect God’s Judgments. Parades, signs, shouting, governmental intervention, special rights groups, none of these will change a sinner into a non sinner. Only your own contrite heart and God’s Grace can do that.
Jesus forgave the prostitute but then said, “Go and sin no more.”

Walking with Jesus: Avoiding Pride and foolishness

Return of the Prodigal Son

Return of the Prodigal Son

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” NIV

So what did Jesus mean when he shared this story? There have been many explanations but let me add my take on this lesson taught long ago. 

First, we need to place this in context. Jesus was telling this in response to the pharisees self righteousness. The younger son being foolish, demanded his inheritance from the father thinking he could  go out and live a life of carefree pleasures.

He soon found out though how hard the world can be when we try to live on our own volition. The older son was faithful to the father and worked hard, caring for the flocks, and land with passion.

The younger son however realized how foolish he had been and found himself in hard times starving because of his foolishness. He returned to the father expecting to work as a slave which in his mind would be all he deserved after his actions. Instead the father welcomed him back throwing a party in extravagant fashion. 

The older son was incensed at the father’s reaction, and refused to join in the celebration. So we see that the younger son was foolish, and the older son was prideful.

Both of these conditions, draw us away from God’s intentions and create conditions that are far less than we would experience if we followed God’s wisdom.

Jesus then was telling the pharisees (and us) that we should love, and accept Gods grace with joy. Not to try to live a “good” life of our own doing, but to accept God’s will and guidance, and to “join the party” so to speak knowing that we don’t necessarily deserve it but that it was given freely!

Sources:

The Return of the Prodigal Son (Rembrandt), http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Return_of_the_Prodigal_Son_(Rembrandt)&oldid=645635720 (last visited May 27, 2015).

Luke 15:11-32 NIV

A Close Call

This is too funny to not share: