Our Stories, Our Testimonies

I have been a fan of the rock band KISS since the late 1970′s when I was a teen, and first discovered the music of KISS and rock and roll.  I have attended two live KISS concerts, once as a teen, and once as an adult with my own two children.  My favorite band member was Gene Simmons, born Chaim Witz, a Jewish immigrant.  His on-stage persona was the fire-breathing, blood spitting bass player.

Tonight, I happened to come across the last few minutes of an episode of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” that was produced in 2010 that I had never seen.  The topic of the episode centered around family history.  Gene came to America with his mother, a Nazi holocaust survivor.  The love between mother and son is so evident.  When Gene calls his mother, she always says “Chaim, my loving son”.  His demeanor always changes and he becomes very emotional.  This particular episode dealt with the holocaust, and many scenes showed Gene in a very emotional state.  The final scene of the show featured Gene’s wife, model Shannon Tweed, who spoke of peoples’ backgrounds and how every parent “has a story” that their children need to know.

Do our children know our story?  Do they know what we have gone through to get where we are in life?  If we are believers in Jesus Christ, our story is our living testimony.  All that we have gone through in our lives, and what Christ has delivered us from, is a testimony that needs to be shared and known by our children.  The book of Revelation in chapter 12 verse 11 says that we will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and  the word of our testimony.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

Do your children know your story?  Do they know your testimony as a member of the family of God through Jesus Christ?  We are in no way perfect, and make mistakes.  We are, however, being molded into the image of Jesus by God!  Our past, no matter how ugly it may be, is our story, and how we have overcome our past is our testimony!  Chaim Witz, aka “Gene”, may or may not believe in Jesus Christ as his personal savior.  As a person of Jewish descent, I know that he believes in the same God that I do.   Whether he accepts Jesus as the Messiah is between him and God.

It is important that each of us know who our Lord is, that we love, respect, and honor Him, and that we share stories of how we have overcome things in our lives through the faith we have in our Lord.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the one true Messiah, who came to give us live so that we might live it abundantly.  His blood was shed for the forgiveness of my sin.  By accepting Him as my Savior, that is the most awesome testimony that I could ever share.

Seasons of Rest

You may have noticed that it has been a long time since I have written a blog.  The holidays have come and gone, and a new year is nearly two months old.  It seems that somewhere over the last few months I have lost momentum…”lost the fire”, so to speak.  Life’s situations have not changed much, in fact, things have been moving along well.  God continues to watch over me and my family and bless us.  But somewhere along the way, I have lost that spark that kept me interested in things in general.  Facebook has no real appeal these days.  I have a few favorites on the Internet that I visit daily, but it is no longer an adventure to browse web sites, looking for a place where “no one has gone before”, as Captain Kirk would say.  Although I have been filled with the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in tongues, I do not pray in tongues daily as I used to.  I feel that is because I am not allowing myself to totally focus on the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to become my intercessor.  My prayer life has shifted from begging and pleading, to just being thankful and content.  That is probably the best thing to come out of this dry spell.  Learning to be thankful for all God has done, and being content with what He has provided is an important lesson that every Christian should learn.  God is gracious.  He meets our every need in His time.

I guess that each of us needs a season to rest.  Perhaps this is mine.  As the Father leads me to write, I will write.  As the Holy Spirit leads me to pray, I will pray.  For now, I must rest and allow the fire to rekindle!  Peace until next time.

2013 in Review

Thank you to all whom have stopped by to read my blog!  It is my hope that something has been written that would give encouragement.  May your 2014 be a wonderful year filled with love, prosperity, and peace. To Jesus be the glory in all things!

Gary Burcalow
The God Follower

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

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