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Bro Heath’s Intro

December 28, 2011 in Bro. Heath's Blogs

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By the way, this is a frozen moment of my visage (my face), I may look like a very serious guy here and I can be… but sometimes I can be goofy too. You can’t take all of life too serious. It’s really okay to smile and laughing is actually good for the soul. Jesus told me so. hcg

Heath Christopher Goodman, otherwise known as “Bro. Heath” is a Christian author, speaker, minister and web consultant/designer who has dedicated his little ragamuffin life to serving his Lord and Savior Jesus and serving others as well. Although not completely perfected yet, (just ask his wife and children) Heath strives to live according to the teachings of the the Word of God. One of his many favorite scriptures is Micah 6:8 “He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what the LORD doth require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

He is available to preach, share the Word or to counsel FREE of charge to anyone who dares to listen to someone who won’t just tell you what you want to hear or “tickle your ears”. Heath tries to shoot straight with all men but on occasion has been known to miss the mark and even sometimes has “epic fails”… but since you are not paying him for “professional counseling or preaching” what do you expect for FREE? If you are wanting a formal “plastic type” religious counselor or minister who smiles incessantly while professionally nodding his head inserting every so often, “I see” while stereotypically scratching his chin, then Heath is definitely not the guy you want to talk to.

If you want a preacher to bring a “pep rally” to your church service, then we suggest Heath as a very, very, very last resort. This is because Heath identifies more with the weeping prophet Jeremiah calling a “solemn assembly” rather than a circus performer who wants to wow the crowd with dazzling and motivational fluff stuff. Right now, Heath thinks that the church should weep more than we “party” since the world is in such a mess and we’ll have all of eternity to “party”… So even though Heath likes to make puns and bring smiles and laughter, overall, he carries the burden of the Lord to bring people to true sorrow and repentance which leads to true salvation. But our tears always need to be mingled with joy and hope too. There’s a real balance. Unfortunately, Heath is not called on very often to preach at many churches even though He would love to share all the fiery passionate “Words from God” bottled up inside him ready to explode at any given moment.

Heath’s personal testimony is like an onion with many layers, but unlike an onion, hopefully won’t make you cry (unless he shares the sad parts of his life without puns). His sad parts include many horrific scenes from initially being almost murdered by an abortion attempt to multiple birth deformities, to childhood abuse, to humongous family dysfunctions, to teenage mutant drug and alcohol addictions, to dabbling in occult practices, to suicidal thoughts, to self esteem issues, to “an angry bugger bear syndrome”, to practically every possible temptation of the flesh on this dark side of the universe. Yes, Heath continues to spiritually battle/struggle against the forces of evil within and without. Some Christians can’t relate to his struggles as they seem to have spiritually arrived to a state of blessed bliss… but then others have mentioned that they too have to constantly slap their flesh into submission. Heath is kinda unnerved by incessantly sugar coated Christians but tries to be patient with them since they are weaker brethren who have yet to wake up to the reality of the human condition and spiritual warfare of life.

Heath can not promise to interact with you for any real length of time on a superficial level. Maybe initially to keep things from getting too awkward. But at some point, his conscience gets the best of him and he begins to break down to talk sincerely and deep to deep, heart to heart. He really enjoys talking about the deep truths of God, Jesus, the Word of God and eternal things. He can camp there forever but unfortunately this world is constantly pulling him back into the shallow. This is why he doesn’t seem to be so popular among those who need their superficial space to go through life with shallow distractions and entertainments… because Heath really can’t relate to the contestants on American Idol, or what the latest Hollywood star is doing, or what the current professional sports teams stats are. Yes, Heath will try to talk the “language of the shallow” and peep and mutter about trivial things like sitcoms or shopping mall sales but most people can see his heart is not fully immersed in it, as they themselves are. This leads to a “rift” in relationships that Heath would normally love to pursue further but just can’t because almost nobody likes to talk about Jesus “all the time” or about eternal things more than a few minutes at church or elsewhere.

Anyways, Heath decided to write his own profile bio since he thinks it’s important that people are introduced to the “real Heath” and not just a nice white washed “wrinkle free” marketable version of himself. Yes, he’s writing this right now and referring to himself in the third person.
Isn’t that just special. Blink blink.

I guess if you want to get to know him better than a bunch of crunched up, dusty words on a profile page, then you should give him a call or contact him in a real personable way. You can read more about him through his free published book “Angels In The Snow” which is more about his testimony as an abortion survivor and it can be downloaded here. Here is Heath’s contact info for those who want to take it to even the next level-
Heath Christopher Goodman
Email: heathcgoodman@gmail.com
Phone: 404-307-9185

Ministry Websites
AngelsInTheSnow.net
ChurchOfTheLordJesus.com
WatchmenNews.com

Work Related Websites
CreatorGraphics.com
AtlantaGraniteForLess.net

To give a donation to his offline and online ministries, that is, to help him get to the place where he can work for God full time and share Jesus and eternal things with people, unencumbered by trying to make a quick buck here or there by selling products no one desperately really needs (more than God)… then you can make a donation to help with ministry expenses by clicking this link here.

As always, “whatever we give to the least of these our brethren, we give unto Him”…  (and surely Heath is one of the “least”) and also “he who gives a cup of water to God’s messenger’s in His name will receive a greater reward.” So thank you in advance for not giving your money to false prophets and prosperity TV preachers with multimillion dollar mansions or megachurches designed to pamper and deceive the masses… but rather showing your support for a lil o’ ragamuffin ministry like mine and giving value to both, the message and the messenger. Pray for me as I pray for you too. Love you. Bro. Heath

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Holiness: In Living Color or Black And White?

December 9, 2011 in Bro. Heath's Blogs, The Holy Bride

colorpopThe Mis-Concepts Of Holiness

Today, the word “holiness” almost seems to be a dirty word in the Church. The reason for this is primarily due to false notions or misconcepts associated with it.
For years the Church has been saturated with teaching that holiness is long hair, long dresses and long faces. Many preachers emphasize outward conditions of lifestyle as the evidence or fruit of holiness. A “black and white” holiness has been painted which is neither accurate nor has any appeal to a generation living in color.

Women seemed to get the brunt of this teaching as they were religiously coerced to grow their hair down to their ankles, parallel to the length of their dresses. They were strictly admonished that even the least bit of make-up on the face was a sign of a heart full of vanity. Any outward adornment such as earrings and jewelry was also a sign of unholy vanity.
Many preachers have reduced themselves to nagging about standards from their pulpits instead of preaching Jesus and Him crucified. Emphasis on outward standards is dead formalism which will eventually bring death to any church. Although outward modesty, unworldliness and setting standards in your life is very important as a Christian, they themselves do not constitute what true holiness is.

Now, although I believe that much of this type of teaching on holiness is an extreme view that needs to be reconsidered, I know that the nature of man is to swing to the other extreme. As the previous theology emphasized outward standards, the other extreme view is that holiness is only a symbolism of sanctification, or figurative purity.
Although not always blatantly expressed, this reasoning contends that holiness is in no way a restriction on lifestyle but only is a term to describe a symbolic blood-of-Christ-covering over our “can’t-help-but-sin” natures.
The first extreme is legalistic religion of outward do’s and don’ts, “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof”. 2Timothy 3:5 The form or outward show of this “holiness” is dead religion incredibly lacking in a true representation of the character of God. The second extreme on the other end of the spectrum is a fluffy damnable heresy that “speaks great swelling words of emptiness, alluring through the lust of the flesh… promising liberty but bringing corruption and bondage to sin” 2 Peter 2:18-20 It too is a total erroneous view of salvation and the true character of God.

True Holiness Defined

True holiness is neither a standard or a symbolic term. It is a true condition of purity of heart which will without a doubt be reflected in the practicalities of life.
The essence of true holiness is a personal, intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus. It is a real and vital walk with God our Father. It is the sweet fellowship/friendship of the Holy Spirit.

Through this intimate, daily walk with God we are influenced and changed by the presence of God and the character of God. All our attitudes, actions, desires, thoughts, emotions and heart motives are kept holy and pure in proportion to God’s presence in our lives. Hence, holiness can truly be defined as this;
It is the reflection of God’s character in our lives by the grace given to us to obey Him, through the influence of an intimate love relationship with God.

The Bible states that “we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another degree of glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2Corinthians 3:18 As we behold His person and His character, we are influenced and changed into His likeness! Paul said that, “through us, the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ is released in every place”. 2Corinthians 2:14
Oh, would to God that we would release the sweet fragrance of His holiness, His character of goodness and love to a disillusioned, despairing world!!! If all professing Christians would be truly holy and wholly Christian (Christ-like) the world could be won in a moment’s time!

The Beauty Of Holiness

We Christians sing scripturally sound songs like, ” Lord, be glorified”, “Lord, be magnified” and “Lord, we exalt Thee”. But I must ask you, how is the Lord glorified in the earth? How is He magnified? How is He exalted? By our singing of the mere words? Surely there is an element of God’s glory in singing praises to Him. But what glorifies, magnifies and exalts God the most is our living out or walking in the very character of God. This is what holiness really is! This is the true color of holiness!!

The fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control are all characteristics of God. If we walk in these (which takes discipline in dying to selfish and ungodly tendencies and to replace it with the fruit the Spirit) we will no doubt find that holiness is not a negative attribute at all. No, you won’t see holiness in black and white, as issues of do’s and don’ts… But instead you will see holiness in living, vivid colors that sparkle up your life with the goodness and glory of God!

Holiness is love! -A selfless giving with no other motive but to bless.
Holiness is joy! -A tickle within the soul that can’t hold back a smile or laugh because of God’s goodness.
Holiness is peace! -An unruffled contentment that no matter what happens, good or bad, God is your hope and He is in control.
Holiness is patience! -A unanxious calm that is willing to wait.
Holiness is kindness! -A genuine act of helpfulness to friend or foe, for their well-being.
Holiness is goodness! -An honesty and sincerity that never compromises it’s moral principles.
Holiness is faithfulness! -An unwavering commitment of loyalty to God and men.
Holiness is gentleness! -A tenderness and compassion towards others who are weak or wounded or in need.
Holiness is self-control! -A humble and reserved spirit void of self indulgence and self-glory for the promotion of God and others.
Holiness is beautiful, lovely and precious! Like the sweet fragrance of springtime with the sparkle of dew upon the morning flowers! Why? Because like nature itself, holiness reveals God’s infinite love and goodness!

Called To Holiness

“For God did not call us to uncleanness but to holiness” 1Thessalonians 4:7
Being called to holiness is the highest and most noble calling any man could undertake. Just think! -To be given the opportunity and empowerment by the God of creation, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to become partakers of the divine nature, the very character of God!!! Wow! What a thought!

Look at this! “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord as His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that Through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2Peter 1: 2-4
Holiness is not only our highest calling but it is the very purpose God saved us! Is salvation a “get-your-ticket-punched-and-sit- back-and-wait-for-the-rapture-train-to-Heaven” kind of thing? No, The Bible states that God “predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son” Romans 8:29

What a marvelous purpose! So great a salvation! Thank the Lord that it’s a literal holiness and just not symbolic sanctification. It is so wonderful to know that Christ’s death on the cross meant that I could truly be free from sin to live in holiness! “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life!” Romans 6:22
So Dear Christian, worship God in the beauty of holiness. Seek an intimate relationship with the Great God of Heaven. He loves you and desires to transform your life! Pursue holiness with joy! Commit your soul to Jesus who is able to change your selfish nature into His beautiful nature of love.

Though none of us can claim perfection, we can say that we are “pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”! Philippians 3:14 Hallelujah!

*We make no apologies for the many scriptures and references in this article because it is necessary that you know that it is not our opinion but God’s Word that really matters in the end.


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