Keven Card Walking This Faith Thing Out! Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:06:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Does Sin Matter In Today’s World? Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:55:59 +0000 I often find Christians conflicted about whether or not sin matters in today’s world. I suppose that depends on whether or not you believe that Mosaic law is still relevant now. And there seems to be two opposing opinions on the matter, but allow me to suggest that in fact, both opinions are correct.

How? And yes, I know how it sounds but read a little further.

If you believe the entirety of the Bible, then you must account for both opinions. You can, in fact, earn righteousness with your own efforts through the law by keeping all of its commandments. So, one commandment says “thou shalt not murder, ” and one is left believing that if you don’t kill someone that you’ve kept that commandment but in fact, Jesus redefined that commandment in Matthew 5:22 (AMP)

But I say to you that everyone who continues to be angry with his brother or harbors malice against him shall be guilty before the court; and whoever speaks [contemptuously and insultingly] to his brother, A severe Aramaic insult. ‘Raca (You empty-headed idiot)!’ shall be guilty before the supreme court (Sanhedrin); and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of the A severe Aramaic insult. fiery hell.

In another commandment it says “Thou shalt not commit adultery, ” but once again Jesus took it further in Matthew 5:28 (AMP)

28 but I say to you that everyone who [so much as] looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

I would submit to you that every man or woman has dealt with anger and lust which, under law, means you are guilty of murder and adultery. Because under the law there are no degrees of sin, there is just sin, and all sin is equal.

It is precisely because we are unable to rise to such a high standard that Jesus had to come and die so that we could be set free. So we could be made righteous by adhering to the law If you can somehow make yourself Jesus.


We can receive righteousness as a gift. In Romans 3:23

23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God,24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] I.e. His favor and mercy, extended to man who can do nothing to be worthy of it. It is God’s amazing gift. grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

Our sins were paid for on the cross completely, and we only need to accept that Jesus died for that purpose to receive the victory He paid for as our sacrifice. But still, some believe we must be justified by right living through the process of sanctification if we receive his grace as a gift… NO!

It also was paid for at the cross!

In Galatians 3:3 Paul writes:

Are you so foolish and senseless? Having begun [your new life by faith] with the Spirit, are you now being perfected and reaching spiritual maturity by the flesh [that is, by your own works and efforts to keep the Law]? 4 Have you suffered so many things and experienced so much all for nothing–if indeed it was all for nothing?

5 So then, does He who supplies you with His [marvelous Holy] Spirit and works miracles among you, do it as a result of the works of the Law [which you perform], or because you [believe confidently in the message which you] heard with faith?

6 Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, [as conformity to God’s will and purpose–so it is with you also]. 7 So understand that it is the people who live by faith [with confidence in the power and goodness of God] who are [the true] sons of Abraham. Abraham was justified [declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty] and declared righteous by God on the basis of his faith alone long before the Law and the ritual of circumcision were ever given to Moses.

8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the good news [of the Savior] to Abraham in advance [with this promise], saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9 So then those who are people of faith [whether Jew or Gentile] are blessed and favored by God [and declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing with Him] along with Abraham, the believer.


I would, of course, recommend you read the entirety of Galatians 3 to see it for yourself.

God gave Israel the law to show them that no matter how hard they worked, they would never be righteous through their own efforts. Because we all needed Jesus to be our sacrifice and give us the free gift of righteousness.

The Pharisees Live Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:26:10 +0000 There seems to be such a divide in the world today. Even in the church you can still see the same battle being fought between the Pharisees of today and the faith believers. There are those in the church who are still trying to earn their righteousness by adherence to the law of Moses as if Christ’s death, burial and resurrection had no value on their justification.

But when I read for example Galatians 2:16 which says: “Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through Faith in Jesus Christ, so we also believed in Christ Jesus in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.” I see no cause to try to earn my righteousness by trying to be better.

But then good intentioned people will often say “but that’s not what Jesus said”. You’re right! He didn’t say that… well not exactly.

But He told the adulteress who was about to be stoned “neither do I condemn you, now go and sin no more.” He gave grace where the law demanded punishment giving the woman the ability to change her life and the ability through that grace not to sin.

But to the Pharisees of the day who were so steeped in religious law they couldn’t see grace standing in front of them. So Jesus constantly reminded them of their limitations to earn righteousness. For example, He said in Matthew 5:21-22 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”

Jesus repeatedly brought the Pharisees and other religious leaders of the time to the end of their belief in the law to expose their inability to earn righteousness through that covenant.

The Pharisees outcast sinners, punished and even killed them because their law demanded it and yet Jesus took time to sit with those very same sinners to show them love and give them grace. And it was through that grace that those sinners found redemption.

Take the tax collector that had cheated people for years. Just one encounter with Jesus where he received grace and not condemnation led him to repentance (which means to turn away from) and to restore all that he had taken. It wasn’t the law or exposing his sin that caused him to repent, it was living Grace.

I would suggest to you that if you are trying to earn your righteousness from God by focusing on your sin, you will never receive your justification because you’ll never be Jesus. He was the only man who was without sin that has any claim to or the ability to earn righteousness. The rest of us all fall short.

If you get angry, according to Jesus you’re guilty of murder. If you look at a beautiful woman or man and lust even for a moment, then according to Jesus you’re and adulterer or adulteress. If you commit any sin according to Jesus, you’re guilty of all of them. So, how are you ever going to achieve the perfect righteousness by trying to live as if you’re Jesus. We’re not him and personally I’m not trying to be Him.

Instead, I’ve realized that God loved me so much that he sent to this earth His son, who is perfect, to take my place in judgement so that I would receive His righteousness through the blood that He shed on the cross as a gift. That I would live free from the curse of the law and instead live in the victory that He paid for with that blood.

Now, I realize I’m not Jesus but I would invite you into this journey with me to discover all the benefits of being justified by Faith in Jesus Christ and not by an adherence of the law. If we focus on Jesus and His love for us, I believe that our lives can only change for the better and we can live a life of victory. The one Jesus paid such a heavy price to give us.

Faith in Jesus is the answer… period.

Why We Experience Chaos and Misery Thu, 14 May 2015 16:42:25 +0000 Photo Copyright 2015 Keven Card

Photo Copyright 2015 Keven Card

I don’t know about you but I’m tired of feeling unhappy with the direction of my life. I’ve been searching for my purpose. On my own I’ve tried to define it, understand it, chase it but ultimately I discovered that I’m not in control of it… any of it and every time I try to be in control of the direction of my life I feel more lost than I was before.

But, I know I have a purpose and so do you… but, the question is: how do we discover it, define it and then live it?

I was looking at Jeremiah 29:11 very carefully and it started to become so clear to me. Check this out: “For I know the plan I have for you…”

God said He knew the plan. What plan? The plan that He has for us and the good news is if He has the plan then we don’t have to create the plan, decide its direction or try to walk it out. Our task is the easiest and the hardest of all tasks… we simply need to listen to the Holy Spirit who was sent to be our helper.

If we can just learn to listen to His direction we’ll be walking out His plan for our lives and when our plan lines up with God’s plan… that’s when nothing can stand in the way. That verse goes on to say that His plan includes a plan to “prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

If God holds the keys to our hope and our future then why are we trying to open doors with human keys to success? Now, I’m not saying we should be sit around doing nothing, just waiting for mana in the form of money to fall from heaven and take care of us. The Bible talks plainly about lazy people.

No, what I’m talking about is following your peace and your passion. God puts desires into our hearts and with it are the secret to His plan. If your gifts line up with your passion the result is an abundant, happy life full of blessings and favor.

I know a young woman who has many talents. She can draw, she writes music, sings and play various instruments and she can even write. As a matter of fact, she can write the most beautiful heartfelt and powerful messages in the most elegant way. Even her posts on Facebook touch people’s lives. Although she loves to write, sing and play music she’s often unhappy. I believe God highlighted her life to me to show me something powerful about my own life.

I believe the reason she’s not fulfilled in her life is the same reason many of us find ourselves in a constant state of chaos and misery. We failed to listen to the director of our lives and fulfill His perfect plan instead of trying to force what we think is the best plan for success in our lives.

This young woman has a beautiful gift to minister. She studies the Bible in depth almost daily and has an in depth perspective on the Word. She also has a pastor’s heart and will go to nearly any end to help a person who’s struggling by trying to encourage them, instilling a little piece of hope into their lives. And, as a matter of fact, I’ll say it right now; if she turned her focus toward ministry and turned away from some of the forced pursuits; she’d find herself much more satisfied and in the end I believe she will.

For me it was holding on to my once thriving insurance business. I stayed in that business nearly seven years longer than I should’ve and it made me completely miserable. I have a burning passion for writing and speaking… telling the stories of mine and others lives in order to lift others up because my life has had more than a small share of challenges to overcome. In the years since I started this blog, I’ve struggled to see its purpose but I believe I’ve become distinctly aware of it recently. If you come on this journey with me we’ll find our purpose together and I believe live a life of destiny.

There’s No Honor In Keeping The Vinegar Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:29:44 +0000 What’s this have to do with vinegar? You’ll see at the end of this post. But, I have to say; I feel like a man living in the wrong era.


I look around at the world I live in and I don’t understand it and I’m not sure I want to. I definitely don’t want to participate in what the world is offering today. I mean where’s the honor in a lack of any moral code?

It seems that the world is shaped by greed and administered by liars, cheaters and those who lust for power. But, it appears that they don’t want to use that power to do good, they want it for self-gain. I’d bet if you looked back into their lives they were lorded over by some bully on the playground and this is their revenge. Or maybe they had a parent who called them a loser or abused them in some way. And in that respect I feel for them but I could never respect them if they use those experiences for revenge.

I know that this post is way outside the norm for my usual destiny posts but if you hang in there, I’ll get there I promise.

Honor by definition means “honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions” and Integrity by definition is “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty”. In other words don’t lie, cheat, steal or kill but in everything be honest and true.

Or we could just say love one another. You’d never cheat someone you love out of something or steal from them. You’d want to things that enhance their lives and enrich your relationship. I believe this is a shared destiny that we’ve all been called to.

God would never give you a destiny that by design hurt others. His word is very clear on the subject that each of us is called to love one another and to love Him. As a matter of fact the Bible says in Matthew 22 that all of the Law given to the Jews was dependent upon these two commandments.

So if we operate our lives from a position of love then doing the right things is easy and fulfilling one of your most important destinies is too!

You may be wondering why I wrote this post. I wrote about it on Facebook yesterday but you can read it here:

What a sad state of affairs we’re in!

I was shopping at Sam’s Cub today and I did the self check out; as always I showed my receipt to the door checker and off I went. When I got to my car and loaded my items I realized that I had forgotten to pay for the vinegar. I promptly went back to the store and walked in. Along the way an sheriff’s officer was going to his second job there and was taken back by me going all the way back to the store in the freezing rain to pay for an item that I had made a clean get away with.

When I entered the store and told the greeter that I wasn’t there to return the item but in fact pay for it I was again greeted with shocked looks.

What have we become if what’s shocking is someone doing the right thing? At one time honor and integrity were commonplace. Where has it gone?

I have a thought on the subject. Think about it; look at who so many American’s admire today? Hollywood bad boys and girls. What video games are our kids playing today? Games that promote theft, greed and violence. What has happened to us that we’ve become so callused toward each other that most of us are willing to get one over on our neighbor. I call it social erosion which is simply a society that allows the wearing away of the unspoken moral code.

I’m by no means a perfect person and have done the wrong things so I’m by no means an authority or an expert. But when the wrong things become the normal things in a society, I think we’re in trouble, BIG TROUBLE!

What do we do about it?

Those who are willing and see it the same way I do; we need to start being the example of what to do by being honorable enough to do the right things even in the little things. We need to demonstrate to the world that integrity matters and teach our kids those same values. For God sakes take their games away from them, turn off the TV (or get rid of cable like we did) and read a book or play a family game. Or even better have a conversation with each other! Good grief!

Deep breath!

Well that’s my two cents and that’s about all it’s worth! Have a great weekend everyone!

Destiny’s Hand Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:00:34 +0000 Destiny.

We all have an idea of what it means, but it still remains a mystery.

To me it’s the unseen hand that directs my life. It’s gentle enough so as not to suffocate my own sense of control but firm enough to keep me from wandering too far away from my purpose. For me that hand belongs to God who I believe created me.

When you picture your destiny, what do you see? Close your eyes for just a moment and focus on it.

I’ll bet you see something glorious. A completed and successful novel or a business idea that takes off; or you on your wedding day so bright and beautiful that people talk about it for weeks. Whatever it is, I’m confident it’s something grand.

Most likely what we don’t see is the journey to get there. The road to destiny isn’t made of gold, it’s paved with tears of hardship. Columbus didn’t discover the Americas by simply sailing across calm waters and stumbling onto its shores. No, he and his crew had to brave the fear of the unknown and the unseen storms that lurked in the open ocean. And that is how he discovered his destiny.

The same is true for you and me.

I’ve written many articles on this blog about destiny but always in an abstract way and I thought they were creative but they lacked something. They lacked real life. My intention is to help people find their own purpose and for that a little reality is a necessary addition. So, here we go!

I’m a little nervous. Okay, give me a moment to take a deep breath.

Photo Copyright 2014 Keven Card

Photo Copyright 2014 Keven Card

I am an insanely happily married man to my beauty queen wife Marianne. To me she is the most spectacular woman who walks the earth. When people see us together they often think that we’re newlyweds because we are still so in love with each other. However, we’ve been married for 22 years and been together 23. I know in my heart my destiny was to marry her but to reach that destiny I had to take a journey that was an extremely painful one.

No matter how many times I tell this story, I still hesitate a little about talking about it. But I feel it deep down that someone who reads this needs to hear it so… another deep breath.

When I was eight years old, living in California my step-brother came to live with us and we shared a room. He was thirteen I think. But the idea of having an older brother was exciting to me, that was until one day he decided to molest and abuse an eight year old boy.

From that day on, I struggled with my sexual identity. Was I gay? Was I straight? At the time I didn’t understand all of the feelings I was experiencing so pushed them down where they could fester and corrupt. I didn’t realize it then but I went on an unspoken quest to prove I liked girls. That singular event spun my life completely out of control for years after he was forced to leave.

By the age of sixteen I was a violent and unstable young man. I was at odds with my parents which sparked physical confrontations. I resorted to cutting myself to deal with my rage and near suicidal and homicidal thoughts. Under today’s standards I’d been put in a mental institution and medicated heavily.

All of those physical altercations and the deep emotional scars led me to enlist in the Marine Corps with a single purpose. I wanted to give my life for a purpose greater than myself, my country. I figured since no one else valued my life, including me, at the very least I could die for something else that mattered. I wanted to go to war.

So I signed up, went to boot camp and was sent to Guam to watch the grass grow at a naval communication station there. My struggle with my sexual identity continued there too. I frequented strip clubs and other unsavory establishments. I also hung out in dance clubs to pick up girls, mostly Japanese girls, who were only there for three to five days at a time. My cutting also continued although not nearly as often or as obvious.

In early 1991 Iraq invaded Kuwait and my opportunity to complete my plan of suicide by war was now a real possibility. I volunteered to go and was on the list to leave. I was ready for it too, almost excited about it. But Destiny intervened and at the last minute my name was removed from the roles. I was extremely angry about their decision and made it well known that I was.

However, it was just a few months later on November 2, 1991 that I met my now beautiful wife Marianne and am now the happiest man alive. It took her love, God’s hand and a long time but I’ve finally let go of my past and I haven’t cut myself in nearly 20 years. I have a solid and safe relationship with my wife and my kids (all five of them). I am loved so much that it’s easy to love even the most unlovable people in my life.

But here’s the point. If I hadn’t been molested and my life hadn’t spun out of control; I seriously doubt I would have enlisted in the Marines which led me to my wife who was half way around the world on the tiny island of Guam is the South Pacific Ocean.

I never dreamed I could be happy or feel loved and every day when I wake up I’m still thankful for my life, the good and the bad that led me there.

Let me leave you with one thought: Destiny’s road isn’t an easy one but the journey reach it, in the end, is one worth every tear.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! 

My New Direction Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:38:37 +0000 Things are changing.

I’m Changing!

Let me be honest with you. This year has been a bitch! I’m sorry if that offends some of you but the truth is plain and no other word can describe this year for us.

And you know something, I don’t think I’m the only one whose had this experience this year either. Now, I won’t sit here and complain about my year but bear with me for a moment while I describe it for you.

This year started out great. We’d managed to save up a considerable amount of money in our emergency fund. My business was starting to increase and then:

At the very end of March John-Michael got pneumonia and was hospitalized for five days. A month later he was in the hospital again for pneumonia and stayed for a week. Then in June my older son, Branden, fell off his skate board and got a concussion and had a hemorrhage in his brain. Then in July John-Michael was hospitalized again with pneumonia and this time had to be intubated. We stayed in the hospital for ten days that time. Soon after, Branden had a strange abdominal pain and was admitted to the ICU for a few days. The day after he was discharged from the hospital, I almost dropped John-Michael when he lunged over my arm resulting in him breaking his leg and because he’s a special needs child it triggered an automatic Child Protective Services investigation into our family. We were told its the law.

Deep breath.

I think you get my point.

The only explanation we’ve been able to come up with is that we’ve been under a direct Spiritual attack. (If someone has a more plausible explanation, feel free to email me).

That’s why I refuse to complain about my circumstances. What we’ve been through is a lot to endure but we went through it and didn’t get stuck in it. Far too often I’ve found myself stuck because of outside circumstances or influences. Many times I’d blame others or use those circumstances as a excuse to wallow in my own pain and expect others to feel pity for me. But as I said in the beginning, I’m changing.

I believe that a trial is nothing more than a test of our character. How will I respond in a chaotic situation, that’s the real question. This year has been a “character building year” that’s required me to dig into my faith and resolve to trust God for the right outcome. And truthfully, I’m still in this trial.

I believe I heard from God that my tests are a testimony that need to be shared with the world for His sake. And not in a “look at me and what I did” way, but in a plain and simple honesty that is transparent enough to scare the crap out of me.

I don’t know what’s going to happen from here with this blog or with me but what I do know is that I have to follow where the Holy Spirit is leading me and I believe this is it. My message will be taking on a new direction from now on. I’m going to share things with you that I didn’t want to and still don’t want to share with you, because of how they expose the truth about me to you. But, I can no longer resist God’s direction for my life. My only hope is that my testimonies will serve to help someone overcome their own challenges.

God Bless you all and please pray for me to have wisdom.

“That which you gaze upon you become.” 

Change your gaze, change your destiny!

Celebrating 23 Years Together! Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13:02:56 +0000 I’m sitting here in the quite of the first real cold front we’ve had for the year, anticipating what tomorrow might bring.

For many tomorrow is just another Sunday that will come and go. But for me it’s a day that holds a grand importance. Yes, it’s true that it’s Sunday and I have the opportunity to go to church and worship God, the one who orchestrated the importance of this day for me.

You see, the road that I had to take to reach this day was burdened with pain so deep that death seemed a more pleasant experience at many points along the way. But today isn’t a day to reminisce about the tragedies or the sufferings of yesterday but it’s remembrance adds extreme value to it. Today is a celebration of a love so deep that it has overcome all of the pain of yesteryear.

Tomorrow I get the opportunity to wake up to the most beautiful and incredible woman I have ever had the privilege of knowing, my wife Marianne. I once again get to wake up and get lost in her beauty as I watch her sleep on the same day we met 23 years ago and married 22 years ago.

I will admit that I am taken back by how long we’ve been together and how much we love each other. Especially for someone like me who never believed happiness was even possible or that if it was, that I was not deserving of it because of the dark burdens of the past.

That alone proves to me that God exists and that He’s not only forgotten my past but loved me enough to lead me to the Onyx dance club in Guam on the night of November 2nd, 1991. I will never forget that night and how it changed my life forever.

Marianne and I celebrating our 23 year together at Salt Grass Steak House

Marianne and I celebrating our 23 year together at Salt Grass Steak House

And because I know you’ll read this my gorgeous wife all I want to say to you is thank you. Thank you for never giving up on me the thousands of times that you had every right to. Thank you for loving me through all of my insanity. I truly believe you were sent to me to save me from myself and for that I will always be grateful to God and I will love you more and more ever day that I have in this life and the next.

I will spend the rest of this life showing you just how much you mean to me and I believe that one day we will be celebrating our 70th anniversary. And, I’ll still be madly in love with you!

I love you beautiful!

I’d also like to give a special thank you to my daughter Stephanie who made our celebration possible this year. We love you so much and thank you for being the daughter that you are! You are destined for greatness!

What Galatians 3:13 Means To Me Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:27:26 +0000 I am perplexed.

No, I’m saddened more than perplexed that it took me so long to understand what it meant when Christ died for me.

For years I’ve tried to measure up to the “Thou shall not’s” and frankly I failed… miserably. But now I know.

Know what? You might ask.

I now know the value of Christ’s sacrifice.

He died so that I could live guilt free, pain free and worry free. Why?

Simple, the curse of the law no longer applies to me or my failures (Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— ). So, what does that mean?

To me, it means that when I fail (and I often do) the punishment dictated by the “Thou shall not’s” as well as the other mandates of religious law are no longer applicable to me. Galatians 3:10 says that the law itself is a curse and all who live by it are under its curse:

[Amplified] And all who depend on the Law [who are seeking to be justified by obedience to the Law of rituals] are under a curse and doomed to disappointment and destruction, for it is written in the Scriptures, Cursed (accursed, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment) be everyone who does not continue to abide (live and remain) by all the precepts and commands written in the Book of the Law and to practice them.

The difference in those who try to obtain righteousness through right living and what Jesus did is clearly depicted in the story of the adulteress. That’s where the true heart of Jesus and God are revealed (at least it was to me). Those inflicted with a religious spirit caught a woman in the act of adultery and brought her before Jesus to coerce him into condemning her.

There they stood with stone in hand just waiting for the one they called the teacher to justify their judgment of her or give them cause to condemn him for violating the law himself. But Jesus saw their intention and upheld the law while he extended a hand of grace to the woman at the same time.

He uttered one of the most familiar phrases in the Bible (though I would suggest to you it’s also one of the most misunderstood chapters of the Bible as well). “He who is without sin cast the first stone” was all that he needed to say for them to condemn themselves instead of the woman or Jesus. It was Jesus who was without sin and under the law had the justification to stone the woman, but his heart was for her redemption long before he gave his life for her.

“Where are your accusers” he asked her. “Has no one condemned you?” And all she could say as she answered him was “No one Lord”.

In that moment she knew he was her Lord but then Jesus went even further to clarify his intentions for her when he said to her “Neither do I condemn you”. It was in that moment he also became her Savior. He could have condemned her and under law was required to condemn her, but he chose not to. Instead he gave her the gift of his Grace and then said simply “now go and sin no more”. Is this story Jesus demonstrates his heart for all of us! His Grace came before right living. Don’t you see, righteousness is a gift of Grace through Jesus that leads us to right living?

I see it so clearly now.

The curse of the law condemned the woman to be stoned to death. Jesus, when he offered his life for us took away the curse of that law and replaced it with Grace for our sins. In 1 John 2:1 it makes it clear I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin, BUT if anyone does sin, we have and advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

We are no longer expected to be perfect, instead we should allow ourselves to be perfected under the Grace and Love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The battle between the Pharisees and the Christ followers rages on even today. Yes, it still lives on because when people uphold religious rules and then judge others for not being capable of the same, they are living the same life the Pharisees lived. The focus is on the law and not on Jesus.

But when we change our focus toward Jesus we are set free from a life of guilt and shame, pain and worry.

So what does Galatians 3:13 mean to me? It simply means I can live my life in freedom and allow God to refine me in the process.

I hope it means something similar for you.

If God Loves Me Then Why (Fill In The Blank) Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:38:35 +0000 It’s easy to wonder if there is a God and he loves me so much, why am I going through so many bad things in my life?

We certainly have had that opportunity this year!

Photo Copyright 2014 Keven Card

Photo Copyright 2014 Keven Card

In the last five months our youngest son has been hospitalized three times with pneumonia (which the last time he had to be intubated for seven days), my oldest son was hospitalized once for a concussion and then again with an unexplained abdominal event that bottomed out his blood pressure while his heart raced at the same time. That was followed by my youngest son breaking his leg which triggered an automatic CPS investigation into our family, because the law in Texas tries to protect kids with special needs.

Oh and my beautiful wife had to deal with a full police investigation where they treated her like a criminal because someone broke in and stole a bunch of money where she works. Insane, right?

I’m not telling you this to garner your sympathy but to testify to you that although all of these things were happening something surprising happened to us. Our faith wasn’t diminished it was strengthened.

I believe that we go through challenges not because God is punishing us in some way because we did this or that, NO, the Bible is clear that Jesus came to fulfill the law and absolve us from the curse of the law (see: Galatians 3:13). That simply means there’s no more judgment from God from my mistakes because he filters my actions through the blood of Christ which covers all sin.

No, it isn’t out of judgment that we see these types of calamity in our lives it is because our temporary existence happens to be in a place that’s broken. It’s the enemies of God that attempt to remove our focus on the one who saves us. The enemy knows that if he can get us to focus on our broken places and not on the one in whom all brokenness is restored then we fall out of worship to God and into worship of the enemy. Complaining about our struggles is simply glorifying the one who brought us into that situation. But, if we intentionally focus on Jesus in our struggles then the victory over that struggle is ours from the start.

I won’t sit here and pretend that through these recent struggles I didn’t question my faith, I did! I won’t lie and tell you that there weren’t times that I wanted to give in and give up because there were. Or that I was all smiles without a care in the world because I have super faith, because I don’t.

Faith isn’t about how many times we fall. It’s about how many times we get back up, raise our hands to heaven and declare that there is a God and no matter what I can see with my eyes I believe what God said in his word! “I am the head, not the tail! I am above, not beneath! I am a lender, not a borrower! By His stripes I am healed!”

There isn’t a ledger where God takes the good and the bad of your life and decides whether or not you deserve a blessing based on the sum total. Our blessings, healing, favor, abundance all come from the GIFT of righteousness! A gift given to us through the cross, all we have to do is open our hand and receive the gift!

Oh, I guess I should tell you that as sure as the sun shines God delivered us from all of these events. My son’s are healed, my wife was exonerated from any wrong doing and just this last week God intervened on our behalf with that CPS investigation. A doctor who cared enough to look at the broad picture of our son’s case discovered that because of the three hospitalizations with pneumonia, the steroids they had put him on were a contributing factor in why his leg broke and we were absolved, exonerated and our reputation as parents restored.  Not because of anything we did, because all we did was try to hang on to our faith by a thread! That’s how much God’s love us!

My prayer for you today is that in your troubles you turn to God and never give into the temptation to turn away.  

When Bad Things Happen Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:12:14 +0000 The one purpose that all Christians have is to believe!

As much as we may wish it wasn’t true and as hard as we try to avoid it, bad things are going to happen in our lives. To pretend it can’t happen just because you’re a Christian is foolish at best. We weren’t promised a stress free or problem free life.

Quite the opposite as a matter of fact!

John 16:33 (NKJV) says: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Be of good cheer! Say What!

When you’re in the middle of hell, “being of good cheer” is probably the last thing on your mind, but it is the right thing for your mind. Why?

Photo Copyright 2014 Keven Card

Photo Copyright 2014 Keven Card

If we choose to make the best of our bad situations by holding on to our peace, I believe we are fulfilling our purpose as a Christian, to believe that Jesus has already delivered us and that God has a plan for us. We must choose to believe that if God doesn’t eliminate our problem that He’ll walk with us through the problem and in the process stretch our faith and refine our character.

Fulfilling our destinies requires that we overcome our challenges.

Recently my son John-Michael was admitted to the hospital in full respiratory failure brought on by pneumonia. He had to be put on a ventilator this time. This is the third time in four months he’s been admitted for the same thing. But you can read about his story at

With that many hospitalizations it would be easy to start doubting, even questioning God. But faith is a choice to have hope, not an emotion.

The fact is when we think our situation is bad, especially in a hospital, all we have to do is look around and we can easily find people who are in harder situations than ours.

While we were in the hospital with our son, three people had to deal with the deaths of their children. I met a lady from Dubai whose son was in for his second double lung transplant and he was rejecting the lungs. I also talked with a woman who’d accidentally run over her nephew and was dealing with the guilt of having done so.

I met a family whose son suddenly collapsed after playing basketball for several hours and they weren’t sure he’d survive. And, the other family that we were privileged to get to know whose daughter was diagnosed with cancer that had spread to her heart.

When you see what others are struggling with it puts it into perspective. Yes, pneumonia is a serious health problem but I will not complain about my situation because I choose to have faith that God knows how to deal with whatever I’m going through.

Instead I used my time there to get to know other people and to try to encourage them in any way I could. I offered to pray for some and offered a listening ear to others. Sometimes I felt helpful and others helpless. But to me this experience was the purest definition of God taking something meant for our harm and turning it into good for His purpose.

God has a plan for each of us but so does the enemy of God. Our bad situations don’t come from God but they are used by God for a higher purpose that we may never fully comprehend. As for me and my house we choose to believe that God wants and knows what’s best for us and His plan will always be better than our plan.

So the next time you find yourself in a tough situation, look around you to gain perspective and then follow your heart but not your mind.