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Spitting tacks

Spitting tacks

January 15, 2021 Tony Herman - the coolest cat on the net



Text: Ephesians 4:26-32

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[d]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


Topic: How to—or not to—handle your anger.
Big Idea: Once we know what's behind our anger, we can better deal with it and replace it with more godly behavior.


  • Everybody's angry about something in today's "Age of Rage."

"In your anger, do not sin." 

  • Anger alone isn't necessarily a sin; even God gets angry.
  • But we need to find out what lies behind our anger before it leads to something else.
  • Illustration: Nicodem's car has a warning light when he's low on gas. He gets angry at the light, especially when it lights up at the worst times. But "my problem isn't the little red light. My problem is the empty gas tank."
  • Hurt, frustration and/or fear most often lie behind our anger.

"Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry." 

  • When we go to bed angry, we wake up angrier, because it has settled in.
  • Illustration: Your favorite football team loses a game on a lousy call. TV replays confirm the call - again and again. So does your "Sports Illustrated." Your anger lingers on and on.
  • If this behavior persists, anger becomes a characteristic attitude in you.
  • If anger's turned inward, we sink into depression.
  • Illustration: Jonah settled into depression because he was angry with God for not destroying Ninevah. He became a pouting prophet.

"And do not give the devil a foothold." 

  • Anger opens the door to the devil, and there's no telling what might follow anger.
  • Illustration: Cain opened the door to anger, and what followed? He murdered his brother.
  • Illustration: Alexander the Great conquered the world, but not himself. In a fit of anger, he killed his dearest friend. Deep remorse and guilt followed. He tried to commit suicide, but his own men stopped him.

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths … " 

  • Illustration: In the movie The Indian in the Cupboard, a twentieth-century boy outfits his eighteenth-century Indian friend Little Bear with a modern army. But because Little Bear's men are not used to twentieth century weapons, some of them are killed by friendly fire.
  • We underestimate the destructive capability of angry words.
  • A well-controlled mouth can neutralize anger (see also Proverbs 15:1).

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God … " 

  • Illustration: You want to become a great tennis player, so you hire a professional. Your game improves until you're ready for competition. Early in the match, a call goes against you, you get angry, and you consequently start forgetting everything you learned.
  • Every time we get angry, we turn a deaf ear to the Holy Spirit's counsel.


  • We need to replace anger with Christlike qualities.
    —"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander … "
    —"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other … "
  • Knowing Christ brings humility and power to your life.



This means Wa… Prayer

This means Wa… Prayer

January 14, 2021 Tony Herman - the coolest cat on the net


This means WAR… nope Prayer! 


The greatest weapon of our time…

Nuclear war? Lasers? Robotic weaponry? Drones? 

I am not sure to be honest. But it does not matter if the person with the power to push the button isn’t willing to do just that… push the button. 



I remember working in Chicago and listening to a gang banger tell me that no matter where he is at, home, west side, east side, north side, south side, High school, the mall, the car wash, the arcade, a party…

It did not matter - he said there was always someone out to kill him from a rival gang. To him there was not safe place… his goal was to get old enough to save up money and move to Montana… why? he figured they didn’t have gangs and no one would know him.


Guess what… all of us should be able to relate as followers of Christ. Everywhere we go there is an enemy out to destroy us, kill us, steal from us, lie to us. 


When life gets bad… this means war…

No actually when things get bad… this means prayer


5 weapons of prayer

Eph. 6 

Perpetual Prayer (Ephesians 6:18a)

The first two words of verse 18 it says praying always.


ALWAYS??? What is one thing you do always? 

Work? no

Sleep? nope

Eat… not always 

Breath? Yep! 

Prayer should be like breathing. We pray all the time over everything, about everything, anyone, everyone. It is just a second nature. 

We must understand just how powerful prayer is that we need to do it always.



Petitionary Prayer (Ephesians 6:18b)

We get this from what he says next in verse 18. …with all prayer and supplication. The first term prayer, refers to general requests whereas the second term, supplication (some of you maybe have petitions or requests), is a word for specific prayer needs.


You know what this speaks to me about. Sure we can run to God with emergency specific prayers… but it goes beyond that. This is speaking of the things we continually pray for. I specifically pray for my kids all the time. More my church and my parents and my health. SPECIFIC, PETITIONARY PRAYER IS POWERFUL PRAYER. 



Powerful Prayer (Ephesians 6:18c)

When we pray, and whatever it is we pray for, the true effectiveness, the true answers to prayer, come when we are—as verse 18 says next—praying in the Spirit.


Now does this mean praying in tongues? Sure does. But I also believe we can pray on auto pilot and not really be praying in the spirit wether in tongues or in english. Look we have all driven home or to work and wondered how did I get here… I don’t remember a thing. autopilot. 

For powerful prayer to be powerful you should pray in tongues and in an expectancy that God is talking back. 



Perseverant Prayer (Ephesians 6:18d)

This fourth aspect to our secret weapon of prayer is that we need to keep on praying.

Verse 18 reads being watchful to this end with all perseverance. We need to persevere, continue, keep on praying.


Ever pray for a few days and then let it slide?

What about for a few weeks and let it slide?

What about a few months, years…

I think sometimes we quit praying not because it is boring or because we just get busy… but rather maybe because we don’t get the answers we expect or we don’t feel like it makes a difference. Persevere anyway! 

it is the small drip drip drip of water that erodes the rock.



Purposeful Prayer for the Saints (Ephesians 6:18e)

At the end of verse 18, he tell us to pray, or to make supplication for all the saints. There’s that word supplication again, which means specific prayer requests. And to pray for all the saints means to pray for all Christians.


You know as Christians we can sometimes be selfish without realizing it. We pray for ourselves our problems our family our needs… we forget there are many out there that need prayer… especially the other Christians. I think as we pray unselfishly for others it is like reaping and sowing to some degree. When we give we always get a blessing back. When we pray for others we have a supernatural expediency to our prayers… Don’t ask me how, But I have witnessed it hundreds of times. 




5 +2 = 12

5 +2 = 12

January 13, 2021 Tony Herman - the coolest cat on the net


I HAVE NEVER BEEN REAL GOOD AT MATH… And I would hate to be tested up against Jesus. Not just because he is the son of God and knows EVERYTHING… yes that would make it hard even if the rules were fair… but he doesn’t play fair when it comes to math. For instance did you know 2+5 = 12





Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.


5 + 2 = 12


How do you see life on a regular basis? 

So here is a problem

Here is a predicament

Here is an opportunity… how do you see it?


All the disciples were quiet, but Andrew at least spoke up. Sure he maybe was just trying to score some food for Jesus, and maybe if any left over for he and is Bro’s. But at least he pointed out what he had to Jesus.


But wait thats not all… does it strike you as odd that Jesus starts out by letting the reader know he is testing Philip? Does that seem right? Well the truth is that Jesus did not cause the people to be hungry, nor did he cause them to not pack lunches… so this is a natural problem in and of itself. But what he does with this normal problem when you have thousands out traveling by foot, is to use it to test his followers. 


And he was testing Philip, but it was Andrew who saw the opportunity. 

Hey do you see opportunities in life… I mean supernatural opportunities in life or do you just see things you are not qualified or courageous enough to take on. I’ll let you figure that out on your own… maybe both.

But what if you started looking at everything as a test from Jesus to see if you go after it like an opportunity. 


You have a million excuses to not take on lives problems and difficulties as opportunities.  YOUR TO OLD… Mother Theresa didn’t start serving others until age 50. 


It probably won’t work out anyway. 

"You miss 100% of the shots you never take."  Wayne Gretzky

You gotta be willing to fail in order to succeed and that is more true in our spiritual walk than any other area of our life. 

God only uses other people, not me. 

"I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them and not you"  Pablo Picasso

God will use you if you just take the time to step out.


Will he answer every prayer with power and supernatural manifestation? No.

But is it still our calling to step out in faith when we see problems? Yes. 


So take the step, look for fish and bread and not the crowd… remember 2+5 = 12


Almost is not enough

Almost is not enough

January 12, 2021 Tony Herman - the coolest cat on the net


It is the New Year and many of my friends, neighbors, associates and the like are aaaaallll in when it comes to their NY resolutions and fitness.

Like my one friend Archie who is going to lose 75 pounds and quit eating junk food and go to the gym every day.

Well he said he is going to try to lose 75, but he would settle for 50, and actually 25 wouldn’t be to bad. and he will still eat some junk food or have a couple cheat days a week, but he will try to eat a little better BUT- HE IS GOING TO THE GYM… every day, unless it is super cold out, or he needs some sleep, or he is sore from the day before, or he just isn’t feeling it… but he is set! He is doing it. he is going to change his life forever, most likely, probably, hopefully… Hey don’t hold your breath.

I have seen to many teenagers as a youth pastor storm the alter at a camp or retreat and give their lives to Christ, and cry and pray and snot all over their face… and later that night I pull them out of the bushes with their pants down with one of the girls…


But to be fair, I have met plenty of people with the same teeter totter experience. They give their lives to Christ and they still live like someone who is lost. Now before we talk about grace and forgiveness and no one is perfect… lets look at 1 John 5


1 John 5:1-21

(just the first 5 verses… read the rest on your own)

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.


I guess my heart for those of you listening today is not to be perfect but to be grieved…

What do I mean by that? Well when you are truly walking with God, you sin less and less as you get older in Christ… but even more than that you grieve harder and harder when you do sin. 

Look I am not going to lie, when I was younger I could mess up, say things, look at things, do things that were just plain sin. And I knew they were sin, and It would bother me over time and I would confess and repent and move forward…

Thats just not the way it is anymore for me. When I sin now I grieve… I feel wounded inside and even worse I feel the pain of being the one who wounded God which in turn makes me feel the pain as well. 


I used to play hockey as a very young kid, I would play once in a while as I grew up and when my boys got older I would go out and skate with them once and a while. Now when I was young, I loved knocking people over, a good hip check was like a high… yeah after a few minutes or if the person got hurt it would not feel as good and I would at some point say “sorry”… and kind of mean it. Now if I am out on the ice and just accidentally knock into someone and hurt them (especially if it is a young kid) I feel devastated. I can’t say I am sorry enough or I myself can’t hurt for them enough. 


if you are serious about really giving your life to Christ I would say you should be feeling the grief of sinning more and more and it should also be less and less…. or maybe… hold on…maybe you really didn’t give your life to Christ. Maybe you gave your life to the idea of being a Christian, but not actually dying to self. There is the rub… Jesus said pick up your cross daily and follow me. 


Imagine if you will a cross in your bedroom… you get up tomorrow morning and you see it there. Now carrying a cross to work is pretty humbling for most of us… but you get to choose wether or not you pick it up. Lets be honest we can carry it to the small group bible study, we can carry it to church and even once and a while in the car… but EVERY DAY??? 

And there in lies the cost, its not the picking it up… its the picking it up every day.


You know 1 John 5 gives us a hint of how to do this pick up our cross thing. John says “it is easy for those who love God”.

Why not ask God to help you fall deeply in love with him and to experience his love like for the first time. Its not a burden if you are in love with him.


My second date with my wife we were in a movie theatre and she forgot her purse in my car. I said I will go get it, no problem! I parked 300 cars away and it was raining… strike that… it was pouring… strike that… I had to swim out to my car. I came back into the movie and I was freezing cold… but was it a burden? NOPE, I was in love. There were times in our marriage it was a burden… but I kept loving her, I kept serving her and now more than ever I am farther in love with her than ever before. 

Ask God for the same journey… he will in fact help you fall in love with him.

Outbreak Epidemic Pandemic oh my!

Outbreak Epidemic Pandemic oh my!

January 11, 2021 Tony Herman - the coolest cat on the net


We are in a pandemic… which leads me to wonder hmmmm… what is the worst pandemic ever? What was the one that just ravaged and killed with a vengeance? Actually pretty easy… I don’t know what the name of it was, but I am sure it was the one that killed the dinosaurs. 


Skipping the last 2 lies… I don’t like them, they bore me. So lets move on! 


New York city had a tough time between 1804 and 1918. They had the following epidemics run amok and cause serious damage:

Yellow Fever, 3 outbreaks - 445 deaths

Typhoid fever, 1 outbreak - 200 deaths

Influenza, 1 outbreak -12,562 deaths

Smallpox, 2 outbreaks - 7,044 deaths

Cholera, 6 outbreaks - 13,210 deaths


What is an outbreak? 

An outbreak is called an epidemic when there is a sudden increase in cases. As COVID-19 began spreading in Wuhan, China, it became an epidemic. Because the disease then spread across several countries and affected a large number of people, it was classified as a pandemic.



There was an OUTBREAK that caused an epidemic if you might call it that in Scripture. 

1 Samuel 17

David kills Goliath and the Israeli army joins in the fight. What do we see here? We see one mans actions breaking out into courage for many other men… they in turn take action and take on the enemy?



51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 52 Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath[f] and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. 53 When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.



But you say… yeah but this was David. Wait just a second, lets not forget that at this point David is a nobody. Don’t believe me? Lets look a few verses down 

55 As Saul watched David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is that young man?”

Abner replied, “As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don’t know.”

56 The king said, “Find out whose son this young man is.”


A nobody kid facing a giant. Starts a pandemic of courage amongst the other men. 

He was unknown, unprepared except with a sling (his weapon of choice) but he was willing to take a stand and run headlong into the danger zone. 


What is your weapon of choice?

Maybe its a skill, a natural gift, money, time, joy… whatever God has equipped you with how about running into danger with it.

What if you - the unknown guy becomes his own pandemic. Starts and outbreak simply by taking a stand a chance a risk.


you know the real problem with most people? They are waiting to ride the coattails of other people. They are waiting for a David to step up and win the big one so they can run along with him. But we need Davids NOW! We need all men everywhere to start an outbreak. 


Maybe its like this. You start going to work early… about 30 minutes. You walk around your office building and just simply pray for your co-workers. If someone asks what you are doing - you…. wait for it… you tell them! Maybe they laugh at you… maybe they join you. But you start your own outbreak. In all you do seek to step out for God. 

Seven Lies #5

Seven Lies #5

January 8, 2021 Tony Herman - the coolest cat on the net


It can always get worse… so relax and trust that exposing todays lie will actually help you navigate 2021. 



Lie #5

'There is no single truth.  Everyone needs to explore and find 

a truth that works for them.' 



When people nonchalantly throw out the statement “well I believe there are many religions that are good” 


If their religion works for them then thats great.


All religions are basically the same.


Truth is truth if it works for you. 


You have your truth and I have mine


Here is the actual truth regarding these statements…

ridiculous! Absurd and just shy of being so naive that your middle name should be ignorance. Can I be any more clear?

Here is the problem. In the world of Christianity we get a bad rap saying that we are stubborn and pig headed and arrogant believing that our way is the only way. 

But again - ready for that word - the truth is that every religion believes they are the only way.  


So here is the flaming statement from captain obvious,

Its impossible for all religions to be true… ready for the really hard truth… its impossible for even 2 of the world religions to be true at the same time. 


There can only be 1 truth when it comes to eternity… because the concept of eternity first and foremost screams allegiance to the idea that there is only 1 eternity, created by one God and there is only one way to get to that eternity if in fact there is one. 


The fact is truth is exclusive. It belongs to its own club and there are no other members. You cannot have truth with multiple answers and or multiple outcomes. If you believe these statements to be wrong Then it is not truth you are talking about but rather randomness.


So if we do have the truth in Christianity - it does not give us the right to bully or yell or belittle anyone. Rather it gives us the courage and peace to share our faith. As C.S. Lewis said “you don’t need to defend a lion, you just need to let him out of his cage”.

The truth will defend itself and is swallowed much easier when given in bite size portions covered in love. 



and let me add that even those who claim that Christianity is the truth they believe… do they really believe? How many people who call themselves Christians have actually read the bible, actually live up to its truths and actually profess their faith by trying to share the gospel with others (and that honestly is a huge part of really actually, truth be told, no holds barred belief in Christianity) If it is the truth than you should be living it, sharing it daily because that is truth in action. 


And finally… if there is only one truth… Christianity calls that truth Jesus. So start there. Get to know the truth and the truth will set you free.  

Seven Lies#4

Seven Lies#4

January 7, 2021 Tony Herman - the coolest cat on the net


Sat through almost 16 months of chemo… and you know what I learned… women are way tougher than men. Hands down.


Lie #4

Women are spiritually inferior and must bow to the 

authority of men.


In the days of Christ… women were inferior… what I mean by that is no matter how talented, smart or gifted they were, they were still looked upon as inferior… actually they were property. Just a possession that you could dispose of at will for really any reason. 


A woman testimony would not be used in court because they were inferior, not smart enough to know what really happened, what really went on. 


Luke 10:39

Jesus let Mary sit at his feet while he taught. This was a huge taboo in Christ time. The fact that Jesus would allow a women to sit at his feet and be taught was the same as drafting a 10 year old to play in the NFL. It was unheard of, not practiced, not smart and would be gossiped about around town… and yet Jesus must have thought she could handle it…. hmmm a woman as a disciple. Strange in deed. 


But the real hard evidence is this when we are talking about how god viewed women. If you were to just make up the resurrection story and you wanted it to be believable you would not have had it written up where women find an empty tomb and talk to Jesus. Right there most would say… this is unbelievable. “YOU SAY… Yeah I don’t believe it”… well when the women ran back to the disciples and told him the Messiah had risen… did they believe them? NOPE. Why… probably more because they were women… they are emotional, hyper sensitive and untrustworthy… or so the culture believed. And yet God saw to it that women would make the great discovery first. 


All through out scripture God uses women in amazing ways. they are prophetess’s, disciples, leaders and most importantly Jesus inner circle friends. 


so let me steer this 2 different ways today. yes women can be spiritual leaders, but they must still be under the authority of their husbands. This is a delicate balance. Many women have strong personalities and they can run over their husbands. They become the leader because they feel like their husband isn’t up to the task. Careful ladies… this is not biblical.

Secondly, many women have sat in my office and told me their husbands are not spiritual leaders when in fact they actually mean one of 2 things: My husband isn’t perfect so I can’t trust him AND OR (this will sound arrogant but let me finish) my husband isn’t a leader… meaning he is not like you. Loud, demonstrative in his faith, healing, witnessing, preaching etc… 

Here is my advice to women. Step out and be a disciple. With that, tell your husband you trust that he will seek God and lead your family… then let him do it. Kindly reminding him every now and then what you need leadership in as a family and as a marriage. Give him time, let him fail, love him and don’t get frustrated and take over…. Not only are you not God, you are not the leader of the household. 

Seven Lies #3

Seven Lies #3

January 6, 2021 Tony Herman - the coolest cat on the net


A good old southern boy Wally Lump lump was running for office. He was asked in an interview what the greatest invention was of the past 100 years. He said “it’s got to be the thermos”. The interviewer a little bewildered asked why do you think the thermos. Well it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. The interviewer still puzzled asked and what is so amazing about that? Wally without hesitation said “well how does it know which is which?




So what is the greatest invention EVER. 

Pizza? Gyros? Sliced bread? automobile, computer, FMRI, or maybe its the upside down ketchup bottle… 


It is truly the printing press. That turned the world upside down. 


Well until that time only the upper crest most elite of the elite had a copy of the bible. And in case you didn’t know it was like having the inside scoop on car sales and what they are really worth.

Once the printing press was created -it’s first book to print was the bible. Uh oh… cats out of the bag. The church had a very cool monopoly on religion and manipulation of its members… but not anymore. Once people could read it on their own and see what the true story of the gospel was and what scripture really said… the church lost their power. Now don’t get me wrong, I still meet lots of Christians who are catholic who tell me without hesitation or embarrassment that they do not read the bible because it is really up to the priest to read and interpret.  But none the less, scripture is clear that we should continue to meet together, read and study scripture and in fact 2 Tim. 2:18 says to study it, and be prepared to know and apply it to all areas of life without embarrassment. 




Let’s face it, everyone has opinions on Jesus, Christianity and numerous themes in the bible… but very few can back it up with scripture they have read, know or understand beyond basic repetition. 

So before you launch into a “this is what I think and paint it Christian”… make sure you have read the bible and can back it up. 


So what is the challenge today? Simple, crack open your bible, read Ephesians, John or Luke and realize that in just a few minutes you will have a much greater insight into christianity - how and why? Because you can understand it for yourself. You don’t need a pastor, a book or a website for you to get the basic ideas behind it. You in fact will have to learn to quit making excuses as to why you don’t live it… because you do actually understand it. 

For the record, I like reading the Message bible for a few chapters, then read the same in the NLT version and many times the same thing in the NIV.


You are in fact smart enough, and bright enough to know the bible for yourself. And if that is not enough how about this scripture….


John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.



 1 John 2:27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.


You know the old saying…

Its on a need to know basis and you don’t need to know.

Well scripture is on a read to know basis and you need to read to know. 

Seven Lies #2

Seven Lies #2

January 5, 2021 Tony Herman - the coolest cat on the net


Bears lose, packers win… God is still on the throne… and no Aaron Rodgers you are not God. Thats all I got. 



Lie #2 God is huge and unapproachable,



2000 years ago, they wouldn't even dare say the word 


They took out the vowels so that they only had YHWH… we now pronounce it yahweh - but the point was that the religious thought God was distant, remote, secretive, Ominous and out of touch.


In todays world we might simply come to the honest conclusion that its not that he is unapproachable, but rather we are not good enough or we are to sinful for him to really give us any attention. He only really listens to the Super Holy, the saints if you will. 


So it is extremely interesting when the disciples… the least likely, least holy and less than perfect specimens of Christ followers ask him how to pray. And what does he do? he blows their minds.


Lets pretend for a second that you ask none other than Mother Theresa or Billy Graham how to pray. Its just you and them. Billy Graham smiles and says when you pray… pray like this.

Dear Mother F#ck*r

you would lose your mind. You would not only be shocked you would question Billy and how much communion wine he had. But that was the shock the disciples had when Jesus basically said “you know God the father, the one who is so Holy you can’t even say his name?… Pray like this Dear Daddy.

It had to have blown their minds.


And with that the religious still condemn Jesus for hanging out with the worst of the worst… and what does he do? He tells the story of the prodigals son. Basically a son wants his Dad dead so he can have his inheritance. And then he wants back into the family… yes as a slave but still he has the gaul to come back. And even more insane… the Dad willingly, even enthusiastically wants his relationship back with him. 


So does God really want to seem unapproachable? How about when he was in the temple in Luke 4

Luke tells the story in like this:


The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling 

it, he found the place where it is written: 


 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, 

   because he has anointed me 

   to preach good news to the poor. 

   He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners 

   and recovery of sight for the blind, 

   to release the oppressed, 

   to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."



If Jesus ever had an opportunity to impress the religious it was at this moment… but yet he chooses to read from Isaiah. 

He reads the exact scriptures that stand against the testimony of the Pharisees… yes the religious. 

The Pharisees manipulated the poor, despised criminals, had disdain for the sick, and outwardly shunned the oppressed. To the Pharisees these were the people that did not have a chance to ever connect with God.


Jesus drops a bomb! 


Look, Jesus is waiting to hang with you, talk to you, be with you, live inside you if you don’t know him. you do not have to perform for him. Not only is God approachable he is your Daddy. 

Seven Lies #1

Seven Lies #1

January 4, 2021 Tony Herman - the coolest cat on the net


If I try hard and fail I can deal with that. If I study hard, and do it wrong and fail I can live with that. But if you tell me the right way to do it and its wrong… I can even swallow that. But if you purposefully tell me false information and I fail… I feel gullible, and I am outraged.

And that - I can’t live with… unfortunately many do every day. 


Hey thanks for all who reached out to me during my break. Lindsay, Jeff, Pete, Austin, Lance, Erik, Eric, Tony… and so many more. 


It is suicide season. January - April. 


The Seven Great Lies of Organized Religion


Lie #1:


   'If you live a moral life, deny yourself pleasure,

follow the prescribed rituals and give us enough money,

you'll have a decent shot at being accepted by God.'





When I first started playing guitar I would ask some people how they wrote songs and learned how to do it etc… A few of the people I really respected would give me these big long answers about it is an innate ability and skill understanding music theory, having a well trained ear and even some would say perfect pitch. it made it seem like I had tons of work ahead of me and maybe just wouldn’t be able to pull it off. 

Wow, when I found out the truth and how easy it was… I was mad at those who gave me such foolish advice.




In the same way I cut to the chase when sharing Christ. it has nothing to do with how good you are, what you do, how much you give to the church, the poor or any other cause. it is not enough to just love everybody… etc…



This reminds me of an old Hagar the Horrible comic strip. It shows him climbing up a huge mountain (through the snow and cold) to find a monk, cross legged and meditating. He wakes him from his deep meditation and says please tell me the way to happiness. The monk ponders and leans in and says “fasting, prayer and self sacrifice”. Hagar, looks a little puzzled and says… uh is there anybody else up here I can talk to”? 


it's no accident that Jesus' own biggest enemies 2000

years ago were precisely these types of self-righteous hypocrites.  


They had everyone thinking that pleasing God was a never-ending 

performance marathon.


  Well Jesus painted a totally different picture.  He told this 



Luke 18:

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”



V. 9 to some who were confident in their own righteousness…


2 problems arise from this:

Here is the first problem with that statement: They are so confident they are teaching people and telling others this is the way to do it. 

Just be good, do better and work harder…

It seems to work for me.. 


Secondly: Self righteous people attract needy people and they in turn (the needy people) try to live up to what the confident person is doing - even though it is wrong. 

You know the problem in most gyms? Everyone sees the super strong guy and they do what he is doing… the problem is - he is just naturally strong and it won’t work for you. 

You simply doing what the self righteous person is doing isn’t enough - it won’t work for you.


OR WORSE YET… YOU ARE COPYING SOMEONE WHO IS ON FIRE FOR GOD AND IT’S REAL. But all you do is the outward of what they do. You pray the same prayer, speak the same lingo, go to the same church, listen to the same audio books etc… but it is not based on a relationship, it’s based on rules and religion. 


   Beware of the proud holy man who hangs a bunch of rules

around your neck… because you will hang by that which is around your neck.


Jesus is a relationship. Not rules. 

Don’t let religion TELL you or SELL you otherwise! 





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